Jan. 9, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) and power forward Amare Stoudemire (1) walk off the court during the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won, 91-87. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks' Chandler near return, Stoudemire 'out a while'

The New York Knicks could get a big lift when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night.

Center Tyson Chandler went through three on three contact on Tuesday, a huge step towards playing Wednesday.

“Feeling good out there,” Chandler told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York . “Now I’ll sleep on it and talk to Coach tomorrow, go from there. We’ll see how I feel in the morning. I was pretty confident out there moving around with the guys and banging, really not having any setbacks.”

The Knicks also got bad news Tuesday.

Amar’e Stoudemire’s “knee has swelled up a little bit” and he will join veteran Kenyon Martin on the bench, likely for an extended time.

“Amar’e’s going to be out a while,” Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson said after practice. “I don’t know, but he won’t play tomorrow. Kenyon’s out as well. Hopefully Tyson feels good after tonight, will be able to get back in a uniform. For us to get out of this hole it’s going to take a total team effort, and hopefully we’ll eventually get everybody back.”

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