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After missing four games with what he revealed was bronchitis, Knicks center Tyson Chandler expects to return on Tuesday night in Charlotte and play limited minutes.

“Get some minutes [Tuesday] and practice Wednesday,’’ Chandler said, prior to the Knicks 98-96 OT win over the Phoenix Suns. “That would be ideal.’’

The Knicks had been calling Chandler's issue an upper respiratory infection, but the 7-foot-1 center called it bronchitis.

“It was obviously serious,’’ Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “He was in the bed for a while. Now he’s up and around. We’ll see how he feels [Tuesday] and go from there.’’

Chandler missed time at the end of last season with strep throat and it has been reported that his children may have contributed to his various illnesses.

“I don’t think so,’’ he said when asked if he's susceptible to getting ill. “I had only gotten sick twice before I came to New York in my career. It could be certain people around me making me sick.’’

The Knicks have won five straight and are 6-1 in 2014, but play four games in five nights this week.

After Charlotte, they visit Indiana Thursday and host Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers Friday.

Having Chandler to battle Roy Hibbert on Thursday and then Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan Friday should help the team's defensive efforts.

Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for and He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

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