Anthony Randolph available vs. Bulls

Updated: November 4, 2010, 1:04 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPNNewYork.com

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Anthony Randolph's sprained ankle is fully healed, and he'll be available to play Thursday night in Chicago when the Knicks face the Bulls.

A week ago, the Knicks released a statement saying Randolph would be sidelined for two weeks after spraining his left ankle in practice.

But Randolph has healed more quickly than expected, and he was on the court practicing with the second unit Wednesday -- a day after the Knicks' home game against the Orlando Magic was postponed because of a fear that asbestos had been released when some debris was dislodged from Madison Square Garden's ceiling.

"He's ready to go. He's 100 percent. He looked good the last two or three days. That extra day gave him some time to get ready," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He would have played last night."

D'Antoni has been using Wilson Chandler as the first player off the bench, even when starting center Timofey Mozgov has been removed early because of foul trouble. The availability of Randolph will give D'Antoni the option of using a more traditional big man as a substitute for a member of the first unit, thereby allowing Chandler to play more at his natural position on the wing behind starters Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields.

"He [Randolph] won't get big minutes to start, but if he's playing well he'll earn more minutes and more minutes," D'Antoni said.

Randolph was acquired in the offseason sign-and-trade deal that sent David Lee to Golden State for Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf. He averaged 11.6 points and 4.2 rebounds last season.

Chris Sheridan is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com and covers the Knicks for ESPNNewYork.com.

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