Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  11 responses

Tyson Chandler Wants the Knicks to Play Less Selfishly

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler didn’t mince words when assessing his team’s poor Game 3 performance against the Indiana Pacers. Chandler wants his guys to dish the rock a lot more against the stingy Pacer defense. Per Newsday: “I watched the tape myself and there’s open looks,’ Chandler said after practice Sunday. ‘We have to be willing passers. You have to sacrifice yourself sometimes for the betterment of the team, for the betterment of your teammates. So when you drive in the paint, you draw, you kick it. We need to do a better job of allowing the game to dictate who takes the shots and not the individuals. I’m not saying that anybody is doing it maliciously. I think it’s moreso a situation, you want to take over the game or you want to make a big shot, where you have to just stick to the game plan. Good teams win basketball games. Unless you’re a great, great, great individual, and we’ve only had a few of those come through.’ The Knicks’ offense is one of several reasons they’re down 2-1 to Indiana in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. Their defense and rebounding are also a big part of why the Knicks face another must-win in Game 4 Tuesday night. Despite what Chandler said, the Knicks probably needed (Carmelo) Anthony to shoot more in Game 3 Saturday night. He scored 21 points and shot 6-for-16. (JR) Smith was slowed by a virus and took only 12 shots. No one else stepped up for the Knicks in their 82-71 loss. Iman Shumpert (3-for-10) was the only Knick besides Anthony and Smith to take at least 10 shots. Only Anthony scored in double-figures. He was quiet in the fourth quarter, going 0-for-3 with two points. Mike Woodson wants Anthony to shoot more. ‘I’m not OK with him taking three shots,’ coach Mike Woodson said. ‘He’s got to take more shots. Not just him . . . I don’t want it to be a one-man show. We have enough guys on this team that can score the ball. We’ve proven that this year, so that’s what we got to get back to.’”

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  • Fat Lever

    “Hit that bomb!!!!

    Shots fired!!!!!

    Turn that bomb off!!!!”

  • Karl

    Translation: Pass me the f***ing ball Melo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    They play selfishly because of the Indy defense. They force them into a lot of isolation plays and Mike Woodson is also known to favor the iso offense. Sad thing tho, even having the best isolation player in the planet won’t save the Knicks because clearly the Pacers can shut his supporting cast down, and I’m not even getting to the part that the best iso player also happens to be cold right now. Amare apparently needs to punch more fire extinguishers because the hot shooting from the end of the regular season is all but gone.

  • uqk

    iso melo :p


    Where are the Fun Police when you need em

  • bringbackthesonics

    “man you aint even letting the ground touch the ball!” – gold

  • Max


  • LegendInMyMind9

    Melo is the best iso player on the planet??? No.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez


  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez


  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Have you seen this guy punish defenders one-on-one, especially this season? He can post you up, take you off the dribble, shoot over you mid-range or long, bully you under the rim, fade, hit the baby hook, take you to the rack(literally) and dunk in your face. That is the only reason Melo is a superstar, because he commands a lot of attention on offense and an isolation with him is always a good option. For Melo off-ball, see International Melo. On D though, he’s pretty much like Danny Granger.