Tyson Chandler Wants the Knicks to Play Less Selfishly

by May 13, 2013

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.'”