Despite being held scoreless over 20 minutes in an 85-78 victory over the seventh-seeded Boston Celtics on Saturday, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson claims to be unconcerned about Tyson Chandler‘s neck injury and stamina.
Even more worrisome than placing a zero in the box score, the 30-year-old Chandler grabbed a measly five boards in the first-round showdown this weekend.
“It won’t take (Chandler) long,” said Woodson, 55, a no-nonsense defensive mind who has compiled an outstanding record of 72-34 since replacing the terminated Mike D’Antoni in February 2012. “That was a factor. I could tell the way he was moving that he didn’t have the kind of pop we’re used to seeing him have.”
A vital contributor to the Dallas Mavericks 2010-2011 championship campaign, the Knicks cannot trump Boston without an effective and healthy Chandler.
The second seed in the Eastern Conference, New York has a team capable of capturing the organization’s first crown since 1973.
Unfortunately for Knicks supporters, sans a Tyson Chandler with “pop,” New York won’t make it past Cinco de Mayo.by