Lacking a Tyson Chandler with ‘pop,’ the New York Knicks will be ousted from the playoffs before Cinco de Mayo

A legitimate badass, New York will quickly fall without Tyson Chandler.

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.”

The 7-foot-1, 240 pound Chandler, selected second overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2001 NBA Draft, averaged 10.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over 66 games this season.

A vital contributor to the Dallas Mavericks 2010-2011 championship campaign, the Knicks cannot trump Boston without an effective and healthy Chandler.

As the 2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, one could argue Chandler is equally as important to the success of the Knicks as Carmelo Anthony.

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.

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