Tyson Chandler, aggravated he was dominated by Roy Hibbert Friday night in Indianapolis, popped off this weekend about New York’s ugly offense – 33 points in the first half, 71 points for the game – and it sounds like some of his ire is directed at the Knicks’ designated chuckers, Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith. From the NYDN:
We have to be willing passers. You have to sacrifice yourself sometimes for the betterment of the team and for the betterment of your teammates. So when you drive in the paint and you draw, you kick it. I think we need to do a better job of allowing the game to dictate who takes the shots and not the individuals.”
… A good team wins basketball games. Unless you’re a great, great, great, great individual … and we only have a few of those come through.”
Chandler tallied a meek nine points and five rebounds in 29 foul-plagued minutes Friday, while Hibbert rung up 24 points and 12 rebounds. Hibbert nearly had as many offensive rebounds (8) as Chandler did points. Chandler, who has never had any offensive moves, wants the opportunity to go at Hibbert. I guess that’s because Carmelo Anthony has shot under 38 percent in five of the last six games. And JR Smith has shot under 39 percent in the last five games.
Reading between the lines: When those guys are off, let’s get better shots inside!
As for the “great, great, great, great individual” comment … that sort of begs a follow-up question. Chandler did win a title with Dirk two years ago … was he one of the ‘few of those who come through?’ Dirk shot 48 percent from the field in the 2011 playoffs and 46 percent on 3-pointers.