Tyson Chandler Leads Dallas Mavericks in Smoking New York Knicks
Tyson Chandler helped Dallas Mavericks put his former team mates, New York Knicks, in their right place by scoring 109-102 on Wednesday night. According to NY Post, the center used the clash to get even with Knicks for having transferred him to Mavericks in June this year.
Perhaps Knicks were regretting for having traded him because he did not show them mercy. He was determined to smoke them out. Knicks team president probably knew his side would be defeated and may be that is why he was not present during the game to see his former player turn against his old folks.
Chandler exhibited an outstanding performance that can only be compared to his Game 7, NBA finals in 2011. Though Mavericks carried the night, it was Chandler who controlled their game.
However, most fans felt that the scores would not have been the same if Carmelo Anthony was there to counter his moves. Knicks have had to play without Anthony because he is away nursing some serious back spasms.
Chandler is actually at the top of his game with 17 points from 7 of the 12 shootings. Mavericks actually owe their NBA season 25 rebounds to him. Besides that, Dirk Nowitzki gave Mavericks a boost by recording 30 points.
Knicks had high hopes on Jose Caldero but his efforts did not bear any fruits. Caldero was actually transferred from Mavericks. When Chandler left Knicks for Mavericks, his position was taken by Samuel Dalembert. The center tried his best but only managed to get 13 points and the same number of rebounds.
Chandler said that he knew that things would not be the same at Knicks due to changes in management. He did not see himself playing for them for the long term and that is why he closed in on the chances that would see him leave.
“I just don’t think I was in the future plans, to be honest, with new management coming in,’’ said Chandler. “They have a different idea and vision. It wasn’t personal. If they wanted certain personnel they want to build with for the future, I can understand that.“
Of course when the schedule came out, you circle the date on the calendar, but then you forget about it. It’s going to take a while [for the Knicks]. They all expected that. It looks like they are making progress.’’
Chandler said that he still has a soft spot for his former mates. “I spent three years there with guys I grew to love and respect,’’ Chandler said. “We didn’t accomplish everything I wanted. Last year was horrible. Things ended on a bitter note regardless. I have no hard feelings.’’
J.R. Smith thought Knicks would recover from their losses by demanding for overtime. He was dead wrong because they were beaten hands down despite getting additional time. On the other hand, Knicks coach Derek Fisher conceded defeat and argued that Chandler is a damn good player. The coach stated that he had anticipated for defeat because there was little his boys could do without Anthony.
“We didn’t just hang around and come back to tie it,’’ Fisher said. “We gave ourselves a chance. Not many people gave us a chance to win. I’m sure ESPN wished they were showing another game once they knew Carmelo wasn’t playing.’’
Even J.R. Smith later agreed that Chandler was the undisputed center. “Tyson was amazing,’’ J.R. Smith said.
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“What, 10 offensive rebounds, finished with 17 and 25? That’s the way he plays. 17 points might be a lot, but he was great.He did what he does.’’