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Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler force opponents to take difficult shots.
Tyson Chandler is an enforcer on the defensive side of things, and as a result, Carmelo Anthony always has the big man protecting his backside.
Already this season, there have been a number of times where Tyson's body slides in the paint to prevent a momentum shift.
Anthony was never known to be a defensive player, but this season he's transformed into an watchful competitor that won't give up on a play, and you can say Tyson Chandler played a part in that.
I'm pretty sure fans remember Carmelo jumping into the stands on several occasions in the beginning of the season. His willingness to be committed to this team's defense has been showcased in situations like this.
For example, Melo is helping protect the basket down low a bit more—granted he's playing the power forward position. However, pairing the "new and improved" Carmelo Anthony down under with the already tenacious Tyson Chandler creates a recipe of havoc.
It also helps that Mike Woodson is known to be a defensive coach. He's preached his ways on Tyson Chandler and the willingness to play has rubbed off on Carmelo.
Knowing that Chandler is there to have his back, Anthony can turn his focus to all players on the court and help with a double team for a turnover.
In a Marc J. Spears' article from November 21, the Yahoo! Sports expert breaks down just why Carmelo's improved defense makes him a threat to other MVP candidates, and in the article, Chandler chimes in with his thoughts.
"He should be at the top of the race right now," Chandler said. "We're playing the best basketball, and he's playing all over the floor on both ends."
If Anthony had not adapted to Woodson's ways, he probably would not be in contention right now for the MVP award. However, because he's playing in ways fans have never seen before, he's garnering a ton of attention; you know the kind of attention you expect from an elite athlete playing in New York City.
Defense is contagious, and Melo caught the bug from Chandler.