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The Knicks won't go far without a healthy Chandler.
Taking an inordinate amount of three-point shots is a fine offensive strategy, particularly if Carmelo Anthony isolating and posting up is Plan B.
The New York Knicks have proven that.
Unless Tyson Chandler gets better in a hurry, however, the Knicks won't have the defensive chops to go far in the playoffs.
Chandler declared himself perfectly healthy before the playoffs began, but he certainly hasn't looked it so far. In his two games and 40-plus minutes against the Boston Celtics, Chandler has taken just five shots (hitting one) and snagged 10 rebounds—one board less than Knicks guards Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton.
Chandler's pick-and-rolls have been ineffective and he's also looked a step slow on the defensive end. He's been out of position more than a few times and has seriously lacked energy in both games.
That's all well and good against a team as weak offensively as the Celtics, especially if New York keeps getting quality minutes from Kenyon Martin. The Knicks, however, will get shellacked by a team like the Miami Heat if Chandler doesn't look like himself soon.
A healthy Chandler is, by far, New York's best defender and the only one who can really protect the rim and snuff out pick-and-rolls. The Knicks also rely on Chandler's own pick-and-roll to get easy stuff at the rim and to draw opponents away from the corners and into the paint, giving shooters like Steve Novak plenty of space to operate.
If Chandler is just rusty, then the Knicks had better hope he rounds back into form soon. Otherwise, they're going to find themselves going home very early.