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First of all, credit the Brooklyn Nets for running their 2014 record to 7-1. They've been getting terrific performances from low-cost contributors that have sparked a major turnaround. Suddenly, they're looking like a near lock to make the playoffs.
With that out of the way, we can move on to the continuing dysfunction of the New York Knicks, who lost at home to the aforementioned Nets by a laughable final score of 103-80.
The latest issue involves defensive philosophy, which is interesting because it had been unclear to this point that the Knicks actually had one. Apparently, they do.
And Tyson Chandler, a former winner of the Defensive Player of the Year Award, isn't cool with it.
Per Ian Begley of ESPN, Chandler complained after the game:
I think we came to play. They outschemed us. They played to our defense as far their offensive scheme, knowing our rotations and knowing what we wanted to accomplish. Kind of putting us in vulnerable situations. ... I don't want to switch. I personally don't like it. You come with a defensive plan and then every guy kind of mans up and takes his responsibility. I think switching should always be your last resort.
Digest that for a second. Chandler believes the Knicks were "outschemed" by Brooklyn. That's a clear shot at head coach Mike Woodson, and it's one that seems intended to do real damage. After all, the best way to wound a coach is to make the assertion that Jason Kidd managed to out-think him.
In addition, we're at the halfway point of the season. Shouldn't the Knicks have their schemes ironed out by now?
Maybe Woodson should just give in and let Chandler determine the Knicks' defensive tactics. As it stands, New York's defensive rating of 105.9 is fifth worst in the league, per NBA.com.
How much worse could it get?
Wait a minute, this is the Knicks we're talking about. Don't answer that.