Two games in October will not erase the sting of Tyson Chandler’s shortcomings last spring, when the All-Star center admittedly got his “ass kicked” by Indiana counterpart Roy Hibbert throughout the Knicks’ second-round playoff loss to the Pacers.

But Chandler already is backing up his vow to reestablish himself as a defensive force this season, totaling nine blocks and 25 rebounds — including 19 Thursday night in Chicago — during the Knicks’ 1-1 start.

“Phenomenal,” Carmelo Anthony said when asked about Chandler's defensive effort in the 82-81 loss to the Bulls. “The way he’s playing on the defensive end has given everybody the confidence to go out there and feed off that emotion, feed off his energy.

“As a whole, we seem like we’re on the same page. We’re talking. We’re communicating.”

Chandler couldn’t get a hand on Derrick Rose’s go-ahead baseline runner with 5.7 seconds left — and he did miss one of two free throws on the previous possession. But after being hampered late in the season by a bulging disc in his neck, and then a virus during the playoffs, the 7-1 center believes his play — on both the interior and the offensive glass — is returning to the level that made him the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12.

“I feel good physically,” Chandler said. “I feel a lot stronger, explosiveness to really attack the offensive glass, give my team second-chance opportunities as well as to control the paint defensively.
“I’m getting back to where I was the first year I came here, coming over and protecting the paint, jumping straight up. I’ve been getting blocks of late. … I thought we played great defense in the fourth quarter (on Wednesday). Honestly you can’t ask for anything more. You want to walk away with a win, but the way we played, we’re going to win our fair share if we continue to play like this.”

The Knicks held the Bulls to 2-for-15 shooting in the final quarter. But Rose sank his late floater, while Chandler couldn’t put back Anthony’s last-second miss as the Knicks settled for a
split of their first two games entering Sunday night’s home game against Minnesota.