Tyson Chandler shot 75 percent from the field yesterday at the Garden — and he wasn't happy about it. Or at least he pretended not to be following his 6-of-8 shooting performance in the Knicks' 106-99 victory over the Suns. He blamed Raymond Felton for a bad pass that led to one miss and said Carmelo Anthony was taking "too many of my shots." It was all in jest, of course, but nonetheless underscored Chandler's exceptional play of late. He entered yesterday's noon tip-off shooting an incredible 83.3 percent from the field in his previous six games. Now make it 82 percent over the last seven, a stretch when he has made 41 of 50 field goals. Asked if he should be demanding more shots, Chandler said: "I need to. Melo's taking all of my shots, and Ray's trying to freeze me out." Chandler might have finished with a better percentage had he not missed a dunk early the game. But he can be forgiven for that. "I attribute that to the 12:00 start," he said. "It affected my hops." Otherwise, he continued his terrific play on both ends of the floor. Chandler might not have been as dominant as he was against Brooklyn last week, when he was 12-of-13 from the field while scoring 28 points in a losing cause. But his 15 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots against the Suns were numbers the Knicks hope he can consistently produce throughout the remainder of the season. "My teammates were aggressive going to the hole, which opened me up to get some putbacks," Chandler said. "When it's flowing like that things are good." When Rasheed Wallace was ejected after just 1:25 of playing time in the first quarter, Chandler became the Knicks' lone post presence. He embraced the role by increasing his activity. On defense, he altered shots and grabbed rebounds. On offense, he converted baskets off the passes from penetrating guards or forwards and cleaned up missed shots.
Chandler's contagious spirit impossible to miss
New York Post | Dec 3