Monday, April 1, 2013
Martin and Chandler could be "scary"
By Nick Borges
Tyson Chandler has missed 10 consecutive games due to a bulging disc in his neck, but if all goes well on Monday he'll be in the lineup Tuesday when the New York Knicks play the Miami Heat.
"I'm shooting for (a return Tuesday), barring any set-backs," Chandler told ESPNNewYork.com. "I’ve come along slowly, but I’m starting to feel better."
The Knicks are currently on an eight-game winning streak with Kenyon Martin in the starting lineup and head coach Mike Woodson will likely shift him over to power forward and Carmelo Anthony to small forward whenever Chandler is ready to play.
Jared ZwerlingMartin-Chandler could be the secret one-two punch
"Based on the way Kenyon Martin has been playing -- 9.9 points on 69.4 percent shooting during the winning streak, along with averages of six rebounds and around a block and steal -- that means that a new formidable frontline in the starting five could be just two days away. Chris Copeland called Martin and Chandler together 'scary.' ... If Martin and Chandler started together, Chandler could be the main pick-and-roller and Martin could be used as a weak-side screener and rebounder. And at times, they could reverse roles seamlessly. Martin's value recently as a hard-nosed screener has been huge. ... Defensively, Martin and Chandler would be very imposing with their length, athleticism, experience and hard fouls. They would also allow Carmelo Anthony to avoid some bumps and bruises from not having to bang as much down low. In addition, Martin and Chandler's presence in the paint, coupled with their ability to activate double screens in a half-court set, would allow Melo and other shooters to get open more easily."