Tyson’s Big Night in the Apple

By Jerald L. Hoover, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 3, 2011

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NEW YORK (BASN) — There was a Chandler in the house of Madison Square Garden the other night but it wasn’t Knick scoring forward, it was Dallas Maverick center Tyson Chandler.

Tyson wasn’t the high scorer for the game, in fact he wasn’t the high scorer for the game. That honor went to his future Hall-of-Famer teammate Dirk Nowitzki who finished with 29 points.

Tyson had 15 points to go with 11 rebounds which tied game honors with Nowitzki. The Knicks’ Wilson Chandler missed his third straight game with a sore calf.

Tyson, who’s been a great defensive presence since coming out of Dominquez H.S in 2001 as a Lottery Pick, is averaging 10.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Those numbers are Tyson’s second best averages of points and rebounds. In the 2007-08 season while a New Orleans Hornet, Tyson put in 11.8 points and 11.7 rebounds.

There’s a serious correlation with the one time, Chicago Bull and Charlotte Bobcat is that when he was able to average double figure points he had high end quality and All-star point guards, Chris Paul and Jason Kidd running the show.

While a Bobcat however for the one season (2009-10) he played, current New York Knick point man, Raymond Felton a potential All-star this season was at the helm. But, Larry Brown was coach and the slow down, walk the ball up court type of play didn’t allow for a lot of easy baskets.

With Paul and now Kidd, Tyson who is finally healthy from toe and other leg ailments, was able to catch alley-oop passes on a regular bases. Tyson continues to see his role in the Dallas offense grow.

He has now scored in double-digits in seven straight games.

Injuries have had a negative effect (as they would with any NBA team) on the Mavericks as Nowitzki was lost to several games; to which most were loses by the team.

The Mavericks also lost starter Caron Butler for the season during their bad stretch. But they believe they can make up for the lost offense if they defend as they did during their 24-5 start.

“With the injuries, we got away from that,” Chandler said. “We started focusing too much on offense and how we can make up for Caron and Dirk being out. Not only could we not make up for the offense, but we stopped on the defensive end.”

“Now that we got guys back healthy, we’re starting to come back to our roots.”

Tyson also did a yeomen’s job on Knick All-star forward Amare Stoudemire who scorched the Mavericks for 21 points in the first half, but was scoreless in the second half.

“I just tried to make it tough for him to get comfortable. At halftime, I spoke with the guys and told them to tell me where they would be on the floor and I would work (on Stoudemire) accordingly.”

However, the warrior in Stoudemire said, “It wasn’t really anything they did. The shots were good looks. There are just some nights like this where you miss shots. And I think collectively in the second half we just didn’t come out with good energy.”

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni felt that the team ran out of gas.

If that is the case for the Knicks, who were out rebounded 54-34, then Donnie Walsh’s dream getting getting another big has to come true soon or the team will lose more ground to the hard charging Doug Collins led Philadelphia Sixers.

KNICK KNOTES:

Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points and went 12-12 from the free throw line. Coach Mike D’Antonio on Gallo, “I just think he’s playing at a very high level, and we expect that from him. He has to mix it up and read the game and some games he’ll have more foot speed than the guy in front of him and he’ll go around him…some games he’ll need to take threes.” Gem Rookie Landry Fields lead the team with 9 rebounds and he continues to lead all NBA guards in rebounds. Despite Stoudemire being scoreless in the second half this was his 39th over 20 point effort of the season. This was game 48 for the Knicks. The Knicks also recorded six blocks (keeping them in the League lead with 6.36 blocks) and had only 8 turnovers for the game to Dallas’ 15 turnovers. Reserve center Timofey Mozgov who was brilliant against the struggling Detroit Pistons (23 points & 14 rebounds) wasn’t nearly as dominant and finished with four points and one rebound in 15 minutes, and the fans did not chant his name.