The New York Knicks offense went cold Saturday.
The Knicks suddenly find themselves down 2-1 in a second round playoff series to the Indiana Pacers after dropping their latest affair, 82-71. New York set a new NBA record by drilling 891 three-pointers this season, but managed to shoot only 3-for-11 from long distance in Game 3.
Knicks center Tyson Chandler isn't happy about the way his team's offense performed this weekend and made his feelings known after practice Sunday.
“I watched the tape myself and there’s open looks. We have to be willing passers. You have to sacrifice yourself sometimes for the betterment of the team, for the betterment of your teammates. So when you drive in the paint, you draw, you kick it. We need to do a better job of allowing the game to dictate who takes the shots and not the individuals.
“I’m not saying that anybody is doing it maliciously. I think it’s moreso a situation, you want to take over the game or you want to make a big shot, where you have to just stick to the game plan. Good teams win basketball games. Unless you’re a great, great, great individual, and we’ve only had a few of those come through.”
Chandler didn't call any teammate out by name, but one can read between the lines and assume he is referencing J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony, who take the majority of New York's shots.
The Knicks have now lost four of their past six games after winning the first three games of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics.
Via Sports Illustrated