Apparently, a solid performance en route to its first victory since Feb. 19 had the Knicks feeling pretty good. With a 66-55 lead at halftime, Knicks center Tyson Chandler was trying to wrap up a forgettable in-game interview as quickly as possible. But he lost his focus ever so slightly and said something of actual substance -- and honesty -- before walking off.
And what a walk-off it was.
After explaining how Kevin Love's ability to spread the floor challenged him as a defender, Chandler was asked how he could exploit Love.
Reporter: "How are you taking advantage of it then?
Reporter: "How can you take advantage of the mismatch on your end?"
Reporter: "Oh! Go at him. He can't play D!"
That cold slap of truth sticks out from the usual carousel of clichés used during player interviews. For all of Love's phenomenal abilities as a scorer, rebounder and passer, he's not a very good defender. Chandler (15 points), Amar'e Stoudemire (18) and Carmelo Anthony (game-high 33) all were able to exploit Love's weakness as a defender at times Wednesday and finish with outputs above their season average.
The 6-foot-10 Love is averaging a career-low-tying 0.4 blocks, but to his credit he's increased his defensive win shares from 0.9 last season to 3.1 this year, according to Basketball-Reference.com. The Wolves also rank No. 12 in defensive efficiency, well ahead of the No. 26 Knicks.
We eagerly await Love's rebuttal and his candid assessment of Chandler and the Knicks. Hat tip: Eye On Basketball