Beware of reading too much into the New York Knicks’ performance against the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday night. New York attempted to get Tyson Chandler back into game shape, and J.R. Smith was inexplicably benched for the second time in four games versus Charlotte. With that being said, both Chandler and Smith should be counted on to play a pivotal role in the Knicks’ next big game vs. the Indiana Pacers.
Chandler will have to play a huge role on the defensive end as he will be tasked with defending Roy Hibbert, while Smith will have to supply a huge scoring effort off the bench. Chances are Carmelo Anthony will be forced to battle David West in the post, so Smith’s scoring ability will be sorely needed if the Knicks are to have a chance at a victory.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson completely understands the necessity of having Anthony, Chandler and Smith fresh for their game against Indiana , which is the main reason for their lackluster performance in Charlotte. Trust me, it’s a difficult task getting up for a game against the Bobcats knowing that a date with the Pacers looms around the corner.
Luckily, the Knicks really didn’t have too much to lose by dropping a game in Charlotte, because they still have plenty of time to make their run at a playoff position. This next game versus Indiana has bigger implications than just simply impacting the Knicks’ chances at a playoff run, though. This matchup will let everyone know whether or not the Knicks are really the contenders that they believed themselves to be before the season began.
Damein Fitzgerald is a New York Knicks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @dame8585 or add him to your network on Google.