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Mike Woodson hardly ever criticizes his players in public.
But the New York Knicks coach broke protocol following Game 1 of the Indiana Pacers series.
After he watched Indiana's Roy Hibbert outplay Tyson Chandler in the series opener, Woodson said, "I've got to get Tyson (Chandler) playing better than Hibbert."
So far, Woodson's fallen far short of that goal.
Hibbert's been one of the best players in this young series. And some of his success has come at Chandler's expense.
In the Pacers' Game 3 win, Hibbert poured in 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds (eight offensive); the Pacers outscored the Knicks by 20 with their big man on the floor.
"He kind of had his way," Woodson said after Game 3, "and that's got to change."
The Knicks say that they failed to execute their defensive schemes against Hibbert in Game 3. They intended to trap Hibbert and the other Pacers bigs, just as they had in Game 2.
Instead, they left members of their front line vulnerable in one-on-one matchups and left the rim exposed thanks to poor rotations.
The Knicks' lax approach helped Indiana dominate the boards (53-40) and beat New York on second-chance points (20-10).
"We’re not trapping (the Pacers' bigs), then we’re in a tough spot," Chandler said.
That's a big problem that the Knicks need to handle heading into Game 4.
But they also need a better effort from Chandler if he gets matched up against Hibbert.
Hibbert scored on at least three post moves in which Chandler was matched up with him, one-on-one, in Game 3.
It was hard not to notice Hibbert scoring directly over Chandler, the 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year.