Amare: Interior 'D' must improve

Amare Stoudemire watched game tape from Knicks-Celtics on Monday.

For the most part, he liked what he saw. But it was far from a perfect 48 minutes.

For one, Stoudemire saw some shortcomings in the Knicks' interior defense.

He counted 27 Celtics layups on Sunday.

The Knicks allowed 48 points in the paint overall. They were also out rebounded by ten (41 to 31).

These were two issues that plagued the Knicks last season.

They allowed the fifth-highest points in the paint average in the league and were out rebounded by 3.5 boards per game.

"It wasn't pretty, but we got the win," Stoudemire said.

Tyson Chandler, expected to come in and improve the Knicks defense immediately, did his part around the rim on Sunday, blocking six shots. But he pulled down only three rebounds and just one on the defensive end.

Mike D'Antoni wasn't concerned about Chandler's low rebound total. He said it was a product of the center contesting shots, thereby taking himself out of position to rebound.

The coach was more concerned over his team's inability to rebound as a whole.

Celtics reserve Brandon Bass had 20 points and 11 rebounds, doing most of his damage in the paint.

"We just have to do a better job collectively," D'Antoni said.

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