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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Opening Tip: Most important Knick?

By Ian Begley

Just how important is Tyson Chandler to the Knicks? That question may be answered over the next few days.

Chandler suffered a right knee injury against the Bobcats on Tuesday night.

X-rays were inconclusive, and the Knicks say they will have a better idea of Chandler's injury on Wednesday. A league source with knowledge of the injury says the Knicks think Chandler may have suffered a knee sprain.

If he is forced to miss time, New York could be in serious trouble on defense.

In 106 minutes with Chandler on the court, the Knicks had allowed 92.2 points per 100 possessions. With Chandler off the floor, that number jumps to 105.6 points allowed per 100 possessions. That's a difference of 13.2 points per 100 possessions.

How does that compare to Carmelo Anthony's impact on offense?

In 106 minutes with Anthony on the court, the Knicks had scored 98.2 points per 100 possessions. With Anthony off the floor, that number drops to 87.3 points allowed per 100 possessions. That's a difference of 11.2 points per 100 possessions.

We bring this up to raise raise the following question: Who do you think is the most important Knick? Anthony or Chandler?

We'd go with Anthony, because the Knicks offense would fall apart without him. But you can make a strong argument for Chandler, especially after what happened when he limped off the floor on Tuesday night.

UP NOW: The Knicks dropped to 1-3 with a loss to the lowly Bobcats. Charlotte had lost 16 straight road games before beating the Knicks at MSG.

Making matters worse was Chandler's injury. X-rays were inconclusive, but the Knicks hope to have a clearer diagnosis for Chandler on Wednesday.

If he's out for an extended period of time, it could have a dire impact on New York.

Though Anthony urged his teammates to remain positive and avoid going to a "dark place."

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will take the day off on Wednesday. They face the Bobcats in Charlotte on Friday.

QUESTION: Who do you think is the most important Knick? Carmelo Anthony or Tyson Chandler?

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