Five Takeaways: What We Learned From Knicks' Opening Night Win

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2. Look Who's Healthy


Tyson Chandler was in Defensive Player of Year form, swatting five Bucks shots while pestering Milwaukee's big men for three steals. It's no secret that Chandler was not 100 percent in last year's playoffs, but his effort was a great reminder of what he can be when fully healthy. Outside of the their huge third quarter run, Milwaukee failed to reach the 20-point mark in the other three quarters of the game. Larry Sanders was held scoreless in the game, mostly due to limited action because of a foul trouble. His replacement, Zaza Pachulia, played 34 minutes and tallied 13 points, but overall Chandler clearly outplayed his counterparts. 
On offense Chandler was more than just a pick-and-roll finisher (although he did that emphatically late in the fourth quarter). He split a pair of his newly unveiled elbow jumpers, while chipping in 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. As usual, it is tough to measure his impact on the offense in terms of the raw output because of what his rolling action does to defenses. In the first half, Knicks ball handlers skated to the basket, many times because of the attention Chandler was drawing. The Bucks adjusted in the second half, but when it mattered most a signature Raymond Felton-Chandler alley-oop sealed the game for New York.