Apr 23, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) shoots while defended by New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the first quarter of game two of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Playoffs: The Knicks need more from Tyson Chandler

The 2013 NBA Playoffs are in full swing.

Someone forgot to tell that to the New York Knicks’ Tyson Chandler.

Apr 23, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) looks to pass the ball as Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) falls to the floor during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 87-71. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks have gotten themselves off to a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics and their defense has been outstanding through two games, which is a bit surprising considering the fact that they have gotten very little production for their All-Star center.

Chandler, who missed 16 of the Knicks final 20 regular season games with a bulging disc in his neck has struggled early on in this series.

Combined in those two games, Chandler has only three points, 10 rebounds and one blocked shot and has been benched in the fourth quarter of both games.

Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson said that Chandler’s energy level isn’t there right now, which is something that probably should have been expected due to the long layoff. Chandler looked sluggish and rusty during Game 1 and played only 22 minutes in Game 2 although he looked a little bit better from an energy standpoint.

This isn’t to suggest that Chandler has been horrible through two games, but if the Knicks are to make a run through the Eastern Conference, they are going to need a lot more from him.

Chandler has said he feels good, now it is just a matter of getting his timing and his legs back.

The good news for the Knicks is that Kenyon Martin has come through in a big way while Chandler hasn’t been himself.

But if the Knicks have both Chandler and Martin playing well, they are a very dangerous team.

It’s something they are going to need the rest of the way.

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