Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.
Today's Burning Question: Are you confident Tyson Chandler can get into a higher gear in Game 2?
Tyson Chandler has spent the past two days working on his conditioning after a sub-par performance in Game 1. He says he's "feeling great" heading into Game 2.
"The more I'm on the floor, the better I'm going to get," Chandler said.
The Knicks certainly need a "better" version of Chander on Tuesday. The one they saw in Game 1 was far different from the player who earned an All-Star bid this season.
Chandler went scoreless in 20 minutes. He did not attempt a shot and pulled down just five rebounds in New York's win over Boston.
The Knicks were fortunate to have Kenyon Martin on the bench. Martin came in and secured the paint, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
Chandler said afterward that he was a bit winded, which is understandable. He missed 16 of the Knicks' final 20 regular season games due to a bulging disk in his neck.
He's confident that his conditioning will improve as the series progresses. But what about his neck?
Chandler said after Monday's practice that his neck felt a little sore but he wasn't alarmed.
"Obviously, I'm going to be a little stiff, a little sore here and there," Chandler said. "But, I feel great honestly."
Chandler also was nonplussed about the condition of his neck when he first returned from the injury. But his injury flared up after four games and he had to sit again for the final six games of the regular season.
Obviously, Chandler's health and conditioning are key for the Knicks. If he's at less than 100 percent, the Knicks' chances for making a deep postseason run diminish considerably.
So you can be sure the organization will keep a close eye on Chandler in Game 2. Will he show progress? If not, is it time to panic?
Today's Burning Question: Are you confident Chandler can get into a higher gear in Game 2?
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