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Tyson: We have to stay positive

Tyson Chandler took some positives from the Knicks' loss to Chicago on Monday. And he hopes the rest of his teammates did the same thing.

"I think we all kind of understood that coming together this season, we may have bumps in the road whenever we face a team that has been together for a long time" Chandler said on Tuesday evening before he was honored at the Chabad Center for Jewish Discovery’s Founders Dinner Gala in Manhattan. "But the thing that we have to do is just stay positive. Stay positive and continue to get better, continue to try to jell, continue to understand each other. I think we have (24) games or so to get on the right track."

The Knicks (18-26) have lost six straight and eight of ten. They face Portland at home on Wednesday. Chandler's confident that the Knicks can turn things around. He just wants his teammates to remain positive. Some of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire's post-game comments over the past few games suggest that it's becoming difficult for New York to remain upbeat.

"We've just got to make sure that we keep that positive light about us," Chandler said. "Because if we keep our heads down now things aren't going to get any easier. It's only going to get tougher. Nobody's looking to give the New York Knicks a break."