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Did Wilson Chandler Tank It In The Playoffs??

Something has been bugging me since the disappointing playoff series with The Thunder.  As I watched Chandler play in the playoffs something just seemed off about him mentally and physically.  The guy just was not there, and I don't think we can blame his off-performance against OKC purely on first-time playoff jitters.  27% Field Goal shooting??  14% shooting from 3-point range?  .4 Assists per game?     Durant had huge games so I don't think you can say he made a big difference on defense either.  Plus, Chandler seemed .. how should I put this...somewhere else through most of the series??   I don't know how else to put it.  He just was not into the first play-off series of his career.   I decided to keep an eye Il Will before and during several of the the games I attended in person, and he spent a lot of time before games and during timeouts joking with his old buddy Nate Robinson.  During games, he sat with a blank stare on his face.   Rather than pass, move, and take the ball to the rim, Chandler spent most of the series hoisting ill-advised shots.   And he seemed disenchanted when taken out of games  To support my suspicions even further, after a lousy performance against OKC, stories IMMEDIATELY  start appearing the NY media that Chandler would welcome a return to the Knicks.  That he was never entirely comfortable in Denver.  

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would say all of this was a ploy by Chandler and his team to convince the Denver FO that  matching a decent contract offer from another team, particularly if that team is the Knicks, would be a mistake.   I like Chandler's physical tools, and he could be a Scottie Pippen like force on defense if he asserted himself, but there are clues that all is not well in Chandler-ville.  

All of this said, I think the Nuggs have to match any reasonable offer to Chandler, to either make him a key piece in Denver's rotation for years to come, or use him as an asset to trade later.    He is young and has talent.  But, I have to admit to being worried about his head.  

 

 

 

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DEN 5 2 23.0 0.276 0.143 0.778 0.4 4.0 4.4 0.4 0.6 0.8 0.8 3.0 4.8

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