Tyson Chandler: 'Got to make 'em pay'

Updated: June 2, 2011, 7:19 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

MIAMI -- Dallas Mavericks starting center Tyson Chandler, hurt by foul trouble in Game 1, said he's prepared to be in position to put more points on the board against the Miami Heat in Game 2 on Thursday night.

If the Heat continue to double-team Dirk Nowitzki and have LeBron James defend Jason Terry, Chandler knows he'll have to increase his scoring output.

"I plan on it tonight," Chandler said after Thursday morning's shootaround. "What they do is they bring a big, but they rotate either LeBron, Dwyane [Wade] or one of those guys back in front of me to try to take it away. But I've got to make whoever's in front of me ... I've got to make 'em pay, whether it's a big or small or whoever it is."

Increased scoring is but one of the responsibilities that are being heaped on Chandler's shoulders for Game 2. He'll also be asked to control the paint and help the Mavericks improve their rebounding.

Chandler finished Game 1 with just four rebounds -- none in the second half -- and took the blame for the Heat's decisive edge on the boards. Miami had 16 offensive rebounds Tuesday night.

"I've got to control the paint," said Chandler, who has averaged a team-high 9.0 rebounds during the playoffs. "I've got to take a lot of that blame for being outrebounded. It just is what it is. As a big guy, you've got to put that on your shoulders, regardless of the rotation or regardless of the situation.

"I've got to go out there tonight and make sure that we get every rebound."

The Mavs were thought to have the advantage over the Heat's unconventional front line with 6-9 center Joel Anthony and 6-8 reserve Udonis Haslem flanking 6-11 power forward Chris Bosh.

Chandler, who had nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from the free throw line in 34 minutes, believes the Mavs can exploit the Heat's decision to double-team Nowitzki with two bigs by getting inside buckets.

"Those guys [James and Wade] are going to be active flooding into the lane, looking for the ball," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "And if they take those passing angles away, then the ball is going to have to skip and we're going to have to use the whole floor, and we're going to have to find shots."

Backup center Brendan Haywood missed his only shot attempt -- a failed dunk that caught the underside of the rim -- although he did get to the free throw line six times.

"I thought our guys played OK," Carlisle said. "Haywood played terrific. Tyson didn't get into the game as much as he can. But it's a long series and those guys are going to have to have more of an impact for us.

"Tonight is going to be another opportunity."

Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com contributed to this report.

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