Following the Knicks’ 106-99 ouster by the Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last night, center Tyson Chandler was asked why the Knicks never seemed to get back to their early-season form, when they were one of the NBA’s brightest stories.

“I don’t know, I can’t answer that,” Chandler said.

Sort of like his in-game responses to Pacers center Roy Hibbert.

The center position became a glaring mismatch as Hibbert outscored Chandler 13.3 to 6.2 and outrebounded him 10.3 to 6.0. Yeah, that’s a big reason the Pacers are moving on and the Knicks will collect their belongings.

“They go to him a lot. We tried to limit his looks. He had the two games here where he was able to get some good looks. He had putbacks. He did a good job for his team,” Chandler said after the Pacers eliminated the Knicks.

In case you were wondering: Hibbert went for 21 points and 12 rebounds last night. Chandler, before fouling out with a little over three minutes left, had two points and six rebounds. Chandler was bothered late in the year by a bulging disk. It may have affected his playoff performance, but he never complained.