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Knicks head coach Mike Woodson says he’s ‘expecting to win’ Game 5 vs. Pacers

May 16, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony AP

The Knicks are facing elimination Thursday night, trailing three games to one in their playoff series against the Pacers. New York hopes that returning to play at Madison Square Garden, where the team was 31-10 during the regular season, may help them snap out of their offensive funk and force a Game 6 back in Indiana on Saturday.

Hope is not a strategy, as they say, so Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is likely to shuffle his lineups in search of one that can shoot much better than the 35 percent his team showed in its last two losses. He also is approaching the game with a supreme level of confidence.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

After today’s morning shootaround at Tarrytown, with do-or-die Game 5 on tap tonight, Woodson sounded very confident the series is heading back to Indianapolis.

“I’m expecting to win tonight,’’ Woodson said. “This has got to be a wakeup now. If we lose, we go home and none of us want to go home. I sure as hell don’t. I think we’re going to show a lot of pride.’’

The Knicks don’t need to show pride, they need to make shots.

New York has been a jump shooting team all year, with Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith both capable of getting hot from outside. The problem in this series against the Pacers has been Indiana’s defense, which has been immaculate at times — both in the way they’ve defended on the ball, and in their rotations and closeouts on the three-point shooters.

Woodson didn’t come close to making one of those silly guarantees, but his “expectation” might be enough if he was able to convey that to his team in time for them to bring an increased level of fortitude into what could potentially be the Knicks’ final game of the season.

  1. reesesteel23 - May 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Well……I would hope so

  2. misterdreamer119 - May 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Im sure he said that before games 1,3 and 4 too.

  3. 4thquartermagic - May 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Offense can go cold and be inconsistent.
    Defense never takes a day off.

    That is the difference in this series.

    • coltsfreek - May 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Indubitably.

  4. miaheat305 - May 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    There’s gonna be a funeral tonight.

  5. 4thquartermagic - May 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Caption for the photo above.

    “Ok so when you get the ball, make sure you jack it up right away or else JR will.”

    • badintent - May 17, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      INsert Melo. And Chris and ………………………………………make your free throws, the Pacers won’t

  6. cantonbound13 - May 16, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Anybody got Jerry Sloan’s number?

  7. dysraw1 - May 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    tonight we gotta be the team that weve been all season, yes the Pacers have proven to be more than formative, they have an entire city on its heels. all i ask is that my guys play some N.Y Knicks b-ball. i mean what was all the rough stuff about. thats not us at all, they are winning the loose ball battles and to me thats whats winning them games

  8. pantsfreezone - May 16, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    A very wise man once said, “Win if you can, lose if you must, but always, always cheat!”.

    • dysraw1 - May 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      lol

    • lsoreal - May 16, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      I believe that was Jesse The Body Ventura.

  9. hoosiercolts - May 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Sorry Coach. It’s over.

    • badintent - May 17, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Cystal ball cracked ? Call Peyton Manning at 1-800-JOHN ELWAY. Ask for Operator 7, give code” Hill is done , so are the Pacers” . Win two tickets to Spike Lee’s new flix She got much more game.

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