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Preview: Knicks try to continue longshot comeback in Indiana

May 18, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

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By winning Game 5 against the Pacers, the Knicks have turned their series. After it seemed Indiana had a decided advantage, each remaining game is basically a tossup. Both teams could make arguments for why they have the upper hand in Game 6 tonight:

  • In the Pacers’ favor: The Knicks are 0-4 at Indiana this season, and the Pacers are 5-0 at home during the playoffs.
  • In the Knicks’ favor: New York, despite trailing 3-2, has actually outscored Indiana by seven points in this series.
  • In the Pacers’ favor: Paul George has continued to play excellent defense on Carmelo Anthony. Even when Melo scored a game-high 28 points in Game 5, more than twice as many points as any other Knick, he needed 28 shots to get there. The Pacers can’t stop Melo, but they’re doing a good job of containing him.
  • In the Knicks’ favor: George Hill might not play will play, but might be limited. Prior to Hill missing Game 5, the Pacers had relied heavily on a Hill-Lance Stephenson-George-David WestRoy Hibbert lineup. In 92 minutes, that unit is +21. In the series’ other 148 minutes, the Pacers are –28. Hill’s replacement, D.J. Augustin, has zero assists in his last two games – 60 minutes of playing time. Without Hill, Indiana’s offense has really sputtered.

This list could continue for a while in what has become a back-and-forth series. But the Knicks, trailing 3-2, need to do better than go back and forth. They must win two straight games – a tough task against a peer team.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - May 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    It would be a long shot if the Pacers were a good offensive team that actually put teams away. I would be the first to admit this if this were the Spurs or something. The Knicks have not shot well (despite tons of open looks every game) in any of the five games. That’s been the difference, and also why it is not a long shot for them to come back and win the series, either. One game at a time, and the Pacers will definitely be on top of their game, as Vogel is approaching this as an elimination game — which is smart on his part.

  2. cj1403 - May 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    @Mr. Wright I agree, it’s not a long shot, but the odds are in the Pacers favor. Still stranger things have happened in these playoffs.

  3. fanofevilempire - May 18, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    the knickerbockers will hit some long shots and win.

    • andyhr17 - May 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      …or hit some long shots and get knocked out of the playoffs.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - May 18, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    If one of you faqs claims the refs didn’t cheat TONIGHT you should get hit by a bus head on.

    And they STILL only win by 7???

    • andyhr17 - May 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Here’s a tissue to help wipe your tears.

  5. jbeagles23 - May 18, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Mr wright. The Knicks got outplayed. Take some nuts on your chin like they did and stop crying

  6. jmmsr1 - May 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Yeah, the refs won the game. Look at the foul disparity – thank you Mr. Stern, your team won…not good for the NBA or the TV ratings. Who cares when the Pacers lose 4 straight to the heat. ha!

    • stlouis1baseball - May 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Let’s break it down.
      One team plays straight up…man-to-man defense without fouling and routinely takes the ball to the hole.
      The other teams routinely reaches, slaps and leans and shoots jump shot after jump shot.

      Now…let’s talk about the things one needs to do to get to the foul line and the things one needs to avoid to prevent the other team from getting to the foul line.

      Wow. Do you Knicks “fans” no ANYTHING about the game of basketball? Have you ever played the game? Scratch that…other than the playoffs….have you even watched a game?

  7. xli2006 - May 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Mr Wright,

    The refs have been horrid all series, both ways. Neither the Pacers nor the fans have anything to do with that.

    What the Pacers did have control over was outplaying, outrebounding, outdefending, and outsmarting the Knicks… which they did.

    The most notable difference this series was the Knicks just seemed to be a bunch of individual parts. The Pacers are noticeably more cohesive at both ends. All 4 teams left have a “team identity”, not sure the Knicks have that, at least not like they did during the regular season surge.

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