Series: Pacers Lead 3-1
When: 8:00 PM
Where: Madison Square Garden
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
Pacers (#3 Seed, 49-32)
SG: Lance Stephenson
SF: Paul George
PF: David West
C: Roy Hibbert
Knicks (#2 Seed, 54-28)
PG: Raymond Felton
SG: Pablo Prigioni
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler
At the end of Game Four, we all were upset with what had transpired with the Knicks the past two game in Indiana.
I even went so far in the post game to declare that this series was over unless a “Miracle” takes place. Those were strong words considering we have seen this team fight back when down before.
The cliches you hear when a team is down in a hole like this still remain true. Got to take this one game at a time, one quarter at a time. If you get one win the pressure starts to shift back to Indiana.
Things could not have gone much worse for the team the past two games. They were out worked for every play and seemed to have every big shot go against them.
It was basically a perfect storm that went against the Knicks. Now they will have to shake it off and start the comeback tonight.
How Mike Woodson coaches this game will be interesting. He has been ripped everywhere in the press and on the internet and needs to have this team ready. What will be the game plan he has to try and get them a win.
It is time for guys like J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler to step up and give the Knicks what they gave them during the regular season.
The only teams to come back down 3-1 in NBA History are the 1968 Boston Celtics, 1970 LA Lakers, 1979 Washington Bullets, 1981 Boston Celtics, 1995 Houston Rockets, 1997 Miami Heat (against the Knicks), 2003 Detroit Pistons and the 2006 Phoenix Suns.
This season has been about “first time in a long time” moments for this franchise. They have never come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series.
If they want to add that to all the things they have already accomplished this season, it obviously has to start tonight.
Things are never easy for the Knicks, so why should the Playoffs be any different. Get the win and worry about the rest later.
When trying to climb out of bad situation you got to start somewhere. Hopefully tonight the Knicks get started on the right track.
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- Will the Knicks get their offense on track at home?
- Will Melo be able to get it going in the fourth?
- Can the Pacers just keep doing what they have all series?
- Will J.R. Smith’s shot return?
- Which Knicks bench player will step up?