On Saturday night, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the Knicks (#2 Seed, 54-28) were defeated by the Indiana Pacers (#3 Seed, 49-32) 82-71.
The Pacers now have a 2-1 lead in the Best of 7 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 21 points on 6-16 shooting from the floor. He had five rebounds and one assist. He also had four turnovers and was only 1-1 from three.
Iman Shumpert scored eight points on 3-10 shooting from the floor and led the team in rebounds with 10.
Amar’e Stoudemire in his return from a second knee surgery was 3-8 from the floor, including 1-1 from three, for seven points. He played nine minutes and had two rebounds.
No Knicks player, outside of Anthony, scored in double figures.
Roy Hibbert scored 24 points on 9-18 shooting from the floor. He was tied for the team lead in rebounds with David West with 12. Eight of his rebounds were on the offensive glass.
Paul George had a near triple double with 14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists along with five steals as well. George Hill was 5-16 from the floor including 5-12 from three, while scoring 17 points.
Both teams shot 35% from the floor and the Pacers had 17 turnovers to the Knicks 14. But, they out rebounded the Knicks 53-40 including an 18-10 edge on the offensive glass.
The Knicks were only 3-11 from three (27%) while the Pacers were 10-33 (30%)
Since joining the NBA in 1976-77, the Pacers have still never lost a Game 3 at home in a best-of-seven series that is tied 1-1 (7-0)
The Knicks are now 6-12 all-time in Game 3s, including 3-5 on the road, when tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven series.
The Pacers are 4-0 at home with an average victory margin of 16.5 points
Saturday’s loss marked the first time New York lost in this year’s playoffs while holding a team to fewer than 90 points.
This was a pretty poor way to spend a Saturday Night.
A no show on the road in a big playoff game is honestly quite infuriating.
Tyson Chandler was garbage. Smith played like a guy with the Flu, Melo’s bad shooting returned in the second half and none of the point guards did anything.
Iman Shumpert was the only guy who looked like he thought playing tonight was a good idea. To have three days to prepare for this game and come out and play like this is a joke.
The Pacers offense did litte tonight that made you think the Knicks could lose this game. But, the hustle plays, second chance points and defensive intensity was something that was brilliant from beginning to end.
Roy Hibbert was as good as I have ever seen him. He made Chandler look like a total bum. It was a total change from Game Two where he was a non factor. When he hit that running hook shot with his left hand, we should have known is was going to be a long night.
Can anyone explain to me how Chris Copeland and Steve Novak don’t play more? How does Jason Kidd play so much? Does Pablo Prigioni have to dominate in the first half to get any burn in the second? The offense was awful and yet Mike Woodson stubbornly kept trying to squeeze something out of his veterans.
I think Woodson had a horrible game. He was totally out coached and this team was not ready to play the game. Frank Vogel after over-coaching in Game Two had his team ready and put on a clinic.
Game Four is a must win. They better be ready to play because the Pacers just showed what can happen when they are not.
Tuesday Night can’t come fast enough to get this game out of my memory.
Coming up next, the Knicks will look to tie the series at 2-2 and try once again to steal back home court advantage in Indianapolis as they play Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals against Paul George, David West and the Indiana Pacers. The game is Tuesday at 7 pm and can be seen on TNT.