On Tuesday night, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the Knicks (#2 Seed, 54-28) were defeated by the Indiana Pacers (#3 Seed, 49-32) 93-82.
The Pacers now have a 3-1 lead in the Best of 7 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring tonight with 24 points on 9-23 shooting from the floor. He had nine rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal.
J.R. Smith scored 19 points on 7-22 shooting from the floor. He was 3-10 from three. He had two rebounds, one block and one steal.
Tyson Chandler scored 12 points on 4-9 shooting from the floor. He led the team in rebounding with 10 along with three blocks and one steal.
George Hill led the Pacers in scoring with 26 points on 9-14 from the floor. He added three rebounds, four assists and scored 14 points in the third quarter.
Paul George had a near triple double for the second consecutive game as he scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had seven assists. He even had two blocks and two steals.
The Knicks shot 36% from the field while the Pacers shot 41%
The Knicks bench outscored the Pacers bench 32-20.
The Pacers out rebounded the Knicks 54-36 and had an 16-11 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Knicks committed 29 fouls and were called for two technical fouls while the Pacers only committed 18 fouls.
The Knicks are now 0-4 this season in Indiana.
The Knicks have never come back from a 3-1 series deficit.
If Mike Woodson was fired after this series was over, I wouldn’t be against it.
I can admit that I have not been as hard on him as you guys are in the comments section. I’m more of a believer that you only fire the coach if he has “lost the team”.
But after watching the way the Pacers played at home and how they outclassed the Knicks in every facet, it’s hard not to start the blame game with him.
I did not think they came out flat like they did in Game Three. But, to pull a panic move by starting Kenyon Martin when going small had gotten the Knicks to this point made little sense.
It also has not helped that his stubbornness with players not performing like Jason Kidd, has been downright insane. The fact that Prigioni, who has been good whenever he was given a chance this postseason, can’t play over Kidd is just flat out stupid.
I know that Chris Copeland can’t play defense. We saw that when he came into the game and gave up a couple of back door plays. Even with that knowledge, we know the guy can score and deserved a chance to prove it. But, Woodson didn’t put him in until the third and the game at that point was basically out of reach.
Now the Knicks were down only eight early in the fourth and had a chance to put some pressure on the Pacers. At that point though the Pacers got a big three pointer from Lance Stephenson. He was open because the Knicks were late on a rotation. Who was late? Jason Kidd.
That is just one play of many where the Knicks just could not get the job done and the Pacers kept pulling away. I mean Roy Hibbert and David West were only small factors in this game and yet George Hill, Paul George and Stephenson all stepped up.
Some of the main frustrations from Game Three once again were back as they were dominated on the glass, lost the hustle plays and got nothing from anyone except for Carmelo Anthony.
Felton went missing after the first, Chandler was not as bad as Game Three but still bad enough, Shumpert was hurt and played like it and Smith was awful again.
J.R. Smith has been so bad someone went on twitter and created an account called @DidJRSmithMiss and most of the tweets were “Yes”.
Mike Woodson has been horrible in this series, especially since the series moved to Indiana. Frank Vogel has been so much better that it’s honestly sad and annoying to witness.
It has been a shame that the Knicks offense in these two games missed open shots, those are obviously killers. But the lack of common sense defensively, the poor body language when something goes wrong and the aforementioned lack of hustle on most plays are frustrating.
That falls on the coach, who deserves the blame again for not having them ready.
I just hope they don’t lose this series at home. Give us fans one more moment this year before the expected loss in Indiana and having the year end.
This series, for all intents and purposes, is over unless a miracle happens.
Coming up next, the Knicks will head back to Madison Square Garden and will look to avoid elimination as they play Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals against Paul George, David West and the Indiana Pacers. The game is Thursday at 8 pm and can be seen on TNT.