|Eastern Conference - Semifinals - Best of 7 - Game 4 - IND Leads 2-1|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-6.1||2-3||2-3||89.0||40.8||42.1%||45.2||87.0||40.4||42.5%||51.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||98.8||50.1||36-81||44.5%||11-28||37.3%||16-21||75.8%||48||11||19||20||8||12||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.5||49||37-82||45.0%||7-20||35.5%||17-22||75.0%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||96.1||48.7||35-82||43.5%||10-28||35.8%||15-20||75.3%||49||11||18||21||8||12||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||94.6||48.2||35-77||45.5%||8-22||35.4%||17-22||76.2%||49||10||19||19||6||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||97.1||48.8||37-82||45.1%||7-19||35.5%||17-22||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||96.2||49.6||35-77||45.8%||8-21||36.7%||18-23||74.9%||50||10||21||19||7||14||4|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+3.8||4-1||3-2||90.0||43.4||44.1%||56.4||85.4||39.6||39.3%||43.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||94.5||46.6||35-80||43.4%||7-20||34.3%||18-24||74.8%||55||13||20||20||7||15||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||98||49.4||37-82||45.4%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.3%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||98.0||49.4||36-82||43.8%||8-20||36.9%||19-25||74.6%||56||14||21||20||7||14||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||90.6||45.2||34-82||42.1%||6-17||32.8%||16-22||75.3%||50||11||19||22||8||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||97.5||49.1||37-82||45.1%||7-20||35.9%||16-22||74.8%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||89.5||45.5||34-82||41.3%||6-17||31.8%||16-22||74.4%||50||11||18||23||7||13||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW YORK 96, INDIANA 95.5|
|4/7/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||125-120||W||7.5||W||193||O||46-93||49.5%||48||6||45-78||57.7%||42||12|
|5/14/2013||@ INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|5/16/2013||INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ NEW YORK||80-90||L||3||L||193.5||U||28-65||43.1%||58||26||35-82||42.7%||38||11|
|5/5/2013||@ NEW YORK||102-95||W||5||W||181.5||O||37-76||48.7%||54||16||35-81||43.2%||42||10|
|5/7/2013||@ NEW YORK||79-105||L||6||L||183||O||30-66||45.5%||44||21||44-89||49.4%||47||6|
|5/14/2013||NEW YORK|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|5/16/2013||@ NEW YORK|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NEW YORK: GUARDS: RAYMOND FELTON will start at the point, which seems like a colossal mistake. He had his career year in New York under Mike D'Antoni, but the Knicks have gone away from the pick-and-roll system he thrived in . . . Don't be surprised if JASON KIDD is overtaking Felton in minutes played by midseason. He's limited athletically but still a heady passer . . . Resident chucker J.R. SMITH should see big minutes early before IMAN SHUMPERT steps in as the defense half of their shooting guard platoon as soon as his knee is recovered mid-season . . . RONNIE BREWER will be Smith's defensive complement while Shumpert is out . . . PABLO PRIGIONI is a game manager who provides insurance at the point. FORWARDS: This is once again CARMELO ANTHONY's team, as the Knicks will run their offense through him. It's going to be a lot of iso, and a lot of scoring opportunities for Melo . . . AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE doesn't fit nearly as well in this system as he did in former coach Mike D'Antoni's. He ended up forcing a lot of shots a year ago, and his durability is a major question mark . . . STEVE NOVAK will continue to come off the bench strictly as a three-point shooter. He's one of the best long-range bombers in the NBA, but he's too much of a defensive liability to play more than 20 minutes per night . . . Swingman JAMES WHITE will also get some minutes at the two or three spots with his 6-foot-7 frame. . . CHRIS COPELAND had some solid years overseas, but will be lucky to break into this rotation . . . KURT THOMAS is in player/coach mode. CENTERS: TYSON CHANDLER is indispensible on the defensive end as long as sieves Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are also in the frontcourt . . . MARCUS CAMBY can't defendin space like Chandler can, but his ability to rebound and protect the rim will come in handy as the second unit is no better defensively than the starters . . . RASHEED WALLACE came out of retirement, but has a long way to go, especially with his lack of conditioning, before he contributes much at age 38.|
|INDIANA: GUARDS: The Pacers went 7-2 during the regular season and won a playoff series with GEORGE HILL in the starting five. He averaged 13.9 PPG and 5.3 APG in those regular season starts . . . PAUL GEORGE is a defensive stopper who is making strides on the offensive end. If he can find the touches, his scoring average will rise . . . D.J. AUGUSTIN has a skill set similar to Hill's. Maybe he'll push him for minutes later in the year, but more likely he'll shoot corner threes off the bench . . . GERALD GREEN is another athlete for their second unit . . . LANCE STEPHENSON has a chance for a bigger role, but he's been atrocious to this point of his career. FORWARDS: DANNY GRANGER's touches dropped last season, but his shot selection improved as last year went on. He'll continue to be a borderline All-Star . . . DAVID WEST's knee should be fully recovered from his torn ACL in late 2010-11. He was their best player in the postseason and should be a star this season with his ability to knock down shots . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH looks like he's settling in as a career second unit player. His lack of athleticism really limits his upside . . . JEFF PENDERGRAPH may or may not hold on to a roster spot in a 12th-man role. CENTERS: They're paying ROY HIBBERT like a franchise player, and he has the ability to control both ends of the court. The question is whether they'll now play him 30-plus minutes, or continue to use him as more of a part-time player . . . IAN MAHINMI should step in as a decent backup center . . . Rookie MILES PLUMLEE was a part-time player at Duke and is highly unlikely to contribute in his first season.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW (NEW YORK-INDIANA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Knicks-Pacers Preview* =======================
By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer
New York At Indiana, Game Four, 7:00 p.m. EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers have been converting second chances all season.
They're not about to stop now.
After blowing a chance to take command of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Game 2, the Pacers rebounded for an 11-point win in Game 3 and have another opportunity to take command of this best-of-seven series by beating New York at home Tuesday night in Game 4.
"We should approach this game the same way that they're going to approach it, and that's a must-win," Pacers swingman Paul George said Monday. "We've got to get this game. We've got to get this game under our belt, take care of our home court. That'll just set us up to take care of business on the road."
The Pacers couldn't have created a better blueprint.
Only two teams -- Indiana and Memphis -- started the week with perfect home playoff records. Indiana has won its four games by an average of 16.5 points and Memphis headed into Monday night's game with a 13-point victory margin at home. As for the Knicks, well, they're 0-3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season.
Indiana also finished the regular season as the NBA's best rebounding team and has been even more dominant in the playoffs, something New York has learned the hard way. The Knicks have been beaten up on the glass in both losses and were outscored 20-10 on second-chance points Saturday night.
If the Pacers do that again in Game 4, the second-seeded Knicks probably will go home facing a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series Eastern Conference semifinals.
"We don't want to get relaxed. We don't want to feel happy or complacent," George said. "We've got to come out and play, again, the same way that they're going to approach the game, and that's just with a lot of energy. We have to match their energy but still play our style of basketball."
Lately, New York has looked downright anemic offensively and it doesn't appear their bench is getting much better, literally.
Guard J.R. Smith, the NBA's top sixth man, actually increased his shooting percentage playing just hours after spiking a 102-degree fever Saturday morning. He missed practice Sunday and Monday, but has promised to be ready Tuesday night. Forward Kenyon Martin, who has been defending Indiana's big men, woke up feeling ill Sunday. He, too, has missed the last two practices. Both players are listed as questionable.
On Tuesday, guard Iman Shumpert joined the list of ailing players, sitting out with a sore left knee. Coach Mike Woodson said he is probable for Game 4.
NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony and Smith are a combined 40 of 112 from the field against Indiana, and Anthony is trying to rebound from a dismal fourth quarter in which he had no baskets and only two points.
And New York has to break out of this funk against one of the NBA's stingiest defenses by winning on the road.
Could it get any worse for the Knicks?
"I wouldn't want to go back home down 3-1, so Tuesday's a pivotal game for us," Woodson said. "I have to get these guys pumped up and ready to go."
Things sound promising.
Following the latest loss, Anthony told reporters things would be different in Tuesday's rematch. When the Knicks returned to practice Sunday, they looked and sounded like a team that was more interested in staying composed than getting angry.
"There can't just be one or two guys out there," center Tyson Chandler said. "It has to be an entire time and that's where we're falling short right now."
The Pacers might have even more to prove, though.
After starting the season with visions of reaching at least the conference finals, they are now just two wins away from achieving that goal. A year ago, they were in exactly the same spot -- up 2-1 with Game 4 at home.
But Miami won the next three games, knocking the Pacers out of the playoffs and teaching them a valuable lesson.
"It shows that a 2-1 lead means nothing," Pacers guard George Hill said. "A team can make miracle plays and miracle games. So, we felt like this before last year up 2-1 and really kind of let our guard down in Game 4 and gave them back that momentum and they kicked us out the playoffs because of that. We just have to come into Game 4 with that same energy and effort, just like we're down 2-1 with our backs against the wall."
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 8:40:11 PM EST|