|Eastern Conference - Semifinals - Best of 7 - Game 6 - IND Leads 3-2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-2.1||2-3||2-3||87.6||40.0||41.1%||46.0||86.2||42.4||41.1%||57.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||98.5||49.8||36-81||44.4%||10-28||37.2%||16-21||76.0%||48||11||19||20||8||12||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.3||48.9||37-82||44.9%||7-20||35.4%||17-22||75.1%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||95.8||48.4||35-82||43.3%||10-28||35.7%||15-20||75.5%||49||11||18||21||8||12||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||94.3||48.0||35-77||45.3%||8-22||35.3%||17-22||75.9%||49||10||19||19||6||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||97||48.7||37-82||45.1%||7-19||35.5%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||96.1||49.5||35-77||45.6%||8-21||36.6%||18-24||75.0%||50||10||21||19||7||14||5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+1.8||3-2||2-3||86.2||42.4||41.1%||57.2||87.6||40.0||41.1%||46.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||94.3||46.5||35-80||43.3%||7-20||34.2%||18-24||74.6%||55||13||20||20||7||15||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.9||49.4||37-81||45.4%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.3%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||97.9||49.4||36-82||43.8%||8-21||36.8%||19-25||74.6%||56||14||20||20||7||14||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||90.5||45.0||34-82||42.0%||6-17||32.8%||16-21||75.5%||49||11||19||22||8||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||97.5||49.1||37-82||45.0%||7-21||35.9%||16-22||74.8%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||89.3||45.3||34-82||41.1%||6-18||31.7%||16-21||74.6%||50||11||18||23||7||13||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW YORK 96, INDIANA 95.5|
|5/18/2013||@ 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|
|5/16/2013||@ NEW YORK||75-85||L||5||L||181.5||U||25-69||36.2%||60||19||32-78||41.0%||47||10|
|5/18/2013||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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
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*Knicks-Pacers Preview* =======================
By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer
New York At Indiana, Game Six, 8:00 p.m. EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers head into Game 6 against the New York Knicks in unfamiliar territory.
Point guard George Hill is out with a concussion, NBA rules requiring him to pass a concussion test before he can play again. The Pacers have no idea whether that will come in time for Saturday night's potential closeout game.
Officially, the team says Hill is day-to-day.
It's a sensitive topic around Pacers headquarters, where coaches and players remain hopeful Hill will be back on the court but are preparing as if he won't be around to help.
"Learning about it at the last minute was not ideal," coach Frank Vogel said. "But as a coach you prepare for those scenarios all the time. If someone gets hurt in the first minute of the game, it's the same thing, right?"
This is not the same thing, and that became evident late Friday afternoon when the NBA posted its concussion protocol on its own web site to clear up any potential discrepancies. Pacers spokesman David Benner instructed reporters to view the protocol because the team would not answer questions about it.
The policy states that any player diagnosed with a concussion must be held out of all activities until he is symptom-free at rest and they see no "appreciable" difference between the players' baseline test conducted before the season and the test after the injury.
Then the player must prove he is symptom-free as the level of exertion increases. Team doctors can then determine whether the player passes, a decision that must be discussed with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the NBA's director of the concussion program.
The league has not established a timetable for how long players must sit out before returning because each injury is different. Sometimes, the recovery time is quick. Kobe Bryant, for instance, did not miss a game after breaking his nose and being diagnosed with a concussion in February 2012.
Vogel and the Pacers would not provide details of the symptoms Hill felt Thursday, citing federal privacy laws. Vogel did say he was informed of the injury following Thursday's morning shootaround and found out via text message at 4 p.m. that Hill had been ruled out of the game.
Hill did not attend practice Friday, and Vogel said he had not spoken with his starting point guard before the session ended. Hill is expected to undergo at least one more concussion test before tip-off against the Knicks.
The Pacers haven't ruled Hill out - and neither have the Knicks.
"With or without George (Hill), the pressure has got to stay the same," Knicks coach Mike Woodson told reporters during a conference call. "We're preparing as if he is going to play. But the pressure has got to come whether he (Hill) is out there or someone else is out there."
The severity of the injury is unclear, too.
Hill was injured early in Game 4 when he ran into Knicks center Tyson Chandler. He got up and looked a little wobbly after the collision, but did not leave the game and finished with 26 points in an 83-72 win. That gave Indiana a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.
D.J. Augustin replaced Hill in the lineup Thursday and the Pacers struggled. They finished with 19 turnovers and wound up losing 85-75, a victory that got the Knicks within 3-2 and sent the series back to Indy for Game 6. Augustin played nearly 39 minutes and scored 12 points with no assists.
When asked what he would do Saturday if Hill couldn't play, Vogel replied curtly, "No comment," before explaining he didn't want to give away his game plan, a comment that drew chuckles.
If Augustin doesn't start, one possibility would be using All-Star Paul George at the spot. Vogel did that at times in Game 5 and George responded with a double-double - 23 points and 10 rebounds - and six assists.
"Honestly, I felt like having the ball in my hands put me in rhythm and the shots started falling for me," George said.
That's something the Pacers certainly need. They've only closed out three playoff series at home since 2000: last year against Orlando; in 2000 against Milwaukee in the first round and against New York in the conference finals.
And they don't want this chance to slip away regardless of who is healthy and who isn't.
"Here is where we really want to end it," George said. "If not, it will really be up for grabs."
The Knicks understand, too.
They've spent most of the series trying to rally after losing Game 1 at home, and with time running short on the comebacks, Woodson knows this is no time to play games. His lineup changes helped New York stabilize its struggling offense in Game 5, which they led from wire-to-wire.
With or without Hill, New York must play the same way Saturday at Indiana, where they're 0-4 this season, or they'll be heading home for the summer instead of going home for a decisive seventh game.
"Again, we've got to validate what we did last night," Woodson said. "That was a must-win; our backs were against the wall. They still are. When we lost Game 1, we knew right then and there that the only way to get out of this series was to go get one at Indiana and this is our last chance."
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 5:41:51 PM EST|