Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Knicks Down 3-1

The Knicks didn't come out with the necessary energy to even the series in Indiana in Game 4. The Pacers led fromt he outset and never looked back. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith continued to struggle from the field. They shot a combined 16 for 45. Anthony fouled out with 24 points and Smith had 19.

Kenyon Martin got the start to match the Pacers' size and with Iman Shumpert the two were 0 for 9 fromt he field. Adding Jason Kidd's 0 for 2 won't help things. Kidd can't seem to get the ball anywhere near the basket of late. Even Tyson Chandler shot below 50%.

In this game, Roy Hibbert struggled, but George Hill picked up the slack with 26 points. Hill suffered a concussion late in the game when he ran into a Chandler pick.Paul George hasn't shot the ball well, but he helps his team in other ways. The Pacer bigs helped Indiana outrebound New York by 18.

The Knicks didn't turn the ball over this time, but did shoot around 35% from the field again.The poor shooting has led some to call for more playing time for Steve Novak and Chris Copeland, who are both better offensive players than defensive stoppers.

The Knicks lost this one in the first half, trailing by 14. They never mustered a proper comeback and lost 93-82.

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