Playoff Game Thread: Knicks @ Pacers Game 6

Here we go!

Win and the Knicks will get to play an epic Game 7 on Monday night, lose and, well, you know.

Pacers starting point guard George Hill has been cleared to play. It will be fascinating to see how he deals with contact, or whether the Knicks will shy away from hitting him hard, fearing that the refs will call any contact with Hill tight.

Just like Game 5, the key for the Knicks is to take an early lead. The Pacers are not good at coming back. The team leading the game entering the fourth has won every game this series, so an early lead is very important (especially in terms of taking the crowd out of the game).

Let’s go Knicks!

Playoff Game Thread: Knicks vs. Pacers Game 5

The Knicks already had to feel good about heading back to the Garden to try to take care of business and at the very least force the Pacers to clinch the series in Indiana. However, things changed dramatically a little while ago when the news came out that George Hill suffered a concussion during the last game. Hill will miss tonight’s game and since you never know how concussions go, he might very well miss the rest of the series. The Pacers’ third-string point guard is Ben Hansbrough (the Pacers have cornered the market on Hansbroughs), but I bet they’ll play Lance Stephenson as the back-up point guard behind DJ Augustin. The drop-off from Hill to Augustin is steep, so this is major news for the Knicks. If Felton (and the returning Prigs) could perhaps attack Augustin and get him into some foul trouble, the Pacers might just fall apart.

At the very least, let’s hope that Jason Kidd (who will remain in the rotation) at least out-scores Hill.

This game was already winnable but now it just got a lot easier. No excuses tonight, the Knicks have to get it done!

Let’s go Knicks!

Playoff Game Thread: Knicks @ Pacers Game 3

Well, here we go, the first game 3 the Knicks have played in the second round since 2000!

Seriously, though, the Knicks pretty much have to at least bring a split back to MSG for Game 5, so they need to get one of these two games in Indiana. Might as well be tonight!

In the Knicks’ year-long hokey pokey dance, Amar’e is about to put his right knee in but JR Smith might have to take his whole body out as he is sick and is listed as questionable for tonight (he missed today’s shootaround).

Should be a really interesting game (and hopefully a really interesting win).

Let’s go Knicks!

Playoff Game Thread: Knicks vs. Pacers Game 2

Here we are, the first Game 2 of the second round for the Knicks since 2000!

In all seriousness, the Knicks are in a hole after losing Game 1 but they can right things to a major degree with a win tonight. The key here, as it was in Game 1, is to play stronger to start. We all know that the Knicks tend to turn it on late (they have done so in pretty much every game in the playoffs so far), but their problem has been that they have started slowly in pretty much every game in the playoffs. That is okay against a lesser team like the Celtics, but it is not going to fly against a team like the Pacers, who have enough offensive firepower to go with their strong defense that they are hard to come back against.

Steve Novak might play tonight. It would be nice if he could hit some shots. The Knicks need someone other than Raymond Felton to make some shots.

Obviously, also Tyson Chandler, Melo and JR Smith all need to play better. I have faith that at least two of them will come through tonight. If they do, the Knicks should win this one and take the series to Indiana where they hope to at least split the series and get home court back.

Let’s go Knicks!

Playoff Game Thread: Knicks vs. Pacers Game 1

Here we go, the first Game 1 of the second round for the Knicks since <b>2000</b>!!

The Knicks should win this series, but I think we’ll have a much better idea of where the Knicks stand after this first game and we see if the Pacers have anything sneaky up their sleeves in how they plan to play the Knicks.

The first series had Shump play out of his mind and Tyson Chandler slowly got back into shape, so the Knicks are in really good shape right now, and that’s with JR Smith not even playing particularly well!

Let’s go Knicks!

Playoff Game Thread: Knicks @ Celtics Game 6

Here we go! On a night where the NBA is having four, count ’em <b>four</b> Game 6’s, for only the second time in league history (granted, the first round has only been seven games since 2003, but still!), the Knicks travel to Boston in an attempt to finally put these pesky Celtics out of their (and our) misery.

Tonight, we can hope that the Knicks bury the Celtics with a barrage of three-pointers instead of a barrage of rhetoric.

The Knicks are clearly the better team, so they should close things out tonight. It seems hard to believe that the Celtics could take three in a row from the Knicks, but I suppose crazier things have happened. Let’s hope that the Knicks don’t let said crazy things happen tonight.

We even made sure to have a game thread ready ahead of time for you all.

Let’s go Knicks!