And the Knicks thought eliminating the Boston Celtics was tough. If Mike Woodson’s team didn’t realize they were in for a dogfight before Sunday they sure know it now. The Indiana Pacers stunned the Knicks 102-95 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday.
LeBron James finished one vote shy of unanimously capturing the NBA’s MVP award, with the lone dissenting vote going to Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.
You won’t be hearing that line about the Knicks’ bigs being tough enough and tall enough to give the Miami Heat all kinds of problems in the upcoming Eastern Conference finals. The Knicks won’t even get out of this round if Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin continue to get outworked and outperformed by the Indiana Pacers.
The Knicks fully expected size was going to matter more against Indiana than it had in the first round against Boston. The Pacers muscled their way to a plus-14 rebounding edge behind Pacer big men Roy Hibbert and David West.
J.R. Smith didn’t say anything particularly colorful after his latest poor shooting night (4-for-15) in the playoffs on Sunday against the Pacers.
Donnie Walsh, the former Knicks general manager and current Pacers president, sat in his familiar courtside seat before Sunday’s playoff game, bantering with the news media, and labeling his presence at The Garden as “weirdâ? because of his history in New York.
Every time Carmelo Anthony attacked the rim, a big body seemed to be waiting.
Kevin Durant was in just the right spot and, once he had the ball, knew exactly what to do with it.
Brittney Griner recorded a video for It Gets Better, a project that inspires lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth with positive messages.
The Pacers’ defense outmuscled the Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
In a personal essay, Brittney Griner writes, “Just as basketball doesn’t define who I am, neither does being gay.â?
After Derek Fisher poked the ball away from Memphis’s Mike Conley, Kevin Durant’s jumper put Oklahoma City ahead to stay with 11.1 seconds left.
After transforming the Knicks into their current win-now iteration, Donnie Walsh returned to Indiana to oversee the up-and-coming Pacers.
The Knicks had trouble fending off the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert, who dominated inside and limited the shooting of Carmelo Anthony.
Indiana led for the entire second half, by as many as 16 points, as the Knicks struggled on offense against the Pacers’ aggressive, physical defense in Game 1.
General Manager Billy King said he did not want to rush the search process, which was expected to include top N.B.A. assistants and established head coaches.