Here are my predictions for tonight’s game:
* Shump Doesn’t Play
Basically the Knicks always under-report their injuries. So when they say they’re flying in an orthopedic surgeon to check out Shumpert’s knee, they mean his leg has been cut off at the femur, and they’re hoping the bleeding will stop by halftime.
* The Nix Rebound Better
Maybe Tyson can’t physically do it, but I’d be surprised if Woody lets this slide. New York out-glassed the Pacers in game 2, and in that game no single ‘Bocker had double digits. This requires a team effort, and I see them doing better than they did in games 1 and 3.
* Jason Kidd Hits A Shot
Sure he’s done, toast, worthless, the undead. But he’s hitting one tonight. Maybe Coach barking at him in practice to rebound takes Kidd back to 200-something and the old dog pulls a “The Natural”. Not that he throws the ball over the backboard igniting the court in a stream of fireworks, but that an old washed up geezer can still have a good game. Remember I’m actually predicting this, and you read it here first.
* JR Smith Hits More Than 4 Shots
No way he’s pulling another 4-15, 3-15, or 4-12. Wait that’s what he’s shot in the first 3 games? Damn I’m toast on this one. Oh well I wrote this in ink, so there’s no backing down.
* Chris Copeland Does Nothing
I would love nothing more for him to be the answer, but I think my reasons are best revealed in meme form.
* Amar’e Stoudemire Punches Tyler Hansbrough
Last year it was the glass case. This year it’s Psycho-T. I think they’ll hook up in the early 2nd quarter, setting the tone for the game. I’m most confident of this prediction.
* Carmelo Anthony Drops 40
Crazy? Like a fox! Maybe the whole “Tyson Chandler says the Knicks need to share the ball” is a big rouse to let ‘Melo go ape-sheet. The Pacers spend the last few days game planning on stopping everyone else, and the Knicks run 40 straight-iso plays to numero siete. Woodson you potato headed genius!
* Knicks Win!
They have no chance in hell. Tyson Chandler can’t rebound or defend anymore. J.R. Smith’s pipe has taken over, and he can’t stop taking orders from Admiral Winky long enough to remember he’s playing for his next contract. Iman Shumpert – hurt, status unknown. Jason Kidd – suffering from ptsd. Steve Novak – missing in action, presumed dead. As for the depth? Marcus Camby is essentially a cardboard cut out you can put under the net. Chris Copeland isn’t saving this team. Earl Barron anyone? There’s no logical reason to think this team can win tonight.
But that’s when the boys seem to pull it together the most.
Against Miami they’d have no chance, but the Pacers are hardly the Heat. Roy Hibbert shot 3-7 (6 pts) twice in this series before having one good (offensive) game. He’s not coming out for 24 again in this series. Indiana can defend, but they really don’t have a consistent offense. Other than Paul George, who is there to be scared of? David West? George Hill? Lance Stephenson? Let’s be real now. Knicks by 6.