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!