The New York Knicks were SUPPOSED to battling it out this season with the Indiana Pacers for the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference behind the Miami Heat. Considering, the Knicks are 15-23 and Indiana is a league best 30-7…that isn’t happening. However, Tuesday’s ugly loss to the Bobcats aside, the Knicks have been playing good basketball the past few weeks. Can they score what would be a big upset on the road tonight against the heavily favored Pacers?
Let’s hope tonight is not the Pacers/Knicks game we are accustomed to seeing recently, which includes Paul George outplaying Carmelo Anthony, Roy Hibbert dominating Tyson Chandler and Lance Stephenson causing general disarray everywhere for the Knicks. Indiana has won four of their last five and have generally been the best team in basketball this season. They have an absurd 19-1 home record, so a Knicks win tonight would be easily be their biggest upset of the season and probably their most impressive win to date.
They’ll be fighting an uphill battle with a less than 100% Chandler and JR Smith involved in endless shenanigans (although it is being reported he will play his normal minutes tonight). The good news is that Pablo Prigioni is expected back in the lineup. Of course we don’t know how/if Mike Woodson will use him but still: PABLO!
Tuesday was a disappointing night for the Knicks but shouldn’t have been that unexpected on the second night of a back to back. When you put yourself in a huge hole, you are going to exhaust yourself digging out of it. The Knicks are currently 8 games under .500 but after this Indiana game have a soft enough spot in the schedule where they can hopefully make a run before getting some rest at the All-Star break.
The Knicks played Indiana tough early in the season with a shorthanded line-up and they should be up for tonight’s game. Make sure to follow us @TurnOnTheKnicks for live commentary and to check back here after for a recap.