Led by a pathetic effort from Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, the New York Knicks were embarrassed by the Indiana Pacers 82-71. It was another inexplicable no show performance, as the Knicks looked unprepared and lethargic. They were dominated on the boards, had poor rotations on defense and were nothing short of horrific on offense. The clock is ticking as the Knicks backs are now against the wall facing a 2-1 series deficit with another road game on the way.
There isn’t much to summarize. The Knicks basically played 3 on 5 tonight as Roy Hibbert (24 points, 12 rebounds) humiliated Tyson Chandler (9 points, 5 rebounds) for the second time in three games. Ray Felton played his worst game of the playoffs, as he didn’t score a point until the 4th quarter and finished with 3 turnovers and 1/8 from the field while George Hill finished with 17 points and hit five three pointers.
The Knicks once again got nothing from their bench. Jason Kidd didn’t score a point AGAIN. 181 minutes and counting. JR Smith was 4/12 from the field and had no positive impact. Amare Stoudemire did contribute 7 points in limited minutes but it just isn’t enough overall from the Knicks second line.
Indiana constantly had second chances on offense by out-hustling the Knicks for rebounds. They forced them into 14 turnovers and never allowed them to get into any rhythm. The Knicks looked unprepared and unmotivated. Like we said earlier, the clock is ticking. New York better be ready to handle business in a hostile environment on Thursday or this season will be pushed to the brink.