New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview
Anthony will lead the Knicks against the Pacers in the team's first game following All-Star weekend. (Photo: Reuters)
The New York Knicks will visit the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast live MSG and FxMW at 7 p.m., ET, and can be seen via live TV stream online for free here, but please, click on that link at your own risk.
The Knicks are 32-18 and are coming out of the All-Star break 1 1/2 games ahead of the Pacers for second place in the Eastern Conference despite dropping three of their last four games. The two teams have split the season series 1-1. But Indiana has won 16 of 18 at home and looks stronger than ever.
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Carmelo Anthony, who missed the Knicks' loss in the split because of a suspension and scored a game-high 26 in the team's win, is coming off a 26-point performance in the All-Star game on 8-of-14 shooting despite originally being uncertain to play after bruising his right arm in a 92-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors last Wednesday. In that game, though, he had 12 points on 5-of-24 shooting from the floor after averaging 36.3 in the previous three games.
Despite Anthony's stellar season, his 22.1 field-goal attempts per game are the most in the NBA, something that arguably has something to do with the team being the league's worst assisting team at 19.7 per game, including an average of 14.0 in the last four games. If the Knicks are to be more of a contender, they must do a better job of sharing the basketball instead of leaning so heavily on Anthony for offensive production, and that starts against the Pacers.
As for the Pacers, who went into the All-Star break leading the league in both field-goal defense (41.7 percent) and opponents' scoring average (89.9), they await the return of Danny Granger, even though they have been playing well without him, scoring 98 or more points in eight of the last 10 games while averaging only 92.8 points on the season with him sidelined.
Granger, who is the team's top scorer each of the past five seasons, resumed practice just before the break, but is still officially listed as day-to-day. He likely won't return until Friday's game against the Detroit Pistons.
Paul George is the guy to watch. He followed his first career triple-double in last Wednesday's 101-77 win over the Charlotte Bobcats with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals in just 20 minutes in the All-Star game. George, whose career average is 12.2 points per game, has scored 20 or more points in seven of the past 11 games.
David West is probable for Wednesday after missing his first game of the season last Wednesday because of a scratched eye.