Indiana Pacers Vs. New York Knicks Game 2: Watch Live Stream Of NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Online For Free; Preview
Will Anthony and West go toe-to-toe once again in Game 2? (Photo: Reuters)
The Indiana Pacers Vs. New York Knicks Eastern Conference semifinals series continues with Game 2 on Tuesday. The game will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. EDT on TNT, but if there's any reason you can't watch it on TV, you can watch a live stream online here. But please, click at your own risk.
It may be a bit too early for the Knicks and their fans to hit the panic button, but knowing what happened in Game 1 should at least get the Knicks thinking about how to approach Game 2 differently.
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The Pacers demonstrated their size advantage in their 102-95 victory in the opener of the second-round series on Sunday by not only out-rebounding the Knicks 44-30, but also outscoring the latter in the paint 46-32. Center Roy Hibbert especially exerted his dominance over Tyson Chandler by recording 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks compared to Chandler's four points, three rebounds and two blocks.
Carmelo Anthony, who has enjoyed success playing at power forward because of his size and quickness, arguably got banged up as badly as he's gotten throughout the playoffs going against David West, who's an inch taller and 15 pounds heavier. Anthony, who has made just 35 of 110 shots over his last four games, shot only 10 of 28 from the floor on Sunday and got into foul trouble, drawing concerns that his left shoulder is ailing him.
Whether or not the Pacers are targeting Anthony's shoulder under the guise of physical play is unclear. However, don't be surprised if coach Mike Woodson continues to start Anthony at four. While it would make sense for the Knicks to have a bigger starting lineup, possibly one with Anthony back at three and Kenyon Martin at four, the smaller lineup has done well enough up to this point to risk breaking up the chemistry.
At the same time, that small lineup has lived and died by the three, something which the Pacers defend well, and have defended well, with their length and athleticism. In Game 1, the Knicks were unable to hit from the perimeter and, as a result, were forced to drive at Hibbert and other big defenders like West and Tyler Hansbrough. And that didn't turn out well either.
To the Knicks' credit, they played physical on both ends of the floor given that they only lost by seven. They did have a lead after the first quarter, too, which means they are capable of besting Indiana. But, ultimately, they can't let up or run plays long enough for the Pacers to catch on. Jacking up shots can't be either the modus operandi or the last resort. Better to get banged up and draw fouls against a physical team than to pray for contested shots to fall.