By Avery Mullen
New York, NY- The New York Knicks have again put themselves in a precarious situation by having another must win game. It just so happens that this “game 7” attitude has come at the expense of losing home-court advantage after getting pounded in game 1 against the Indiana Pacers (pause). No its not time to hit the panic button but it is time to buckle down and not find themselves down 2-0 having to go to Indiana. The key will be to provide a bit more hustle to their game. The real bottom line is that they need to put the ball in the bucket.
Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith have both been equally abysmal over the past 4 games going back to the Celtics series. Call it a bad day but this has been what is trending over the last 15 and a half quarters for these two. The Pacers are too big yes, however, the Knicks are still the favorite because of the ability of their scorers. If the Knicks continue to hoist up jump shots that easily plays into the hands of the second best defense in the league, in the Pacers. Something makes me wonder that maybe the Knicks have to be more efficient from outside because of their lack of a post-up player and the Trees that reside in the paint for the Pacers. Carmelo Anthony, for all of his big time scoring ability, is a huge liability playing defense against a bigger David West.
All arrows point to advantage Pacers with their 3-point defense and size. The Knicks do have the ability to change that if they go out tonight and treat this as if it were game 7. There needs to be an extreme sense of urgency amongst them and a large amount of focus on the offensive side of the ball. If not the dream Heat-Knicks Eastern Conference Finals matchup may go up in smoke.
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