(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks will try to even their series with the
Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night when the two sides duke it out in Game 2 at
Madison Square Garden.
The Pacers came into the Big Apple on Sunday and won Game 1 of the Eastern
Conference semifinals, 102-95. Indiana has stolen the home-court advantage
from the Knicks, but that doesn't mean the Pacers are taking Tuesday's game
"We have the mindset that Game 2 is a must-win and we have to go after it,"
said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. "You're going to see incredible desperation on
(the Knicks') part, and we have to exceed that."
In Game 1, David West led a bruising effort from Indiana's great front line.
He finished with 20 points, followed by 19 from All-Star and Most Improved
Player Paul George, and 14 from Roy Hibbert.
The Pacers used their excellent team defense on Sunday, holding the Knicks to
19 points in both the second and third quarters. Some Knicks hinted that the
Pacers went after Carmelo Anthony's injured shoulder, which could possibly
explain his 10-for-28 shooting afternoon.
"I'm going to stand my ground," said George, who has the primary task of
shutting down the NBA's leading scorer. "I'm not a player to go after injuries
or try to hurt guys. I want the best out of 'Melo. I don't want to hurt 'Melo
and limit him."
George Hill added 14 points and Lance Stephenson continued his great run
during the playoffs with 11 points and 13 rebounds. D.J. Augustin chipped in
16 points off the bench in just under 13 minutes.
The Knicks universally agreed the Pacers outworked them in Game 1.
"They beat us on the glass, they beat us to the loose basketballs out there,
the hustle plays, and they outworked us," Anthony said.
Anthony led the way with 27 points, but it came on 28 shots. He did grab 11
Raymond Felton once again played very well. He had 18 points on 8-for-12
shooting from the field. J.R. Smith, the Sixth Man of the Year in the NBA, had
17 off the bench and Kenyon Martin added 12 in a reserve role. Iman Shumpert
One of New York's biggest problems has been the shooting of Anthony and Smith.
The two were sensational scorers for the Knicks in the regular season, but
have struggled shooting in this postseason. Anthony is shooting 37 percent
from the field and Smith is at 36 percent.
"It helps to get to the free-throw line some," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said
after practice on Monday. "Sometimes, some of the difficult shots you're
accustomed to making, that you're not making, you've got to find a way to take
better shots. I think they're capable of doing that. Only time will tell."
Amare Stoudemire returned to practice on Monday, but is not expected to play
on Tuesday night. He underwent right knee surgery in mid-March and with Game 3
not until Saturday, Stoudemire will probably be in uniform once the series
moves to Indianapolis.
"If he doesn't have any setbacks, then he'll probably suit up Saturday,"
Woodson said of Stoudemire.
Game 3 will be Saturday in Indianapolis.
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