Sunday, November 18 at 12:00 PM EST at Madison Square Garden
Game Preview: IND at NYK
by Scott Agness
The Knicks were among the teams making flashy offseason moves like the Lakers and Nets, surrounding their core with more talent and veteran guys. Before the season, most pundits didn’t have them finishing in the top three of the Eastern Conference. After six games in to the season, they were the last remaining undefeated team and everyone around the league had to pay attention. Bolstering their resume was earning five of their six wins against playoff-caliber teams like Miami, Philadelphia, and San Antonio.
Friday night, the Knicks dropped their first game of the season to a respectable Memphis team on the road, 105-95. The loss ended a three-game road trip and they now return home to play the Pacers on Sunday at noon.
Amar’e Stoudemire is out for considerable time with a left knee injury, but that hasn’t slowed the team. Anthony has picked up where he left off with the Olympic team and he’s receiving plenty of help from a variety of guys like J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, and Tyson Chandler.
With grizzled veterans Kurt Thomas, Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, and Rasheed Wallace, this Knicks team has guys that can speak to experience and point to previous situations they’ve had to overcome.
After some offensive changes before shootaround Friday, the Pacers got back in the win column and hope to string together back-to-back wins. In the Friday victory, the bench finally made a difference and Roy Hibbert looked his sharpest to this point. The Pacers are still very much a work in progress and they’ll learn more about where they are after a mid-afternoon challenge in the Big Apple.
Because the game is in New York – a big market with stars in the bright lights – people are always watching. Will the Knicks’ impressive start continue or will the Pacers earn another win as they re-tool their offense?
- C – Roy Hibbert
- F – David West
- F – Paul George
- G – Lance Stephenson
- G – George Hill
- C – Tyson Chandler
- F – Carmelo Anthony
- F – Ronnie Brewer
- G – Raymond Felton
- G – Jason Kidd
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
Mavs: Iman Shumpert (out, torn left ACL and meniscus), Amar’e Stoudemire (out, left knee)
- The Pacers and Knicks have split the last eight meetings.
- With a noon tip, it’ll be the Pacers first afternoon contest.
- Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams played for the Pacers from 1981-89.
- Glen Grunwald (Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Interim General Manager) played at Indiana and was part of the 1981 NCAA championship team.
- Knicks head coach Mike Woodson played at Broad Ripple High School and then went on to play college hoops at Indiana.
New York took the first two games last year, but Indiana won the last meeting 112-104 on April 3rd. Like the old Pacers-Knicks rivalry days of the 90s, Danny Granger brought the Pacers back from 17 down by scoring 14 of his 27 points and hitting numerous key shots in the final period.
Carmelo Anthony went off for 39 points (on 31 field goal attempts) and 10 rebounds while Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Michael Grady (studio host)