Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 7:00 PM ET at Madison Square Garden

Game Preview: Pacers at Knicks

Scott Agness | Updated: November 20, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

Matchup

The Pacers make their first of two visits to New York and the transformed Madison Square Garden this season, part of a two-game trip that wraps up in Boston on Friday. Indiana will be three days between games whereas the Knicks, who are off to a lackluster start, played and lost to the Pistons in Detroit last night.

The Knicks have won the last three regular-season meetings in New York, but the Pacers were successful in their second round playoff series last postseason. Last year, the teams split their four meetings, with both teams winning on their home floor. The Knicks are losers of three in a row and they’re just 1-5 in the comforts of their own arena. They haven’t won at home in November.

These two teams face each other just three times this season, the first two coming in The Empire State. The Knicks have eight returning players from last year’s squad. They drafted Tim Hardaway Jr., signed ex-Pacers forward Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, and traded with Toronto for Andrea Bargnani. All-Star center Tyson Chandler was injured shortly into their fourth game of the season. He has a fractured right leg but and is out until at least December, though surgery wasn’t necessary.

This game marks the return of Chris Copeland, who made his mark in the NBA as a rookie in New York last season. The sharpshooter is still very close with many within the Knicks organization and so he is excited about going back for the first time. He played in 56 games last season, starting 13, while averaging over 15 minutes per game.

The Pacers are coming of their first defeat of the season Saturday night in Chicago. They are having their best start in NBA franchise history and the best in the NBA since the Dallas Mavericks won their first 14 games in 2002-03. They’re not overreacting to the loss, nor should they, but rather adjusting their focus and getting back to what had them playing at such a high level. The Knicks play small ball and the Pacers now can too, but they could also have their way sticking to their style.

Probable Starters

George Hill

George Hill

Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson

Paul George

Paul George

David West

David West

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

Raymond Felton

Raymond Felton

J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith

Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Andrea Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani

Injury Update

Pacers: Danny Granger (out, strained left calf), Lance Stephenson (probable, sprained right foot)
Knicks: Metta World Peace (probable, sore left knee), Raymond Felton (out, pinched nerve in hip), Amar'e Stoudemire (out), Tyson Chandler (out, non-displaced fracture of the right fibula)

Quotable

“Our guys are dialed into a New York opponent that’s playing a unique style of basketball, a unique style of small ball. We have to be ready to win the next game.” – Frank Vogel

“I don’t feel like we were complacent but watching film, it showed that we were complacent. I think that loss helped us get back to reality that we can’t just come into a gym and expect to win. We got to continue to keep working in practice and transferring it over to games because a lot of stuff that we did were uncharacteristic [in Chicago] and I think that was a sign of us being complacent being 9-0.” – Paul George

“It’s always fun to play in New York. It’s fun to play in all the big cities and all the teams that have history.” – Paul George

“It’s early in the year. We went through the same struggle and finished in the conference finals last year. We’re not really going into this game thinking we’re going against a Knicks team that’s not playing well because they can turn it on in a matter of seconds. We gotta go in dialed in as if the Knicks are the 1 seed right now because they have that ability to play well and to jump on teams early. We got to come in early and start executing.” – Paul George

“Very excited to see a lot of familiar faces and a lot of great people. I’m looking forward to seeing these guys when I get back. … I had great relationships with everybody from top to bottom, all the guys that I’ve played with to management. ” – Chris Copeland

Noteworthy

  • This will be the Pacers’ second nationally televised game of the season.
  • C.J. Watson needs three points to reach 3,000 for his career.
  • Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was born in Indianapolis and attended both Broad Ripple High School and Indiana University. Assistant Herb Williams was drafted by the Pacers and played with the team from 1981-89. Interim GM Glen Grunwald was part of the IU’s 1981 Championship team.
  • The Knicks assigned Chris Smith to their D-League affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks, on Monday.

Last Meeting

May 18: Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading the Pacers to a Game 6 win at home 106-99 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. During the playoff series, all five Pacers starters were the high scorer at least one night, whereas Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring each game. At the postgame press conference, the Pacers entire starting lineup went to the podium – symbolic of the culture and what the team is truly about. After missing Game 5 due to a concussion, George Hill was cleared to play and although he struggled shooting the ball, he made an impact.

Paul George scored 23 and Roy Hibbert finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Indiana’s bench contributed just eight points. Anthony tallied 39 points on 29 shots but it wasn’t enough. Iman Shumpert added 19 points before fouling out.

Broadcast Information | Find Local Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
ESPN – Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst)
Radio: 1070 The Fan/FM 107.5, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Michael Grady (studio host)

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