The New York Knicks face the Indiana Pacers for Game Two of a best-of-seven series Tuesday at Madison Square Garden trailing 1-0 and having lost home court advantage.
If the Knicks want to battle back in the series, they’ll need to get Carmelo Anthony going. Their star has struggled in the post season thus far, despite averaging 28.9 points to his regular season number of 28.7 It’s taken Anthony nearly five extra shots per game to average essentially the same number of points, and his rebounds and assists are down as well.
Antony has shot just 32 percent from the field in his last four games and has been a bit banged up with a sore shoulder. In Game One, the Pacers outrebounded the Knicks by a 14 rebound margin and won 102-95.
So far this post season the Pacers have been led by Paul George’s 18.7 points per game, though it’s been a balanced attack with David West, George Hill and Roy Hibbert all averaging 14 points per game or more.
Behind Anthony, the Knicks are getting just over 17 points per game from Raymond Felton in the playoffs and 15.5 points from J.R. Smith.
The second game of the series will be huge for the Knicks, who do not want to see the series shift to Indiana at a 2-0 deficit. Thus, the atmosphere at Madison Square Garden for Game Two should be electric Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m., and the same can be said of Games Three and Four in Indiana.
Game Three will be Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST and the tipoff time for Game 4 on Tuesday has not yet been set. Don’t wait any longer to get your tickets to some of the biggest games of the season. Games in New York should be a particularly tough ticket, as the Knicks haven’t been this deep in the playoffs since 2000, when they lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Pacers.
As such, excitement is high in the Big Apple and tickets are tough to find.