Pacers vs. Knicks Links: How will Knicks try to extend series against Pacers in Game 5?

Joe Robbins

Mike Woodson expects to go back to a small lineup in Game 5 which may be followed by more shooters getting time off the bench.

As confident as the Indiana Pacers have to be in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden after two dominating wins at home, the team remains a crap shoot on the road. Yes they played well in closing out the Atlanta Hawks on the road and in Game 1 at MSG, but Game 2 balanced out those two strong performances with a familiar road implosion.

If the Pacers can bring their solid play to Game 5, they should have a great chance to close out the Knicks. But the Knicks can always try something new which may get them going at home.

Toward the end of halftime in Game 4, Steve Novak was the second Knicks player to return to the court. He promptly grabbed a ball, went behind the arc and drained a three-point shot. Then another and another and...you get the point. Novak wouldn't play until the game was decided, but Mike Woodson may take a shot at letting his shooters on the pine takes some shots.

Pablo Prigioni will start again, and with Novak, Chris Copeland and even Quentin Richardson, the Knicks have plenty of options to overload the arc with gunners who can ride a hot hand to a big W. Now all of the above present major defensive issues for New York which the Pacers would have to take advantage of, but if they are knocking down shots then it won't matter.

This isn't exactly a desperation approach since the Knicks won lots of regular season games with a long-bomb attack. The Pacers should be able to handle such an approach but will need to remain disciplined and take care of the ball to counter with their own offense (not their strong suit on the road). Of course, the Knicks could continue trying to get in the paint and hope the game is officiated differently, but the Pacers seem to have established ownership of the interior so I'd expect the Knicks to at least try something different.

What other options could the Knicks throw at the Pacers?

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers at Knicks, Game 5 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers show there’s more than one way to build a contender - 1070 The Fan

Pacers Insider: Indiana is one win from earning some credit and quieting all the Knicks discussion | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Pacers Viewing Parties presented by Budweiser - Round 2, Game 5 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Better shooting from Knicks would make Mike Woodson look good - NY Daily News

Head-scratching scenarios from Game 4 - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York

Assorted Knicks Thoughts After a Maximally Discouraging Game 4 - Posting and Toasting

For Knicks, it’s play their way or hit the highway as team fights for season - NYPOST.com

Slumping Jason Kidd will not hit Knicks bench, says coach Mike Woodson - NY Daily News

Knicks-Pacers Game 5: Now or never for Melo and company - CBSSports.com

Knicks confident they can extend series against Pacers - Newsday

With season on line, Knicks coach set to dump ill-fated big lineup - NYPOST.com

Why is Paul George’s jersey tag always sticking out? | The Basketball Jones | Blogs | theScore.com

2013 Playoffs: Pacers-Knicks Game 5 viewer's guide - Indy Sports Legends

New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin has sore wrist - NYPOST.com

Suddenly, Knicks’ Problems Are Woodson’s Fault - NYTimes.com

Hawks interview Nate McMillan - Yahoo! Sports

NBA playoffs 2013: Lessons learned about Miami Heat as they advance to Eastern Conference finals | The Point Forward - SI.com

Miami Heat showed they can respond to adversity, but is that enough? - CBSSports.com

Papa John’s, Indiana Pacers agree to partnership - Louisville - Business First

J.R. Smith had a dream - SBNation.com

2013 Draft Similarity Scores | Hickory-High

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