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The Pacers were unable to overcome the loss of George Hill and a poor effort on the court in their Game 5 loss to the Knicks.
The Indiana Pacers return to Indy where they will now host the New York Knicks in Game 6 on Saturday night after failing to close out the Knicks at Madison Square Garden last night.
Following the game, Frank Vogel and his players were kicking themselves for the oodles of missed opportunities they let slip by and none would lean on the absence of starting point guard George Hill as an excuse. No doubt, Hill's absence was huge, but I'd have to agree with Vogel and company that with or without G3, a better effort on the court would've finished off the series.
Now Hill's status is in limbo, left up to the NBA's concussion protocol which could keep him out for Saturday's game as well. With time to prepare and a new life, the Knicks will arrive at the Fieldhouse in kill mode. The Pacers will have to return that mind set and then some to step up and put away the series in what should be a rowdy environment at the Fieldhouse.
Check out the links:
Pacers at Knicks - Game 5 box score and highlights
Game Rewind: Pacers 75, Knicks 85, Game 5 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERSPacers Have Hill to Climb | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Pacers can't close out the Knicks | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Bob Kravitz: Nervous about the Pacers? You should be | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
If Hill can’t return, Pacers are in trouble - 1070 The Fan
Pacers playoffs: George Hill to miss at least Thursday's game with concussion | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Anthony has 28, Knicks beat Pacers to stay alive - AP
Knicks 85, Pacers 75: "We're alive!" - Posting and Toasting
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Even in ugly must-win, Carmelo Anthony and Knicks pretty gritty - NY Daily News
Knicks, back with their smaller lineup, defeat Indiana Pacers in Game 5 to stay alive - NY Daily News
29-year-old rookie Copeland makes most of playoff opportunity with Knicks - NYPOST.com
Carmelo, Knicks book return trip to Indy with vital victory - NYPOST.com
Smith steps up for Knicks after Rihanna calls him out for partying - NYPOST.com
Post-Game Grades: Pacers Cough Up Ball, Miss Free Throws, Lose Game 5 | 8 Points, 9 Seconds
New York smartens up the attack, keeps its season alive after beating Indiana in Game 5 | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
Knicks-Pacers: The value of George Hill shines through in his absence - CBSSports.com
Should Knicks fans get hopes up? | For The Win
Reports: Maloofs reach agreement to sell Kings to Sacramento group | The Point Forward - SI.com