Indiana @ New York
- Roy Hibbert does not block shots. He takes them. He eats them. He devours them. He swallows them. By extending his massive 7’3″ self arms going vertical (most of the time, which is the key to not getting whistled for a foul), Hibbert gave Carmelo, Felton, Chandler and the rest of the Knicks fits yesterday. It’s amazing how rare it is to see a 7-footer dominate a game these days. Hibbert sets the tone, and the Pacers followed. As a Celtics fan, it was great to see the Knicks penetrate with such futility.
- Carmelo Anthony will need to adapt for the Knicks to win this series. If he didn’t learn in Game 1, he won’t learn it at all: You can’t expect to dunk on Roy Hibbert. A mid-range jumper will be mandatory for Melo, who has now made an astoundingly low percentage of shots in his last four games. Melo is 35 for his last 110 (31.8%). Melo’s game scores:9.8. 11.5, 12.2, 12.5. Those are not the scores you need from your leader. Melo will shoot the Knicks out of Round 2, if he doesn’t learn how to be a play-maker in the next two weeks. Or at least stop short of the mountain that is Hibbert and bank in a 10-footer.
- Lance Stephenson: 14.7 game score, including 13 rebounds and 3 steals. Stephenson is from Coney Island, and probably enjoyed showing his folks how far he’s come since high school. I hoped these playoffs would put him on the national NBA map. Looks like they might.
Read Jonathan Abrams‘ piece on Stephenson here if you haven’t. Abrams delves into the psyche of two young hoops prospects who started having the ability to dunk in middle school, and hints at how that fact can negatively impact the career of an aspiring NBA player, looking at Ricky Davis (8th grade) and Lance Stephenson (6th grade).
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Thanks for reading and Go Pacers!