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    Default Game Thread: NY Knicks vs Indiana Pacers 14/04/2013 - 3:30





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    The New York Knicks have won 14 of their last 15 games despite a roster that's hardly healthy, so getting some rest heading into the playoffs would be a welcome opportunity.

    With a win Sunday, they can afford to do just that.

    The Knicks look to clinch the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed when they host the Indiana Pacers in a preview of a potential second-round postseason clash.

    New York was a game behind Indiana in the race for the second spot on March 17 after suffering its fourth consecutive defeat, but Thursday's 118-111 overtime loss in Chicago is its only setback since.

    The Knicks (52-27) pulled three games ahead of the Pacers with Friday's 101-91 win at Cleveland coupled with Indiana's 117-109 home loss to Brooklyn, meaning New York can lock up the No. 2 seed Sunday. Even with a Pacers win - which would give them the season series 3-1 - the Knicks would need only one victory or one Indiana loss in the final two games to clinch.

    But New York would like to take care of business Sunday, and give Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith a breather prior to the playoffs after they've combined to average 57.2 points over the past 15 games.

    "It's very beneficial," Smith said of the chance to rest. "It means a lot. It's something we've been talking about consistently over the last few weeks, we've been wanting to lock up that two seed."

    Finishing second would earn the Knicks a first-round date with Boston, but a showdown with Indiana could be looming in the East semifinals. The home team has won each of the first three meetings in the season series.

    "We've proven this year we can win on the road, but it always helps to have home-court advantage," coach Mike Woodson said. "That goes a long way when you're trying to get to the Eastern Conference finals."

    Even when Woodson's team beat the Pacers 88-76 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 18, Indiana caused problems for New York. The Knicks shot 36.7 percent in that game, and that was their most efficient performance against the Pacers this season.

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    So we are really starting Jones? Lets hope for the best

    /e nice GT

    GO KNICKS

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    Melo is unreal

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    This team is simply on fire, can't wait to see Sheed back in the action!

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    Thats bad the Knicks built a 20 point lead without Melo .. why put Melo in the game with 5 min before halftime ???

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    Let's clinch the 2nd seed.

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    Pacers are a joke. Win or lose today I have no doubt our boys we'll stomp this overrated bunch out with ease in the playoffs.

    No Tyson, K Mart, Sheed, Camby or Stat and they can barely cope.

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    Melo with the sick dunk!

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    We lost a 20 point lead to a 7 point lead at the half because Melo didnt want to sit on the bench untill the 2nd half.
    Kidd & Shump was doing so well guiding JR, Cope, and Novak on defense.

    Melo hard dunk on Hibbert then steal was good but George is in Melo head, and Stevenson is in Felton head

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    Knicks winning too bad game isn't on nationally would have been a great old school double-header Bulls-heat/Knicks/pacers but I guess the 2nd/3rd seeds in the East don't rank like 8th in the west Lakers Question of the day: with Kobe out who is going to be the showcase nba team for every other national NBA broadcast now???

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    Originally Posted by Kiyaman
    We lost a 20 point lead to a 7 point lead at the half because Melo didnt want to sit on the bench untill the 2nd half.
    Kidd & Shump was doing so well guiding JR, Cope, and Novak on defense.

    Melo hard dunk on Hibbert then steal was good but George is in Melo head, and Stevenson is in Felton head
    Kiya c'mon I just checked the box score Melo chillin with 25 points in 30 minutes while George has 9 points in 40 minutes. Why post such nonsense about our best player????

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    Originally Posted by jimkcchief88
    Kiya c'mon I just checked the box score Melo chillin with 25 points in 30 minutes while George has 9 points in 40 minutes. Why post such nonsense about our best player????
    Because he's a moron blinded by his own fate

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    Hats off boys 2nd seed in EC wrapped up, now boys earn a nice rest before the playoffs.

    As for Pacers....Can all the 'experts' please oh pleaseeeeeeeee STFU about the 'Mighty' Pacers. Bar none the most overrated team in all of the NBA. Bulls, Nets and even the old ass Celtics far more difficult playoff proposition than this Pacers team. After Bynum not sure if any player is straight up hijacking his team for his salary as Roy Hibbert.

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    Originally Posted by T.O Knick
    Hats off boys 2nd seed in EC wrapped up, now boys earn a nice rest before the playoffs.

    As for Pacers....Can all the 'experts' please oh pleaseeeeeeeee STFU about the 'Mighty' Pacers. Bar none the most overrated team in all of the NBA. Bulls, Nets and even the old ass Celtics far more difficult playoff proposition than this Pacers team. After Bynum not sure if any player is straight up hijacking his team for his salary as Roy Hibbert.
    Amare?

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    Originally Posted by jimkcchief88
    Kiya c'mon I just checked the box score Melo chillin with 25 points in 30 minutes while George has 9 points in 40 minutes. Why post such nonsense about our best player????

    being u checked the box-score u also notice Melo took 23 shot attempts to get 25 points.
    Woody's best decision in this game was not letting Melo get any playingtime in the 4th qrt.

    Jim.... im tired of this forum giving all the 2012-13 Knicks success this season to a 40% FG Melo, as if the other 4 players on the court dont exist. This forum talk about Tyson, Kurt, Amare, Novak, Felton, Cope, and White like a dog this season.
    Little do they know, it was HOF Jason Kidd orchestration that lead coach Woodson & Melo having a succesful season.

    In the Pacers game it was clear to see that Knicks-players - Kidd, Shump, JR, Copeland, and Novak/Prig had this WIN in their pocket as early as the start of the 2nd quarter. When u seen our offense rotating where 7.2 Hibbert had to keep running outside to defend Copelands Jumper, and Shump/JR slashing to the paint with Hibbert outside defending Cope. When Hibbert went to the bench Cope took it straight to the hoop on West, plus our transition game gave us a season high of 16 fastbreak points. com'on Melo shouldve forgot about the scoring title to cheer for his teammates from the bench.

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