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    Indiana Pacers Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers 7:30 12/4/2017 [Game #23]





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    Kristaps Porzingis - Sprained right ankle & illness (OUT) Glenn Robinson III - Left ankle surgery rehabilitation (OUT)
    Tim Hardaway Jr - Left foot injury (OUT) Edmond Sumner - Left knee surgery rehabilitation (OUT)
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    INDIANAPOLIS -- The New York Knicks will be short-handed again Monday night.

    The question is whether the Indiana Pacers (12-11) be able to take advantage when they host the Knicks (11-11).

    New York played without its two top scorers, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., in a 105-100 loss to the visiting Orlando Magic on Sunday.

    Porzingis was ruled out with an ankle sprain and an illness approximately an hour before the game started. Porzingis sustained the injury in the first quarter against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

    Hardaway is sidelined due to a left leg injury. Porzingis is averaging 25.8 points and Hardaway 17.8 points.

    Porzingis and Hardaway were not traveling to Indiana, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said after the game.

    Michael Beasley, who was averaging 7.1 points, started in Porzingis' place Sunday and scored 21 points in 28 minutes. Damyean Dotson, making his first career start, replaced Hardaway and scored just two points on 1-of-3 shooting.

    Hornacek dismissed any notion that Porzingis may not be physically able to play 75-plus games a season.

    "He's still young," Hornacek said before the Sunday game. "He is 7-foot-3 and there are going to be times he has bumps and bruises and stuff like that. It was kind of a pride thing back in the day to play all 82. They're spreading games out, eliminating four games in five nights."

    Porzingis said he will come back when he's 100 percent.

    "It's not a thing that I should force now and maybe backfire," he said.

    Rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina was able to return for New York on Sunday, and he scored nine points in 16 minutes. He missed the Wednesday game because of a sprained left ankle.

    The Monday contest will start a six-game homestand for the Pacers, who dropped their past two games on the road to Houston and Toronto.

    The Raptors beat the Pacers 120-115 Friday night.

    "We just didn't make any shots," Pacers guard Victor Oladipo said. "They did a great job of playing on both ends obviously. They did a great job of moving the ball, so credit them for that. It was a tough loss, we have to learn from it. We have a home stretch coming up that's going to be huge for us, so we have to be ready to play."

    Oladipo scored a season-high 36 on 14-of-22 shooting at Toronto.

    Pacers coach Nate McMillan didn't see much to like on either end.

    "I didn't think we played the game the right way," McMillan said. "I thought offensively we didn't have the ball movement. I thought we were taking some tough shots. I thought our mind was more on the offensive end before getting our shots, getting involved on the offensive end as opposed to focusing on defending, getting stops and working together."

    The Pacers lost to host New York 108-101 in the teams' first meeting of the season on Nov. 5. Indiana was in control much of the game, leading by as many as 19 points, before the Knicks rallied. Porzingis scored a career-high 40 for the Knicks, who had a 36-17 edge in the fourth quarter.

    "They were the aggressors and wanted it a little bit more," McMillan said.

    After losing seven in a row to Indiana, the Knicks have won four of the past five regular-season games in the series.

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    Dope thread!

    I'm just looking for our team to play hard for all 48 minutes. I don't see us winning but if we do then that'll be a plus
    Hopefully the injuries heal quick for our 2 stars KP & Timmy. We're a playoff team but only if we got all our players healthy.

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    Dotson, Jack, Ntikkina, Sessions, and Baker.... the starting guards and 3 reserves.... have combined for a grand total of THREE points.... Knicks down 81-46, with 7 left in the third quarter.

    How do you okay an entire half of basketball and get 1 made bucket from all of the guards on your roster?

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    Dotson has started the last 2 games.... in the 6 1/2 quarters heís played last 2 days... he has 3 points (1-6 shooting). Isnít it supposed to be called shooting G for a reason?

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    This got so ugly so fast. About to go back to below 0.500. Just pathetic.

    Weíre holding out KP and THJ, maybe with real injuries, or maybe we suddenly realized we planned to tank this season.

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    Dotson, McDermott, Ntilikina, and Baker led the team in minutes. I guess this counts as a youth movement. Ugly.

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    Looks like it was ugly, so I didn't miss anything but I was hoping Frank would step up with the extra minutes he was going to get. 2-11 today and pretty much invisible all season, Trey Burke is probably the better player at this point in their careers, maybe they should switch places. Bring him up and send Frank down to develop his game.

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    DSJ with 20ppg in his game tonight and DM with 21 in the 3rd qtr.

    If you're not questioning the Knicks choice of Frank over those 2 there's something wrong with you.
    Last edited by tiger0330; Dec 04, 2017 at 23:13.

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    Originally Posted by tiger0330
    DSJ with 20ppg in his game tonight and DM with 21 in the 3rd qtr.

    If you're not questioning the Knicks choice of Frank over those 2 there's something wrong with you.
    I'm stuck questioning our past 3 head coaches by Phil .. the Knicks look like a team that never practice together .. I got to check the stats on how many 3s we threw up lol

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    Dotson has started the last 2 games.... in the 6 1/2 quarters heís played last 2 days... he has 3 points (1-6 shooting). Isnít it supposed to be called shooting G for a reuason?
    The reason u don't put a rookie in the starting lineup .. especially when the rookie havnt average above 8 min a game off the bench all season.
    Jack n Baker should have been the Starters ..
    Frank n Dotson should have came off the bench as the 2nd tandem guards .. Beasley, Mcderm, n Lance covered the SF min .. Kanter n WHG as our tandem BIGs their backups Quiin n Noah.
    Hornacek is clueless on playing BIGs n clueless on developing young guards into tandem .. WTH

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