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    Indiana Pacers Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers 1/2/2021 7:30 pm [Game #6]





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    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN MSG 7:00 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Indiana Pacers
    Kevin Knox - Sore left knee (PROB) Goga Bitadze - Right ankle sprain (OUT)
    Immanuel Quickley - Sore left hip (PROB) Brian Bowen II - Partial tear, right groin (OUT)
    Alec Burks - Sprained left ankle (QUEST) Jeremy Lamb - Left knee rehabilitation (OUT)
    Frank Ntilikina - Sprained right knee (OUT) T.J. Warren - Stress fracture, left foot (OUT)
    Obi Toppin - Strained right calf (OUT) -
    Omari Spellman - Sore right knee (OUT) -
    Dennis Smith Jr. - Contused Left Quadricep (OUT) -


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    It almost surely won't take long for the New York Knicks to check off the first item on their list of New Year's resolutions.

    The Knicks will look to bounce back Saturday night from a historically rough shooting performance when they visit the Indiana Pacers in the second game of the season between the Eastern Conference rivals.

    Both teams last played on New Year's Eve, when the Knicks had their two-game winning streak snapped with a 100-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Tampa, Fla., and the Pacers beat the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-99, in a matinee.

    While the Knicks played reasonably well on defense in limiting the Raptors to 41 percent shooting, New York did itself no favors by shooting a franchise record-low 8.3 percent (3-of-36) from 3-point land. The starting lineup was 0-for-23 from beyond the arc, marking the most misses by a starting lineup without a made 3-pointer in NBA history.

    "We were in the game, but obviously going 3-for-36 from the 3-point line doesn't help," Knicks forward Julius Randle said. "I think it'll be very rare for us to go 3-for-36 from the 3-point line. So we'll be fine."

    The disastrous night from beyond the arc was especially surprising for the Knicks, who entered the game draining 45.8 percent (50-for-109) of their 3-pointers.

    "I thought we got high-quality shots again tonight," Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I want to look at the film before I comment further on that. But yeah, that's part of the NBA game."

    The Pacers were far more prolific from beyond the arc in their final game of 2020. Victor Oladipo hit a team-high four 3-pointers as Indiana shot a season-high 45.7 percent from 3-point land (16-of-35), its highest percentage since it shot 48.4 percent (15-of-31) against the San Antonio Spurs on March 2, 2020.

    The strong performance from 3-point land highlighted a well-rounded offensive performance Thursday by the Pacers. Led by Domantas Sabonis, who earned Eastern Conference player of the week honors for the first week of the truncated 2020-21 campaign, six players scored in double digits for Indiana.

    Sabonis produced his fifth double-double in as many games Thursday and actually flirted with a triple-double in finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

    "Even though 2020 has been tough, find your triumph," Oladipo said. "At the end of the day, we're all blessed to see 2021."

    Both teams enter January at less than 100 percent. The Pacers announced Thursday that forward T.J. Warren (left foot stress fracture) will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery. The Knicks had four guards sidelined Thursday -- Alec Burks (left ankle), Frank Ntilikina (right knee), Immanuel Quickley (left hip) and Dennis Smith Jr. (left quad).

    The trip to Indiana is the second this season for the Knicks, who fell to the Pacers, 121-107, in the opener for both clubs on Dec. 23.

    --Field Level Media

    (STATS / cbssports.com)

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    Quickley's status has just been updated from probable to available, looking forward to see him play again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rady View Post
    Quickley's status has just been updated from probable to available, looking forward to see him play again!
    Frank & Quickley need to be Tandem in a lineup for 24 minute per game.
    No Frank equal no Knick win !!!

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    Up by 2 with less than 3 minutes in the first, the three point shooting worked pretty well so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by rady View Post
    Up by 2 with less than 3 minutes in the first, the three point shooting worked pretty well so far
    WOW! RJ had 21 misses from the 3 ball line before hitting one tonight .. WOW !!!

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    Quickley with the layup then Robinson with the block on Sabonis!

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    Mcderm with a 4 pt play SMH

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    Rivers can't stop grabbing his neck, why would you possibly keep him in?

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    Quickley doing everything from drawing fouls to draining threes

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    You have to luv Quickley's high IQ performance and chemistry with teammates .. IQ & Rivers, a good tandem in the backcourt.

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    Randle with his 3rd turnover in first half

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    You have to luv Quickley's high IQ performance and chemistry with teammates .. IQ & Rivers, a good tandem in the backcourt.

    The whole dynamic changes with him in. And now we're back on lead after the Payton-MitchRob connection

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    Quickly reminds me of Trae Young the way he can draw fouls .. the guys awesome !!!

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    And Randle finally with his first points of the night

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