New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers
When: Thursday, Jan. 10, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
On Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony was suspended for one game against the Indiana Pacers. Carmelo was interested in having words with Kevin Garnett after the Knicks loss to Boston. Apparently, Garnett made disparaging remarks about Anthony’s wife during the game. After the game, Anthony approached the Celtics locker room and was caught on camera waiting by the Celtics team bus. Carmelo’s absence comes at a bad time for the slumping Knicks. New York (23-11) travels on the road, to surging Indiana (21-14).
The Knicks have gone (5-5) in their last 10 games, while Indiana has won eight out of their last 10 games. The Knicks have had a revolving door when it comes to their rotation. There is a good reason to believe that Amare Stoudemire will get his first start of the season.
The Indiana Pacers are ranked second defensively in the NBA. Opponents average fewer than 90 points per game. The Pacers held the Heat to 77 points in their win on Tuesday night. Indiana uses its great length and size to make it tough on the interior. The Pacers have only given up more than 100 points once in the last month.
Offensively, David West and Paul George lead the way at 16.7 points per game. The Knicks bench will have to be very strong once again. They have been shorthanded before, and J.R Smith has taken control of the scoring when New York is undermanned.
New York has been great after a loss, but they are dealing with a too tough of a defensive team on Thursday night. They’ll need exceptional ball movement and three-point shooting to offset the size of Indiana. The Pacers can’t be complacent after their big win over the Heat if they are to win.
New York 80