#TWDSPORTS : NBA: Playoffs – Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks – Eastern Conference Semi-finals (Game 1)

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Game one of the NBA playoffs Eastern Conference semi-final gears up inside the Mecca of basketball – Madison Square Garden – where the Indiana Pacers (49-32) go head to head with New York Knicks (54-28) in a best of seven series.

After ousting the Boston Celtics 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs, the Knicks face an Indiana Pacers team which finished second in the NBA Eastern Conference in the 2012-13 regular season. Carmelo Anthony leads the New York Knicks in scoring in the NBA playoffs (29.0ppg).

Indiana Pacers eliminated Atlanta Hawks to set up this styles clash with New York Knicks. David West has been a model of consistency and underrated when facing opponents – and by critics likewise – when undertaking the impact of what the 6’9 power forward brings to the Pacers.

Team Stat Leaders

Points P. George 18.7 C. Anthony 29.2
Rebounds P. George 9.5 T. Chandler 8.7
Assists P. George 5.0 R. Felton 5.3
Steals P. George 1.8 P. Prigioni 2.2
Blocks R. Hibbert 1.8 K. Martin 1.5

NBA most improved player of the year, Paul George, is putting up eye-opening statistics which have benefitted the good of the Pacers – 18.7ppg, 9.5rpg, 5.0ast, 1.8stls in the post-season – as the product of Fresno State continues to come into his own as the playoffs progress.

New York Knicks defensively as a unit have been a force to be reckoned with; which was certainly evident in the opening first round series against Boston Celtics, with Tyson Chandler patrolling the paint, and Pablo Prigioni persistently applying pressure on defense.

Without the presence of Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers have shown a fighting spirit and aggresiveness in unison. George Hill – who scored 21 points in playoff game six against Hawks in round one – has performed steadily with little fanfare, yet will face the paramount challenge when obnoxiously belligerent, entitled New Yorkers flood Madison Square Garden in white, blue and orange, show little regard to the Pacers accomplishments….New York sports fans can turn tides of games in a heartbeat.

“They’re the best 3-point shooting team in history. They made more 3s this year than any other team in NBA history. So we understand what they’re capable. We led the league in guarding the 3 this year. We have a great deal of confidence that we can guard them if we execute our defense the way we’re supposed to’ said Indiana Pacers head coach, Frank Vogel.

Indiana Pacers center, Roy Hibbert, will match up with Tyson Chandler; both of whom are ordinarily average on offense, but can severely alter attempted shot with their towering presence, packing blocks into the third row of stands when counted to do so.

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WRITTEN BY : Dean Perretta [ @Dean2185 ]

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