The New York Knicks a no-show once again!
Game 4 on Tuesday the Indiana pacers shook around the struggling Knicks to take a comfortable 3-1 lead in the series. Carmelo Anthony did not shoot well from the field, converting 9 out of 23 shots (39%). Anthony ended up with 24 points before fouling out of the game with two minutes remaining. JR Smith added 19 points for the Knicks. New York gave up 17 second-chance points in the first half- which is the most by the Knicks both in the regular season and playoffs.
George hill stated in the after game interview:
“We’re making it tough for them,” said Pacers guard George Hill. “We’re going to give them nothing easy. When we play with fun and passion, we’re a heck of a team.”
Indiana was lead by George Hill who caught on fire beginning of the third quarter scoring 10 of the first 13 points. Hill ended the game with 26 points shooting 64 percent from the field. He has not shown any disappointment since he took the starting job from then injured Darren Collison late last season.
Paul George finished the game by filling up the whole stats line in the book with 18 points, 14 rebounds, along with 7 assists.
Things are looking bright for the Pacers without their franchise player Danny Granger. Will the winning of Indiana see the exit of Granger?
This situation looks a lot like the Rudy Gay-Memphis ordeal earlier this year. Memphis noticed that the team was great with or without their former star player in Rudy Gay. I can’t really say it will be the same exact situation for Danny Granger, but there is no reason for him to stay when they can get a lot in return in a trade.
The big grizzles, from down south, are showing they are the team to beat
It was déjà vu for both the grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night in Memphis. But, the results of the game shifted in opposite direction. In last year’s match up in game 3 between these two team – Memphis had a 17 point lead throughout the game but Kevin Durant put the team on his shoulders and took the win home.
Last night on the other hand was a different story. The young tough thunders had lead most of the game, but with Marc Gasol converting a late 15 footer in overtime, Zach Randolph grabbing 12 rebounds, and Mike Conley pouring in 24 points: Keeping the lead was just too difficult of a task.
That word is what literally describes the development of Marc Gasol. Going from being the chubby tall kid being traded for his brother Paul to the leader of a franchise is an achievement. It seems like this year could be the year he gets closer to his brothers two championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rewinding back to the 2008 Olympics: the first time the world really saw Marc on display he had the “quiet-innocent” impression of most at first glance, but his tough style of play changed our thoughts about him.
“We crack jokes sometimes about what he used to look like in high school,” Randolph said. “But man, he’s just been growing as a person and individually. The guy’s great, man. He’s constantly getting better. I’m proud of him.” Looks like his own teammates are wowed by his performance as well. – ESPN
Marc was honored earlier this year with the Defensive player of the year award. For odd reasons for the second year in a row the league named the award winner on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Tyson chandler of the New York Knicks being the first last season.
No, Kevin Durant has not been struggling, but he did only convert 3 of his 8 shots in the fourth quarter and made none of his attempts in overtime.
In the post game interview Durant stated:
“I’m giving everything I’ve got to my team,” Durant said afterward. “I’ve been doing this since the playoffs started. I’m going to play for my team. I’ll keep doing it however long I have to.”
Perhaps the absence of the non-appreciated Russell Westbrook is what’s causing the thunder to perform under the barrel. Westbrook was netting in a little over 23 a game, along with 7 and a half dishes and 5 boards a game before his knee injury in game 2 of the first round against the Rockets. Even though Durant is capable of carrying this team on his own: Westbrook is the vocals of the team: An important role in a professional team.