The Knicks are one win away from elimination or one win away from an historic comeback, but one thing’s for sure; the Knicks have been here before.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like 1995 when the Pacers, then led by Reggie Miller, took a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final round only to see the Knicks roar back to tie the series up at 3-3. Now I understand that most would say, those Knicks squads were incredibly battled tested and this Knick team hasn’t done anything, especially in this series, to warrant such belief, but with 2 out of the next 3 games scheduled to be played at MSG, why not believe coming back is POSSIBLE!
The Knicks biggest problem this series, besides Roy Hibbert, has been confidence! I believe shaking up the starting line-up prior to Game 4 was a huge mistake from a coach who has struggled to make proper decisions as the stakes has risen. The Knicks must get back to who they are and not play the Pacers game. Instead of a bigger line-up how about an even smaller one, because the idea that Woodson would start a line up in game 4 of the playoffs that had never played together had “panic move” written all over it. The Knick players felt it and the Pacers players sure as hell witnessed it!
The 1995 series proves that this series is far from over, but it will take a UNITED team to go into Indiana and win Game 6 in that hostile environment. In 1994 a Knick team facing elimination pulled off an incredible Game 6 win at Indiana led by the backcourt of John Starks and Derek Harper. The following year, again facing elimination, the Knicks were able to pull off another hard earn Game 6 win at Indiana. But let’s not jump the gun.
Obviously to win this series the first step is winning Game 5 at the Garden Thursday, if the Knicks can do that, then there’s no reason not to think that the impossible isn’t possible. If you believed in this team all season then don’t stop now! I know I won’t!