By Ralph Guerrero @ralphguerrero
The Pacers George Hill attended the Pacers shoot around this morning as part of the concussion testing required by the NBA. He is listed as a game time decision. The shoot around is just one of the tests Hill will have to pass, so, as expected, the Pacers are preparing as if he will not play and the Knicks are preparing as if he will play.
The Knicks will keep Pablo Prigioni in the lineup again tonight as they continue with the small lineup that has been so effective for them all year.
With another win as a starter it was absurd to have him not start game four and even more nonsensical for him to have only played three minutes.
Tyson Chandler had a wrapped wrist this morning but said both the wrist and his back were fine. He will be in the lineup tonight.
In an interview with Ryan Ruocco and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN NY 98.7 yesterday, Mike Woodson said both Chandler (back) and Felton (ankle) will be fine and “ready to go” for the game.
Keys to a Knicks Victory:
1. Shoot over 40%: In their 5 losses the Knicks have only shot over 40% once. They have eclipsed that mark in each of their six wins this post season.
2. Weather the storm: One of the most important things to do on the road, especially in the playoffs, is get out of the first ten minutes. The crowd will be raucous, the Pacers will be amped up and the Knicks must stay the course.
3. Bench scoring: Chris Copeland and J.R. Smith must make their presence known. They need to be able to stretch the floor to allow Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton get to the basket.