65° Good Morning
65° Good Morning

What went wrong for the Knicks?

Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert (55) and Paul George

Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert (55) and Paul George (24) block a shot by Knicks' Tyson Chandler during the first half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. (May 14, 2013) Credit: AP

Five ways the Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers went wrong for the Knicks:

1) Chandler bombs

Tyson Chandler didn’t play like a former Defensive Player of the Year or All-Defensive First-Team center against Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Chandler totaled 36 rebounds and 29 fouls in the six games, while Hibbert averaged 13.3 points and 10.3 boards.

2) Anthony Alone

Carmelo Anthony had a rough fourth quarter in Game 6, but he didn’t get the help he needed offensively all series. J.R. Smith couldn't shoot straight and was brutal on the other end also. Raymond Felton had two games with one field goal or less and Jason Kidd didn’t score in the six games.

3) Hunger game

Maybe it was overconfidence because the Knicks didn’t work nearly as hard as Indiana and weren’t as aggressive. The Pacers grabbed 52 more rebounds, took 69 more foul shots and made 36 more free throws than the Knicks. They never committed to gang rebound.

4) Coaching moves

Mike Woodson shouldn’t have changed his starting lineup in Game 4, probably should have used Chris Copeland before Game 5 with the Knicks' offense sputtering and should have given Smith less leeway. The Knicks never made the right adjustment to keep Indiana off the glass.

5) Not Three-mendous

This series highlighted the Knicks’ need for an inside presence because they relied on their three-point shot and they didn’t fall most nights. The Knicks were 13-for-30 (43.3 percent) in Game 6, and 35-for-106 (33 percent) from deep the other five games.

New York Sports