The New York Knicks have a number of issues that must be resolved if you want to be swept in a home-and-home series on the Indiana Pacers.In addition to increasing track offensively, the Knicks must find a way to slow down Tyler Hansbrough, when they visit Indiana on Tuesday night.
New York was not in sync with the attack at the end of a 106-93 loss to Indiana at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The Knicks (34-31) shot 36.6 percent, followed by more than 20 suffering a second successive defeat after a three-game winning streak.Indiana prevailed despite playing without leading scorer Danny Granger, who was out of the flu.
"The luxury of the NBA, you have a chance to come back Tuesday and will play the same team. I know in my head I am thinking about this game, and this loss," forward Carmelo Anthony said. "I just want my whole team on the same page with me when we leave the court on Tuesday."
Amare Stoudemire led the Knicks to 28 points. Anthony scored 25 shots, but 22-9.
"The rhythm is not there," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I do not know if the attention to detail, energy, but it just was not good. We have been off-kilter in our offense."
Anthony struggled shooting the second consecutive game. The four-time All-Star a total of 43 points and made 37.8 percent from the field for the last two games after scoring 65 points and shooting 60.0 percent the previous two.New York, Philadelphia fighting for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, is 6-5 since the trade and Anthony Chauncey Billups.
Billups returned to the lineup Sunday after missing six games with a broken left thigh, but missed 10 of 14 shots and finished with nine points.Their point guard and the offensive rhythm, the up-tempo Knicks do not reach the 100-point mark just the third time in 13 games. New York, second in the league 106.4 points per game, if you are not hitting the 100th 6-16
"Our goal was to not let them try to run, and it worked, so we have to face this beast will hopefully be back to try some of the same things," said Indiana Dahntay Jones, who had 18 points and a solid work defender Anthony.While the Pacers pushed off the Knicks defensively, Hansbrough out the attack at the end of Indiana.