As we approach tonight’s Game 4 match-up between the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals one can hope to see a duplicate performance to the Game 3 win by Indiana in which their extremely talented center Roy Hibbert was more than dominant. The Pacers also demonstrated the type of defensive oriented team basketball we have come to expect and appreciate.
I believe that it will be important for Hibbert to continue his success from the previous game in order for Indiana to protect their home-court and head into New York one win away from closing out the series. Equally important will also be the bench contribution as well as our starting back court. George Hill has been consistent and I expect no less from him tonight.
Although there are many areas for improvement such as decreasing our turnovers and increasing our shooting percentage, I believe that the low scoring event that took place in Bankers Life on May 11th was right up the alley of what the Pacers are used to as a team. They were able to hold only one player, Carmello Anthony, to double digit scoring.
I have said it before and I will say it again. It is key for the Pacers to keep with the physical style of play on the defensive end which will lead to easy transition buckets while at the same time frustrating the players of the opposing squad.
Tonight’s results shouldn’t vary much from Saturday. Roy Hibbert will need to have a big game and I predict he will. The score will not be high and the Pacers will win other at home.