The New York Knicks vs. the Indiana Pacers battle it out on the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Read on to see where fans can watch and listen to a live stream of the 2013 NBA playoff game online and catch up-to-date feeds and coverage on highlight plays and scores.
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The Pacers ended the 2012-2013 NBA regular season as the no 4 team in the Eastern Conference of the Division Regular Season with 49 wins and 32 losses. Indiana won the first round of playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks last week. The Pacers currently ranks the overall no 6 team in the NBA post-season. According to Bleacher Report sports columnist Josh Martin:
"Let's get one thing straight: If we're going to blame the Indiana Pacers' collapse in Game 2 on Frank Vogel's timeout, his decision to sub out Roy Hibbert for Jeff Pendergraph and Pendergraph's subsequent blunders (i.e. a three-point posterization opposite Carmelo Anthony and an offensive foul in the span of 19 seconds), then we might as well quit analyzing the NBA entirely. The moves didn't serve Indy's own momentum, which had emerged in spite of its sloppy play, but it certainly didn't deliver said momentum to New York hand over fist. If anything, the Pacers wound up on the wrong side of a 36-4 run because they compounded a few untimely mistakes with an uncharacteristic barrage of three-pointers—all of which went bunk until Orlando Johnson broke the string when garbage time was already in full effect. With that said, it's tough to tell what you're going to get from these Pacers on any given night. Their lack of depth only comes into play when their superb starting five falls flat (which was the case in Game 2) just two days after a stellar effort from all key parties in Game 1. That single win means the odds are still firmly in Indy's favor. The Pacers have been dynamite at home all season, even amidst routinely underwhelming crowds, while the Knicks have been only slightly above average (23-18 on the road) without the vocal support of the Madison Square Garden faithful. Don't be surprised, then, if Indy takes control of this series under its own roof in a wholehearted attempt to leverage New York out of the postseason."
The Knicks snagged the no 2 spot in the Eastern Conference with 54 wins and 28 losses. New York currently holds the no 7 playoff spot (out of nine teams) after defeating the Boston Celtics in round one. According to Martin:
"The New York Knicks' series against the Indiana Pacers is probably the toughest of the remaining four to gauge. Both teams sport inordinately high ceilings, but lack either the discipline (in New York's case) or the depth (in Indy's case) to scrape the stucco consistently. The difference, though, is that the Knicks' fortunes are a bit more reliant on the unpredictable—namely, the bad-shot making of Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith and/or the three-point shooting of the rest of the roster—than are those of the Pacers. New York is certainly capable of getting after the opposition defensively and playing smart, pass-heavy, pick-and-roll basketball. The problem is, the Knicks just don't seem to play to that capacity often enough to inspire confidence in anyone, including themselves. They were in control for most of Game 2 at home against Indy, but were still vulnerable to defeat deep into the third quarter, even with the Pacers struggling to hang onto the ball until a 36-4 Knicks run finally put the visitors out of their misery. Winning at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is never an easy task, as the Knicks found during their two trips (and two losses) to Indy's home court during the regular season. Still, New York has the best player in this series ('Melo) on its side and can't be counted out so soon. Assuming, of course, that said best player doesn't resort to jacking up contested 20-footers like they're going out of style."
The Knicks and Pacers are currently tied up in the series 1-1... tonight's game should prove a fierce battle on the court between two of the top NBA East teams.
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