- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Knicks are going to need much more than a healthy Amar'e Stoudemire to take out the Pacers.
Stoudemire played for the first time in two months on Saturday, but he couldn't spark a lethargic Knicks offense. New York shot just 35.7 percent from the field, was outrebounded by 13, and allowed Indiana to score 20 second-chance points.
The Pacers held the Knicks to 3-for-11 shooting from beyond the arc and forced 14 turnovers. The Knicks entered the game averaging 12 turnovers per game in the postseason. They also were averaging 24 3-point attempts.
New York now trails in the best-of-seven series, 2-1. This loss could loom large. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Game 3 winner in a series tied 1-1 has gone on to win the series 76.6 percent of the time.
TINY TYSON: Tyson Chandler didn't give the Knicks much in Game 3. He finished with nine points, five rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes. Roy Hibbert, his counterpart, had 24 points and 12 rebounds. New York was outscored by 14 with Chandler on the floor.
With Chandler struggling, the Knicks were outrebounded on the offensive end, 18-10. That disparity led to a 10-point Pacers edge in second-chance points. Overall, Indiana took nine more shots than New York, which made a big difference because the Knicks shot 35.7 percent from the field and the Pacers shot 35 percent.
AMAR'E RETURNS: Stoudemire returned but made little impact in Game 3. He finished with seven points and two rebounds in nine minutes. He also had a turnover. He did not share the floor with Carmelo Anthony.
Stoudemire did, however, hit his fourth career playoff 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer.
He had been out since March 7 and had surgery to clean debris out of his right knee on March 11. He is on a minutes limit of 10-12 for the rest of the series.
SMITH SUITS UP: J.R. Smith played despite battling a fever all day. He was clearly affected by the illness. The Knicks' sixth man finished with nine points on 4-for-12 shooting.
He is 11-for-42 in the series.
CAUGHT OFF GUARD: Anthony wasn't able to get going in Game 3. He finished with 21 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field and 8-for-11 from the foul line. Part of the issue for Anthony was the Knicks' subpar guard play.
Raymond Felton shot 1-for-8 with two assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes.
Jason Kidd also didn't give the Knicks much, either. Kidd finished with six rebounds, two steals, two assists and two turnovers but did not score.
Kidd has not scored in the past seven games. He has played 181 minutes without scoring a point.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks have two days off before Game 4 in Indiana on Tuesday night.
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