Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Halftime Report: Pacers 48, Knicks 34
By Ian Begley
INDIANAPOLIS -- Things haven't gone well for the Knicks in Game 4.
New York trails at the half, 48-34.
Here are a few observations from the first half:
SMITH'S STRUGGLES CONTINUE:J.R. Smith is battling a bad cold and a bad shooting streak.
Smith suited up on Tuesday despite a bad head cold that's affected him for the past two games.
He missed seven of eight shots in the first half, including four of his five 3-point attempts.
The Knicks as a whole struggled from the field. They made just 32.6 percent of their shots and missed 12 of 14 threes. Iman Shumpert, playing through stiffness in his left knee, missed all five of his attempts.
Ball movement, which many Knicks cited as an issue in Game 3, doesn't seem to be a problem tonight. The Knicks are getting good looks, they just aren't hitting them.
BEATEN ON THE BOARDS: Mike Woodson elected to go with a starting lineup featuring Kenyon Martin on the front line to combat the Pacers' rebounding edge.
It hasn't worked out so far as the Pacers are out rebounding the Knicks 30-18.
Part of the reason for that discrepancy is the Knicks have missed seven more shots than the Pacers.
Indiana leads New York in points in the paint, 20-10.
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME:Jason Kidd's shooting woes continue. He is 0-for-2 in the first half and missed a fast break layup. Kidd entered play tonight scoreless in his past seven games and has missed his last 14 shots. He's played 10 minutes and the Knicks' other veteran ball handler, Pablo Prigioni, has played just three.