The Pacers have one of the best defenses in the NBA, and by going with a small lineup, the Knicks are playing right into their hands.
Against most teams, going small gives the New York an advantage, as the Knicks can spread the floor and use the extra quickness in half-court sets. With the height and physicality of the Pacers, however, that advantage just isn't going to be there in this series.
With Kenyon Martin, Marcus Camby and now Amar'e Stoudemire coming off the bench, the Knicks have the personnel to play a traditional lineup. They should look to use it more often.
It doesn't have to be their starting lineup, but we should see Carmelo Anthony, K-Mart and Tyson Chandler in the frontcourt together more often. It helps out defensively and is still capable of being productive offensively.
Though he hasn't played much at all this season, Camby is still a solid rebounder and shot-blocker, which will ensure New York has a solid defensive presence at all times. With STAT also coming off the bench, Camby will help to cover his weaknesses on that end of the floor as well.
Being too stubborn has caused Mike Woodson a number of problems this season, but with Melo now wearing a shoulder pad, it's clear that playing at the 4 has taken its toll on him.
He can have his way with West at times, but over the course of the 40 minutes that he's going to play every game, he needs to get a longer break from the pounding inside.