The New York Knicks are in serious trouble for the first time this postseason, down 2-1 to the Indiana Pacers and looking at what could be considered a must-win game. Only eight teams have come back to win a playoff series after being down 3-1.
Major adjustments are needed on both sides of the ball, including a greater sense of urgency and perhaps even some off-court responsibility, to get that big W in Game 4.
In Round 1 against the Boston Celtics, the Knicks looked like a completely different team. Other than the Game 4 loss minus J.R. Smith in person (elbow suspension) and the Game 5 loss minus Smith statistically (3-of-14)—both of which were close games—New York took the series convincingly.
Round 2 has had a whole other feel. The Knicks were on their heels after the first quarter in the Game 1 loss, and the Pacers dominated Game 3 just about wire to wire.
If it weren’t for New York’s out-of-character 30-2 run in Game 2, this series might be 3-0.
What must the Knicks do immediately to turn things around and survive Round 2?