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Missing in action.
The New York Knicks have their backs against the wall.
The Knicks proved in Game 2 that they're capable of putting up points on a terrific Indiana Pacers defense. They're not out of this, but they've spent most of the series playing a completely different style of basketball than they did during the regular season.
The Knicks offense this season was based around running pick-and-rolls and putting up an ungodly number of three-point attempts. They've run plenty of pick-and-rolls this series, but for whatever reason, they've completely shied away from their three-point offense.
In New York's one win this series (a blowout), it hoisted up 30 three-pointers. In its two losses, it put up a combined 30 threes (including just 11 in Game 3), compared to 56 threes from the Pacers.
The three-pointer was how the Knicks spread the floor for their pick-and-roll attack. It also helped them get solid one-on-one opportunities for Carmelo Anthony, who has a significant size/speed advantage over every Indiana forward not named Paul George.
By not taking outside shots, New York is allowing Indiana to pack the paint and funnel every pick-and-roll toward Roy Hibbert. Hibbert, in turn, is eating the Knicks guards for breakfast. New York is shooting just 52 percent around the rim and sub-50 percent in Games 1 and 3 (per NBA.com).
Indiana hasn't been incredible on the offensive end by any means, but it's been solid enough, and it thrives on grind-it-out games anyway.
Plus, thanks to Tyson Chandler's total disappearing act (he has 12 total rebounds for the series), the Pacers crushed the Knicks on the glass, grabbing offensive rebounds on nearly a third of their missed shots.
New York's going to have to steal one in Indiana, where the Pacers are tough to beat. The Knicks can do it, but with Chandler playing at seemingly 20 percent and their offense as out of sorts as it is, things appear pretty grim.
Upset Meter: 7.5 of 10