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What They’re Saying: May 6

What They’re Saying: May 6

Here’s a look at the latest buzz around the Internet following the Pacers’ 102-95 win over the New York Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

ESPN New York:  “The Pacers proved in this punishing 102-95 victory that they intend to crash the party and the boards, and that this will be no second-round walkover en route to the grudge match with Miami millions of New Yorkers expect and demand.”  Read More

USA Today:  “Time after time, Anthony or Smith would come rolling into the lane, and time after time, Hibbert sent them away unhappy. By the third quarter, Anthony reached the point of distraction, continually complaining about no-calls at the basket.”  Read More

New York Times:  “The Knicks tried to challenge Roy Hibbert from every angle. J. R. Smith tried to drive past him. Tyson Chandler attempted to go above him for rebounds. Carmelo Anthony, his jump shot inconsistent, at one point tried to dunk over Hibbert. But Hibbert, the Indiana Pacers’ 7-foot-2 center, stood his ground.”  Read More

Grantland:  “But, holy cow, did Hibbert announce himself to a national TV audience that might have ignored the Pacers this season, including during their first-round win over the Hawks. Hibbert finished with five blocks and played a huge role in holding the Knicks to just 15-of-34 shooting in the restricted area, per NBA.com.”  Read More

CBS Sports:  “In a league that is so perimeter-oriented, Roy Hibbert showed in Game 1 against the New York Knicks why the Indiana Pacers’ reliance on having him protect the rim is so important for their success.”  Read More

New York Daily News:  “Playing with his trademark scowl and aggressiveness, (Lance) Stephenson, a 6-5 guard, made five of nine shots for 11 points while grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds and making a game-high three steals.”  Read More

ESPN Stats and Info:  “(Paul) George led the NBA in Defensive Win Shares and showed why with his Game 1 work against Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith…That duo was 9-for-19 against the Pacers other defenders, but only 5-for-24 combined against George.”  Read More

Wall Street Journal:  “On some level, the Pacers looked like the team many analysts believed them to be: A better defensive version of the Celtics, who had just tormented the high-scoring Knicks into offensive inefficiency the series before.”  Read More

New York Times:  The Indiana Pacers stood taller Sunday afternoon, quite literally, and they played bigger.  Read More

 

SB Nation:  “Mike Woodson decided to run with a bigger lineup at times to avoid a hypothetical matchup problem caused by the Indiana Pacers’ size. It didn’t work in Game 1, but Woodson says he’ll double down.”  Read More

Indy Sports Legends:  “Augustin’s hard play produced 16 points on 4-of-5 3-point shooting, and it exposed one of the pivot points of this series: If Indiana’s shooters can match New York’s shooters tit for tat, as they did Sunday, there is no way the Knicks can win the game in the paint.”  Read More

Indy Cornrows:  “The Indiana Pacers didn’t go into Madison Square Garden and steal home court from the New York Knicks, they went into Madison Square Garden and forcibly took Game 1 from the Knicks, bowling over New York with their physical play.”  Read More

 

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