One win. That's all that stands between the Pacers and the Eastern Conference Finals. Well, one win and a desperate Knicks team playing in front of a merciless home crowd.
Thursday night's game five is an elimination game for New York. Their season ends with a loss. That means the Pacers know to expect the unexpected.
Forward David West says they need to "communicate with one another about the highs and lows that we are going to experience tonight. The level of desperation [the Knicks] are going to play with tonight. We expect them to play harder than they have played throughout the series."
Turnovers have been an issue with the Pacers in the playoffs. In their game two loss in New York, Indy gave the ball away 21 times.
The Pacers were loose Thursday morning at shootaround, but were not overconfident.
"We want to continue to keep that edge," said Paul George. "It's not the pressure on us but we've got to play that way. Things can change. If we don't get this win tonight things can definitely change. We have got to come in and take care of business early."
Lance Stephenson asked Paul George the key to Thursday's game. George's reply? "Get it to Born Ready."
Tipoff is at 8:00 pm. Eric Yutzy will have live pregame coverage at 5:00, 5:50, 6:00 and 6:20 pm, as well as post game reaction at 11:00pm on the Nightbeat.