Five Takeaways: Knicks Clinch 2 Seed With Win Over Indy

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3. No Melo, No Problem


David West is a flat out beast. Carmelo Anthony battled hard with West all game and in the third quarter suffered a contusion to his left shoulder. In a smart move by the Knicks coach, Woodson decided to hold Anthony out of the game unless Indy came within eight points. Thing is, the Pacers never got back into the game.

Down the stretch in the 4th quarter, Felton and Copeland took over the offense. They scored 15 of the Knicks 21 fourth quarter points, holding off the Pacers' attempts at a comeback. I'm encouraged by how they performed against a great defensive team without Anthony in the fold. They were moving the ball well around the perimeter, hitting jump shots and getting quality shots each possession.

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