Pablo Prigioni, the ultimate X-factor, brought a little bit of everything to Game 2.
Harassing defense? Check. Big time shooting? Check. Setting up teammates? Check. During the Knicks' big run early in the fourth quarter, Prigioni had eight points, three rebounds, three assists, and even chipped in a block on Paul George. He finished +23 for the game in his 21 minutes on the court and, along with Jason Kidd, led the Knicks with four assists on the night.
Prigioni’s spirit and tenacity is infectious. Despite being in the starting lineup, Prigioni played just six minutes in the first half. Later in the game, Coach Woodson again turned to his 35-year old Argentinian rookie for a spark. This was especially important last night because Ray Felton had limped off the court near the end of the third quarter. Fortunately, the Knicks didn’t need Felton the rest of the way, as Prigioni helped carry the Knicks to a blowout victory.
If Felton is limited in any way as the series goes on, it will become even more important for Prigioni to continue disrupting the Pacers guards on defense, while knocking down shots on offense. The ultimate X- factor indeed.