Five Takeaways: Knicks Drop Game 4 In Indy

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They Stopped Hibbert


After Roy Hibbert had a monstrous Game 3 (24 points and 12 rebounds), it was clear that the Knicks did not intend to allow a repeat performance. They started the game bigger than usual, with Kenyon Martin at power forward and Melo shifting to small forward for the first time in recent memory. The Knicks threw double teams at Hibbert every time he touched the ball, forcing him to pass back out. The plan worked, as Hibbert wasn't the reason the Pacers won tonight, scoring just five points and shooting 2-for-8 from the field.

Hibbert did pull down 11 rebounds, six of them offensive, so it's clear he can still impact a game without scoring. Anytime Tyson Chandler helped off of Hibbert on defense, the Pacer big man rolled to the hoop to clean up any missed shots. The Knicks can live with a couple put-backs if they know that Hibbert isn't getting many other open opportunities to score.

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