Five Takeaways: Knicks Stay Alive In Game 5

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2. Copelandia!


It's been a struggle for the Knicks to stretch out Indiana's vaunted defense and the 28 year-old rookie showed last night he could be the answer. Coach Woodson gave Copeland 19 minutes of playing time and the rook responded with 13 points on only six shots. He did his job as a floor spacer, burning the Pacers for three triples in four tries. Look for Cope to see even more minutes in Game 6, possibly even at center.

Because of Indiana's scheme, Copeland at center in a super small lineup could give the Pacers all kinds of fits. In screen-and-rolls, Indiana likes to drop Hibbert at the rim and have the guard go over the top, allowing not only open mid-range shots, but open pick-and-pop action as well. Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni both excel in the screen-and-roll game and are adept at getting Copeland the ball. Cope is the one Knick big right now that can stretch the floor beyond the arc and I think the Knicks coule benefit by using him at the center spot.

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