This semifinals tilt between the Knicks and Pacers is a classic Eastern Conference battle between two teams that rank in the bottom 10 in fast break points. In a direct opposite display of the Indianapolis 500, these squads are playing at an extremely slow pace and speedy open floor buckets are rarely seen.
With that said, New York continues to preach the importance of pace and tempo. On Thursday night, the Knicks actually found some open space en route to seven fast break points, which is remarkably the third most fast break points scored in the series.
Carmelo Anthony believes the pace of New York’s offense was the key to Thursday’s win, “But most importantly, like I said we sped the game up today and I think that was the key to our victory tonight.”
The Knick have combined to only score seven fast break points in games played in Indiana during the playoffs. When facing a high turnover team like the Pacers, New York can attack off those mistakes and catch the lumbering bigs in transition.
Raymond Felton agreed with this tactic, “Those guys are big guys, so they are slower than we are, so we have use our fast pace, really get the ball up and down the court, keep those guys moving and in a lot of screen and rolls.”
Watch the final box score for fast break points to see if the Knicks can find a strong disparity in that category. If New York can force Indiana to commit a significant number of turnovers while finding success in the transition game, it should head back home for a Game 7.