This is a huge series for our franchise. Obviously, winning this series puts us in the Eastern Conference Finals, in all likelihood against Miami. Also, a good playoff series against the Knicks could be just what the doctor ordered for the fanbase.
That said, I would like to know what the great basketball minds of Pacers Digest think will be the keys to overcoming the NBA Scoring Champ, homecourt disadvantage, and the bright lights of New York.
To me, Melo comes first obviously. Slowing him is going to be a task for the whole team.
After that, DWest and Hibbert will have to bring it like they brought it in Game 6 against ATL. Our offense CANNOT stagnate against these guys, so the guards have to stay active and move the ball.
Paul George doesn't have to match Melo, just slow him down and continue grabbing rebounds and dishing assists.
As important as anything will be our mental composure. NYK has the star-power and homecourt advantage, so we are going to have plenty of calls go against us. We'll find out how mature this team has become.
Pacers in 6.