Knicks Face Pacers in Sunday Night Rubber Match

5:00 PM ET | Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV:  MSG Network
Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

1.  On Thursday night, a shorthanded Knicks group fell to a Raptors 113-88 in Toronto.  One of a league’s hottest teams showed a strength and abyss by tying a descent capability from a highway team.  Toronto’s dais total to measure 61 points as a Raptors softened to 23-4 on their home floor.  Michael Beasley led New York in scoring with 21 points, Trey Burke combined 12 off a pine, and Jarrett Jack finished with 10 points.

2.  As mentioned above, a Knicks were blank pivotal players in a starting lineup for Thursday’s lean opposite a Raptors.  Ron Baker and Kristaps Porzingis are out for a deteriorate and Enes Kanter was sidelined due to verbal surgery.  Kanter will lapse to a lineup for a diversion opposite Indiana.

3.  Head manager Jeff Hornacek pronounced newly acquired indicate ensure Emmanuel Mudiay will be accessible for a matchup opposite a Pacers tonight.  On Thursday, Mudiay was acquired in a three-team understanding that sent brazen Doug McDermott to Dallas.  Mudiay binds career averages of 11.1 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 25.6 mins of justice time.  In a 2016 Rising Stars game, Mudiay exploded for 30 points and 10 assists while personification subsequent to Porzingis in a starting lineup.  The indicate ensure was also named to a 2015-16 All NBA Rookie Second Team.  

4.  A splendid mark in Thursday’s diversion was a opening of rookie Luke Kornet.  New York brought Kornet adult from a Westchester G League group as partial of a Two-Way contract.  Kornet looked gentle on a NBA theatre by induction 11 points and 10 rebounds in 22 mins of action.  The 7-foooter strike 4-of-9 shots from a building and 3 buckets from a arc to interpretation his Knicks debut.

5.  New York and Indiana conduct into a rubber compare of a deteriorate array tonight during Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  In a initial meeting, a Knicks battled behind from a 19-point necessity to invert a Pacers 108-101 during Madison Square Garden.  Indiana answered in a second competition with a 115-97 feat on a home floor.  The Pacers only knocked off a Celtics on Friday night to urge to 31-25 on a season.  While Indiana is blank Darren Collison (knee injury), a group has won 5 a final 7 games.  The Pacers enter tonight’s competition as one of a many fit sharpened teams in a joining with an descent rating of 108.1 and a third-best margin idea commission in a NBA.  Both teams will strike a highway following a competition with New York streamer to Philadelphia and Indiana roving to Brooklyn to face a Nets.

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