- Carmelo Anthony has a banged up left shoulder after Kevin Garnett pulled his arm in the Celtics series, but he says he’s OK. “[The shoulder] felt pretty good today,” Anthony, who averaged 29.2 points against the Celtics, said Saturday. “The only time that I really feel it is when I get hit extremely hard and gets yanked on or something like that. But, other than that, I try not to think about it. I’m good to go, I’m ready to go.”
- Steve Novak (back spasms) is out for Game 1. He also missed Game 6 against the Celtics. “I’ll know tomorrow, he seems like he’s moving around pretty well,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. Novak said no MRI is needed on his back and he would be “disappointed” if he’s not at least back for Game 3 Saturday. “Yeah, right now we think Game 3,” Novak said. He added that he would stay in the back and “get treatments” during the game.
- Amar’e Stoudemire, who hasn’t played since March 7 with a right knee debridement, could also suit up for Game 3 on Saturday in Indianapolis. “If [Amar'e] feels fine after Friday then I think we will play him Saturday,” Woodson said Saturday . “If he’s right he can help us a lot. There’s no doubt.”
- The Knicks will start Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Anthony and Tyson Chandler.
- The Pacers will start George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert. Anthony will start out guarding West.
- Woodson said his bigs are mobile enough to rotate on West and Hibbert. “Our guys are pretty mobile with Kenyon and Tyson; Amar’e’s pretty mobile, too, when he comes back,” Woodson said.
- The Pacers allowed a league-low 5.4 3-pointers per game this season, while the Knicks established league records for made 3-pointers (891) and attempts (2,371).
- The teams split their four games this year, with each team winning their home games.
- The Knicks have won 20 of their last 24 games, including playoff games. “I think the Knicks were probably the best team in the NBA the last five, six weeks of the season,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.
- The Knicks and Pacers have played six playoff series, which each one winning three.
- In 1973, both teams won championships, the Pacers in the ABA and the Knicks in the NBA.
– Adam Zagoria