May 11, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is guarded by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) in game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats New York 82-71. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Playoffs: Knicks-Pacers Game 4 Preview

With their backs against the wall, how will the New York Knicks respond?

This is a team that was expected to make the Eastern Conference Finals and anything else should be considered a failure.

This is the Knicks first time trailing in the playoffs when they are on the road team. If the Knicks are great they will pull out his huge victory tonight. If they don’t  it will be a huge uphill battle from here. Here’s everything you need to know about this pivotal Game 4 .

May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won the game 105-79. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

When: Tuesday May 14th at 7:00 EST

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN

Watch: TNT

Betting Line: Pacers (-5.5)

Key Matchup: Tyson Chandler vs. Roy Hibbert

If the Pacers win Game 4 and Roy Hibbert has a big game, Tyson Chandler will be pointed at as the main reason the Knicks potentially lose this series. Hibbert has dominated both sides of the floor against Chandler and has made the rebounding category one sided. Knicks fans were worried about Paul George’s scoring, but it has been the domination of the glass that has controlled this series.

I am calling out Carmelo Anthony to get a double-double tonight with rebounds. Anthony has been inserted into the 4 spot and there’s no excuse why he cannot come up with at least 12 rebounds tonight. He is physical and when it comes down to it he is the team leader. If the Knicks need rebounding help, Carmelo needs to crash the boards. LeBron and Durant do it, so why can’t he?

With Iman Shumpert’s knee acting up again, everyone putting on a Knicks jersey has to step it up tonight. Shumpert has brought raw energy on both sides of the floor that honestly no other Knick has matched. Raymond Felton has to have a much better game and lead this offense the way we know how it can be ran.

Role players like Pablo Prigioni and Kenyon Martin have to maximize their minutes and not make mistakes when they are out there. Ultimately it is going to come down to the play of Carmelo and J.R. Smith. If they are cold again, the Knicks have no shot.

The Knicks will treat this like a Game 7 and we are looking at a classic Game 5 at MSG.

Prediction: Knicks 93, Pacers 87

Tags: Carmelo Anthony Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs New York Knicks Roy Hibbert

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