Even the best defense in the league has a down night, as evidenced by New York’s performance against Indiana. The Pacers’ fast-paced offense was firing on all cylinders, shooting 61 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range.
Fueled by Tyrese Haliburton’s 22 points and 12 assists, Indiana took advantage of the New York Knicks’ lack of size. The Knicks lost consecutive home games before a short road trip began. Waiting for the return of Isaiah Hartenstein, followed by Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson, will ensure the defense of the frontcourt, but the All-Star break cannot come sooner for New York.