Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) will not play Monday night for NY

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2017

The Pacers will use their regular starting lineup of Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo.

Given the Knicks' lack of reliable wing scoring outside of Hardaway, the team's second-leading scorer at 17.8 points per game, the Knicks can't afford for him to have a stress fracture and the possible two-month lay-off that would entail. But he also committed five turnovers - including four in the first-half - and was part of a defense with more holes than Kyrie Irving's flat-earth theory. So that three-point threat makes guys get up on him and allows him to drive. One of the other two instances came in the first meeting between the teams last month when the Knicks rallied to win. "This is a could be a wear-and-tear situation", Hornacek said. Courtney Lee had 19 points and Enes Kanter totaled 18 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Knicks.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) will not play Monday night for NY

Beasley has not scored in double figures in his last seven games against in after doing so for the first 12 matchups.

With their top two scorers out, NY (11-11) turned to Michael Beasley, who had 21 points.

Collison had one of his better games with 15 points and ten assists, and he has averaged 14.6 points and 5.9 assists in 18 games against NY while posting a 2.59 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Indiana, meanwhile, are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine overall and have covered in nine of their last 11 home games against the Knicks. It was no different than most nights, except that for the second straight game instead of getting their work in and then retreating to the end of the bench they were in the starting lineup. NY hosts Memphis on Wednesday night.

IN simply must play better defense regardless of the pace they run their offense. But the superstar's second straight absence, combined with Hardaway - whose previously unreported injury was announced barely 30 minutes before the game began - sitting for the first time all season, was too much to overcome.

Michael Beasley #8 of the New York Knicks blocks the shot by Jonathon Simmons #17 of the Orlando Magic during the game between the two teams on December 3, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. IN should pull away for a 110-97 win.

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