NBA: New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers Injury Report, Predicted Lineups and Starting 5s
The New York Knicks, who lost their previous game to the Toronto Raptors, are looking to rebound against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
When the Knicks visit the Pacers’ Gainbridge Fieldhouse arena in Indianapolis, Indiana, they hope to bring a more determined defensive effort. While Tom Thibodeau’s team has shown no signs of slowing down offensively, their defense has cost them games.
In the New York Knicks’ preparation against a squad that constantly competes from start to finish, the defense has undoubtedly dominated the conversation. The Knicks have a Defensive Rating of 22nd in the league and allow 15.1 fastbreak points, which is 25th in the league. To improve as a team, they must put in the necessary effort on defense.
Meanwhile, in a win over the San Antonio Spurs, the undermanned Indiana Pacers scored 131 points, their highest total this season. On both sides of the ball, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner have been the team’s heavy hitters. To survive a possible New York Knicks attack, they’ll need improved performances from the rest of the team.
Caris LeVert has recently returned from injury, and Malcolm Brogdon, if cleared to participate, may as well. The Indiana Pacers’ backcourt is suddenly looking deep and scary, thanks to rookie Chris Duarte’s strong play.
It’ll be an entertaining game between two Eastern Conference foes.
Injury Report for the New York Knicks
Taj Gibson’s status as an injured player is still up in the air. Due to a left ankle sprain, he is now categorized as questionable. Nerlens Noel has yet to play for the New York Knicks this season because he is awaiting clearance. He is on par with Taj Gibson in terms of status.
Luka Samanic will not travel with the club because he has been assigned to the G-League.
🏀 FINAL SCORE THREAD 🏀— NBA (@NBA) November 2, 2021
Domantas Sabonis (24 PTS, 13 REB, 6 AST) and the @Pacers cruise to the win at home 🏁
Myles Turner: 19 PTS, 8 REB, 3 BLK
Chris Duarte: 18 PTS, 4 3PM
Caris LeVert: 16 PTS, 7 AST pic.twitter.com/Hj9j4jOkUI
Injuries to the Indiana Pacers
T.J. Warren has yet to make an appearance with the Indiana Pacers this season. He’s recovering from a navicular fracture right now. Due to an ankle sprain and left knee hypertension, Jeremy Lamb and Isaiah Jackson have been ruled out.
Malcolm Brogdon, the starting point guard, has said he will participate, but he will require medical clearance before he can play. He is categorized as questionable by the Indiana Pacers.
New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers: Predicted Lineups
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks will stick with their starting lineup until it breaks down. Kemba Walker will play point guard, and Evan Fournier will play shooting guard.
RJ Barrett’s amazing play, which has been nothing short of a monster in the last few games, will continue from the small forward position. Julius Randle is anticipated to be the New York Knicks power forward. Mitchell Robinson will start at the center in the meantime.
If Malcolm Brogdon is approved, he will be the offensive coordinator for the Indiana Pacers, with Caris LeVert as his backcourt partner. To make room for Brogdon, Chris Duarte will move to the small forward position.
New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers: Starting 5s
New York Knicks
Point Guard – Kemba Walker | Shooting Guard – Evan Fournier | Small Forward – RJ Barrett | Power Forward – Julius Randle | Center – Mitchell Robison
Point Guard – Malcolm Brogdon | Shooting Guard – Caris LeVert | Small Forward – Chris Duarte | Power Forward – Domantas Sabonis | Center – Myles Turner