The BK Playoff Game: Two On The Line

1) Indiana closing it out. After splitting the two games in New York and then sweeping the two-game home stretch in Indiana, the Indiana Pacers hold a commanding 3-1 lead on the New York Knicks and are one more road victory away from guaranteeing a spot against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Outside of a dominating 105-79 victory over the Pacers in Game 2, the Knicks have looked exceedingly vulnerable, a chilling contrast from their record-setting start to the season — fewer three-pointers, Carmelo Anthony at small forward instead of power forward, and a lot of one-on-one offense. In Game 4, the Knicks shot just 35.6% from the field, and 61 of their 87 field goal attempts came from three players (Anthony, J.R. Smith, and Raymond Felton). If the Knicks continue their freakish stagnancy, they won’t last beyond tonight.

2) Golden State staying alive. This is a personal choice. I’m a big fan of the Golden State Warriors and want to see them survive. They’re down 3-2 to the San Antonio Spurs, but this is their last stand at home to force a Game 7. Earlier in the playoffs, Zach Lowe of Grantland called the Warriors’ new offense — particularly, Stephen Curry’s new role thanks to the absence of David Lee — “a glitch in the program.” There’s few things I enjoy more than watching a shooter dismantle a team from afar. Here’s hoping Stephen Curry can do that tonight.

3) Golden State’s Backcourt. On the heels of my gushing over Curry, I’d be remiss not to mention his partner in crime, Klay Thompson, whose production has plummeted since his 34-point, 14-rebound career night in Game 2 — 17 points in Game 3, 10 points in Game 4, and just 4 in Game 5. The Warriors will need another great night from Thompson along with Curry to extend the Warriors’ season to Game 7 — will they get it?