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Knicks aren’t making excuses after blowout game four loss

New York is now tied at two with the Pacers in their series.



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The New York Knicks won games one and two of their series against the Indiana Pacers at home, but they dropped games three and four on the road. The Pacers are now right back in the series after evening things up on Sunday, and the series is deadlocked at two apiece. Sunday’s game wasn’t even close as the Pacers cruised to a 121-89 victory. Indiana looked like a well-oiled machine out there, and they now have all the momentum in the series as it shifts back to New York.

New York went up 2-0 in this series and they were sitting pretty, but things have quickly turned around on them. Home-court is big in the NBA Playoffs, and this series has been a perfect example of that. The Knicks have had to deal with some roadblocks this postseason in terms of injuries, but they aren’t making any excuses despite the blowout loss.

“We can talk about fresher legs and you can give us all the pity that we want,” Jalen Brunson said after game four, according to an article from ESPN. “Yeah, we’re shorthanded, but that doesn’t matter right now. We have what we have and we need to go forward with that. … There is no excuse. There’s no excuse whatsoever. If we lose, we lose. That’s what that was.”

Game five between the Pacers and Knicks will take place on Tuesday night in New York. That should be a good one, and the Knicks need to get a win to avoid an elimination game in game six on the road. New York is favored by 2.5 points ahead of game five.

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