The New York Knicks started the second half of the season much like they ended the first -- and that’s not a good thing.
New York was bad on both ends of the floor in the first half of its game against the Indiana Pacers. As a result, they find themselves down 30 at halftime.
INDEFENSIBLE: The Knicks talked again and again about defense being a top priority in the second half. Maybe they meant they’d start playing it in the second game after the break.
Because, so far, they’ve been embarrassed on the defensive end.
The Pacers torched the Knicks in the first half for 74 points on 60 percent shooting.
Indiana hit 7 of 10 threes and had six players with at least six points. Paul George led them with 20 points. D.J. Augustine had nine on three 3-pointers.
OFFENSIVE: Here’s all you need to know about the Knicks’ offense in the first half: they shot 1 for 15 from beyond the arc.
Outside of Tyson Chandler (15 points), everyone looked out of sync.
Overall, the Knicks shot just 32.6 percent from the floor.
Jason Kidd went scoreless, missing all three of his shots.
Carmelo Anthony shot 4-for-10 and finished with eight points. Amar’e Stoudemire had just two points after picking up three quick fouls. Anthony also picked up three fouls.
SHUMP STRUGGLES: Iman Shumpert was scoreless in 11 minutes in the first half. He missed all four of his shots. J.R. Smith and Brooklyn’s Lance Stephenson had to be separated at the end of the first half. Both received technical fouls.