It’s appropriate the Knicks and Pacers square off tomorrow in Indianapolis out of the All-Star Break. Donnie Walsh, who had a hand in constructing both squads, believes the two teams have the most ingredients to spoil Miami’s predicted romp to the NBA Finals.
The Knicks and Pacers stand second and third in the Eastern Conference, respectively. Both have the same amount of victories with 32. The Knicks, despite a 1-3 dip into the break, are second to Miami at 32-18. The Pacers, with star forward Danny Granger about to return, are 32-21.
Walsh, in his second stint as Pacers general manager, has always been an advocate of size. If Knicks reserve big men Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby get healthy in the second half, the undersized Heat may have trouble with the Knicks, according to Walsh. The Pacers and Knicks are each 2-0 against the defending champs.
“Big teams have a good chance,’’ Walsh told The Post yesterday. “Miami is better against smaller lineups. They don’t have a big team. If you’re a team built like Miami is, you have no chance. If you got size, you might have a chance.’’
“I really like the Knicks’ team. They’re built for this time of year and the playoffs. They have a lot of veterans who’ve been there before. They don’t have good size, they have great size. They have everything they need to be successful in the playoffs.’’
Walsh, a Bronx native, ran the Knicks from May 2007 to July 2011, passing on a Knicks contract extension, no longer wanting to work for owner James Dolan.
Donnie: Knicks, Pacers can beat Heat
New York Post | Feb 19