1. Go to work: It's hard to imagine that the Knicks could get outworked in Game 1, but they admitted the Pacers did try harder — despite similar problems cropping up against Boston in the opening round. The Knicks say they won't do that again — though they've said that before.

2. Go big or go home: The Pacers have a huge front line and it showed in Game 1, with the Knicks not only outrebounded by 14, but also plagued with foul trouble as Roy Hibbert and David West dominated. Amar'e Stoudemire may be back for Game 3, but for now the Knicks need to play bigger and control the paint.

3. Shoot straight: The Knicks shot 43 percent with Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, their primary scorers, combining to shoot just 14-of-43. The Pacers were one of the best defensive teams in the NBA this season, and the Knicks have to find a way to be more efficient.