Knicks vs. Pacers score update, Game 4: Indiana leads 48-34 at halftime

Joe Robbins

If the Knicks are going to turn the tide in this series, they'll have to start in the second half of Tuesday's game.

The New York Knicks are struggling to hit shots, grab boards or draw fouls - generally, they're just not very good at basketball right now. As a result, they're trailing 48-34 at halftime to the Indiana Pacers in Tuesday's Game 4 matchup.

Needing a victory to tie up the series heading back to New York for Game 5, the Knicks have come out utterly flat in a pivotal road game. Continuing what's becoming a theme of the series, the Pacers' stifling defense has brought the Knicks' perimeter-oriented attack to a halt.

In nearly every aspect of the game beyond turnovers, Indiana has the advantage. As they've done all series, the Pacers have a major advantage on the boards (30-18), and they're also shooting a better percentage from the field as well -- 45 percent to New York's 33 percent.

Prior to tip-off, Rodger Sherman dug into three key questions about Tuesday's game. Let's try to provide some early answers going into the second half.

Will the Knicks get three-pointers?

Nope. New York took its fair share of attempts from beyond the arc, but missed all six of its three-pointers in the first quarter and 12 of 14 attempts overall. Iman Shumpert, who is dealing with knee soreness, missed all four of his long-range shots in the first half. Carmelo Anthony hit one of two three-point attempts, part of the only remotely solid offensive effort from a Knicks player. Melo has 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting and six rebounds.

Does Roy Hibbert continue to kill it?

The Pacers center didn't dominate early, but his post presence was constantly looming and a big dunk near the end of the first quarter punctuated a 9-2 run. His overall numbers aren't bad -- four points, eight rebounds, three blocks -- but he's probably not breaking the 20-point barrier for a second straight game.

How does the Knicks' flu crew do?

J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin both were relatively quiet in the first half, though it's unclear if that's a direct result of the illness that's struck both players. Smith's struggles shooting from the field continue, as he missed all but one of his shot attempts, while Martin didn't take a single attempt. Martin did find some ways to contribute beyond scoring. His three assists lead the team so far, plus he blocked a shot on the other end of the floor. Smith finished the half with three points, shooting 1 of 8 from the field.

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