George Hill emphasises effect of having depth on the roster.
The Indiana Pacers are on the brink of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in nearly a decade as their 93-82 win on Tuesday night pushed the New York Knicks closer to elimination.
The Pacers now lead the series 3-1 ahead of Game 5 in New York on Thursday, but having won all their home games this post season thus far, they will be confident of their chances in Game 6 if necessary.
George Hill scored 26 points to lead his team, while the defensive effort was the biggest factor that pleased coach Frank Vogel.
Paul George had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as Indiana outrebounded the Knicks 54-36 to again dominant inside the paint. It has been a determining factor throughout the series thus far, and it appears the Knicks have no answer for it.
“We’re a deep team and the way we played tonight we can be a great team. Everybody had a hand in the pile,” Hill told reporters after the game.
Despite some tinkering with the line-up from Knicks coach Mike Woodson, it failed to have the desired effect as he opted to go with a big line-up with Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler to compete against the Indiana bigs.
However, it failed to materialise and Vogel knows that his team are now just one victory away from securing their place in the Conference Finals.