New York Knicks Star Trolls Pacers for Playoff Sweep

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Say what you want about the New York Knicks, but they would never do that That.

That’s according to Josh Hart, who included scolding the Indiana Pacers on his post-playoff checklist. The Pacers defeated the short-handed Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but proved to be no match for the Boston Celtics in the next round, as they lost their NBA Finals bid in a four-game sweep.

Knicks stars Hart and Jalen Brunson detailed their post-playoff aura on the latest edition of their “Roommates Show” podcast. Asked about the Pacers’ quick elimination by co-host Matt Hillman, the duo revealed they spoke with postseason foe and Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton.

The humorous Hart couldn’t help but chuckle at the turn of events, despite the Knicks’ elimination.

May 19, 2024;  New York, New York, USA;  New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) during the third quarter of game seven of the second round of the 2024 NBA playoffs at Madison Square Garden.  Mandatory credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

May 19, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) during the third quarter of game seven of the second round of the 2024 NBA playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

“I think I said something like, ‘Damn, couldn’t you win just once?’ Hart said, much to Brunson’s delight. “Y’all beat us in Game 7, whatever, y’all crazy hype, y’all couldn’t win just once? After leading by three in the fourth?”

Despite the one-sided nature of the final margin, the Pacers gave the Celtics a battle: all but one of the four games were decided by five points or fewer and, as Hart suggested, Indiana had a fourth-quarter lead in each of those games . in question.

Haliburton missed the final two games of the conference finals series with an injury, a reflection of the myriad medial ailments the Knicks dealt with during their own matchup against the Pacers. Both Brunson and Hart were among the latest casualties and the former is in active rehabilitation for the hand injury he suffered in the Game 7 loss to Indiana.

Hart believed that even though Brunson would be sidelined and he himself was dealing with abdominal issues after Game 6, the Knicks still could have pulled off at least one win away from Boston.

“Obviously if we had gone further, Brunson hadn’t played, I would have tried to play. I don’t know how it would have gone. Hell, we could have done that,” Hart said. “We wouldn’t have had JB, I don’t know, I might have played a few games. Like I would at least get one!”

The Knicks overcame several obstacles and achieved several milestones during the 2023-2024 season. They reached 50 wins and finished second in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

While even the powerhouse Knicks would have had trouble with Boston, which completes its run to its 18th championship banner on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC), ending a long drought in the conference finals and posting a victory it might would have been a pretty perfect ending to a difficult season.

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