Once Rivals…Always Rivals

( 1st picture: Reggie Miller and John Starks in 1995 Playoffs. 2nd picture: Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in 2013 Playoffs.)   (photos by: www.findfreegraphics.com and www.msg.com)

The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers have been duking it out since the early 1990s. This is one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports history. Possibly the most entertaining matchup in NBA history was between Reggie Miller and John Starks.  Pushing, shoving and what ever else you can think of, occurred when the Knicks and Pacers met in the NBA Playoffs during the 90s. The rivalry took a huge plunge after stars such as former Knicks legend Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller and John Starks faded away. Both teams had to revamp their rosters and boy did it take a while! Nonetheless, the playoff rivalry between the Knicks and Pacers has been renewed. This time, there are new faces that shine in the spotlight.

New York and Indiana are currently deadlocked at one game a piece in the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs. In their first matchup of the series, Indiana shocked the raucous crowd at Madison Square Garden by capturing a 102-95 victory over the Knicks. The Pacers agitated Carmelo Anthony in game 1 and played with a gritty and team oriented style(6 players scored in double-figures) that resembled the Pacers in 90s. However, the Knicks struck back hard, and I mean hard in game 2! Carmelo and the rest of the Knicks came out with a rough, go-getter, New York attitude and crushed the Pacers, 105-79 to even up the series.

Reggie Miller and John Starks would be proud of their former teams. So would Spike Lee, who can be found courtside yelling at the top of his lungs for his hometown Knicks squad! Lee was present for all of the epic battles between Starks and Miller. He definitely enjoyed every minute of it. Hopefully, the current rosters of the Knicks and Pacers can keep up the intensity in this great playoff rivalry. I’m pretty sure with all of the talent that each team possesses, the series will be absolutely fantastic.  As long as nobody loses by 26 points again, then Reggie Miller and John Starks will certainly approve.


2 comments on “Once Rivals…Always Rivals

  1. I went to college with paul george at fresno state. Great all around individual on and off the court. This guy is a great athlete. Good article.
    -Norm Davis

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