‘Hungry’ Melo: Knicks ‘haven’t done anything yet’ with Indiana next hurdle
One down, three to go. Though his wife La La Vazquez tweeted that Carmelo Anthony “made history’’ Friday night in Boston, Anthony and the Knicks say they’re nowhere close to being done. With the Celtics dispatched, the Knicks get the physical Pacers today at the Garden, kicking off the Eastern Conference semifinals. Today’s 3:30 p.m. battle renews an old-time rivalry that saw the franchises battle five times in the playoffs in the 1990s. “We’re hungry as a team, we’re hungry,’’ Anthony said. “I’m starving. We want to get past it. Everybody seems to know and understand that it was just one series we won and we’ve got a couple more to go.” The Knicks’ last playoff battle with the Pacers was a loss in the 2000 Eastern Conference finals — the last year the Knicks won a playoff series until Friday night. Former Knicks president Donnie Walsh was the Pacers’ boss then … and again is. “As far as my mindset goes, I haven’t done anything yet,’’ Anthony said. “We haven’t done anything. Yeah, we did something special by winning the first series, which was a tough series for us to win. But at the beginning of the season, that was our goal. We always felt like we put together a team to do something special. We went and passed one of those tests. Now it’s the Pacers on our radar.” The Pacers, who took out the Hawks in six games in their opening-round series, finished as third seed in the East to the Knicks’ No. 2 slot. The teams split the regular-season series, 2-2, each team winning on their home floor. “We’ve put ourselves in position this year to host the first round and second round at home,’’ said Knicks coach Mike Woodson, an Indiana native. “We can’t lose at home. We let one get away in Boston in the fifth game, but were able to rebound [in Game 6].’’ The Celtics rallied from 0-3 down, then reeled off a 20-0 fourth-quarter spree Friday to nearly overcome a 26-point deficit.
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