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Knicks eliminated from playoffs in 130-109 Game 7 loss to Pacers

Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — There are many signs a car is running low on gas before it ultimately sputters to the side of the road.

A bright light flashes beneath the empty sign on the dashboard to signal the final 20 to 30 miles left in the tank.

The car itself becomes more difficult to control, with steering and braking compromised for the operator behind the wheel.

The engine might cough. The car might vibrate. And if you’re driving uphill, the power might cut out altogether.

Finally, the fuel supply falls short of the demand from the engine.

The sputtering sound signals the end of the road.

 

The Knicks reached the end of the road at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers, their engine sputtering off the hardwood floors to the tune of a 130-109 finish on Friday.

The engine that is All-Star guard Jalen Brunson gave out after a valiant season-long effort, checking out of Game 7 at the 3:02 mark of the third quarter with what the team called a fractured left hand.

The series, however, had already been decided in Indiana’s favor prior to Brunson’s injury, and after they emerged victorious in a six-game first-round playoff series against the reigning league MVP Joel Embiid and his Philadelphia 76ers, the depleted, worn-down Knicks pushed the Pacers to the brink of elimination before running out of gas in the second round.

The Pacers will now advance to face the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, with the winner advancing to the NBA Finals to face the Western Conference champions.

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