Jalen Brunson Discusses His Quiet Performance and Explosive Loss in New York Knicks’ Game 3 vs. Indiana Pacers

Jalen Brunson kept things real as the New York Knicks continued their partisan beating of the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. After defeating the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks, the Knicks and Pacers respectively managed to make it to the second round of the finals and were tied in a 7-game series.

Although the Knicks won both games at home and could have put the Pacers in a 3-1 deficit with a win in Game 4, New York was unable to do so or even make that game close. After the game ended, Jalen Brunson was interviewed and asked to share his thoughts on this recent loss.

Jalen Brunson scored only 18 points when the Knicks lost to the Pacers

Going into Game 4 against the Pacers, it could be argued that Jalen Brunson was the best player in the entire playoffs. He single-handedly carried the offensive load for the Knicks and is undoubtedly the main reason they are in their current position.

While Brunson has scored well this postseason, he had a poor shooting night in Game 4 and finished with just 18 points. He was also ineffective, making 6 of 15 field goal attempts and 0 of 5 three-point attempts. With their best player not playing well, the Knicks fell behind from the very start of the game and ended up suffering their worst loss of the playoffs with a final score of 121-89.

Given that the Knicks were favored to win this series, the pressure now fell on them to win Game 5. During the postgame interview, Brunson explained what went wrong but made no excuses for his team’s lackluster performance.

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“I mean we can talk about fresher legs we can give ourselves all the mercy we want. Yes, we are short but that doesn’t matter now. We have what we have and we have to move forward with that… There is no excuse. If we lose, we lose… So that’s what it was.”

The Knicks no longer had Julius Randle going into the playoffs. OG Anunoby also suffered a hamstring injury and did not play. There are several other members of the Knicks roster dealing with injury. However, Brunson did not use that factor as an excuse and kept things real when discussing his team’s current situation.

Have the Pacers turned this series around?

Although the Knicks were considered the best team going into this series, the loss of OG Anunoby tilted the scale in favor of the Pacers. Tyrese Haliburton played at an elite level and led his team to a much-needed win in Game 4.

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Considering this series is now tied at 2-2, it’s still too soon to claim that the Pacers have turned things around. The outcome will likely be decided by the upcoming Game 5. After all, the team that wins will be just 1 win away from victory. On the other hand, the loser of Game 5 will have to deal with the pressure of elimination for 2 games in a row.

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