Is Josh Hart playing tonight against Indiana Pacers? Latest on Knicks forward's status for crucial Game 7 (May 19)

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Is Josh Hart playing tonight against Indiana Pacers? Latest on Knicks forward's status for crucial Game 7 (May 19)

The New York Knicks have listed Josh Hart as available for the upcoming Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. The Knicks are hosting Game 7 after losing Game 6 on the road.

The Knicks came out strong in Game 6, tallying 30 points in the first quarter. However, their momentum waned, marked by a shooting slump with 33.3% accuracy in the second quarter and 43.9% overall for the game.

Despite sinking 13 3-pointers and converting 18-of-26 free throws, they struggled in the paint, where they've typically excelled during the postseason.

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Throughout the playoffs, the Knicks have maintained an average of 110 points per game, shooting at 45.5% from the field and 37.6% from beyond the arc.

They've been consistent with an average of 11.8 3-pointers and 18 free throws per game, but their dominance in the paint faltered in Game 6.

In Friday's defeat, the New York defense conceded 116 points, marking the fourth occasion in this series where they've allowed that many points.

Throughout the postseason, the Knicks have surrendered an average of 110.9 points per game across 12 games, with opponents shooting at 47.8% from the field and 39.2% from 3-point range. Additionally, their adversaries have averaged 12.8 3-pointers and 16.4 free throws per game.

Despite a subpar rebounding performance on Friday with only 35 rebounds, the Knicks maintain an average of 44.1 rebounds per game in the playoffs. Their overall rebounding prowess is reflected in their +3.8-rebound differential.


What happened to Josh Hart?

Josh Hart left Friday's Game 6 prematurely due to abdominal soreness, which subsequent testing revealed to be a strained abdomen.

Despite his efforts to continue playing through the injury, it's improbable that he will be at full strength even if cleared, given the recent onset of the issue. Hart is expected to participate in a shootaround ahead of the game to assess his readiness to rejoin the lineup.


Josh Hart stats vs New York Knicks

Josh Hart has averaged 13.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists with 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocks on 50.0% shooting, including 33.3% from the 3-point line and 71.4% from the free-throw line.


How to watch Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks?

The highly anticipated Game 7 showdown between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks is scheduled to tip off at 3:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The game will be broadcast nationally on the ABC network, with coverage also available on ESPN Radio and Sirius XM for radio listeners.

For viewers looking to stream the game, live streaming options will be accessible on Fubo TV and NBA League Pass. NBA League Pass offers a week-long free trial, providing access to NBA TV and can also be purchased as a subscription for continued viewing.

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