Posted May 04, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Carmelo Anthony likes Eastern Conference playoff basketball, even the pounding and pain that goes with it. The wide-open West was fun, with more scoring and less defense, and it certainly didn't hurt as much. But coming off his first series victory since leaving Denver - and his team's first in 13 years - he has adapted to the way it is on the other side. And here comes a team that represents it as well as anyone. The Indiana Pacers are rough and tough, but the New York Knicks say they're ready for it when the teams renew an old postseason rivalry Sunday to begin the second round. ''It's definitely going to be a challenge,'' Knicks center Tyson Chandler said. ''We know we're going to be in for a battle. We've got to be prepared physically to match their play, keep them off the glass, limit them to one shot and then run.'' The Knicks wrapped up their first series victory since 2000 on Friday night by holding off the Boston Celtics in Game 6. They had just one day to rest before ...
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