The New York Knicks may be wondering where D. J. Augustin came from.
The Indiana Pacers might be wondering where Augustin has been, but they’re glad he’s doing what he is now.
Augustin had a quiet regular season, but has been making some noise in the postseason. He played no small role in Game 1 of the Pacers NBA East Semifinal series win over the Knicks 102-95 on Sunday.
The Pacers couldn’t have asked for a better game from the five-year pro. He saw only 13 minutes but was 5-of-6 from the floor, 4-of-5 in 3-pointers and 2-of-4 in free throws for 16 points.
Augustin has been averaging 6.9 points and 1.3 rebounds for the regular season. He averaged 16.1 minutes per game during the regular season and shot 35 percent from the floor.
In the playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, he was only 26.6 percent from the floor while averaging 16.7 minutes, 5.3 points and 1.5 rebounds a game. He had a critical Game 5 against the Hawks, which helped the Pacers turn the series around, by shooting 3-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-9 in 3-pointers for 11 points.
Teams like the Pacers do well in the postseason when players like Augustin come out of the woodwork and play as well as they can. The Knicks weren’t expecting him to deliver what he did and the result was a critical Game 1 victory.
Obviously, the Knicks were fired up for Game 2 so they don’t go to Indiana down 2-0. But this is a chance for the Pacers to put New York in a big hole. Don’t be surprised if Augustin gets even more minutes this time.