Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel watched his team’s series-clinching victory over the Atlanta Hawks on the flight to New York on Friday night before shifting his focus to their next playoff opponent.

Vogel was up at 7 a.m., after only four hours of sleep, to watch film of the New York Knicks. Then the coaching staff held a long film session with the players before heading to practice at an athletic club near Central Park.

Vogel planned to spend the evening watching more film trying to figure out a way to slow down Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is this afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

“They’re a lethal offensive weapon and they’re as good as it gets in the pick-and-roll game,” Vogel said.

The Pacers and Knicks split their four regular season meetings with the home team winning every time.

Here’s a look at the key issues of the series:

Paul George vs. Carmelo Anthony
Anthony is one of the premier scorers in the league. He averaged 29 points in New York’s series against the Boston Celtics.

George and the Pacers held Anthony to 22 points a game on 38 percent shooting in the three games he played against them.

The key for George is to avoid foul trouble because the Pacers also depend on him to score on the perimeter.

“I have to be smart and play honest defense,” George said. “Stick to my principles and make sure everything is over the top.”

Sam Young, who only played 10 minutes in the Atlanta series, is expected to defend Anthony when George rests. There’s a chance Jeff Pendergraph, Tyler Hansbrough and David West will also spend some time guarding Anthony.

Anthony is dealing with a left shoulder injury. He told reporter on Saturday that it only bothers him when he gets hit on it.