April 4, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) attempts to shoot the ball as Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) defends in the second half at Verizon Center. The Pacers won 109-96. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers Follow up with Win against Washington Wizards

Pacer fans weren’t sure what they would get with the follow up game to that ridiculous fourth quarter run against the Knicks the night before. But what they got last night was a team that knew they could beat the Wizards, and went out there and got the job done. Shooting was blistering in that first quarter as the percentage was at 87%. The Pacers would finish right around 58%, which is still higher than most evenings of shooting. Remember the first part of the season, when the Pacers couldn’t hit 40%, so this is an encouraging sign.

Time for the shooting to pick up as the Pacers make this final push towards the playoffs. They’ve won three straight and have a game lead on the Orlando Magic for third place. But Friday night won’t come easy as the Oklahoma City Thunder pay the Pacers a visit, and that could be another signature win for the Pacers if they can get things done.

Who do you give player of the game for this one? I’m going with Danny Granger as he’s really stepped up his game the past couple of weeks, if you take out that performance against New Jersey. Granger is hitting his shots and making good choices. He is showing those leadership qualities that this team has lacked in years past. But like anything, can he stay consistent? I hope he can and I think he will against the Thunder if he plays this same way he’s playing. Don’t force things, and let the game come to him. He has a tendency to play up to the competition, so perhaps we’ll see that Friday night.

But overall, a good win for this team as I said the night before they put together such an impressive fourth quarter, and needed to follow up with a win. Fans still seem a bit on the fence about this team, but I think if they keep winning and stay in that third place, they will get the fans out for their home playoff series. Now the key there is to win that first round series, and fans should come around. But first things first, take care of things on Friday night, and then keep it moving from there.

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