After two heart-breaking losses, the Pacers return home to take on the lowly Wizards. Washington is yet to win a game. Based on how this season is going so far for Indiana, that would lead many to believe that DC gets their first victory this evening in the Hoosier State, but the way George Hill played last night and the continued high-level game David West has been bringing should be enough, on talent alone, for Indy to keep ‘em winless.
If they can’t get it going and do end up losing to the Wizards, I don’t think anyone would be shocked either. Really, unless Roy Hibbert and Paul George start being helpful on the offensive side of the floor, there aren’t a whole lot of teams that the Pacers can’t lose to. But with John Wall and Nene injured, there also aren’t a lot of teams worse than the one heading into The Fieldhouse. They start a guy, in AJ Price, who couldn’t even see the floor last year for Indiana and have so far played the worst offense in the league, scoring at a rate even 4 points per 100 possessions worse than the Pacers. That’s hard to do.
And despite Indy’s last two loses — both of which they could have conceivably won — they have been looking better. So there’s that. Check back post-game to know whether or not Indy is 3-4 or if it’s time to enter full-blown panic mode. For more on the Wizards, including a Q&A I did about tonight’s game (which should be posted soon), check Truth About It.
|George Hill||AJ Price|
|Paul George||Bradley Beal|
|Sam Young||Trevor Ariza|
|David West||Trevor Booker|
|Roy Hibbert||Emeka Okafor|
UPDATE: Lance Stephenson ended up starting in place of Sam Young.
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