Washington Wizards (0-8)
Indiana Pacers (4-7)
The Indiana Pacers travel to the Nation’s capital and hope to hand the Washington Wizards’ another loss. As the only winless team in the NBA, the Wizards look to cause the Pacers to wonder what’s wrong with their team. The Pacers suffered a frustrating loss to New York Knicks in MSG, and can’t seem to find their footing after the impressive win against Dallas. The Wizards just want to win one game. This one should be one to watch as the previous meeting came down to the waning moments.
Most of the Pacers’ problems lie within in the offense. On Friday night, they looked to recitfy things by passing the ball well and moving around to get good looks at the basket. That didn’t continue yesterday as it was back to scoring under 80 points, which will never win you a game or even compete. The Pacers continue to shoot the ball poorly, which you keep hoping they just start getting shots to fall, but who knows when that will happen.
Roy Hibbert needs to continue to be aggressive as he’s been pushed around in the post area, and shouldn’t be with his size. He’s not shooting the ball well either. But if he gets the good looks, he’ll start scoring. It’s just his confidence that needs to step up and know he can do this job the way it’s supposed to be done.
Paul George will be called upon for his offense as he’s coming around in the scoring column. Who knows if he’s going to be that leader that Danny Granger is, but now’s the time to just step up. George Hill has been doing that well and I think that continues tonight.
The Pacers don’t want to be that team that gives the Wizards that first win, so if they come out with an intensity that shows they want this game, that shouldn’t happen. I still think it becomes a close game, but the Pacers pull out a small victory, and any victory at this point is worth it.