Rumors that the Pacers were anywhere near back are largely overblown. Roy Hibbert? Not even close. Indiana? Not dominant at all.
Hibbert failed to score and failed to grab a rebound. This is a guy who is 7-foot-2!
That was actually important in this game as the Wizards dominated the glass 53-36 including 17 offensive rebounds. 17! Against one of the better defensive rebounding teams in the regular season. This is beginning to make no sense. Or whatever sense was left after the Pacers’ utter collapse in the second half of the season.
Bradley Beal scored 25 points to lead the way for the Wizards offensively. Washington trailed for only one possession early in the second quarter. The Wizards opened as much as an 18-point lead.
Paul George and George Hill each had 18 points to lead the Pacers. A late barrage of 3-pointers were nowhere near enough as Indiana fell into a 1-0 hole again.