May 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Evan Turner (12) takes a shot against Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Washington won 102-96. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014 Semi-Finals, Wizards vs. Pacers: Game 2 Preview, Notes and Prediction Poll


 

The Washington Wizards’ road success continued on Monday at Indiana after they took Game 1 away from the Pacers, and they’ll look to continue their stellar play away from home tonight. Game 2 will tip off at 7:00pm from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Notes:

  • Roy Hibbert was awful in Game 1–going scoreless, while grabbing zero rebounds. The Pacers have never really relied on his offense, but look for them to get Hibbert involved early on. Marcin Gortat scored 12 points to go along side 15 rebounds against Hibbert.
  • Trevor Ariza knocked down all 6 of his 3-point shots on Monday, while holding Paul George to 4-17 shooting from the field.
  • The Wizards outrebounded the Pacers by 17 boards in Game 1. Drew Gooden took Trevor Booker‘s spot in the rotation on Monday with 13 rebounds off the bench.

Key Match Up:

Bradley Beal was absolutely spectacular on Monday, putting up 25 points to go along side 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. John Wall found Beal from deep multiple times early on, and once he got it going from the outside, Beal’s penetration opened up pick-and-roll plays with Nene and Gortat. The Pacers did a pretty good job at defending Wall, but Beal was terrific with the ball in his hands, setting up his teammates for open looks and finding his own shot when Washington became stagnant offensively.

With that said, Lance Stephenson has given Washington fits in the past, but he was pretty much a non-factor on Monday. Stephenson plays in spurts, but I believe he’ll take Beal’s performance personally and he’ll look to get aggressive right out of the gate. Beal can’t let Stephenson penetrate with ease, since he’s very capable of dishing the ball, which is a huge momentum creator for the Pacers. Stephenson is able to knock down outside shots, but I’m sure the Wizards will live with any shots he hits that are outside the paint, especially if they’re contested. I look forward to seeing how Stephenson responds to Beal’s big night on Monday.

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