May 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) looses the ball as Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) and Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) defend during the first half in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014 Semi-Finals, Pacers vs. Wizards: Game 4 Preview, Notes and Prediction Poll


After suffering a blowout loss at home in Game 3, the Washington Wizards will look to bounce back for Game 4 at the Verizon Center against the Indiana Pacers. The game will tip off at 8:00pm and will be broadcasted on TNT.


  • Washington made just 24 field goals in Game 3, ultimately finishing the game with 63 total points. That’s…really bad. The Wizards settled for long jump shots and failed to execute opportunities at the basket. With that said, I don’t think it’s possible for them to have a repeat performance. They’re going to have to move the ball more than they did in Game 3 if they want to score.
  • John Wall turned the ball over 7 times in Game 3. The Pacers play scrappy basketball and the Wizards can’t get caught up in their trap. Wall has to push the ball more, get his teammates open and take the ball to the rim a lot more than he did in Game 3. If he settles for jump shots, then we’re going to see another ugly performance from the Wizards.
  • Speaking of John Wall; he played in Game 3 with a scratched eye but will be good to go for Sunday night’s game.
  • Nene and Marcin Gortat allowed David West and Roy Hibbert to get to their “sweet spots” early on in Game 3 and there was no stopping them from that point on. They can’t allow them to get comfortable and they have to force them out of position.

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Bradley Beal has emerged as one of the best young guards during the NBA Playoffs, but he was a non-factor in Game 3 as he went on to score 16 points on 6-19 shooting. He admitted to forcing up some shots in a post-game interview after Washington’s offense became stagnant, but he has to assert himself right out of the gate in Game 4 so he establishes a rhythm going forward. When his shots aren’t coming in the flow of the offense, the Wizards are going to have a tough time scoring the ball, but credit can go to Lance Stephenson for forcing him into some difficult shots on the outside.

Stephenson hasn’t shot the ball well against Washington thus far, but Beal has to play better on the offensive side of the floor. For the most part, he’s played well, so I’m hoping Game 3 was an anomaly. With that said, Sunday’s game is essentially a must win for the home team and Bradley Beal has to step up.


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