EC PLAYOFFS RD 2: (1) IND PACERS vs (5)WAS WIZARDS

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IND IN 4 1 6.25%
IND IN 5 0 0%
IND IN 6 3 18.75%
IND IN 7 0 0%
WAS IN 4 0 0%
WAS IN 5 3 18.75%
WAS IN 6 6 37.50%
WAS IN 7 3 18.75%
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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STARTERS:

IND

George Hill
Lance Stephenson
Paul George
David West
Roy Hibbert

WAS

John Wall
Bradley Beal
Trevor Ariza
Nene
Marcin Gortat

KEY ROTATION PLAYERS:

IND

CJ Watson
Evan Turner
Ian Mahinmi

WAS

Andre Miller
Martell Webster
Trevor Booker

Key Matchups:

I was hesitant to put Evan Turner as a key rotation player as he was benched in game 7, but I think that IND needs some bench scoring, and they need it from either him, Copeland, or Scola, so I think either or he or Scola will likely be that guy since Copeland is too small to play in the frontcourt this series. In terms of the key matchups, WAS creates a lot of problems for IND on paper, as Teague shredded their defence for most of the series, so imagine what John Wall is going to do to them. IND needs to stay attached to WAS' 3 point shooters to be able to win this series, though in doing so they may end up giving up a ton of paint points and be in foul trouble for the entire night.

If IND is going to win this series the way that they've been playing the past 4 months, their frontcourt of West and Hibbert needs to outplay Nene and Gortat, and they need their bench to give them some consistent scoring.

It's crazy to think that WAS is the favorites in this series after IND came into the season as the next heir to the throne, but I dont think there's any doubt that it's the case currently, with WAS firing on all cylinders, and IND looking like a team of misfits.

I really enjoy watching WAS play, but the other side of me wants IND to win because if they do, it may give them the confidence to potentially beat MIA next round as WAS is no longer a pushover. But hence...

PREDICTION:

WAS IN 6
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Indiana in 6. IMO they'll get better as the playoffs go on. I also think that Washington is a much better matchup for Hibbert, he can be more of a rim protector as their bigs don't stretch the floor as much.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If Indiana could get there shit together I see them as the only ones that can legitimately challenge the heat from the east. Yet I've jumped onto the Washington bandwagon as their success had been my ideal situation for the raptors. I see this going 7 with Indiana getting thru
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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keep it up washington
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Some players go through slups...and then there's whatever Hibbert's going through right now.
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Bradley Beal though
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Why didn't Masai go after Gooden?? Looks better than TH.
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who's playing better these playoffs? nets or washington?
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Why didn't Masai go after Gooden?? Looks better than TH.
Agreed. Maybe MU will go after him this free agency period. Also I think the Wiz got this series in 6.
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:24 PM   #12 (permalink)
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IND lost this.
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Wizards are my bandwagon team this year.
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Hibberts been playing like shit since all-star break.
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Everyone can blame Hibbert for this loss.
But he's not a hired gun like Paul George, who sprayed up 23% FG shooting in this game.
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Hibbert probably has an undisclosed hip injury or something?
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Everyone can blame Hibbert for this loss.
But he's not a hired gun like Paul George, who sprayed up 23% FG shooting in this game.
Hibbert has scored 0 points in 3 games this playoffs. Hibbert got his ass handed to him by Gortat. The Wizards outrebounded the Pacers 53-36 with Hibbert only getting 2 rebounds. The loss is on him.

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Hibbert probably has an undisclosed hip injury or something?
No, he just sucks. He's lost his confidence and he looks like a 3rd stringer. Ian Mahinmi is better than him right now.
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I don't know - I think Hibbert looks like something is physically bothering him in addition to the shattered confidence.
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