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Posted May 7, 2014 6:22 PM - Updated May 7, 2014 8:56 PM
• The decision today to part ways with Andrew Bynum was based strictly on the center's lingering knee problems, Indiana coach Frank Vogel said before Game 2 against Washington tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "Andrew's a good dude. He fit in well here," Vogel said. "He made multiple efforts to get on the court, the knee wasn't responding, so we made the decision it wasn't going to work out." Bynum made two appearances during the regular season, totaling 35.6 minutes, 23 points and 19 rebounds.
• Fast starts have been critical to the Wizards' postseason success. They've led at the end of the first quarter in every game by an average margin of 7.7 points. In Game 1, they jumped out 28-15 on the Pacers. "We're focused and locked-in is the main thing," said Washington coach Randy Wittman. "We've been able to get off to good starts from the defensive standpoint. When we can do that early in games it only helps us from an offensive standpoint. And we've taken care of the ball pretty well in the first quarter."
• Indiana lost Game 1 at home to Atlanta in the first round so has experience bouncing back. The key adjustments, said Vogel, are rebounding and 3-point defense. Washington held a 53-36 rebounding edge in Game 1, scoring 19 second-chance points, and the Wizards shot 10-for-16 from the 3-point line. "They're things we've been exceptional at all year," Vogel said, "so I feel very confident we can do that."
• Despite no points or rebounds from Roy Hibbert in the opener, the center's third scoreless outing in the last four games, Vogel said he has no plans to change the starting lineup. "I'm coaching every game like it's Game 7. This is not about the next series or the next game," he said. "If Roy Hibbert's on the court it's because I think he can help us win the next possession, the next stretch of the game, and help us win that game."
• NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is in Oklahoma City and will officially present Kevin Durant with his MVP trophy before tipoff tonight. Before the game Durant told reporters he was still amazed at the reaction to his emotional speech yesterday in front of family, friends and fans. "I didn't think it would be that big I guess, I was just speakin' from the heart," he said. "It was fun to have my teammates there but it's time to focus on the game now."
• Thunder coach Scott Brooks will again go with defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha in his starting lineup rather than Caron Butler who started the last couple games of the Memphis series. The Thunder will have to improve their perimeter defense tonight after allowing the Clippers to shoot 54.9 percent overall and 51.7 percent from beyond the arc. "We have to do a better job closing out on their shooters," Brooks said, "and we have to take better care of the basketball. The 23 points we gave up on turnovers is too many. We can't give them opportunities in transition."
• After his 8-for-9 night shooting 3-pointers in Game 1, Chris Paul is 25-for-46 (54.3 percent) on 3s in the playoffs this season and the Clippers have made 82 treys through eight playoff games, most in the NBA.
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