Monday, November 19 at 7:00 PM EST at the Verizon Center

Game Preview: IND at WAS

by Scott Agness

Matchup

The Indiana Pacers will face the Washington Wizards for the second time this season Monday night. Coming off a loss in New York, the Pacers must refocus after a Sunday afternoon game where they struggled shooting, taking care of the ball, and lacked an inside game.

Last time the Pacers and Wizards met (Nov. 10), Lance Stephenson started his first meaningful game of his young career and has stayed in that role ever since.

The Wizards are in the midst of a home stand where they play five of six games in D.C. They are especially dangerous right now as they are still seeking their first win of the year. They have been in almost every game and have only lost once by more than 10 points. Coach Wittman has been without John Wall and Nene all year, two starters and integral players in their system.

Without their leaders, a number of guys have had to step up and do their share. Through eight games, the Wizards are led by Jordan Crawford in scoring (12.4), Emeka Okafor in rebounding (7) and former Pacers player A.J. Price in assists (6.4). They are last in the league in points per game and field goal percentage; the Pacers are also in the bottom tier of points (28th), field goal percentage (29th) and free throw percentage (25th).

The Pacers haven’t won a road game since opening night; the Wizards haven’t won at all. One streak will end Monday night.

Probable Starters

Pacers

  • C – Roy Hibbert
  • F – David West
  • F – Paul George
  • G – Lance Stephenson
  • G – George Hill

Wizards

  • C – Emeka Okafor
  • F – Trevor Booker
  • F – Trevor Ariza
  • G – Bradley Beal
  • G – A.J. Price

Injury Update

Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)

Wizards: John Wall (out, left knee); Nene (out, left foot)

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers have won the last seven meetings, including three straight at the Verizon Center.
  • Indianapolis native Randy Wittman is the head man in D.C., and is assisted by Jerry Sichting, who played at Purdue University and then with the Pacers from 1980-85.

Last Meeting

These two teams met ten days ago in Indianapolis, with the Pacers narrowly winning 89-85. The game was tied at 49 after two quarters and was tight most of the way. The Wizards went cold in the final period and were outscored 19-13.

Up to that point, Paul George played his most complete and efficient game, finishing with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds and three assists. Gerald Green chipped in 15 and Lance Stephenson scored 12.

A.J. Price had a fantastic return against his former team. He recorded a double-double—12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds with zero turnovers—in over 36 minutes of action.

Broadcast Information | Find Local Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Michael Grady (host)

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