Friday, November 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: Pacers (14-1) vs Wizards (7-8)
Scott Agness | November 27, 2013
The Pacers conclude a stretch of four games in seven days – three at home – Friday night with the Washington Wizards in town. On Saturday, they will then head out West for five in a row, including two back-to-backs.
Wizards point guard John Wall is having an excellent week, scoring at least 30 points in three of the last four games. He was the most recent recipient of the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award for his play last week. Wall has been putting up big numbers, 19.5 points and nine assists per game – both career highs. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said their plan to slow him down is the exact same as it was for Chicago’s Derrick Rose.
For how good Wall has played, he isn’t the Wizards’ leading scorer. That title belongs to Bradley Beal, who’s averaging 20.6 per contest. On Tuesday, the Wizards announced that he’d miss at least two weeks with a stress injury with his right leg.
The new pieces in Washington include Otto Portor, who they selected with the third pick in the draft, along with Glen Rice, Jr., a draft pick of Philadelphia’s (35) whom they acquired. They signed free agents Eric Maynor, their backup point guard, and ex-Pacers forward Al Harrington.
The Wizards also sent injured center Emeka Okafor and a 2014 protected first-round pick to Phoenix in exchange for center Marcin Gortat and three other players, all of whom were waived days later. Gortat is worth 12.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game and he has six double-doubles thus far.
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, strained left calf)
Wizards: Bradley Beal (out, stress injury right fibula), Al Harrington (out, sore right knee), Otto Porter (out, right hip flexor)
“If you load up [outside], they’ll murder you at the rim. They’re great at running with their shooters to the corners. So if you get any kind of early load to [Wall], he’s finding somebody for a corner three, which they … attempt the most corner 3s of anyone in the league and a lot of it comes from Wall in the open court and them running with him.” – Frank Vogel on Wall, the Wizards
“I don’t want my team thinking about the road trip.” – Vogel on the Pacers' 5-game Western Conference trip that begins on Sunday
- The Pacers took the first three of four meetings last year and they’ve won 10 in a row over the Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
- The Pacers are undefeated at home at 8-0, which is a new franchise record to start a season.
- Former Ben Davis and Indiana University star Randy Wittman is in his second season as the Wizards’ head coach. He’s one of two head coaches in the league, along with New York’s Mike Woodson, with IU ties.
- George Hill needs three points to reach the 4,000-career points mark.
- C.J. Watson is three assists shy of 1,000 in his career.
April 6: The Pacers had one of their worst games of the seasons in their 104-85 blowout loss in Washington. John Wall scored 26 of his game-high 37 points in the second half, where the Wizards, who won their ninth straight home game, outscored the Pacers by 16.
Paul George had a rare off night, missing all eight shots and finishing with just two points. Roy Hibbert posted a double-double, 25 points and 10 rebounds, in the same arena that he played collegiately in with Georgetown. The Pacers were just 3-for-20 from downtown. Kevin Seraphin had 15 points and Martell Webster chipped in 13 for Washington. Frank Vogel was T’d up in the game.
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