NBA PLAYOFFS: Can the Wizards take game two?

The Wizards guard Trevor Ariza was on fire from beyond the arc Monday night in Indianapolis.

The Wizards guard Trevor Ariza was on fire from beyond the arc Monday night in Indianapolis.

NBA.com reports that tonight at 7 p.m. ET on TNT fans will tune in to watch game two of the NBA Playoffs between Indiana and Washington with the Wizards up 1-0.

Indiana finds itself in a familiar position after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, trailing 1-0 despite playing the first two games in their building. An active, refreshed Washington Wizards team came into Bankers Life Fieldhouse Monday and led for nearly the entire game in a 102-96 victory to steal homecourt advantage.

The common thought going into this series was that it favored the Pacers because the Wizards play a more conventional lineup. However Indiana’s toughness and warrior mentality was lacking and the Wizards took advantage of it. Pacers coach Frank Vogel described their play as good in bursts but lacking a punch.

“We were a step slow on the defensive in recognizing their shooters,” he said. “I just think we didn’t play an efficient offensive first quarter, and that was disappointing.”

Slow starts have plagued the Pacers all season and Game 1 was no different. The Pacers recognize the problem and have seen it come back to bite them too many times. Trevor Ariza boomed in two 3-pointers to set the tone for the game, and the Pacers never want an opponent hitting their first shot. That gives them confidence, and it never left Ariza on that night. He made all six of his attempts from beyond the arc. More...

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