Bradley Beal must solve Paul George's defense

Bradley Beal must solve Paul George's defense
May 8, 2014, 5:00 pm
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Unlike in the first game, when Bradley Beal had 14 points in the fourth quarter, he had half as many in Game 2 thanks to Paul George's defense. The Indiana Pacers drew even at 1-1 in the series.

The Wizards will have to make the necessary adjustments for Game 3 Friday at Verizon Center (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). 

"Paul George is a great defender. He made it tough on me," said Beal, who shot 7-for-15 for 17 points and had seven assists and five rebounds. Beal, however, also had a game-high four turnovers. "He has great length. He has great athleticism and he definitely defended us hard. I'm going to have to watch the film to see what I can take advantage of."

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Beal faced Lance Stephenson mostly in Game 1's 102-96 win. In Wednesday's 86-82 loss, the Pacers succeeded in slowing the pace and keeping the Wizards out of transition where they only had one point. 

In the last 4:25 of Game 2, Beal had a turnover, missed a 21-foot jump shot and a three-point attempt in what was a one-possession game. Indiana was able to get away with the switch with Trevor Ariza, who went 6-for-6 from three-point range in Game 1, not sharp and John Wall shooting just 2-for-13 from the field.