Game On: Wizards-Pacers preview

Game On: Wizards-Pacers preview
November 29, 2013, 12:45 am
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Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Pacers won 99-74.

(Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington can get to .500 for the first time since 2009, but it'll have to come vs. a team that's 8-0 at home and holds the NBA's best record.

TV: CSN, 8 p.m. ET at BankersLife FIeldhouse in Indianapolis. Radio: 1500 AM. 106.7 FM.

Last game: Wizards (7-8) won at the Milwaukee Bucks 100-92 in overtime Wednesday; Pacers (14-1) won at the Charlotte Bobcats 99-74 Wednesday, their fifth in a row.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Trevor Ariza, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Pacers –- PG George Hill, SG Lance Stephenson, SF Paul George, PF David West, C Roy Hibbert.

Entry passes: 1). Can anyone contain George, particularly in the fourth quarter when he plays his best?  2). Can Nene and Gortat equalize in their matchup with West and Hibbert? 3). Wall has a distinct advantage against Hill, but finishing at the rim could be problematic because of Hibbert's shot-blocking 4). Can Webster continue thriving as a starter? 5). Vesely will have to be more effective in combating Indiana's size inside, and Kevin Seraphin may be called on, too. 

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X-factors: Al Harrington (sore right knee) hasn't practiced or played since Nov. 12. The Wizards believe he'll be back soon but it might come after this road trip. ... Chris Singleton played one minute Tuesday but didn't play Wednesday. ... Trevor Booker is healthy but hasn't played in a week. 

He said it: “It's expected. When one of your players go down hurt you want to know how he's doing. The best thing that person can do is say, 'Hey, I'm getting there.' It's just a lot of work you got to put into it." -- Otto Porter, the No. 3 overall draft pick in June, explaining how he reacts to all the questions he gets about when he'll finally play for the Wizards.

Around the bend: The Wizards return to D.C. immediately after the game and will play the Atlanta Hawks at Verizon Center on Saturday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). It'll be their fourth game in five days.