Wizards likely to see more Hibbert but will it matter?

Wizards likely to see more Hibbert but will it matter?
May 7, 2014, 4:45 pm
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(Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach Randy Wittman insists he isn't worried about the Pacers and how they might change up their plan of attack for Game 2, but teams will make adjustments for each game in hopes of getting a better result. 

Expect different players to have strong games at some point in this series. Whether or not it'll impact the final result -- the Wizards lead 1-0 and have taken home-court advantage with a 102-96 win Monday -- remains to be seen. 

The Wizards have led after the first quarter of every game in the playoffs. 

"We're focused. We're coming out with the intent we're going to play our best game," Wittman said. "It's been huge to come out in the first quarter and establish ourselves on both ends of the floor.

  • Roy Hibbert. He was in foul trouble for the Pacers and didn't score a point for the third time this postseason, and he didn't grab a rebound, either. Hibbert, a 7-2 center, only had two shot attempts in 18 minutes. He'll try to get more involved in the offense early with touches in the paint, where Indiana scored a season-low 20 points in Game 1. 

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  • Martell Webster. He only had one shot attempt in 18 minutes off the bench, and even though the Wizards didn't need his offense because of the hot shooting of Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal in the fourth quarter, they could need him Wednesday. 
  • Ariza. The Pacers are going to have to run him off the three-point line. When he gets started early with clean looks where he's able to set his feet and shoot, he's likely to make more than he misses. Of course, that opens up more opportunities for Beal and John Wall to make them pay. 
  • Paul George. He was held to 18 points on 17 shots by Ariza. The Wizards have no reason change coverages to much, using post players Nene and Marcin Gortat to help smother his penetration. That'll continue to give David West open looks but the Wizards seem content that he can't beat them.