Wizards will quickly find out where they stand vs. Pacers

Wizards will quickly find out where they stand vs. Pacers
May 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Lance Stephenson (1) is guarded by Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

(Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

This is probably the way it should be for the Wizards if they're to get full respect around the NBA. They won't have home-court advantage for the second-round series, either, as they'll be facing the No. 1 Indiana Pacers. 

They eliminated the Chicago Bulls in five games on Tuesday and some of the Wizards are feeling they're not being given full credit for upsetting the No. 4 seed, winning three games at United Center.

Although the Pacers struggled to get past the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks in a grueling seven-game series, they looked like a No. 1 seed with a 92-80 victory at BankersLife Fieldhouse on Sunday.

The Pacers are one of the few teams that can match the Wizards' size of Marcin Gortat and Nene in the low post. They also won two of three meetings in the regular season and are expected to have the best player on the court in Paul George. Washington, which scored just 73 and 66 points in their road losses, hasn't won in Indianapolis in seven years.

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In the series-clincher with Atlanta, the Pacers had three players rebound in double figures led by Lance Stephenson 14, David West 13 and George 11. They had a 55-38 edge in total rebounds in the game. Roy Hibbert, their 7-2 center, had his best game with 13 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. 

And that's where the Pacers present the most trouble for the Wizards because of their ability to pack the lane, deny John Wall the space he needs, keep them out of transition to kill the pace. 

The schedule (tune to CSN for pregame and postgame shows immediately before and after every game throughout the playoffs): 

Game 1 -- Monday at Indiana at 7 p.m.
Game 2 -- Wednesday at Indiana at 7 p.m.
Game 3 -- Friday at Washington at 8 p.m.
Game 4 -- Sunday at Washington at 8 p.m.
Game 5 -- May 13 at Indiana, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6 -- May 15 at Washington, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7 -- May 18 at Indiana, TBD (if necessary)

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