The Washington Wizards are picking up right where they left off. In Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs, the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls in 5 games. You might have thought that they would have been a little rusty after a little bit of a lay off. That was far from the case.
The Wizards went into the #1 seed Indiana Pacers’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse and took it to the Pacers. They jumped out early, and they never really looked back. Indiana led 31-30 for about 15 seconds. The Wizards immediately took control back, and that was pretty much it for the night.
Bradley Beal had 25 points in the game, with 14 of those points coming in the 4th quarter. Trevor Ariza poured in 22 points, and those two led the way for the Wizards. John Wall finished the game with 13 points and 9 assists. When Wall gets the ball in his hands, he is going in the other direction, full speed, in about two steps.
The Wizards speed will be a problem for Indiana. The Pacers are going to have to find a way to slow Wall down so that he cannot get it out in transition and dish the ball to open shooters.
Paul George and George Hill led the way for the Pacers with 18 points.
It will be interesting to see the adjustments that the Pacers will make heading into Game 2. The five day lay off did not hurt the Wizards at all. They looked fresh, and look to be the better team in this series. There is still a long way to go, and I am already looking forward to Game 2.