When in doubt, refer to the numbers! In the last two editions of these betting previews involving the Indiana Pacers, I noted the team’s poor defense since losing Myles Turner to injury. In the three regular season games that Indiana had played against Washington, it had failed to show any resistance on defense, allowing the Wizards to average 117.7 points per 100 possessions. Thursday was much more of the same.
Washington wrecked Indiana, posting a 134.5 offensive rating in non-garbage time while going a combined 24-of-34 (70.6%) at the rim and from deep in the first three quarters of play. Russell Westbrook exploited the Pacers' shoddy transition defense, beginning 21.4% of the Wizards’ possessions in non-garbage time with a transition play and leading Washington to averaged 1.167 points per play in the fast break. It was a laugher.
Now, the Wizards will have the honor of keeping this thing going against the top-seeded 76ers in the first round of the postseason. Good luck with that!
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