The Wizards picked up their third straight win since April of 2008 last night against the Detroit Pistons, but will have a tough challenge trying to extend that winning streak tonight in Indiana against the Pacers. It would also be the Wizards third straight road win if they can find a way to pull off the victory.
The Pacers (35-43) are currently sitting in that 8th and final playoff spot and with four games left in their regular season, will be trying mightily to stave off spoilers like the Wizards. If the Pacers manage to hang on to the 8th spot, it will be their first playoff appearance since the 2006 season.
While the Wizards are down to nine healthy bodies, the Pacers are not suffering from such injury woes. The Wizards are also on the road in a back-to-back situation; not the most ideal conditions to face a relatively healthy team fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive.
“They have not quit on their season. They are playing as good of basketball as they have all year,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said of the Wizards.
“They have three road wins all year; two of them were their last two road games. They won at Utah and at Charlotte. Washington is playing well; we cannot take them lightly. We’ve got to be at our best to get a W,” Vogel said.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert said he knows his team needs to tighten up their defensive pressure if they hope to get a win.
“I’m just going to come out aggressive and try and make sure I keep [JaVale] McGee off the boards and [Andray] Blatche off the boards,” said Hibbert, the 7’2” former Georgetown player.
“They have been rebounding really well, and they’re both athletic. I have a task at hand, so I’m going to try and do that, first and foremost,” Hibbert said.
Wizards at Pacers: tonight at 7 at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
(Pacers quotes courtesy of Indiana Pacers team website.)