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Pacers point guard George Hill struggled in his first-round matchup with the Atlanta Hawks’ Jeff Teague, and it seemed before the series Hill might have had his work cut out for him handling Wall. The Pacers used their best two-way player, Paul George, to cover Teague as the first-round series wore on, and the idea they might have George do the same with Wall was not implausible. 

Instead, Hill has managed to stay with Wall, foiling him now twice late. He stripped Wall of the ball as he drove to the rim in the final minute of Game 2, essentially handing the Pacers the victory, and it was Hill who was closing in when Wall passed on the open shot late Sunday night.

Having the fortitude to close out a series is something the Pacers, who have been in the playoffs each of the last three seasons, have developed. It’s something that Wall, still a postseason rookie, can take away from the Wizards‘ run.

“[It’s about] staying in the moment and learning what the playoffs are all about,” Wittman said. “It’s a very intensified situation that’s different than a regular-season game, and you only gain that experience by going through it. … These guys who have not been in it are learning. You’re going to be able to take a lot from that.”