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Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) fouls Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) as he drives for a shot in the third quarter as the Washington Wizards lose to the Indiana Pacers 85-63 in game 3 during the second round of the Eastern Conference Semifinal NBA basketball playoffs at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Friday, May 9, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Pacers' confidence high heading into Game 4 vs. Wizards

- Associated Press

It all starts with defense, the single most important reason the Pacers own a 2-1 lead over the Washington Wizards heading into Sunday night's Game 4 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) is fouled by Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) in the third quarter as the Washington Wizards lose to the Indiana Pacers 85-63 in game 3 during the second round of the Eastern Conference Semifinal NBA basketball playoffs at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Friday, May 9, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Wizards' offense goes in tank, Pacers dominate Game 3

- Associated Press

Washington made only 24 field goals, another team postseason worst, on 73 attempts, 32.9 percent. That included 4 of 16 on 3s, and it didn't get much better on free throws, where the Wizards were 11 of 21.

Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert looks at the scoreboard during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. Atlanta defeated Indiana 101-93. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Roy Hibbert playoff disappearance has Pacers perplexed

- The Washington Times

The former Georgetown star was held without a point or a rebound in the Pacers' 102-96 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of the teams' second-round series at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, marking the third time in the playoffs — and the third time in a week — he disappeared from the stat sheet.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal celebrates a three-point bucket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014. The wizards defeated the Pacers 102-96. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Wizards in driver's seat after Game 1 win in Indy

- The Washington Times

The five-day waiting period between the end of the Washington Wizards' first-round series Tuesday and the start of their second-round series with the Indiana Pacers on Monday could have been viewed one of two ways.

FILE - In this April 11, 2014, file photo, Washington Wizards guard Andre Miller dribbles the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla. No one in the history of the NBA played as many regular-season games or as many postseason games as Miller did before finally being part of a team that won a playoff series. And now that Miller is in the second round with the Wizards, he wants more. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay, File)

'Old man' Andre Miller seizes opportunity with Wizards

- The Washington Times

When the Wizards take the floor Monday night against the Indiana Pacers, the start of a best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, no one will be happier than Miller, who prior to a Feb. 20 trade to Washington endured a miserable season with the Denver Nuggets that had him pondering the end.

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, and Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, right, from Poland, battle for control of the ball during the second half of Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Washington, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 98-89. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Quick starts have been vital for Wizards in opening series lead against the Bulls

- The Washington Times

The Wizards led after the first quarter in each of the first four games of the series, and those starts have been crucial to their success. A 17-point first-quarter lead in Game 2 helped them weather a Chicago run and win, 101-99, in overtime. On Sunday, Washington took a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes and never trailed.

Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) dunks in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls play the Washington Wizards in game 4 of the first round of the playoffs at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Sunday, April 27, 2014. The Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls 98-89. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Trevor Ariza continues to deliver in a variety of ways for Wizards

- The Washington Times

With four previous postseason runs and 44 playoff games behind him, including a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009, Trevor Ariza took it upon himself to lead the Wizards to a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series, which would end should Washington defeat the Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday.