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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - David West
The Indiana Pacers' bizarre season came to a familiar end Friday night. Another embarrassing loss at Miami.
Paul George and the Pacers got one win Wednesday night.
Everything was going Indiana's way. The Miami crowd was silent, the scoreboard showed the Pacers leading by 15 points and the Heat's frustration was evident.
The long break between games in the Eastern Conference finals could be welcomed by Indiana, after Pacers guard Paul George was diagnosed Wednesday with a concussion that will force him to complete several NBA-mandated procedures before he can return to the matchup against the Miami Heat.
George revealed after the game that he blacked out briefly, but Indiana's medical staff was not aware of that before he was deemed able to return to the game.
The Pacers waited all season for the playoff rematch with Miami.
Chris Bosh blamed Miami's problems Sunday on the defense.
Indiana led wire-to-wire and never even gave the Heat a chance to tie the score after starting the game with a 5-0 lead. Game 2 is Tuesday in Indiana. The home team has won all five meetings this season.
Indiana is done talking about home-court advantage.
Sensing his team needed a lift David West led all scorers with 29 points as the Pacers eliminated the Wizards in game six.
Through all of it - the late-season swoon, the questions about team unity, the deficits in the first two playoff rounds - this is what Paul George and the Indiana Pacers wanted.
The Wizards were able to erase a 16-point deficit and briefly take the lead in the 4th quarter, but couldn't overcome 29 points from David West as the Pacers ended Washington's playoff run.
In time, the Washington Wizards will be able to look back at their performance in the 2014 postseason, good and bad, and take lessons that will serve them well as they grow together as a playoff team.
Among the fixes made by coach Randy Wittman for Game 5 was having his guards attack the boards for a 62-23 edge to spark what had been an inconsistent transition game.
"We just stalled out," West said.
"We're just trying to put together good basketball at this point and hopefully carry it into the playoffs," West said.