Wizards at Pacers: Game 34 Open Thread

Please don’t let me look like this again in my hometown. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

INDIANAPOLIS – When the Wizards were in Indiana last November, they failed to get any fastbreak points in a 93-73 loss to the Pacers. Pacers Coach Frank Vogel is stunned by his team’s accomplishment, considering the Wizards rank seventh in the NBA at 15.9 per game. Vogel also considers John Wall one of the “best one-man breaks in the game,” along with Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.

“I wouldn’t think that was possible. I’m hoping we could do it again, but I know we can’t,” Vogel said. “All eyes got to be on [Wall]. Got a great urgency to get back, load to him. And it’s not just about getting him under control but he’s great at finding people in transition. Their transition game is a major point of concern for us.”

Vogel praised the Wizards before the game, crediting Randy Wittman for getting the team to win six of its past seven road games. “Which is very, very impressive. They are very well coached,” he said. “And I think they have one of the best backcourts in the NBA. With John Wall, an all-star point guard, and I think if Bradley Beal had played the duration, they’d be over .500 and people would be talking about him as an all-star as well. They are a solid team.”

The Wizards (16-17) have lost 11 straight in Indiana but plan to be more physical in rematch with the Pacers, who thrashed them 93-73 when the teams met on Nov. 29. Washington hasn’t won at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since April 18, 2007.

(TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WFED-1500).

Here’s some reading to help you get ready for the game:

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Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.



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Michael Lee · January 10, 2014