The Washington Wizards are a wildcard for any matchup they receive this postseason. The team can compete at high levels against the best teams in the NBA, but Washington’s biggest problem is with consistency. In their most recent victory against the Indiana Pacers, the Wizards showed how good the team can be.
The Wizards just came back from a rough road trip and their win kept the team from returning back to the .500 mark. Washington beat the Pacers 91-78 on Friday night and the team is now 37-35 and sitting in sixth place. In their win, Washington demonstrated how strong the team can be, as they completely bullied Indiana on the hardwood. Washington’s offense and defense were playing great.
The team was led by John Wall and Marcin Gortat. Together, the duo had 37 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. The Wall and Gortat pick-and-roll has become one of Washington’s best offensive weapons. It was hard for the Pacers to stop and it will most likely end up winning a first round matchup for Washington.
Washington’s defense played great against the Pacers. The team caused 17 Indiana turnovers and kept the Pacers to a 35.4 shooting percent from field goal range. Their perimeter defense was key to their victory as well. The Wizards kept Indiana to only 2-for-13 from behind the arc.
Gortat’s performance in his matchup with Roy Hibbert is something Washington fans should be excited about. In their matchup, Gortat had another double double and Hibbert only had eight points and two rebounds. Nene Hilario should be back in time for the playoffs and Washington’s interior post game will be a big threat to competitors.
Washington did not return to old habits and kept themselves from collapsing on Friday night. The Wizards beat the Pacers in a huge matchup, which is great for team as the season winds down. If the Wizards keep up this type of performance, the team will be very hard to compete with this postseason.