The Indiana Pacers are now two games into the second round of their 2014 NBA playoff run and so far the results mirror that of their first round. In both rounds they were expected to come out strong in the first game and carry that momentum over for the rest of the series. Obviously that did not happen as they dropped both Game 1s and then responded impressively in the next game when they needed to win. They now travel to Washington D.C. where they will look to regain home-court advantage by stealing at least one of the next two games.
In Game 2 the Pacers won but looking at who played well, you are left scratching your head wondering how they pulled it off. We all know the impressive response that Roy Hibbert brought; he scored 28 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and shot 8/8 from the foul line. After almost everybody, whether a Pacers supporter or not, wondered why Hibbert was even seeing the floor, he came out and for now quieted his critics. The next leading scorer after him though was George Hill with 14 points and then Lance Stephenson with only 12. The star of the team in Paul George couldn’t even get on track only scoring 11 points. All of that said they still managed to pull out a 4 point victory.
You never want to lose games at home in the playoffs as they are so important to advancing, but when you are able to pull out a win with only getting one of your players to contribute well on the offensive end, you know that you can only see improvement going forward. The Washington Wizards are an impressive team that can shoot and also have a great set of front court players. So by no means are the Pacers going to just show up and take the next two games on the road; but getting your starters outside of Hibbert to shoot better than 17/45 (38%) from the field can go a long ways to putting you back on the right track.
The law of averages will eventually come back to favor the Pacers and they will soon begin to see the ball going through the hoop. When this happens this series is over and they will begin preparing for a second straight Eastern Conference finals.