After failing to close the series out Tuesday night at home, the Indiana Pacers get another chance tonight in Washington D.C. This one would be impressive having to do it on the road in front of a raucous crowd. They missed out on a huge opportunity to take advantage of winning two straight road games, but with a win tonight all would be forgotten.
The 2014 NBA Playoffs have been interesting for the Pacers to say the least; it seems that every night they are either on or off. Some nights they decide to show up while others they can never seem to get on track. One thing that has seemed to remain constant is the poor effort they have shown rebounding the basketball. You would think that a team that starts a 7-foot-2 player in Roy Hibbert, 6-foot-9 forward in David West and a 6-foot-8 forward in Paul George would not have as much trouble as they do rebounding. George has definitely pulled his weight with 9.0 rebounds per game average this postseason, but Hibbert only at 4.3 is just not acceptable. Not only grabbing his own boards, but he needs to try and keep Marcin Gortat off the glass as he pulled in 16 in Game 5. If they want to win tonight and down the road in this postseason, the Pacers need to see the rebounding numbers improve because being outrebounded 62-23 like they were in Game 5 does not even seem possible.
The Pacers had high expectations from the get-go for this team to win an NBA championship. They are still able to obtain this, but it starts by first finding a way to get by the Washington Wizards to advance to play the Miami Heat who advanced in their series last night. This team always finds a way to go against the popular belief with how they will preform, so how can you not expect the Pacers to pull out a victory on the road tonight?