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Where: Game 4 – Verizon Center, Washington.
When: Monday May 12, 01:00 BST
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Game 3 was a perfect example of Indiana Pacers basketball, and the onus now falls on the Washington Wizards to respond and get back into this series.
Point guard George Hill conceded that teams sometimes go through tough stretches, and that was certainly the case for the Eastern Conference top seed to end the regular season and through their opening round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
However, the confidence is returning and the players believe that they are getting back to their usual level after bringing the intensity back on the defensive end.
The team made no apologies for their effort to shut down the Wizards in Game 3 in which the hosts were only able to score a franchise-record-low 63 points.
Coach Frank Vogel insists that they hang their hats on being a dominant defensive unit, and if they are able to get stops and limit their opponents, then the offense will be less pressurised and take care of business.
Bradley Beal tried to deflect the criticism away from point guard John Wall by conceding that the entire team were guilty of failing to show up, while the Pacers appeared to make a key adjustment in getting players back to avoid fast-break points instead of focusing on offensive rebounds.
Pacers forward David West conceded that perhaps his team didn’t deal with success in the best way and that they were too busy listening to what experts were saying about them and their chances of winning an NBA championship.
While Washington will be confident of getting back on track on home court on Sunday night, Indiana have undoubtedly rediscovered some of the fundamentals of their success and will look to continue to apply the pressure.