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Where: Game 2 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis.
When: Thursday May 8, 00:00 BST
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The Indiana Pacers saw their problems return in Game 1 and they will be desperate to even up the series with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Roy Hibbert has been the focus this week after he registered no points and no rebounds in the 102-96 loss, which ultimately led to the media and team-mates calling him out and reminding him of how important he is to the team.
Having somehow managed to advance past the Atlanta Hawks despite their struggles, Indiana should be fully aware of the threat posed by the Wizards who are benefiting from a healthy roster.
After coming through 4-1 in their opening round series against the Chicago Bulls, Washington are set to make another splash in the semi-finals with Marcin Gortat helping them dominate inside.
He finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Wizards established a 53-36 advantage on the boards in Game 1, and Pacers coach Frank Vogel knows that Hibbert has to be the man to break up that dominance in order to help them exploit the weaknesses of their rivals.
Paul George has told his team-mate to clear his mind and demand the ball where he wants it in the paint, and hopefully that will trigger the All-Star in him on both ends but if it doesn’t then the pressure will be on those around him and the bench to get the Pacers out of another hole.
Meanwhile, Bradley Beal and John Wall were integral in Game 1 and will look to do the damage again, while Trevor Ariza amongst others continue to find their rhythm from beyond the arc.
The Wizards had a significant number of doubters heading into the post-season, slowly but surely they are changing opinion.