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Game recap: Wizards get shut down in Indy

Marc Lebryk /USA TODAY
Marc Lebryk /USA TODAY

Pacers 93 Wizards 73

November 29, 2013
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
NBA.com boxscore/highlights


Even before Jan Vesely was ruled a starter for last night’s game in place of Nene, we foresaw the matchup against the NBA best 14-1 Pacers inevitably becoming a debacle.

Unfortunately, the reality of that was only amplified after the horrendous Garrett Temple/Eric Maynor rotations kicked in and John Wall’s equally horrendous shooting night. The Wizards got humbled in Indiana 93-73, snapping their 3-game winning streak behind the lowest scoring output of their season.

The Wizards managed to hang with the Pacers throughout the entire first half, offering us spots of hope that they’d break through and contest to the end like they have in almost all their games all season long. But Indiana’s defense tightened up and the Wizards succumbed to bad shots and costly turnovers.

Marcin Gortat, who kept the game watchable at the very least with a 17 and 10 stat line, looked composed in defending Roy Hibbert, especially in the first half when he held Hibbert to 0-for-5 shooting. But the absence of their other big man ultimately hurt the Wizards, as Hibbert would hit four of his next five shots in the second half.

But perhaps the most glaring fallout for the Wizards was their failure to log any transition points. Yes, that’s right, folks, the NBA’s second best transition-scoring team had a total of ZERO against the Pacers. But don’t credit Indy’s D for that milestone, the Wizards were simply inept with their decision-making and committed too many costly errors running with the ball.


MVP: Marcin Gortat – 17 points, 10 rebounds

Gortat was the primary reason why this game was even watchable in the first half. His interior defense held Hibbert to 0-for-5 shooting in the first half and he led the Wizards with 17 points.

LVP: Garrett Temple – 2 points, 1-for-7 FG, 3 TO’s

While the Wizards the bench actually held ground and kept the Wizards competitive, Garrett Temple was not a contributor for any of it. His position on an NBA roster has always been questionable and last night was certainly a depiction of that. He took bad shots, made errant passes, and simply looked muddled all night long.

Key stat of the game: – 0 fast break points

The perplexity of this stat goes beyond measure. Just glancing at this stat alone defines so much about how this game turned out. And again, you can credit the Pacers D if you like, but the Wizards just seemed completely disorderly running in transition last night. The primary source of Washington’s scoring (as evidenced by their 2nd place ranking in the NBA in fast break points) was completely terminated, and unfortunately their wretched shooting made up for none of it.

Image of the night:

What’s next:

The Wizards must somehow regroup and take the court again for the second game of a back-to-back. Tonight they’ll face the 9-8 Atlanta Hawks.

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