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Game Notebook 7, Wizards at Pacers: Another late scare survived against Indiana

Wizards 97
Pacers 90

November 8, 2014 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse


Key Stats

Kris Humphries: 7 points and 9 rebounds (season high).

Wizards bench: 35 points; 13 points from Kevin Seraphin.

Another bad night from downtown: Wizards shot just 2-for-11 from behind the arc. Paul Pierce shot 0-5.

Your 1st quarter score: Nene 15, Pacers 14. Nene turned the tables on himself in just one night, canceling out a terrible start in Toronto with a phenomenal one in Indiana. He shot 7-for-11 in the opening quarter but would hit only one more shot the rest of the game (but no one needs to know that).

The 3rd quarter: The Wizards were outscored 30-19. An unexpected normality for the Wizards this season has been their dominance coming out of the locker room tunnel after halftime. Like they’ve been sipping on Bugs Bunny’s secret water. But on Saturday the 3rd quarter became what it used to be for the Wizards. A black hole that plummeted the Wizards and erased a 19 point halftime deficit.

Moment of the Night

#KSLife shows up to play. Wizards bench reacts.

The Chronology

  • A mentioned above, Nene erupted in the 1st quarter and barraged the Pacers with 15 points to their 14. He took it Indy in more than one fashion. Jumpers, hook shots, penetration to the rim.

Nene was so hot in the 1st quarter that he morphed into Dirk Nowitzki for a play.

  • John Wall seemed to have David Sloan a bit more contained in round 2. In the first matchup, Sloan was able to lose Wall quite a bit on screens which led to a ton of open long distance jumpers. On Saturday, Wall hovered over Sloan which helped disengage Sloan from involvement on a few plays.

  • Reality check for Garrett Temple? The man struggled immensely checking Solomon Hill and missed all but one of his four shot attempts.

  • The Wizards were feisty on defense once again, forcing 10 of them out of Indiana in the 1st quarter while committing none of their own.

Wall -> Kris -> Nene bounce pass drills.

Warning: The emergence of Kris Humphries is imminent.

  • There once was a young fellow of lengthy proportions named Kris. He was named Kris with a ‘K’, just like the mother of the woman he once was tentatively married to. Kris loved playing the game of basketball. For hours a day he’d curl on his bed tightly scrunching his blanket in his arms and dream dreams of moments when his coach would entrust him with the task of helping maintain stability amongst the team’s backup players. Kris would often be taken by these thoughts until one night, during one basketball quarter in Indiana, Humprhies would bring those dreams into existence, scoring 4 points and grabbing 7 rebounds as his team dominated their opponent up until the halftime buzzer.

  • The Pacers were criminally depleted with injuries – George Hill, Paul George, and Roy Hibbert who injured int he first half, and it terribly evident early on. Dave Johnson even joked during the #RadioParty that the Pacers’ bench looked like a menswear ad because of so many dudes in suits. So like the first game against the Wizards, Indy was forced to turn to role players to help get thru the Jigsaw traps. Last Wednesday it was David Sloan who dropped 31. On Saturday, it was Solomon Hill who poured in 28 with 12 of those coming in the 3rd quarter to help lead Indiana in their comeback attempt.

Here’s a closer look at how the Wizards bench reacts to Kevin Seraphin vandalizing rims.

And finally, nothing more comforting than a smooth John Wall jumper to subdue your fears of a Pacers comeback.

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