Pacers Vs. Wizards Game Time, TV Schedule And Open Thread

Apr 1, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Paul George (24) shows emotion against the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Pacers defeated the Rockets 104-102 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
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2011/12 NBA Regular Season
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32-21 12-41
April 4, 2012
Verizon Center
7 PM
CSN
Starters:
Darren Collison PG John Wall
Paul George SG Jordan Crawford
Danny Granger SF Chris Singleton
David West PF Jan Vesely
Roy Hibbert C Kevin Seraphin

PREGAME READING: Indy Cornrows

SB Nation D.C. | SB Nation Indiana

Pregame notes:

  • Nene is definitely out tonight. Randy Wittman said Trevor Booker would give it a shot in warmups tonight, but didn't expect him to play. We haven't yet received official starting lineups, so if anything changes, I'll let you know. UPDATE: Craig Stouffer said Booker won't play.
  • Wittman discussed our good friend Jordan Crawford's shot selection. "He does play within a structure. It's just a matter of, he's a young kid that has great confidence in himself, and he's doing a better job trying to understand what his shot selection is and what we expect of him. I think he's made progress in that. He's an aggressive kid, and you don't want to take aggression away. You want to coach him to help him understand a good shot and a bad shot. I think he's doing a better job of that." He was answering a question about Crawford playing out of the structure of the offense. I think he's saying that Crawford runs the plays, but takes the shot instead of continuing the play
  • Frank Vogel noted how the Pacers beat the Knicks last night by using a small lineup with Danny Granger at power forward and Lou Amundson at center. When I asked him why that lineup worked so well, Vogel said he was trying to match up with the Knicks, who were playing Steve Novak at power forward.
  • Wittman was also asked about that small lineup. His response? "If he wants to do that, that'll help us."
  • One trend that's developed recently is John Wall playing off the ball. I'm saving most of these quotes for something later, but I'll leave you with this from Wittman. "John's such a unique player, and you want to have some unpredictability with him."
  • I've spent a couple games studying Wall's pre-game shooting routine with Sam Cassell. About an hour before every game, Wall and Cassell work on all sorts of different shots, from jumpers at the elbow to floaters in the lane. Tonight, Cassell was giving Wall passes on the move, and Wall needed to dribble once and pull up from 16 feet. The first time Wall moved around the court, he missed every shot. Once Wall got to the left corner, Cassell motioned to him to hold the follow through. On the way back, Wall held it extra long and swished each shot he took. It's all a reminder that the work needed to become a better shooter doesn't just result in overnight improvement. This often takes time.
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