24th in expected winning percentage (.364)
2nd in pace (97.1 possessions per game)
26th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (100.1)
9th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (104.2)
|Tonight's Projected Starters|
|Pacers||vs.|| Wizards |
| T.J. Ford ||PG|| Gilbert Arenas |
| Brandon Rush ||SG|| Nick Young |
| Dahntay Jones ||SF|| Caron Butler |
| Troy Murphy ||PF|| Antawn Jamison |
| Roy Hibbert ||C|| Brendan Haywood |
I have a friend in town, so I'm going to tonight's game as fan (section 409), so no postgame quotes tonight. I'm also not immediately posting a postgame thread (Jake or Rook might, but not me).
Indiana is normally a bad team. They are now a bad team without their best player, Danny Granger, for an extended period of time. They are also a bad team that played last night in Indiana, while the Wizards didn't. There really are no excuses for a flat performance tonight.
Of course, it's worth noting that a) the Wizards have already lost to this team (with Granger, but without Troy Murphy) and b) the Pacers play a very odd style (fast-paced, but bad on offense and good on defense) that can be tough to deal with. Of course, talent needs to win out, so those aren't excuses. Get it done, guys.