After sleepwalking through their first round series against the Atlanta Hawks, the Indiana Pacers again came out with no sense of urgency in their series opener against the Washington Wizards Monday night.
Wizards second year guard Bradley Beal got loose for 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists against Indiana, helping lift Washington to a 102-96 win on the Pacers home court.
Here are highlights of Beal’s big night:
When healthy Beal, the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, has looked every bit of the type of player his lofty draft status suggests that he should be and was second on the team with 17.1 points per game during the regular season, so it’s not like he came out of nowhere. Indiana should have been more prepared for him and the Wizards to come out aggressive to start the series, but that didn’t happen. It’s getting tough to watch the Pacers lack of passion so far this postseason. Maybe they just aren’t the title contender everyone thought they were early in the season.
Game 2 is Wednesday in Indiana before the series moves to Washington Friday night. The Pacers have some work to do; the Wizards look to bit a lot tougher to fight back against than the Hawks were in round 1.