Originally posted on Wizards Extreme  |  Last updated 3/30/12

 

Wizards vs. Pacers

March 29, 2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse



1

2

3

4

FINAL

Wizards

26

23

20

20

89

Pacers

30

22

20

21

93


TOP PERFORMERS

Wizards

Pacers

Jordan Crawford

PTS

20

Danny Granger

PTS

25

Nene

REB

13

David West

REB

8

Shelvin Mack

AST

4

Darren Collison

AST

7

John Wall

STL

2

Paul George

STL

4

Kevin Seraphin

BLK

3

Granger / Hibbert

BLK

2

Crawford / Wall

TO

5

Paul George

TO

2

Nene / Booker

+/-

+4

Dahntay Jones

+/-

+7


Wizards Player of the Game

Playing with a sore back, Nene defied his nagging injury with 16 points and 13 rebounds. More importantly Nene was able to contain Roy Hibbert who dominated the Wizards down low in their previous matchup just over a week ago. Hibbert was held to just 9 points and 3 rebounds.

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Ahh Jordan Crawford. I recieved a text from a friend a few days ago which read "Congrats on getting Kobe. I just don't understand why he changed his name to Jordan Crawford". Now before we misinterpret that text, let me go ahead and clarify that he wasn't implying that JC plays with the caliber of a bona fide all-star with 5 championship rings, but rather clowning him for the amount of shots he chucks up, along with his questionable shot selection. That was sorely the case last night, primarily in the final quarte as a few possesions down the stretch were wasted thanks to JC's "NOOOOOO" shots.

 Despite being a force on defense, accounting for 4 of the Pacers' 9 steals, Paul George was virtually ineffective on offense, getting into foul trouble early and finishing with only 7 points.

The Good

As impressive as Trevor Booker has been playing with that nagging sore foot, I can't shy away from Cartier Martin and his welcome back party last night. Signed to a 10-day contract a few days ago, Martin seemed as if he had never left, scoring 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting, including two 3-pointers. He also had 5 rebounds.

The Bad

John Wall and Jordan Crawford in the fourth. Their decision making down the stretch pried the offense away from Nene, who had been playing very well all night. Wall missed a game tying jumper in the late fourth and turned the ball over on an arrant pass which resulted in a backcourt violation. I love the fact that Wall has been put in clutch positions to win games, but eventually we'll need to see him respond.

The Ugly 

  The free throw shooting. The Wiz Kids missed nine freebies which was clearly a difference in the outcome of the game. In the wise words of my colleague Chuck Lamar "HOW YOU GON MISS A FREE THROW SHOT?! IT'S FREE!!!"

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