With a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Pacers will try to close out the desperate Washington Wizards in Game 5 on Tuesday. Aside from the "under my thumb" Game 3 win by the Pacers, this series is not that far from being 3-1 in favor of the Wiz. Experience down the stretch in the tight finishes of Games 2 and 4 helped pushed the Pacers to the brink of winning the series.
The Pacers have also had their big names step forward, with Roy Hibbert shining in Game 2 and Paul George taking over Game 4. Closing out a series early is a different beast, which presents the Pacers with an opportunity flash their championship mettle and show their ready to take the next step.
A strong team effort with a healthy contribution from the reserve unit would be a nice way to finish off Game 5 at home and give everyone in the playing rotation the boost of confidence they will surely need in the next round.
I talked about the series and the updated state of the Pacers on The Phil Naessens Show. Check it out!
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