Wizards vs. Pacers Links: Game 5 gives Pacers chance to close out Wizards at home

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers and Wizards resume their playoffs series at Bankers Life Fieldhouse where the Pacers can clinch the series with a win on their home court.

The Indiana Pacers know something about playing desperate with no margin for error after having been there and done that in their first round playoff series win over the Atlanta Hawks.

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!

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers vs Wizards, Game 5 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

How Roy Hibbert protects the rim - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

To take next step, Pacers need bench to produce - 1070 The Fan

Wizards vs. Pacers Game 5 preview

Pacers try to finish off Wizards in Game 5 - AP

Wizards vs. Pacers Game 5 preview

Another look at Paul George's historic 39-point game - Indy Star

The Wizards' collapse was all too familiar - SBNation.com

Wizards’ basketball: John Wall finding things a little difficult in inaugural trip to NBA playoffs - The Washington Post

Robin Ficker heckles Roy Hibbert into a big game against the Wizards - Washington Post

In NBA playoffs, Wizards, Pacers reverse outlooks in just a week - The Washington Post

NBA playoff scores, results and highlights from Monday's action: LeBron James goes off - SBNation.com

NBA can blame itself for Donald Sterling's starring role in 2014 playoffs - Yahoo Sports

Three-Pointers: Blazers stay alive with cohesive offense and surprise contributions | The Point Forward - SI.com

Chris Bosh's clutch 3-pointer supports LeBron James' 49-point outing in the win (Video) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

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