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Pacers vs. Wizards Links: Pacers have second chance to put away Wizards while Heat wait for winner

The Pacers are back in D.C. for the second of three chances to closeout the Wizards. Meanwhile, the Heat took care of business down the stretch on Wednesday to beat the Nets and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

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The Indiana Pacers try to bounce back from a confounding performance in Game 5 when they visit the Wizards for Game 6 on Thursday night.

The Pacers gave the Wiz new life with their lifeless performance in Indy on Tuesday and now have to direct all of their focus toward the task at hand in D.C. before considering what is lying in wait should they win. It would be nice to think history is on the side of the Pacers when you consider Washington hasn't won a home playoff game in the second round since 1979. Unfortunately, this is only their third trip to the second round since that last win.

Nope, the Pacers can only rely on themselves to play better and seize the opportunity in front of them tonight.

Should they do so, the Pacers would advance to the Eastern Conference finals to face the Miami Heat once again. The NBA released the ECF schedule contingent on the Pacers winning Game 6. If the Pacers lose, the winner of Game 7 will begin the ECF on Tuesday.

Game 1 - Sun May 18 Miami at Indiana 3:30PM ABC
Game 2 - Tue May 20 Miami at Indiana 8:30PM ESPN
Game 3 - Sat May 24 Indiana at Miami 8:30PM ESPN
Game 4 - Mon May 26 Indiana at Miami 8:30PM ESPN
Game 5 * Wed May 28 Miami at Indiana 8:30PM ESPN
Game 6 * Fri May 30 Indiana at Miami 8:30PM ESPN
Game 7 * Sun June 1 Miami at Indiana 8:30PM ESPN

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers at Wizards, Game 6 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Practice: Vogel on Performing Better in Game 6 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS


Practice: Roy Hibbert on Making Adjustments for Game 6 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Epic collapse in rebounding has to change for Indiana Pacers in Game 6 - Indy Star

While Heat rest, Pacers must seize second chance - 1070 The Fan

Pacers-Wizards Preview - AP

The Pacers Got Manhandled on the Glass | FiveThirtyEight

Wizards face Pacers in Game 6 trying to overcome playoff struggles at Verizon Center - The Washington Post

Randy Wittman just might be the coach the Washington Wizards have been looking for - The Washington Post

For John Wall, belief makes the difference in critical game - Washington Times

The double screen set that got the Wizards going in Game 5 - Bullets Forever

Wake-up call: Wizards face 'unfortunate' home game | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Gortat on Wall: 'Can't blame the kid every time the team loses' | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Nets vs. Heat results, 2014 NBA playoffs: Miami edges Brooklyn 96-94 to advance to Eastern Conference Finals -

Trail Blazers vs. Spurs final score, NBA playoffs 2014: San Antonio dominates Portland, 104-82, advance to Western Conference Finals -

The Hustle of Hibbert - 8 Points, 9 Seconds

NBA playoff scores, results and highlights from Wednesday's action: Spurs, Heat move on -

Steve Kerr to coach Warriors, turns down Knicks - Yahoo Sports