Pacers Fall to Wizards

Both Indiana and Washington are slotted in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings and fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Every game and every win matters for the Pacers. Unfortunately, on Monday night without the help from Oladipo and Darren Collison, Indiana fell to the Wizards, 111-102. This loss ended their six game winning streak at home.

The Pacers’ defense was on the top of its game against the 76ers, but the strong defense did not show up on Monday. Indiana didn’t have enough ball pressure and ended the first half with zero steals. The Wizards also outscored the Pacers off of turnovers 30-11, and this made a huge difference in the game.

The Pacers wanted a win at home and fought to keep the game close, but the Wizards came out ahead in the end.

“We wanted to win. It’s a team game. Credit my teammates for finding me and getting me open and my preparation, the coaches, Al [Jefferson] and the vets getting me ready, keeping me positive to go out there and perform when I have to” Joe Young said.

Al Jefferson was a huge asset in the game on Monday as a mentor and as a player. Early in the game Al made some key assists and helped cut the Wizards lead to five when he found Domas in the paint.

Big Al had eight points, three assists and one rebound against the Wizards. He also tried to rally the team to go to work in the fourth quarter, but without key players, the Pacers were unable to make this close game a victory.

The Pacers will face the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday at 8pm ET.

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