The Wizards got off to a strong start in Indiana last night, and more or less controlled the game the entire way. Much like their series against the Bulls, they looked quicker then the Pacers all night. Bullet points on this one:
- On the one hand, the Pacers can take some comfort that the Wizards are unlikely to go 10-16 from three again. Trevor Ariza is shooting it well, but 6-6 from three probably won't happen.
- On the other hand, the Wizards dominated the offensive glass, 17-6. Drew Gooden was especially effective, grabbing seven offensive boards. But the Wizards were just quicker to the ball, and their bigs seemed too much for Indy to handle on the glass.
- Roy Hibbert was unplayable.
- The Pacers offense looks best when they are running pick and roll/pop with David West or Luis Scola, but they absolutely need Paul George to be a star. He had a poor game one.
- Bradley Beal's jump shot is pretty.
- The Clippers turned it over only 8 times to the Thunder 17, and had only 4 TOs through three quarters.
- They also finished 15-29 from three and shot 55% from the field. It was a comprehensive offensive display.
- The Thunder's main reserves really struggled, as Reggie Jackson and Caron Butler wound up shooting 2-15 on the night. Only a few late baskets by Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb made the bench output look respectable.
- The Lynx won their pre-season opener against the Australian National Team last night at Target Center. Since, you know, there was no Wolves playoff game.
- Dwane Casey re-upped with the Raptors for three years. Well deserved.
- Here is a link to an unofficial list of Combine invitees.
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