Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
When things go wrong for the Wizards, they simply just go wrong. Just when you thought a game was going into overtime, one quick move by the Pacers George Hill send the Wizards into another downward spiral and another tough loss.
John Wall did all he could have possibly done to keep the Wizards from falling including the game tying shot with 11 seconds remaining, but this three of his 34 season high points could not stop the mistakes they made on defense.
Hill’s driving layup with 2.7 seconds left lifted the Pacers over the Wizards 103-101, snapping Indiana’s six-game skid. Hill scored 29 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter as Indiana (31-40) rallied from a 10-point deficit.
“Coming from San Antonio, I learned from a guy, Tony Parker, how to shoot right foot, right-hand scoop layups, floaters, going across your body,” Hill said.
Washington suffered another possible blow for the final 10 game run they need to make for the playoffs, when Bradley Beal left the game and did not return with a ankle sprain and again Beal has left the Wizards wondering if he will play another healthy season anytime again with this team.
Washington’s roster is already dwindling down quickly with injuries to C-F De Juan Blair (personal reasons) and Toure’ Murry (sprained left ankle) were out. The team continues to be minus F Kris Humphries (strained left groin) and G Garrett Temple (right hamstring strain)
“We just have to find a way to regroup over the next few games,” said Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman. “We blew that lead because of our gambling and giving no effort defensively,” Wittman said. “We just quit playing defensively.”
With the win, the Pacers inched back into a tie for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with Boston. However, the Celtics own the tiebreaker because of a 2-1 head-to-head edge. “We’re in survival mode right now and every game matters,” coach Frank Vogel said. “This is a group that’s been deep in the playoffs and I like our chances.”