The Washington Wizards are on an absolute tear through the Eastern Conference.
Just a few months ago, it looked like the Wiz were in disarray, perhaps throwing this season away due to discontent with their starting backcourt and a distant Scott Brooks. How quickly things have changed.
Wizards after 55 games— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) February 17, 2017
Washington has won nine out of 10, and are sitting pretty at third in the East. They're only three games behind Boston for the No. 2 seed, and all of a sudden look like a legitimate playoff threat. They continued their dominant play of late with a win over another potential playoff team in Indiana.
This matchup was intriguing because it could be a potential playoff matchup come the end of the regular season. Indiana appears to be middling around the 6-7-8 spots in the East, while Washington could theoretically move up.
The key to stopping Washington is to make their role players outside of Beal and Wall step up. The Pacers failed miserably at that task on Thursday, allowing the star backcourt to combine for over 40 points. Heck, even Otto Porter contributed 25 of his own.
Wall even decided to get in on the act defensively.
The Wizards won this game with the three ball. Wall and Beal are able to penetrate the paint better than any guard duo in the league, and when the Wizards' spot-up shooters are hitting their mark, watch out.
This is a nice win for Washington heading into the All-Star break. Although, the way they've been playing they probably wish they could just keep on playing.