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    Default 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

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    Mike Prada: John Wall still has areas to improve

    Wizards' star has made strides this season, but he's far from a finished product.

    John Wall had a really bad game on Sunday. Fifteen points on 6-13 from the field, eight
    turnovers, just four assists and some poor defense on Ty Lawson and Aaron Brooks. It
    culminated an uneven road trip for Wall, who shined against the Lakers and had a hot
    shooting stretch against Portland, but exhibited similar sloppiness against the Kings and
    in the stretches during the Blazers game where his jumper wasn't falling.

    In a lot of ways, it was a microcosm of Wall's season. Nobody would question his status
    as this team's best player, and few would say his All-Star nod was undeserved. It seems
    like he's made THE LEAP. But it's probably more accurate to say that he's made steady
    improvement overall, rising significantly in some areas (shooting, pick and roll
    execution) while staying the same or even falling back in others (driving to the basket,
    taking care of the ball, competing defensively every night instead of some nights).

    We've focused on a lot of the good with Wall, which makes sense. Wall carries such a
    heavy burden on a team with few other efficient shot creators, especially with Nene
    injured. He is far from this team's biggest problem.

    But he's also not perfect. Here are a few things he needs to clean up:

    DRIVING

    As Grantland's Zach Lowe correctly noted, Wall's improved jumper, especially from
    deep, is a positive development. However, there's a tradeoff to such proficiency,
    especially as Wall continues to feel more confident firing it up from long range. Wall
    is still most dangerous attacking the basket, but his improved shooting has caused
    that area of his game to decline somewhat.

    We can see this in several ways. Wall's free throw attempts per game are down from
    6.2 last year to 5.1 this year. He would say that this is due to referee bias, but a drop
    that steep can't just be because officials are ganging up on him. He's only taken 342
    shots in 66 games within five feet this season; he attempted 264 in 17 fewer games
    last year and 414 in the same number of games in 2011-12. Amazingly, Wall is just
    35th in the league
    in drives per game, behind luminaries such as Will Bynum, Mario
    Chalmers, Jameer Nelson and Ramon Sessions.

    Obviously, this is a complicated situation that cannot be explained fully by these
    numbers. Wall needs driving lanes to drive, and there aren't too many of them when
    teams can help off Trevor Booker and don't need to worry too much about Trevor Ariza
    beating them on a cut or dribble drive. These numbers also don't include the many
    times that Wall draws defenders and dishes for open threes, a Wall specialty. Wall's
    also curtailed his own drives to some degree in order to allow Marcin Gortat to roll to
    the rim.

    But there are still situations where Wall settles for jumpers when he should look to
    attack. Here's one example:



    Wall's doing the right thing by crossing back over against Denver's coverages, but
    rather than go directly to the basket when Timofey Mozgov retreats, he veers
    sideways for the jumper. Perhaps he's setting up Gortat's roll, but that'd make little
    sense because Booker is on the same side. He'd be better off going straight to the
    rim and living with the consequences.

    TURNOVERS

    Point guards who dominate the ball like Wall will commit turnovers, especially if
    they are actually driving to the basket. But it's still concerning that Wall's turnover
    percentage has increased despite his usage going down and, as noted, fewer drives
    to the basket.

    Where are those turnovers coming from, then? Watching the tape, two things stand
    out: poor handle and jump passing. Last summer, I noted Wall's tendency to drive
    and jump to make a play without really knowing what he was doing. He was getting
    better at curtailing that practice, but we've seen a reversion of late. This is a play,
    for example, where Wall looked like he wanted to shoot, then threw a pass to the
    corner at the last moment, well after Martell Webster had vacated the area.



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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    Wizards are a good test, Pacers really need this win.
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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    After the war against Miami, the boys could very well still be spent. Obviously I still want this W but I wouldn't be too terribly disappointed if the boys came out looking tired, that last game was crazy.
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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    With the Heat's relatively easy schedule moving forward we need to win games like this. Going 500 over the next few weeks will earn us the #2 seed. We still have games against OKC and San Antonio looming, thus we need to beat the Cleveland's and Washington's (t a lesser extent) of the world.

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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    Should be interesting to see what the Heat game did for our confidence.

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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    These are the games we need to win to secure the #1 seed. Hopefully the big win over Miami will get us going back to how we played earlier in the season

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    I'll have to record this one. I'm going to go downtown so that I can see the entire state of Kentucky confined within the mile square of downtown Indy.

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    I'll go out on a limb and say "the boys are back" and Lance learned a huge lesson.
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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    I predict we'll see a strong performance from Good Lance tonight.

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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    lol. league pass said "game canceled" for a while.

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    Let's keep the good times rollin'
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    I'm sorry, but Roy Hibbert is a max contract center. He shouldn't need to build confidence as a game goes on, or otherwise be worthless.

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    "Aw shucks" George Hill showing up tonight.

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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    ugly as hell

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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    idiotic turnovers. what a surprise.

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    Ugly, but tied. Let's get going.
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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    west. come on...

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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    Apparently since we are not playing Miami on ESPN this game doesn't matter.

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    Pathetic start. There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of play.

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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    good start boys


    lol jesus...

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    Jeez. Turnovers are just such a crippling defect in our team.
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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    6 turnovers...

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    Default Re: 3/28/2014 Game Thread #73: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    yikes. Not just turnovers but not enough ball movement on offense either.

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    Looks like our well-oiled turnover machine team is up and running tonight.

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