After showing up big in game one in Indiana, the Wizards looked like a team capable of defeating the top-seeded Pacers in the 2014 NBA Playoffs. However, instead of taking advantage of two games on their home court, the Wizards put up two disappointing performances.
Game three was as lopsided as they come. To say the Wizards’ offense struggled would be an understatement, as they managed to only score 63 points. In fact, their shooting percentage (32.9%) was a franchise-low in a postseason game. At that point, it had become evident the momentum had shifted over to Indiana.
With the season on the line, Washington blew out the Pacers in their own arena in game five and extended the series with a chance to force a game seven at home.
The team showed a great amount of perseverance as they engineered a second-half comeback to tie the game up with just over seven minutes to play. But even with the crowd behind them, the Wizards’ offensive woes returned. The Pacers went on a crucial 14-2 run over a six minute stretch in the end of the fourth quarter and ended Washington’s season.
Although Wizards fans may be disappointed in the outcome, looking at the season in a broader sense will help relieve the pain. It has been an extremely successful season for a team which was the laughing stock of the NBA just a few seasons ago and will only continue to improve. Look for John Wall, Brad Beal and company to return poised for another deep playoff run next year.