By Scott Agness

The Pacers handled their business on the road, taking both Games 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C. With a 3-1 series lead, they have given themselves the opportunity to finish off the Wizards on their own floor and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive season.

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As for the Pacers, they cannot let the Wizards play at their pace. They have to keep their turnovers down, which prevents points in transition for the Wizards, and they have to clamp down on defense. This team was built on defense and rim protection, so that department must remain strong. Lastly, they cannot dig themselves a deep hole and expect to see their way out of it, as they did in Sunday’s win.

Roy Hibbert is averaging 19.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game over the last three contests. When he has “it”, particularly on defense, the Pacers are undoubtedly a better team.

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