NBA playoff schedule 2014: Wizards host Pacers, Thunder travel to Los Angeles

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Washington can take a commanding 2-1 lead at home, while L.A. looks to rebound after a trouncing at the hands of the Thunder in Game 2.

SB Nation 2014 NBA Playoff Bracket

Both conference semifinal games Friday feature a series all knotted up, 1-1. Washington heads back to D.C. to take on the Pacers, and Los Angeles hosts Oklahoma City. Check out the action for Friday night.

Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards, Game 3

8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Indiana came alive in Game 2, with Roy Hibbert dropping 28 points and grabbing nine rebounds as the Pacers limited the Wizards to just 82 points. A strong defensive showing by the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference shut down Washington's offensive attack, particularly from three-point range, where the Wizards were just 5-of-21.

For Washington, getting Bradley Beal and John Wall going in Game 3 will be crucial. The Pacers focused on them specifically, and the young duo shot just 9-of-28 in Game 2. The Wizards will need to draw Hibbert back out of the painted area in order to open up the lane. Washington was one of the better three-point shooting teams in the regular season, and without it, their offense stagnates. Look for Randy Wittman to try and open up the arc in Game 3.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Game 3

10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Russell Westbrook took control in Game 2, evening the series with the Clippers, 1-1. The Thunder guard scored 31 points in a rough, physical game on Wednesday night, with Scott Brooks' offense getting back on track. Kevin Durant added 32 points, as Oklahoma City were able to limit Chris Paul and Blake Griffin offensively.

Los Angeles weren't able to perform the way they did in Game 1, as Paul and Griffin combined to shoot just 11-of-26. The Clippers were dominated on the boards, 52-36, as DeAndre Jordan registered just eight rebounds. Doc Rivers' team will need to figure out how to open up the arc for their shooters rather than relying on Paul to hit eight three-pointers, as he did in Game 1, on Friday.


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