WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – John Wall and Marcin Gortat were electric in the Wizards dominant 102-79 Game 5 victory over the Pacers Tuesday night, but if Tim Legler’s seemingly prescient pre-game commentary of Roy Hibbert proves true, the Wiz could find themselves extending the series to 7 games.
Legler has been on board with his former team from the get-go, saying the Wizards “don’t have any weaknesses” after they claimed a 2-0 series lead in an opening-round playoff matchup against Chicago.
On with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday morning, Legler predicted Roy Hibbert – who went on to have a 4-point, 4-foul, 2-rebound performance in Game 5 — possibly crawling back into his early-playoff shell could be the key to the Wizards clawing back from a 3-1 series deficit.
“I think if Washington could win one road game, now you’re looking at, okay, you’re back on track for as far as home court – Indiana had it from the beginning, they’ll still have it – but now you’re back on pace, and you come home and take care of business,” Legler said.
“If you can somehow get to a Game 7 in Indiana, it’ll put an enormous amount of pressure on that team,” he said. “Particularly if Roy Hibbert struggles the next game or two, and he goes back and reverts, and has a two-point game with four fouls, and is a non-factor, and that becomes a major issue again, and that’s what we’re talking about.”
“So if you can just put a little bit of pressure on them, turn up the heat by winning one road game, now things are going to get real interesting, because then you’re coming home with a chance to force a Game 7,” he went on to say.
In fairness, Legler also went on to predict the Pacers to close out the Wizards at home in Game 5.