By Sekou Smith, NBA.com
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Quick Change is my favorite halftime act at NBA games.
Has been for years.
And they will be until something or someone comes along to dethrone them …
They are also our honorary moniker for tonight’s action, because things do indeed change quickly in the conference semifinals. Just ask Roy Hibbert.
Game 5s for both the Pacers and Wizards and later on the Thunder and Clippers will show us exactly how all four teams react to the quick change that has come in their respective series.
Things changed so quickly in both the last time we saw them all on the floor, with both the Clippers and Pacers rallying back from huge deficits to win Game 4s on Sunday.
This very easily could have a been a night for closeouts. The Pacers have that chance, up 3-1 and playing on their home floor. The Thunder, of course, are deadlocked at 2-2 after the Clippers’ miraculous Game 4 comeback.
So while it’s win-or-go-home night in Indy for John Wall and his Wizards …
The Clippers and Thunder are guaranteed to go at it again, no matter what happens tonight.
Get your popcorn ready …
24 – Unbelievably sloppy start for the Pacers and especially the Wizards (seven turnovers in the first quarter), and yet they still lead after the first. It helps when your big man, Marcin Gortat, is working harder than anyone else on the floor during that span (11 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and 12 hustle plays).
So many turnovers. Each one a piece of wood under my fingernails.—
Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) May 13, 2014
23 – Wait a minute, Luis Scola time! A 10-0 Indiana run gives the home team 27-25 lead …
22 – The Wizards are not playing like a team in the midst of their defining moment. So careless with the rock. Playing like it’s a preseason game …
21 – Hey, guess who’s on his way bizzzack to the bench (and more)?
The @DetroitPistons are in pursuit of Stan Van Gundy to not only be their next head coach.
20 – Wizards outworking the Pacers big time in the second quarter and pushed their lead to 10 (45-35). Hard to figure these Pacers out. No killer instinct on close-out night is a strange sign. Wizards fighting for their playoff lives, however, is what you love to see …
Okay, okay. It's 45-35, the Wizards have become flammable with a minute left in the half. They better not come out like dirt in the third,—
Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) May 13, 2014
19 – Gortat and Co. destroying the Pacers on the glass!
18 – QUICK CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!
17 – BBQ Pierogi Alert … it’s a dumpling Shaq, not a sausage. Underdog, put that on a T-shirt!
Pulling for the Wizards because I'm tired of the Pacers wasting their talent, and, in turn, our time…—
Rob Peterson (@ShotDrJr) May 14, 2014
I think the Pacers have a 50/50 chance of outrebounding Marcin Gortat in the 2nd half.—
Tim Donahue (@TimDonahue8p9s) May 14, 2014
16 – It’s a make or miss league and right now, John Wall is making ‘em. Seventeen and counting for the Wizards’ All-Star PG …
John Wall is back—
Eric Buenning (@ericbuenning) May 14, 2014
Nice to see Wall make them pay if they're going to straight up leave him—
Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) May 14, 2014
– Meanwhile, the Pacers are doing it again …
Pacers are who we thought they were—
Travis Singleton (@SneakerReporter) May 14, 2014
Or better yet, Gortat is doing it to them …
Marcin The Dream Gortat.—
Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) May 14, 2014
Gortat: 14 rebounds Indiana: 15 rebounds—
NBA TV (@NBATV) May 14, 2014
Of course, at some level, you've also gotta just be like "Look, if Marcin Gortat's gonna play like Olajuwon, you're screwed anyway."—
Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 14, 2014
Gortat is BEASTING on these boys!!!—
Mike Hill (@ItsMikeHill) May 14, 2014
15 – Freud couldn’t figure these Pacers out …
The Wizards have outrebounded the Pacers 50-15. No team in the last 25 seasons has had a rebound margin of +35 in a playoff game.—
NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 14, 2014
Marcin Gortat taking all of Roy Hibbert's lunch money tonight. My goodness.—
Lang Greene (@LangGreene) May 14, 2014
14 – Marcin The Machine!
13 – Welp!
12 – Looks like the winner of the Early Game 4 Hangover Sweepstakes goes to …
Bad combo for the Thunder: 4 FGs, 6 fouls (2 on Ibaka), 5 TOs. Playing like it's still the final 9 minutes of Game 4. Wake-up call needed.—
Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) May 14, 2014
11 – Stan Van Gundy coaching the Pistons makes plenty of sense. His front-office credentials, however …
I do think SVG is an excellent coach. Stan the executive? Nobody knows—
Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) May 14, 2014
Stan Van Gundy to coach Pistons. He's had 5 50-win seasons and no losing seasons as an NBA head coach—
ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 14, 2014
10 – No hometown love for Blake Griffin, not five games into this series …
Remember when people cheered for Griffin when he was introduced before Game 1? No more. All boos now.—
Jenni Carlson (@JenniCarlson_OK) May 14, 2014
9 – Thunder rolling right now, with CP3 out of the mix with the two fouls …
Clippers were up 11 when Chris Paul came out w/2 fouls. OKC closed w/in 2 with him out. CP3 checks in next dead ball—
J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 14, 2014
8 – But BG stayed hot and J.J. Redick kept the Clippers in front at the half. Impressive stuff from the road warriors in this series once again …
Blake Griffin a double-double in 1st half, 15 points, 10 rebounds—
Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) May 14, 2014
7 – Amen!
I want to stay awake — the story of the 2014 playoffs.—
Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) May 14, 2014
6 – Officials in this night-cap are taking a bigger beating in the social media universe than even the Pacers …
Just counted it: Kendrick Perkins was in the lane eight seconds on that Westbrook and-1.—
Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 14, 2014
I can only assume this officiating crew is some kind of psychological experiment conducted by Marshall Henderson.—
Zach Harper (@talkhoops) May 14, 2014
I don't normally get on the refs but that was a horrendous call. Glen Davis picks up his 4th foul. Clippers might not have any bigs soon.—
Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 14, 2014
Kevin Durant has three baskets and 22 points…Chris Paul has three baskets and 11 points..Durant and OKC getting all calls so far..—
Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) May 14, 2014
5 – @JCrossover is the master of the and-1
4 – KD needs to go ahead and join that kid’s framily, anything to escape this shooting nightmare tonight …
Durant enters 4th having missed 14 of 17 field goal attempts but has made all 10 free throws. Blake 23 points, 12 rebounds. Westbrook 29 pts—
Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 14, 2014
Durant is ice cold but
Westbrook playing like a grown man in the 3rd qtr!—
David Pollack (@davidpollack47) May 14, 2014
Off night (3/17) for KD and OKC hangs in. Will come down to how he plays in 4th even though Russ has been extraordinary.—
Ronnie 2K 2K15 (@Ronnie2K) May 14, 2014
People who complain about Durant not touching the ball must also watch admit he stands in the corner and doesn't move in certain sets.—
Cedric Golden (@CedGolden) May 14, 2014
3 – Oof!
Due to budgetary restraints, Thunderstruck 2 had to be filmed in the middle of a playoff game.—
John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) May 14, 2014
I'm already worried about what headline The Oklahoman is going to use about this game.—
Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) May 14, 2014
2 – Huge box out and rebound of a BG miss on the second of two free throws leads to a CP3 dagger with 49.2 seconds left. Clippers hanging on to a 104-97 lead. Serge Ibaka failed to box Big Baby out properly. Crucial mistake in a game filled with them for the home team … if only KD and Russ weren’t there to rescue your bacon in the final minute. #giventhawaygame4takethawaygame5
1 – Good luck trying to make sense of this finish … CRAZY!
The games that will forever wake you in the middle of the night in a cold sweat are those you lost when you should have won.—
Tim S. Grover (@ATTACKATHLETICS) May 14, 2014
That was all-time bad. I'm staying off Twitter.—
Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 14, 2014