That kind of confidence is uplifting for the Wizards -- and completely demoralizing for the Pacers. They knew very well how good the Wizards were after watching them destroy the Bulls. But now, like the rest of the country, they are learning firsthand just how dangerous this group from the nation's capital can be.
"They have a complete team," Pacers star Paul George said. "They've got solid rotation guys. Then their starting five is all the pieces that you need. They've got a star point guard, a great shooting guard, a veteran wing in Ariza. Their bigs, they're both inside-out guys and they play well with one another so I think everything just came together for them. They understand who they are."
Most importantly, they understand they haven't accomplished anything yet. The Wizards are taking the underdog approach and riding with it. They know all the national attention can go away with one bad stretch. But they also appreciate that they are in the middle of a franchise rebirth -- a fact that the entire team takes pride in.
"It's fun, but it's just the beginning," Gortat said. "Don't get excited. It was just one game. This series might go different ways. We might lose another four and go home. So it was just one game. That's it. We just don't get excited. We're a really good team. We can fight against anybody and we can win against anybody. So we just got to stay focused and play another game."
As long as Beal continues to develop into an even bigger star and the veterans play the way they have throughout the postseason under Wall's direction, there will be plenty more games for the Wizards over the coming weeks.