Wizards vs. Pacers: The Quick & Easy Preview
Hey, YOU…..go read a site about the sudden outburst of what basketball courts are made of, Hardwood Paroxysm my friends. Other than HP’s coverage of everything basketball (reason enough to visit), a recent post features a Q&A about the Washington Wizards involving this fair site and the good folks of Bullets Forever. Consider it one of many possible playoff previews.
Before we get into tonight’s Pacers game, here is what went down with the team from Indy earlier this year:
Game 1: Wizards @ Pacers, Oct. 31, 2007 – L, 119-110:
My very first Wizards game blog…..aww, ain’t it special? So many highlights from this loss. Looking back, I can’t believe this was in the first couple of paragraphs:
Tony Kornheiser used to talk about the Curse o’ Lez Boulez…..is there now a Curse o’ Lez Wizards? Think about it…Injuries to Gilbert and Caron at the end of last year (btw, I’m not going to count Jamison’s knee thing..that almost was expected, at least to have one 4+ week injury on the team). This year: Etan’s heart condition. And now…boy did Haywood’s knee go in an awkward direction when he fell over Diogu in the first quarter. He seems to be fine after that nice dunk. Then Stevenson to the locker room? Is this the way it’s going to be all year?
The answer? Yep. But shouldn’t we all be pleasantly surprised that the Wizards are in the playoffs considering?
Other items of note from game 1: Gilbert Arenas hit a 3 at the regulation buzzer to send the game into overtime, the Wizards missed 13 FTs, and Andray Blatche had a pseudo mohawk. Washington could not pull the game out in OT as Danny Granger went wild from the 3-point line and Mike Dunleavy pulled down 25 and 12 leading the Pacers to the 119-110 dub.
Game 7: Pacers @ Wizards, Nov. 14, 2007 – W, 103-90:
The second win of the season and #100 for Eddie Jordan (in the Verizon Center). Gilbert was still playing, but monitored, and Troy Murphy was out for Indiana as Marquis Daniels played a nice game handling the PG duties for the Pacers. Here’s a clip from the blog:
The Wizards actually looked like a TEAM tonight. And I know that the Pacers aren’t that great, they just lost their 5th in a row…but a dub is a dub. Strong defense, smart offense, and great play off the bench…..sounds like a formula to follow.
Game 26: Wizards @ Pacers, Dec. 22, 2007 – L, 93-85:
Caron Butler was out this game with a bum ankle. Stat of the game: The Pacers had 20 more assists than they had turnovers and the Wizards had two less assists than turnovers. Oh yea, the highlight of the game, some clown ran on the court, stopping play, Jeff Foster tripped the guy/kid and Jermaine O’Neal didn’t want to have to cold-cock another S.O.B.
Take care of your fix with these quick web hits:
- The Wizards can sure rebound from inconsistent efforts…that’s a good thing I guess. [Washington Post]
- An MRI on Caron Butler’s knee was thankfully negative, but people would not be surprised if he sat out tonight — he’s officially a game-time decision. [WashingtonWizardsBlog.com]
- DeShawn Stevenson is a bad muther…..shut yo mouth. [Bullets Forever]
And that’s all I got. A win would be nice, but I’m really looking for a consistent effort from the tip to the final buzzer. We all know our 07-08 Wizards, not only are they inconsistent from game-to-game, but many times, quarter-to-quarter. Play together, oil up the offense, communicate on defense, and the rest will take care of itself.