Getting ready to watch the ‘Battle of Two Interim Coaches‘ in Philly, and wanted to reflect back to last year’s NBA basketball court history between the District of Columbia and the City of Brotherly Love.
Game 10 in DC:
With Haywood in early foul trouble, Blatche steped in and caught fire, scoring 9 points in the 1st quarter and 16 by half as the Wiz took a 60-44 lead going into the locker room. To start the 3rd, the old DeShawn Stevenson got cooking. Haywood sprained his ankle and left for the night, but that was okay because the Wiz built a 30 point lead…..which was whittled down to 15 by the end of the game. The Wizards won and were led by a combined 48 points from this season’s whipping boys, Stevenson and Blatche. 116-101 DC over Philly
Game 47 in Philly:
In the first half, the Wizards were dominating the Sixers on the boards and got 19 points of help from the bench…..unfortunately, they allowed Phillly to shoot 57%. In the second half, we saw antics from DeShawn Stevenson, worried about the “friendly” Philly atmosphere, while the Sixers were running, scoring and pressing. Still, the Wizards worked hard to keep a lead, even with Caron Butler leaving the game late in the third, aggravating his hip injury. With a small lineup in the game, for which Eddie Jordan later took the blame, the Wizards buckled under pressure and ultimately lost the game in the 4th. The downfall….19 turnovers for the Wiz and 11 steals for Philly. Philly over DC, 101-96
Game 80 in DC:
Sixers came out hot, shooting 62% in the first and building an 8 point lead. Old DeShawn Stevenson was gunning, dropping four first half trey balls. As is typical, the Wizards lacked energy in the third quarter….and also typical, an opposing point guard, Andre Miller, was doing what he wanted. But for the final quarter, Gilbert Arenas showed us all why we love him…..he dominated the 4th with energy and scoring spurts. Gil finished the Sixers and contributed 20 points off the bench. Philly did not score a field goal in the final 8.5 minutes. DC over Philly, 109-93
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I know I am dreaming…but I keep thinking of the 2004/2005 Bulls–they started 0-9 and were 5-15 after 20 games and finished 47-35 and of course played the Wizards in the first round….the Wizards have plenty of work to do….but I just like to be reminded that the season has hope….if they find a way to get on some kind of run….
[photo source: flickr/michaelrighi]