In a season that has shocked and awed….but in a bad way, as if Wizards fans were just your regular, innocent Iraqi civilian……there couldn’t be a better present heading into the off-season than Thursday’s win against the hated Cleveland Cavaliers.
(Well, a little lottery luck, or perhaps a win next Wednesday in Cleveland would be pretty effing gravy too.)
And while the dub can be attributed to an overall great team effort (Jamison being a warrior, Butler spilling Tuff Juice, Arenas creating with his presence, Haywood’s defensive communication, Young’s gutsy late layup, McGuire’s stat stuffing, McGee’s dunks, and Blatche being around and stuff), the consensus on the Bullets Forever game thread was that the game ball would go to my hero, Darius Songaila.
Songaila came up pretty big in the game’s early going, scoring eight points during his first 7:47 in the game (checked in for Haywood at the 2:12 mark of the first quarter).
But D-Song’s ‘Shine Time Swag’ came in the 4th quarter.
Heading into the 4th with a 10 point lead, the Wizards quickly, within four minutes, let the Cavs go on a 13-4 run to cut their lead to one at 84-83.
The Wiz squeezed the one point lead until D-Song came calling at the six minute mark. With LeBron and the Cavs closing in at 89-88, Songaila stuck with the ball after getting his shot/pass blocked and hit a bucket…And 1…chest bumps congrats were courtesy of Butler and Haywood.
The very next time down the court, Songaila filled the lane at the left elbow, Butler got him the ball from the wing. Darius saw an open lane and the soft chest of Wally Shizzleback (aka the Missing Link aka Encino Man) and put a strong right-handed layup on Wally’s dome.
If Steve Buckhantz were around, he might have said, “Dagger!” when D-Song ultimately sealed the deal.
With 13.5 seconds left in the game, and the Wizards up 107-101, Songaila snagged a Gilbert Arenas FT miss on the 2nd attempt and nailed two FTs of his own. Game over….109-101.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present nine Darius Songaila 4th quarter points for a total of 17 on 6-8 shooting, 5-6 from the line, and six rebounds. Thank you sir.
Darius, if I could shake your hand, I would. But instead, I’ll present you with two musical tributes of a contrasting nature. Enjoy.
Other Darius Songaila reading:
- Darius Songaila is on FIYAA!!
- Perhaps Blinded By Darius Songaila’s Brightness, Wizards Fans See Him As Neither Slow, Nor White
- Darius Songaila is Justin Timberlake……
[top photo source: flickr/Keith Allison]