Wizards Survive Themselves, Beat Philly 90-89
Last night’s 90-89 win against the Sixers in Philly got a bit goofy toward the end. After the game, Flip Saunders said, “That’s what they call a learning experience,” which sort of means, ‘We better not pull any of that B.S. during a regular season game.’
What exactly did Flip see? Well, let’s start with JaVale McGee.
One thing JaVale McGee CAN’T do is finger-roll
I almost knew it was going to happen when I saw McGee snag a loose ball with a tie game, around 16 seconds left, and an open court with only one man to beat.
He thought he could try to be a hero. A true WTF moment.
Here’s the shot where JaVale said he got hit “like five times.”
And of course, there’s Randy Wittman’s classic reaction …
Somebody must have said something funny because both Mike James and Sam Cassell got a kick out of the situation …
Other reactions …
Nick Young didn’t have the best first quarter. When DeShawn Stevenson subbed in for him at the 4:07 mark, the Wizards were down 15-6. From that point until the end of the first half, the Wizards outscored the Sixers 33-19 (plus-14 with Young on the bench).
One particular turnover by Young at the 4:45 mark where he simply launched a pass out-of-bounds invoked the look you see on Flip Saunders’ face below (which he wore for most of the quarter).
Also notice the young lady in the top right reacting to Young’s turnover with a finger gun to the mouth …
But the “old” Nick Young (and not really the ‘Rip Hamilton/Reggie Miller’ Nick Young) came out in the 4th as he scored eight of his 10 points in the game’s final six minutes, including a big bucket off an out-of-bounds play to tie the game at 88 with around 30 seconds left.
This subsequently allowed Nick to show off his new game face.
And finally, our friend Eddie Jordan before the game …
I can’t tell if he’s happy to be there or taking part in a pre-game Cialis promotion.
Quotes In Brief …
Wasn’t that one fun? That had to be one of the most ridiculously hilarious endings that I’ve seen in some time, as the Wizards beat Eddie Jordan and his 76ers in his new digs. Flip Saunders left it up his young guys and one of his oldest guys to finish the game. And they finished all right — with a series of bloopers before getting bailed out when the 76ers’ Willie Green provided the decisive gaffe.
Win or lose, the Wizards played well, so the ending doesn’t really matter. They did a great job defensively and were able to have stretches where the offense really buzzed. Randy Foye recovered from a poor start to post another strong game, though he still struggled running the point. The Wizards dominated inside, with Brendan Haywood destroying Samuel Dalembert, Fabricio Oberto continuing to do his little things act and McGee displaying way more patience and stability than normal. It wasn’t a perfect game, but by and large, to play like they did on the road in the second game of a back-to-back against a team that was at full strength is a very good thing.
Brendan Haywood had his best preseason game with 13 points and eight rebounds and two blocks. Haywood, who had his conflicts with Eddie Jordan during their time together in D.C., no doubt had a little motivation. Late in the third quarter, with the Wizards’ offensive end being in front of Philly’s bench, Haywood threw down a two-handed putback jam and hung on the rim for a second came down and paused to glare in Jordan’s direction before jogging back up the floor.
Haywood got out of the locker room before we could talk to him about his performance and going against Jordan, though.
More To Come …
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- Brooks is Here — Wizards Seek Redemption with New Head Coach
- Key Legislature: Wizards 120 at Nets 111 — Elusive .500 Record So Close, So Far Away
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