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Opening Statements: Wizards vs Thunder, Game 7

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Updated: November 10, 2015

Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder - Jan. 7, 2013


Teams: Wizards vs. Thunder
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
Television: CSN / NBATV
Radio: WNEW-FM 99.1
Spread: Thunder fav’d by 5.5 points.


If the pixel generators on the internet are ever tried by an international tribunal convened to judge crimes against the sports-viewing public, the crime of which They/We/She/He/It would be convicted of unanimously is “ear worming” those who dain to read our work. Over the past few months, no greater crime has been perpetrated than by those who trumpet the Kevin Durant-to-the-Wizards false narrative. The #KD2DC movement has reached a fevered crescendo over the past few months and tonight the Prodigal Son returns home to play his one and only game in Washington this season.

There is an air of desperation to tonight’s proceedings, as there will be an active element of both the fanbase as well as the media who will do their best to implore Durant to venture back east when his contract in Oklahoma City expires this coming summer. One can only venture to guess what is happening behind the scenes of Wizards HQ to pave the way for the savior of the Washington franchise to make his triumphal homecoming. Will a special red carpet be rolled out tonight? Will emissaries from the current Wizards team be sent to greet him with with tasteful and well-considered presents in hand?

Durant, of course, knows all this and was questioned about it by former Washington Post scribe Michael Lee. To paraphrase Durant, his message was as such: Look to your own house.

There is a small but ever-growing minority who think that #KD2DC is a hopelessly tacky demonstration of desperation and a parlor trick of the internet age. While one can only guess at what Durant is thinking (which everyone has spent the last two years attempting to do with little success), one can surmise that he finds the attention distasteful and more than a tad disrespectful. He has pointed to the quality of the current Washington roster and made it clear how lucky fans in D.C. are to have the opportunity to root for players like John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Spewing #KD2DC across the keyboard and out into the wilds of the internet will grab the attention of those following Durant, but it’s unlikely to sway his decision next summer. What would sway his decision is the play of the current team, which over the past two games has looked less like a Eastern Conference contender and more like a team without an identity—one biding its time until someone imprints a clear modus operandi upon them by force of personality or play. It is the same team that failed to extend one of their cornerstones, Bradley Beal, in order to push all its chips to the center of the table in pursuit of a player whose team has already reached the NBA Finals and whose true ceiling remains unexplored due to constant injuries woes and sub-par coaching. (Although, it’s worth noting two points: Beal could stand to secure a larger contract by waiting until the summer, and the Thunder have a brand new coach from the college ranks, Beal’s coach at the University of Florida, Billy Donovan.)

If you’re a true proponent of the #KD2DC movement, the best thing you can do tonight is to step away from the hashtag and hope that the last two games for the Wizards were an aberration and not a hint at the status quo for the season. You can hope that John Wall demonstrates a bit more concentration in keeping the ball out of the hands of opponents. You can hope that Bradley Beal’s shoulder injury is not serious and that he plays tonight and that he doesn’t REALLY take offense at Wizards fans cheering Durant. You can even #Pray4Nene. The last thing you do is put on your red, white and blue KD jersey and loudly declare your love for a player on the opposite team.

 

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Sean Fagan
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Based in Brooklyn, NY, Sean has contributed to TAI since the the dawn of Jan Vesely and has been on the Wizards beat since 2008. His work has been featured on ESPN, Yahoo and SI.com. He still believes that Mike Miller never got a fair shot.