Saturday night was a pick-your-poison game for the Washington Wizards, there was a myriad of reasons for their 92-76 loss against the Charlotte Bobcats. When people look back on this game, they’ll wonder how the Wizards managed to look so good in Friday night’s post-Thanksgiving win in Miami, but then came out at home the next night like a grandpa loopy on leftover tryptophan trying to dribble a basketball with gloves on. The Bobcats stuffed the Wizards like turkeys from the time the oven was turned on to when the dishes were being done and put away.
The problems: Some may cite continued offensive woes. One fan so eloquently exclaimed, “Hey Flip your offense [insert non-complimentary word]!,” as the masses exited the Phone Booth with four minutes left and the Wizards down more than twenty. Others (pretty much every player who talked in the locker room after the game), continuously regurgitated the theme of energy (or lack thereof). Energy seems to be the biggest obstacle facing the Wizards, especially since no one knows how to interject it upon this team of feigning hope.
But the Wizards’ issues can be broken down by quarter as well. Let’s take a look:
It never fails. Right after the ending timeout buzzer sounds, the Verizon Center ‘Kiss Cam’ operator pans to a couple players on the opposing bench and giggles spread throughout the arena like a pandemic. I imagine that said cameraman is also crossing his fingers that he’s not by chance capturing the next John Amaechi in an uncomfortable situation.
But last Saturday against the Charlotte Bobcats, Juwan Howard served as not only a victim of boo-birds throughout the night, but also of Kiss Cam hijinx. No one is quite sure why Wizards fans hold a grudge against a man who simply took the money which was offered to him. Perhaps Howard was simply serving as an outlet for the frustrations of a lost season; either that or people just don’t like cats who get paid and then suck Nonetheless, as you will see in the photos and web hits below, Howard seemed to be a good sport about the whole ordeal.
The Wizards? Well, they haven’t been very sporting at all lately, have they? Wizards-Bobcats Web Hits:
Darryl and Maxwell had been at odds for what seemed like ages over their dictionary defined opposite hair styles. “Look brospeh, we just gotta agree to disagree,” Darryl would say. “Why don’t you just let me be me,” Maxwell would retort.
And so the debate raged on, until last Saturday night when both Darryl and Maxwell set aside their differences in cranium fur stylistics to attend a match between the Washington Wizards and the Charlotte Bobcats.
The ultimate hope for the duo was that the futile efforts of the Wizards would serve as a distraction from the daily argument grind, as well as make them feel better about themselves. And the Wizards did not disappoint as they blew a 13-point lead with 4:38 left in the 3rd quarter, and later a five point lead with five minutes left in the 4th.
Yep, ol’ Darryl and Maxwell left the Verizon Center feeling pretty good about themselves, until Darryl said, “Maxwell, what the fuck is up with all those braids and shit?,” to which Maxwell responded, “Give it up Darryl, that horseshoe you have going looks like a burnt turd wrapped around rotten meat.”Read more »
‘Bout to head down to Chinatown for some football watching and then some Wizards-Bobcats game attending. Brett from Queen City Hoops was gracious enough to answer some questions about his team, here they go…..
1) The moves that Michael Jordan while in DC left a sour taste in the mouths of many Wizards fans. How satisfied are you with the direction of the Bobcats under MJ’s leadership? And actually, in what direction are the Bobcats heading?
Brandon Wright for Jason Richardson…who turned into Boris Diaw at 9ish Million per season. Walter Hermann and Primoz Brezec for Nazr Mohammed, who has gotten about 9 minutes a game this year, yet makes over 6 million dollars (with another year and a big money early termination option after that). Adam Morrison instead of Rudy Gay – and Ammo’s option got picked up for next year at $5 million, despite a PER of less than 8. How satisfied do you think I would be with those moves? The Bobcats seem firmly on a path to sustained mediocrity (or less), tying up big money in a core of decent but not great players. With Gerald, Emeka, Matt Carroll, and Boris Diaw under contract for the next several years, the Bobcats have already committed $35+ million to payroll, with no sure fire all-star among them.
2) Larry Brown, in comparison to the headlines he’s made in the past, has flown relatively under the radar this season. What do you think of the job he is doing? Read more »
Ugh…..I only got to see the last 10 minutes of the Wizards-Bobcats game last night…..the exact segment I could have lived without ever watching. I may get a 4th quarter game blog posted at some point, I may not…..but in any case, the lead part of Mike Jones’ game story in the Washington Times struck me as a bit odd:
Remember the old Looney Tunes cartoon in which Bugs Bunny crawls out of a hole on a baseball diamond, summons spectacular powers as only Bugs can, plays every position on the field and single-handedly defeats a team of gorilla-looking opponents?
It almost seemed like the Washington Wizards got a similar performance out of Caron Butler Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. Only in this episode, the Wizards came up short and sank to an all-time low with an 80-72 loss to the host Charlotte Bobcats.
[Basketbawful] We’ve all seen it before. A team gets hot at the end of the regular season, sneaks into the playoffs, makes some noise, and so everybody expects them to take The Next Big Step next season. But when said team is flawed — as the Hawks are — this often leads to overconfidence and failed expectations. The most recent example of this is the Golden State Warriors. The 2007-08 Warriors may have won a few more games than the 2006-07 Warriors, but they failed to recapture the magic of that ’07 playoff run. I think we’re going to see the same thing happen to the Hawks this season. Prediction: 40-42
[Peachtree Hoops] The franchise’s goal is to make the playoffs. I wish I could say the franchise’s goal was to make the playoffs and win a series (or even a road game) but I don’t think their off-season activity suggests they’re trying to accomplish anything grander than to finish within a handful of games of .500 and hope that that again is good enough for a playoff spot in the East. Prediction: 34-48