Wednesday Wizards Report
Well I guess you can just go ahead and engrave the Wizards name on the Larry O’Brien trophy for this year after last night’s win against the defending champion Heat.
No but seriously, how awesome did that feel to beat the Heat with their “Big Three” all playing and even with LeBron recording a triple double? It was a little bit of redemption for us Wizards fans for some of the insane no-call travels in the 2006 Playoffs. If you don’t remember here’s LeBron prancing to a game winner and dribbling like a middle schooler in rout to another game winner.
But enough with the LeBron hate. Last night’s game was awesome. We beat the Heat and we have won two of our last three games. What really impressed me about last night’s game was the tempo we played with. The Wiz were racing up and down the court and scoring in transition, something that has been missing with our tempo-pusher John Wall sidelined. And that bit of news is quite encouraging.
If the Wiz can score 16 fast break points against an immensely more talented Heat team without our star lead guard, then some optimism must be taken from this win. Last night you could sort of get the feeling that the Wiz players are starting to get more comfortable playing with each other and more comfortable with the roles that they are playing. Take Bradley Beal for example. Beal was having a pretty decent game against the Heat recording 10 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. But Wittman only played him 17 minutes which included zero minutes in the final period. Yet at the end of the game he was cheering on his team on the sidelines and was excited to chalk up a victory, not sitting there like a sad puppy dog. I still don’t agree with Wittman’s rotations but if the players are starting to buy into it and the end results are some wins, then I guess we can learn to Beal With It.
Now the Wizards are far from getting back into the playoff picture, but you have to learn to walk before you can run, and a win against the Heat should start to boost this team with some confidence. The Wiz have some winnable games in the near future starting with the Hawks on Friday. Our last meeting with the Hawks two weeks ago ended in a one point loss in OT. Then we face an improved Warriors team followed by games against the Hornets, Rockets, and Lakers. After that, the Wizards have another showdown with the Heat. Now I don’t expect us to win all six of these games but I could see us winning at least three of them. These next six games are going to show the world that a little bit of confidence can go a long way, and what better way to gain confidence than a win against the defending champs.
And with gaining confidence and hopefully a John Wall return in the near future, wins could start coming with a lot more regularity.