We’re through 33 games, and thanks to the lockout shortened season, the NBA All-Star break falls perfectly at the midway point of this 66 game season for the Wizards.
With a record of 7-26, the first half has felt much longer than 33 games. Losing will do that, but there’s also been a few ups, lots of downs, local and national jokes, drama, and head-scratching moments like only the Wizards can provide.
Remember opening night? It was the day after Christmas and before the season even tipped off Andray Blatche addressed the crowd saying, ”this is your captain, Andray Blatche…” Minutes later the season got underway, the Wizards raced out of the gate, and proceeded to blow a 20 plus point second quarter lead at home to the Nets, losing 90 to 84.
A symbolic way to start the season it was.
That one loss led to seven more losses, and that 0-8 start led to the advent and increased popularity of this website. The Wizards halted that losing streak with a 93-78 victory over the Raptors at home on January 10th. But it was the following week when the Wizards got their second victory of the season Oklahoma City Thunder” href=”http://wizofawes.com/2012/01/18/a-special-night/” target=”_blank”>vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 18th that shocked the basketball world.
Continuing with the theme of note-worthy events happening with the Wizards each week, it was six days later that Flip Saunders was fired. After a 2-15 start under Flip the decision to fire him was warranted and overdue. Since then Randy Wittman has assumed the interim coach role and has directed the Wizards to a 5-11 record.
So we’ve seen an 0-8 start, an improbable win over the team tied for the best record in the league, and a head coach fired. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Here’s some other highlights, but mostly lowlights:
John Wall getting off to a slow start through the season’s first month, but then he became “Mr. February“.
We saw Jan Vesely air ball his first career free throw attempt.
The Wizards’ best game actually came on the road, when they scored 124 points in a win at Portland on Valentines Day. That game was the second win in a row for the Wizards, and first time in franchise history the team won back-to-back road wins by at least 15 points.
JaVale McGee has provided his share of lowlights — even in his best season to date — most recently he provided this volleyball spike goal tend. We also can’t forget him running down the court getting back on defense. . . when the Wizards had the ball. And we got more JaVale! With his “great” defense and helicopter arms. But just ask him mom, he’s the future of the NBA.
The Wizards also invented the three man closeout.
The boo birds have been out in full force for Andray Blatche when he’s been on the court home and away — which has only included 17 games.
Speaking of the number 17, of the Wizards’ 26 losses, seventeen of them are by double-digits.
It’s been a rough first half in the win column, but hey, it’s been an interesting ride.