We’re a few days removed from the Washington Wizards advancing to the second round of the NBA Playoffs after defeating the Chicago Bulls in a five game series and the Wizards web is excited, to say the least.
The pixels are flowing, but I did my best in gathering some snippets of my recent favorites. Enjoy.
The Bulls success did not carry over because they thought they could depend on their defense and wing it on offense. That was never going to fly because as you said Ben, the Wizards have a top ten defense. Thibodeau did absolutely nothing but hope and pray that someone could get hot and the defense would do the rest.
John Wall had a solid series overall, managing the floor well, limiting his turnovers, and creating opportunities for his teammates. However, his shot selection left a lot to be desired.
Let me start with this – I absolutely think that Grunfeld has earned the opportunity to interview for his position. He’s not a popular figure amongst the fans but making a retroactive decision does not take into account where the franchise is today.
The Pacers also lack that speedy point guard that gives the Wizards fits and forces Ariza off his normal matchup. Washington can stick Ariza on George the whole time and limit his efficiency. That’s a major advantage.
Tomas Satoransky, 22, is the precocious leader of the Cajasol Seville basketball squad. This season, he’s been better not just by his box score numbers, but he’s been showing growth and maturity off the court, too.
The Washington Wizards’ history during my lifetime conforms more closely to the latter — it’s a record of futility matched or exceeded perhaps only by the woeful Clippers (though the Clippers’ owner’s moral failures are unparalleled).