Baby Come Back: Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors


The Washington Wizards are now 6-12, which begs the question: is the district’s team the NBA’s Comeback Kids or its Biggest Disappointment?

Wizards fans…I just have a lot of feelings. 

To me, it seems as though the Washington Wizards are dead set on having fans prove their loyalty to the team. How? Fans are being asked to stand by the Wizards, one unnecessary loss after another, biting their tongues and ignoring the fact that their team should be running the Eastern Conference. 

How do you have power players like John Wall, Bradley Beal, Markieff Hoffman (Markieff…I still believe in you), and Dwight Howard (I still don’t quite see it for you yet), but refuse to play to your full capacity?

I swear I’ve been trying to understand- I’ve been watching the games, I’ve maintained faith, I’ve rooted for the team despite the losses. But this week however, I had to step away from the television and take a few moments to gather my thoughts. 

Yes, the team just earned a 125-118 win against the Clippers, but who wasn’t expecting that? Furthermore, that win means nothing to me when the Wizards follow it up with a 107-125 loss against the Toronto Raptors.

The Wizards have proven themselves to be the comeback kids of the NBA this season, and with that title comes a certain formula the team has seemed to master. 

Wizards + Opposing Team = Loss 

Wizards + Opposing Team + Rematch = Win

We’ve seen this formula play itself out with the Wizards several times now, even during preseason; New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers. The Wizards will lose a game by a menial number of points, wallow for a bit, and then face off against the same team in another matchup only to play they way they should have played in the first place. 

And of course there are the outliers. 

The Wizards managed to beat the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers on their first try however, I’m confiscating one of those wins. While they earned a 125-124 win (by the skin of their teeth) in their initial matchup the Trail Blazers took a leaf out of their playbook and reclaimed a 119-109 win in a rematch last Sunday.

What does all of this mean exactly? 

The Wizards are consistently inconsistent. 

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not even close to hanging up my Wizards jersey as of yet, but I’m definitely growing frustrated with the team’s apparent trajectory. 

Here’s hoping the comeback kids are given the gift of consistency this holiday season. 

P.S. John Wall, I still think that you’re one of the most talented player in the NBA- just hold off on the F** bombs.