The Washington Wizards defeat Orlando Magic 117-109 and aim to hand out another L to the Brooklyn Nets tonight!
To say that I’m bit torn in my feelings about tonight’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets would be an understatement.
On one hand you have the Wizards, my personal favorite of this season’s NBA underdogs. The team has made it a point to showcase their hustle over the span of their last three games, making it clear that the sky is limit for what they can achieve when they rally together.
On the other hand you have the Brooklyn Nets who, in contrast to the Wizards, are coming off of a three-game losing streak. Some may consider the Nets taking this many L’s as a sign that tonight’s game will be an easy win for the district. However, as we’ve seen with the Wizards, a series of losses can be the very catalyst a team needs to spur quality gameplay.
Now, as a Brooklyn native it’s engrained in me to showcase my bias in matters like this, but my affinity for the Wizards supersedes that- Biggie would be so disappointed smh.
But how could anyone blame me?
The Wizards have been giving me more and more hope that they can come out on top this season. Whether or not “on top” for them means a spot in the playoffs seems too early to call at this point, but I most definitely foresee the Wizards proving themselves as worthy adversaries by the time the league starts building the All-Star roster.
The player who I believe will ensure that this is the case is All-Star regular himself, John Wall.
After missing roughly six weeks of the 2017-2018 season, including what would have been his fifth All-Star game, John Wall has proven that he’s not only back, but that he’s still the player that dominated his way into becoming a household name.
And while reporters have been quick to call him out for appearing out of shape or lacking the leadership style deemed necessary to command the Wizards, they fail to mention that Wall is damn near fresh out of recovery and currently averaging 21.1 points per night.
Why does this matter? Despite the barrage of criticism he’s received this season, Wall is only 2 points down from his personal best of 23.1 points, which he achieved during the 2016-2017 season. That needs to be a headline!
Now don’t get me wrong. This isn’t to less count the fact that the Nets have something to prove tonight. They most definitely do! I honestly believe that three consecutive losses is enough to light a fire under any team, however, my faith in the Nets ability to outwork the Wizards just isn’t there. This is a team that has become known for dropping the ball and leaving it there, the latter being something that the Wizards cant quite relate to.
My money is on the Wizards! How about you?