Overnight Champions

The stands at the United Center aren’t empty yet. After losing a third quarter lead, the radio lines in Washington have been lit up with frustrated callers who are incredulous that their miracle team somehow has deficiencies. It’s as if they’ve never seen this team play before today.

****rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb****

My assistant tells me that in fact, no one has actually seen this team play before they actually made the playoffs.

Washingtonians were so enamored at the prospect of having a team in the playoffs for the first time in 8 years, that they conveniently ignored every telltale sign that there was little to no chance they were going to leave the Windy City with two wins.

The playoffs are a new season and the pace of the game changes. A good defense will beat a good offense, and that’s exactly what happened. Washington had every opportunity to gain home court advantage for the first round but could not close out the deal. We limped into the playoffs against a tough hard-nosed team that has a fourth quarter sparkplug in Ben Gordon, who burned us in the fourth again.

Though it’s a disappointing loss, it’s not a crippling one. I for one, think that they ought to be given a parade for the season they’ve had. As a Maryland alum, we’ve seen a lot of bad times and have come to the point where we expect nothing but the best from our teams. The Wizards aren’t at that point yet. Give them a few more seasons to improve on areas that they couldn’t improve on this year, namely defense and having that killer instinct.

1 Comment so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on April 25th, 2005 @ 9:01 am

    Wilbon’s column was pretty rough on the Wiz on Sunday, I thought, pointing out a lot of flaws in their squad, however, it is still nice to have somebody in the playoffs for once.

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