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Wizards at Sixers Pregame: Who Knows Anything Anymore

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Regular Season Game 56

Wizards (26-30) at Sixers (8-49)

February 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

February 5, 2016 – Verizon Center, Chicago: Wizards 106, Sixers 94
Game Notebook 48, Wizards vs. Sixers: It Was A Good Day


What to watch

Who knows?

The Wizards opened up the post-All-Star portion of their season winning 3 of 4 games (their only loss coming on the tail end of a back-to-back-to-back on the road) and things were seemingly veering in a more delightful direction, at least more delightful than they had been before the break. That was until their euphoric little mini-run was tripped up by an invisible cord known as the Bulls B-Squad, a must-win situation against a depleted roster that ended up in a humiliating loss, and now everything seems a mess again.

And I really mean everything. Since that abysmal night in Chicago, we’ve heard John Wall bitching about the lack of admiration he feels in DC. Some of us were brave enough to listen to Stephen A. Smith bark unsparingly about John Wall not being a top 3 point guard in the league. David Aldridge explained how the Wizards failed miserably with their practice facility plans, and how it’s only one of the many reasons why Kevin Durant will choose NOT to join the Wizards this summer. Zach Lowe and Amin Elhassan sounded off on Randy Wittman, mentioning how Witt still uses Flip’s old, archaic playbook that isn’t remotely on par with modern day basketball (click here and go to the 34 minute mark). This is truly molding into a wasted season, no matter how much John Wall wishes it wasn’t.

I guess this is the part where I say, hey at least we’re not the Sixers, right? Let’s talk about the Sixers real briefly. The Sixers have lost 6 straight and 11 of their last 13 games. They’ve allowed 119.8 PPG in their previous 5 games. They’ve won 8 games all season.

Tonight’s match will be a midseason consolation prize for one of these teams. I just really can’t call who.


Key Matchup

The Wizards vs. the names on backs of jerseys

If you’re wondering what the hell this means, here’s a hint:

As we all have realized, under the Wittman regime, the Wizards have attained a terrible habit of dumbing down to their competition. And I don’t really understand who they think they are when they play with that kind of mindset. Here’s Bradley Beal admitting to it as well:

Few things in sports infuriate me more than when a team neglects and underestimates the challenges they face, whatever or whoever it may be. Especially when they’re not even remotely as formidable enough to play that way. The Wizards are playing with a super-inefficient defense, a highly predictable offense, coated with a spread of unbreakable inconsistency, and they’re still 3 games out of the 8th seed.


X-factor

John Wall.

Anytime I bring up John Wall as the game’s x-factor, know that it’s probably because he’s coming off one of those forgetful games that reminded us how vital it is for him to perform at a high level in order for the Wizards to be successful. John was a pedestrian defensively against the Bulls (ask E’Twaun Moore and Aaron Brooks), and didn’t produce nearly enough offensively (shot just 6-15; had only 7 assists). John simply cannot overlook his opponents tonight. He cannot underestimate a free-spirited, nothing-to-lose type squad in Philly, because that is exactly where he and the Wizards get trapped. John Wall has the healthiest support cast he’s had all season, and faces one of the easiest remaining schedules in the league. He’s got to start taking heads NOW.


Fun Factor:

Welcome to DC, J.J. Hickson! One thing I do after the Wizards sign a new guy is peruse their Twitter and other social media accounts just to get a feel for their personality. Judging by his Twitter account, Hickson seems like a solid dude to have around:

Here he is inviting ladies to a team meeting:

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Here he is rating restaurants:

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And you gotta love a guy who looks out for his bros against traffic cops:

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Prediction

The Wizards refuse to look at any names on the backs of Sixer jerseys. John Wall takes a few heads. Wizards win the consolation prize.

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