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Wizards at Nets Pregame: Calling For Kelly

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Regular Season Game 81

Wizards (39-41) at Nets (21-59)

April 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

March 14, 2016 ā€“ Verizon Center: Wizards 124, Pistons 81
RECAP: Wall-less Wizards Net a Win off of Brooklyn


What to watch

Preferably something else.

The Wizards, as you are painfully aware of now, will not be participating in the NBA postseason. Moreover, they’ll likely be closing out this shit show of a campaign without John Wall, and with a bunch of dudes who won’t be under contract come July. So unless you’re all about getting your last fix of Nene, or you have some weird interest in Marcus Thornton, this is a game you watch when Impractical Jokers is on a commercial break.


Key Matchup

Our pierced emotions vs. harsh reality

We can clown this team all we want about the shortcomings of a season full of high expectations; or about a coaching staff that failed the franchise player; or about the general dearth of proper execution of basketball operations that has left this franchise in a perpetual spiral of mediocrity for the past 13 seasons. Unfortunately, none of it will wipe out the deep affliction of malaise being suffered by Wizards fans as we endure the reality of a season gone to waste. A season that will not feature John Wall in the playoffs. A season that cannot end soon enough.


X-factor

Kelly Oubre’s minutes.

For me, Kelly Oubre is quite frankly the only reason why this game draws any interest to me. I know Ramon Sessions has been balling in Wall’s absence (I don’t mind him returning as the backup point guard next season). Otto Porter is still putting in work. I really don’t care to watch Jared Dudley and Garrett Temple in meaningless games.

This is simply Oubre’s time to shine. He needs to be on the floor for at least 40 minutes in each of the last two games and I can’t think of a single reason why he shouldn’t. Oubre has been assed out of playing time for much of his rookie season, totaling just 10.1 minutes per game, spurred by the dismal 4.2 minutes per game he played in February and March. Oubre’s elusive playing time this season has put a damper on his prodcution. Literally every time he steps on the floor, I imagine a sad child whose strict overprotective parents finally let him out to play. And then when he does come out to play, it’s like his first time every time.

To our dismay, Wittman continued to troll us with his minutes allocation in the Charlotte game, leaving Marcus Thornton on the floor for 31 minutes while Oubre played just 17. If there is any part of this season left that could provide us some spec promise for the future, it is setting Oubre free on the floor for extended minutes to see what exactly said future holds for him.


Fun Factor:

Happy birthday Ramon Sessions, whose spirit Nickelodeon character is Tommy from Rugrats.

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Prediction

Kelly Oubre plays 30 minutes. Ramon Sessions gets a birthday win.

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