On a night where the attention of a majority of DC sports enthusiasts was veered towards a baseball playoff series-deciding Game 5 being played across town over at Nationals Park, the Washington Wizards took to the court at the Verizon Center for their fourth preseason match and second against the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to the official box score, there were just over 10,000 eff’s not given about baseball at Verizon. Some were not given because “America’s Favorite Past Time” simply isn’t every American’s favorite past time, while others weren’t given because there wasn’t enough wealth to attend such an extraordinary sporting event with high stakes, like this Wizards super-fan and Lord Of Signage:
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) October 14, 2016
In the end, as is inevitable, #DCSports gonna #DCSports. The Nats’ season came down to one final Clayton Kershaw pitch, and they couldn’t overcome.
The good news is, as one local professional sports team is ousted, another has already begun their quest to pick up the pieces. The Wizards blew out the Sixers last night. Here are the important takeaways:
#ICYMI: John Wall is back.
Oh he is so back. Aside from a moment in which he channeled a 2009 version of himself on a fast break, Wall is looking more and more locked in and poised after his double knee surgery earlier this summer. He led a defensive onslaught with 3 steals (team finished with 22 total steals), which led to plenty of fast break points. He also added nine dimes and this informal burial of Jerami Grant, who was put in a box right in front of his own father, Harvey:
Andrew Nicholson, The Hustler.
Quite a bit has been pondered about Nicholson’s role on the Wizards. We knew he’d be a presence down low with his 250 pound frame. But we also knew that he was looking to expand his role as a stretch big. After all, who wouldn’t want to venture into making more money playing alongside John Wall? In his first two preseason games with the Wizards, Nicholson was seemingly searching for his groove on floor, totaling just 15 points, 8 rebounds and making just one of five 3-point shots. Against the Sixers, Andrew found that groove, monstrously owning the glass in the first quarter with 7 rebounds (he finished with 12), and went 3-for-5 from the 3-point line.
Big Panda Eats!
Remember this cute message?
— John Wall (@JohnWall) October 11, 2016
Well, everybody eats for sure, and Brad Beal certainly got his last night. Beal shut this game down in the 3rd quarter, scoring 20 of his 22 points on 5-for-6 shooting from downtown in just 7 minutes.
Beal is continuing to make progress in his development as a star guard in this league and will particularly need to do so more now that Ted has filled up his pockets. Beal, who obviously doesn’t “want to get hurt,” also has everyone’s eyes peering at him hoping that is exactly what he doesn’t do. Good health and extra cash is the path that will take Beal to the next level, and while he’s on it, we should continue to see him make sexy plays on the court.