Boston: 94.5 points/100 possessions (28th)
Washington: 90.0 points/100 possessions (26)
Boston: 108.4 points allowed/100 possessions (24th)
Washington: 101.8 points allowed/100 possessions (12th)
Probable Wiz starters: AJ Price (PG), Bradley Emmanuel Beal (SG), Trevor Ariza (SF), Trevor Fitzgerald Booker (PF), Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi Okafor (C)
View from the Opposing Bench: Truth About It
A few days ago a friend and I got into a discussion about the vote where the Washington Bullets changed their name to the Wizards 16 years ago. The conclusion was that all of the other names must have been extremely horrible for “Wizards” to actually win. Here’s what they were choosing between at the time:
Stallions: Bleh. All horse-related names are stupid.
Express: Intensely boring. Makes me think of airport food courts.
Sea Dogs: So goofy it’s almost okay. In retrospect, still good that they didn’t go with it, because you don’t want your joke team to have a joke name also.
Dragons: I was ten at the time and I remember pulling pretty hard for this one. So: dumb.
Look at those bad names! They may have chosen the best one! 1996 was an interesting time.
The Celtics played these Wizards on Saturday, and now draw them again because a scheduler made a copy-paste mistake. It’s a great opportunity to work out the hitches in the offense and to shore up the defense against a team that is not at all good at either — even with their two best players John Wall and Nene, both still out.
On Saturday, Boston was largely in control, apart from a couple long stretches of offensive impotence and blown rotations that allowed the Wizards to stay in it. Tonight’s game is unlikely to feature any more intensity than the last one did, but either outcome could be good for the team: a win gives them an even record and that much more experience, and a loss forces Doc Rivers to evaluate his personnel and how to use them efficiently.
The game is also in Boston, so maybe Romney will show up, now that he’s got some time to chill. He seems like he probably loves NBA basketball.