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Watching the Wizards — from a distance

Posted on 08 May 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

It’s hard not to watch the Wizards’ playoff run.

They’re young.  They’re exciting.  They’re from Washington.

This is Baltimore.  Just down Interstate-95, about 35-minutes south, is Washington.  Baltimore isn’t Washington–and the Wizards aren’t the hometown team.

For a decade, the Civic Center–Baltimore Areana/First Mariner Arena–housed the red-white-and-blue uniforms that represented the city’s NBA franchise.  And then, after the 1973 season, they whisked away to the greener pastures of the Washington DC suburbs of Landover.

And, like that, the Bullets were no longer property of Baltimore.

Though the franchise made an effort to travel to Charm City for several home-games each year, it was never quite right; almost like having dinner with an ex-girlfriend who says she’s confused and needs space, but you know she’s been sleeping with some other guy for quite some time.

On a personal level, a kid like me never knew any better.  Born in 1983,  I knew nothing other than vivid memories of Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, told to me by my basketball-crazed father.

Sure, as a kid we watched the Bullets on Home-Team-Sports (big-time throwback), and we went to any games that the team played in Baltimore–even though it was routinely against bottom-feeders like the Barkley-less-Sixers, the Laettner-led Timberwolves, or the JV team that used to be the New Jersey Nets.

Rex Chapman bombing threes over Hersey Hawkins, or Pervis Ellison going body-to-body with Dwayne Schintzius, wasn’t exactly a premier brand of basketball–but it was all Baltimore had.

As a kid, it was perfectly acceptable to run around the Bear Creek and West Inverness playgrounds with a handmade Tom Gugliotta jersey while bellowing out “Guuuuuuuugs.”

Ah, but ignorance is bliss.  As time went on, it became more and more apparent that the Bullets couldn’t really care less about Baltimore.

Even though mainstays like Wes Unseld and Phil Chenier claimed love for Baltimore and its fans who created a college-type of atmosphere, the organization decided that in 1997, it was the end of the yearly trips to Baltimore–officially closing the door on memory lane.

By 1998, the re-branded Wizards took to the court at the newly constructed MCI Center in the heart of one of the worst crime-laden neighborhoods in our Nation’s Capital.  And, even though Baltimore has been the backdrop of drug-infested war-stories like HBO’s The Wire, try and convince a Dundalkian, Overlean, or Parkvillian to venture into DC.

You’d have a better chance of convincing a Fallston girl to leave a Fed Hill bar and go to a keg-party in a Dundalk basement.

And that’s just it.  It’s not that Baltimore and its fans lost interest in the Bullets-turned-Wizards.  It’s that the franchise lost interest in its roots.

The official statements that the organization made and would continue to make if anyone still asked the question, would be that they aren’t going to keep piling into a dilapidated arena when they have a newer facility less-than-an-hour away.

But there’s more to the story than that; perhaps most importantly, it’s not the arena that the Bullets-Wizards franchise shunned, it’s the fans.

The fans of Baltimore who had memories of Gus Johnson and Elvin Hayes.  The fans who clamored to get tickets to watch a couple of games per year from obstructed view seats.  The fans who still think that the Wizards are part of Baltimore.

And that’s what it’s become.  A fallacy of what once was.

These days, as a kids who never really knew the Bullets like my dad did, I watch the Wizards and appreciate their youthful enthusiasm and the growing chemistry of budding superstars like Bradley Beal and John Wall.

But I look at them as I look at Oklahoma City’s franchise; or Indiana’s, or Brooklyn’s.

This is Baltimore.  And while it’s certainly understandable to like the Wizards and enjoy their run in the playoffs, it’s important to remember, they’re Washington’s team–not Baltimore’s.

Baltimore is watching–albeit from a distance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Schedule set for Wizards/Pacers semifinal series

Posted on 04 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Here is the full schedule for the Washington Wizards/Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinal series, courtesy of Monumental Network:

GAME 1: Monday – May 5 – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 7pm – TNT

GAME 2: Wednesday – May 7 – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 7pm – TNT

GAME 3: Friday – May 9 – Pacers @ Wizards – Verizon Center – 8pm – ESPN

GAME 4: Sunday – May 11 – Pacers @ Wizards – Verizon Center – 8pm – TNT

GAME 5*: Tuesday – May 13 – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Time TBD – TNT

GAME 6*: Thursday – May 15 – Pacers @ Wizards – Verizon Center – Time TBD – ESPN

GAME 7*: Sunday – May 18th – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Time TBD – TV TBD

*if necessary

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Capitals trade G Halak to Islanders for draft pick

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have acquired a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for the rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak, assistant general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. The fourth-round selection was acquired by New York from Chicago.

Halak, 28, posted a 29-13-7 record with five shutouts, a 2.25 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 52 games with Washington and St. Louis this season. The Bratislava, Slovakia, native was acquired by the Capitals from Buffalo with a third-round choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla on March 5, 2014. Halak has registered a 144-85-29 record in his career with 30 shutouts, a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Saturday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tennis: ATP Tour Mutua Madrid Open (Tuesday-Sunday from Madrid live on Tennis Channel)

10. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday Downtown Towson); Ocean City Springfest (Thursday-Sunday Ocean City Inlet); Kevin Nealon (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Kinetic Sculpture Race (Saturday American Visionary Art Museum); The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Walk of Shame” out in theaters (Friday); Legend of Hercules” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Kevin Nealon is such an underrated part of the greatness of the Chris Farley Chippendale’s sketch.

I could use some more Emma Stone in my life.

9. Against Me! (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), All Time Low (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Rob Zombie (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sevendust (Friday 9:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ledisi (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. 311/SOJA/KONGOS/Cage The Elephant/J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Saturday 1:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ben Kweller (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Iggy Azalea (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Black Label Society (Monday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); CHVRCHES (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Future Islands (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Nickel Creek (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dave Grohl (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); Three Dog Night (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Pat McGee Band (Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); David Gray (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Saliva (Saturday 9pm Fish Head Cantina); Ray LaMontagne “Supernova”Old 97′s “Most Messed Up”Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”Chris Robinson “Phosphorescent Harvest” and Johnnyswim “Diamonds” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Support our boys in All Time Low. They’re good boys.

Sometimes I forget how much I freaking love some Against Me tunes.

Would it be awkward for me to leave Kerfuffle hours early after J. Roddy???

Ozomatli is a damn fine way to celebrate Cinco.

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Ravens among top ten “smartest spenders” in all of sports according to Bloomberg

Posted on 24 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Rays Lead Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Smartest Spenders in Sports” 2014 Ranking

 

“Efficiency Index” ranks how well all 122 franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB turned wages into wins over last five seasons

 

NEW YORK (April 24, 2014) – Today Bloomberg Businessweek released its Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014 ranking of all 122 franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB, rating them based on how much they spent in player payroll for every win during the last five seasons. The NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks come in #1 thanks to their five playoff trips, two Stanley Cups, and placing 13th in spending. The Blackhawks are followed by MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals at #2, NHL’s Boston Bruins at #3, NFL’s New England Patriots at #4, and MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays at #5. Coming in last on the ranking at #122 is MLB’s Chicago Cubs, with an average five-year payroll of nearly $120 million and no post-season victories during that time. The Smartest Spenders in Sports is online now at businessweek.com at http://buswk.co/SmartSports2014, and will be in the new issue of the magazine on newsstands tomorrow, Friday, April 25, 2014.

 

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ira Boudway and Evan Applegate compared each team against the average price per win in its league to produce a score called the “efficiency index”: The less a team spends compared to its peers, the lower its score. Playoff victories and championships get extra weight. Boudway is available for interviews as well.

 

Payroll data come from the best available published sources. Season records included for the NHL and NBA were from 2008-9 to 2012-13; records included for the NFL and MLB were from 2009-13. Playoff wins count for 10 percent of a season (e.g., 16.2 wins in baseball); Wild Card wins get half credit; Championships count for 50 percent of a season (81 wins in baseball).

 
Rounding out the top 10 teams on Bloomberg Businessweek’s Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014 ranking after the #1 Chicago Blackhawks (efficiency index: -1.59), St. #2 Louis Cardinals (ei: -1.55), #3 Boston Bruins (ei: -1.50), #4 New England Patriots (ei: -1.46) and #5 Tampa Bay Rays (ei: -1.43) are: #6 NBA’s Miami Heat (ei: -1.39), #7 NFL’s Baltimore Ravens (ei: -1.38), #8 NFL’s Green Bay Packers (ei: -1.38), #9 MLB’s San Francisco Giants, and #10 MLB’s Texas Rangers. Joining the Chicago Cubs (efficiency index: 2.61) in the bottom 10 least efficient spenders are #121 NHL’s Edmonton Oilers (ei: 2.21), #120 NBA’s Washington Wizards (ei: 2.17), #119 NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves (ei: 2.14), #118 MLB’s New York Mets (ei: 2.03), #117 NFL’s St. Louis Rams (ei: 2.02), #116 NFL’s Cleveland Browns (ei: 1.97), #115 NFL’s Washington Redskins (ei: 1.85), #114 NBA’s Sacramento Kings (ei: 1.60), #113 NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets (ei: 1.56) and #112 MLB’s Chicago White Sox (ei: 1.53).

 

An interactive version of the Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014 index is available on businessweek.com. Readers can sort the rankings by league and adjust the weights with their own values to see how the rankings change.

 

NOTABLE FINDINGS FROM BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK’S Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014:
By League:

 

MLB: Top team is the St. Louis Cardinals (#2); least efficient is the Chicago Cubs (#122)

NFL: Top team is the New England Patriots (#4); least efficient is the St. Louis Rams (#117)

NBA: Top team is the Miami Heat (#6); least efficient is the Washington Wizards (#120)

NHL: Top team is the Chicago Blackhawks (#1); least efficient is the Edmonton Oilers (#121)
By Market:
Boston: Three Boston area teams make the top 25 – The Bruins at #3, Patriots at #4, and Celtics at #23 – while the Red Sox come in at #86, due to their lost 2012 season.
ChicagoChicago teams claim the first and last spots on this year’s ranking – the Blackhawks are #1 and the Cubs are #122. The Bulls are #27, Bears are #57, and the White Sox are #112.
Los Angeles: The City of Angels sees the LA Kings at #13, Lakers at #18, Anaheim Ducks at #56, Clippers at #68, Dodgers at #80, and Angels at #102.

New York AreaNo New York area teams rank in the top 30, and five of the area’s nine teams rank in the bottom half of the list. The New York Giants are #32, New Jersey Devils are #43, New York Rangers are #47, New York Jets are #50, Knicks are #77, Islanders are #91, Yankees are #92, Brooklyn Nets are #98, and the Mets are #118.
Washington DC/ Baltimore: Washington is the only market to have two teams in the bottom 10 slots: The Redskins are #115 – and one of the three worst franchises in the NFL – and the Washington Wizards are #120. The Baltimore Ravens are #7, Washington Capitals are #30, Washington Nationals are #58, and the Baltimore Orioles are #70.

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 will get you “ice’d”

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 will get you “ice’d”

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

We’ve been doing this for nearly four months now. I think you know how it works.

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. We’re having some fun with our own Sweet 16 by tackling some “water cooler” topics that we’ve discussed during the course of the WNST era.

Oddly enough, this is the 16th week in our 16th year and we’re tackling our 16th topic. Also odd? My favorite actress is Molly Ringwald! Would you believe that?

If you missed any of our first 15 topics, here’s a look back.

(The “Sweet 16″ is driven by our friends at Jerry’s Automotive-Jerry’s Chevrolet & Jerry’s Toyota Scion!)

Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

So we have to admit this didn’t really play out the way we had hoped it would up to this point. You see, when we cooked up these #WNSTSweet16 ideas we thought the Washington Capitals would be in the throws of a first round matchup in the NHL Playoffs. I mean, it’s been seven years since this has happened and all. We were pretty confident that hockey would be fresh on the minds of a number of Baltimore sports fans.

So can we just pretend like that actually happened? It will make this list a bit more relevant.

The NHL Playoffs have been GREAT thus far, with many overtimes allowing fans additional time to figure out where CNBC is on their cable package. Despite the Caps falling short of the postseason, this week’s list has a hockey twist.

Drew Forrester takes the reigns again for the #WNSTSweet16 this week, recognizing the Sweet 16 “Greatest Players in Washington Capitals history.”

You don’t necessarily HAVE to be a Caps fan to be able to get in on the fun-you simply have to have an opinion.

How does the team’s current MVP (Alex Ovechkin) rate against some of the franchise’s best ever-like Dale Hunter, Rod Langway, Yvon Labre or Mike Gartner? Where does Peter Bondra fall on this list? What about goaltenders like Olaf Kolzig or Jim Carey? Who else from the Ovechkin-era Capitals needs to be a part of the sixteen? Nicklas Backstrom? Mike Green? Alex Semin?

Drew cares about this type of stuff as much as anyone I know but he needs your help. As always, we’re not just trying to make Drew’s list, we’re trying to make something as close to an “official” list as we’re capable of.

Drew wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours” with Nestor Aparicio.

Consider this one final opportunity to enjoy Caps hockey for the season. And considering how things went, this will probably end up being much more enjoyable than anything else that happened during the course of the year. (As Drew and Ian Eagle might say: “It’s not a low blow, it’s just a fact.”)

This is your chance to make your voice heard. Who are the greatest players in the history of the Washington Capitals? Let Drew know!

-G

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Bovada gives Wizards 17/10 odds to upset Bulls

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship     

Miami Heat                                2/1

San Antonio Spurs                    3/1

Oklahoma City Thunder              4/1

Indiana Pacers                          6/1

Los Angeles Clippers                9/1

Houston Rockets                      20/1

Brooklyn Nets                           25/1

Golden State Warriors               28/1

Chicago Bulls                            40/1

Portland Trailblazers                  40/1

Dallas Mavericks                       66/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     66/1

Toronto Raptors                        66/1

Washington Wizards                  150/1

Atlanta Hawks                           250/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     250/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference         

Miami Heat                                2/3

Indiana Pacers                          2/1

Brooklyn Nets                           9/1

Chicago Bulls                            12/1

Toronto Raptors                        20/1

Washington Wizards                  50/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     75/1

Atlanta Hawks                           100/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference        

San Antonio Spurs                    3/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              2/1

Los Angeles Clippers               9/2

Houston Rockets                      9/1

Golden State Warriors               14/1

Portland Trailblazers                  18/1

Dallas Mavericks                       33/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     33/1

 

2014 NBA Championship Exact Matchup

Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs                      3/1

Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder                4/1

Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers                  8/1

Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets                         14/1

Miami Heat vs Golden State Warriors                 22/1

Miami Heat vs Portland Trailblazers                    28/1

Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks                         50/1

Miami Heat vs Memphis Grizzlies                       50/1

Indiana Pacers vs San Antonio Spurs                 13/2

Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder           8/1

Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Clippers             14/1

Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets                   28/1

Indiana Pacers vs Golden State Warriors            40/1

Indiana Pacers vs Portland Trailblazers               50/1

Indiana Pacers vs Dallas Mavericks                    100/1

Indiana Pacers vs Memphis Grizzlies                  100/1

Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs                  20/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Oklahoma City Thunder           25/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Clippers              50/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Houston Rockets                    75/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Golden State Warriors             100/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Trailblazers                150/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Dallas Mavericks                     300/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Memphis Grizzlies                   300/1

Chicago Bulls vs San Antonio Spurs                  30/1

Chicago Bulls vs Oklahoma City Thunder            33/1

Chicago Bulls vs Los Angeles Clippers              66/1

Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets                    100/1

Chicago Bulls vs Golden State Warriors             175/1

Chicago Bulls vs Portland Trailblazers                200/1

Chicago Bulls vs Dallas Mavericks                     400/1

Chicago Bulls vs Memphis Grizzlies                   400/1

Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs               50/1

Toronto Raptors vs Oklahoma City Thunder        60/1

Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Clippers           100/1

Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets                 200/1

Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors          300/1

Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trailblazers             350/1

Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks                 700/1

Toronto Raptors vs Memphis Grizzlies                700/1

Washington Wizards vs San Antonio Spurs        125/1

Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder  150/1

Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Clippers     275/1

Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets           500/1

Washington Wizards vs Golden State Warriors    700/1

Washington Wizards vs Portland Trailblazers      900/1

Washington Wizards vs Dallas Mavericks           1500/1

Washington Wizards vs Memphis Grizzlies          1500/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs San Antonio Spurs            175/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Oklahoma City Thunder     225/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Los Angeles Clippers        400/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Houston Rockets              750/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Golden State Warriors       1000/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Portland Trailblazers          1250/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Dallas Mavericks               2000/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Memphis Grizzlies             2000/1

Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs                  250/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Oklahoma City Thunder           300/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Clippers              500/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets                    1000/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Golden State Warriors             1500/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Portland Trailblazers                1750/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Dallas Mavericks                    2000/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Memphis Grizzlies                   2000/1

 

NBA SERIES PRICES

Atlanta Hawks (Series Prices)                 +425     (17/4)

Indiana Pacers (Series Prices)                -650     (2/13)

 

Charlotte Bobcats (Series Price)             +1000   (10/1)

Miami Heat (Series Price)                       -2500   (1/25)

 

Brooklyn Nets (Series Prices)                 -160     (5/8)

Toronto Raptors (Series Prices)             +140     (7/5)

 

Washington Wizards (Series Prices)       +170     (17/10)

Chicago Bulls (Series Prices)                 -200     (1/2)

 

Dallas Mavericks (Series Prices)            +550     (11/2)

San Antonio Spurs (Series Prices)          -900     (1/9)

 

Memphis Grizzlies (Series Prices)           +300     (3/1)

Oklahoma City Thunder (Series Prices)   -420     (5/21)

 

Golden State Warriors (Series Prices)     +300     (3/1)

Los Angeles Clippers (Series Prices)      -400     (1/4)

 

Portland Trail Blazers (Series Prices)      +180     (9/5)

Houston Rockets (Series Prices)            – 220     (5/11)

 

 

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers

Atlanta Hawks (Series Prices)                 +425     (17/4)

Indiana Pacers (Series Prices)                -650     (2/13)

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Exact Series Result           

Indiana Pacers win 4-0               4/1

Indiana Pacers win 4-1               3/2

Indiana Pacers win 4-2               4/1

Indiana Pacers win 4-3               19/4

Atlanta Hawks win 4-0                66/1

Atlanta Hawks win 4-1                33/1

Atlanta Hawks win 4-2                12/1

Atlanta Hawks win 4-3                16/1

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Total Games in Series       

4                      7/2

5                      3/2

6                      3/1

7                      7/2

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Paul George        

Over/Under                               22

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Paul George  

Over/Under                               7

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – David West          

Over/Under                               15

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – David West    

Over/Under                               7

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Lance Stephenson          

Over/Under                               14

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Lance Stephenson    

Over/Under                               7

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – George Hill         

Over/Under                               10½

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Paul Millsap        

Over/Under                               17

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Paul Millsap  

Over/Under                               8

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jeff Teague         

Over/Under                               15½

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Jeff Teague        

Over/Under                               6

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kyle Korver         

Over/Under                               11

 

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat

Charlotte Bobcats (Series Price)             +1000   (10/1)

Miami Heat (Series Price)                       -2500   (1/25)

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Total Games in Series

4                      3/2

5                      3/2

6                      5/1

7                      7/1

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – LeBron James

Over/Under                               28

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – LeBron James           

Over/Under                               7½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Assists Per Game – LeBron James   

Over/Under                               7

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Dwyane Wade     

Over/Under                               19

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Chris Bosh          

Over/Under                               16

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Chris Bosh    

Over/Under                               6½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Mario Chalmers  

Over/Under                               10

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Al Jefferson        

Over/Under                               23

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Al Jefferson   

Over/Under                               10½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kemba Walker     

Over/Under                               17½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Kemba Walker   

Over/Under                               6

 

Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors

Brooklyn Nets (Series Prices)                 -160     (5/8)

Toronto Raptors (Series Prices)             +140     (7/5)

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Exact Series Result         

Toronto win 4-0                         14/1

Toronto win 4-1                         11/2

Toronto win 4-2                         9/2

Toronto win 4-3                         9/2

Brooklyn Nets win 4-0                12/1

Brooklyn Nets win 4-1                11/2

Brooklyn Nets win 4-2                4/1

Brooklyn Nets win 4-3                4/1

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Total Games in Series    

4                      6/1

5                      5/2

6                      2/1

7                      2/1

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – DeMar DeRozan

Over/Under                               24

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kyle Lowry       

Over/Under                               19

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Kyle Lowry      

Over/Under                               7½

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jonas Valanciunas       

Over/Under                               12½

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Jonas Valanciunas  

Over/Under                               9

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Terrence Ross

Over/Under                               12

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Joe Johnson     

Over/Under                               16½

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Deron Williams 

Over/Under                               17

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Deron Williams

Over/Under                               6

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Paul Pierce       

Over/Under                               14½

 

Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls

Washington Wizards (Series Prices)       +170     (17/10)

Chicago Bulls (Series Prices)                 -200     (1/2)

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Total Games in Series          

4                      6/1

5                      5/2

6                      2/1

7                      2/1

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jimmy Butler         

Over/Under                               14

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Joakim Noah          

Over/Under                               13½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Joakim Noah    

Over/Under                               11½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Joakim Noah    

Over/Under                               6.5

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Taj Gibson 

Over/Under                               13

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Carlos Boozer        

Over/Under                               12½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Carlos Boozer  

Over/Under                               8

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Mike Dunleavy       

Over/Under                               12

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – John Wall  

Over/Under                               20½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Assists Per Game – John Wall

Over/Under                               8

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Bradley Beal          

Over/Under                               16½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Marcin Gortat         

Over/Under                               13

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Marcin Gortat

Over/Under                               9

 

Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs

Dallas Mavericks (Series Prices)            +550     (11/2)

San Antonio Spurs (Series Prices)          -900     (1/9)

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Exact Series Result

San Antonio Spurs win 4-0                     11/4

San Antonio Spurs win 4-1                     3/2

San Antonio Spurs win 4-2                     7/2

San Antonio Spurs win 4-3                     6/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-0                        100/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-1                        50/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-2                        12/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-3                        16/1

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Total Games in Series        

4                      5/2

5                      3/2

6                      7/2

7                      9/2

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Tony Parker         

Over/Under                               17½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Tim Duncan         

Over/Under                               16

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Tim Duncan    

Over/Under                               10

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kawhi Leonard     

Over/Under                               13½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Kawhi Leonard           

Over/Under                               6½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Manu Ginobili      

Over/Under                               12½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Dirk Nowitzki        

Over/Under                               22

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Dirk Nowitzki  

Over/Under                               6½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Monta Ellis           

Over/Under                               18½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Monta Ellis         

Over/Under                               5

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Vince Carter         

Over/Under                               12

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jose Calderon      

Over/Under                               11

 

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Memphis Grizzlies (Series Prices)                       +300     (3/1)

Oklahoma City Thunder (Series Prices)               -420     (5/21)

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Exact Series Result  

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-0              9/2

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-1              2/1

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-2              13/4

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-3              4/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-0                      66/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-1                      33/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-2                      7/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-3                      12/1

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Total Games in Series          

4                      4/1

5                      9/5

6                      5/2

7                      11/4

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kevin Durant          

Over/Under                               32½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Kevin Durant    

Over/Under                               7

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Russell Westbrook 

Over/Under                               21½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Kevin Durant         

Over/Under                               5.5

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Russell Westbrook

Over/Under                               7

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Serge Ibaka

Over/Under                               15

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Serge Ibaka      

Over/Under                               8½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Zach Randolph      

Over/Under                               18½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Zach Randolph 

Over/Under                               10

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Mike Conley           

Over/Under                               16½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Mike Conley          

Over/Under                               6

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Marc Gasol

Over/Under                               15

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Marc Gasol       

Over/Under                               8

 

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Golden State Warriors (Series Prices)                 +300     (3/1)

Los Angeles Clippers (Series Prices)                  -400     (1/4)

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Exact Series Result

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-0                 11/2

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-1                 2/1

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-2                 4/1

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-3                 7/2

Golden State Warriors win 4-0                40/1

Golden State Warriors win 4-1                20/1

Golden State Warriors win 4-2                6/1

Golden State Warriors win 4-3                12/1

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Total Games in Series        

4                      4/1

5                      2/1

6                      5/2

7                      5/2

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Blake Griffin         

Over/Under                               24½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Blake Griffin   

Over/Under                               9½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Chris Paul

Over/Under                               18½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Chris Paul           

Over/Under                               10½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – J.J. Redick           

Over/Under                               15½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – DeAndre Jordan   

Over/Under                               11

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – DeAndre Jordan           

Over/Under                               13½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Stephen Curry      

Over/Under                               25

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Stephen Curry     

Over/Under                               8

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – David Lee 

Over/Under                               18½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – David Lee       

Over/Under                               9½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Klay Thompson    

Over/Under                               18

 

Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets

Portland Trail Blazers (Series Prices)                  +180     (9/5)

Houston Rockets (Series Prices)                        – 220     (5/11)

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Exact Series Result

Houston Rockets win 4-0                       13/2

Houston Rockets win 4-1                       4/1

Houston Rockets win 4-2                       3/1

Houston Rockets win 4-3                       5/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-0                   20/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-1                   10/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-2                   6/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-3                   5/1

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Total Games in Series   

4                      4/1

5                      3/1

6                      2/1

7                      2/1

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – James Harden  

Over/Under                               26½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Assists Per Game – James Harden

Over/Under                               6

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Dwight Howard

Over/Under                               18½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Dwight Howard      

Over/Under                               12½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Chandler Parsons        

Over/Under                               16½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – LaMarcus Aldridge      

Over/Under                               23½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – LaMarcus Aldridge 

Over/Under                               10½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Damian Lillard 

Over/Under                               20½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Wesley Matthews         

Over/Under                               16½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Nicolas Batum 

Over/Under                               14

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Driesell, Weller, Kolzig to receive Hall of Fame honors

Posted on 16 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Maryland basketball coaches Lefty Driesell and Chris Weller, in addition to the “Voice of the Terrapins” Johnny Holliday, have been named as part of a seven-member class in the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.

The honorees be honored during pregame festivities prior to the Washington Nationals series finale against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, April 27 at Nationals Park. This year, the renowned sports club will enshrine the following inductees:

o   Charles “Lefty” Driesell – Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Maryland

o   Johnny Holliday – Sports Broadcaster, Voice of Maryland football & basketball and Nats Xtra television host on MASN

o   Olaf “Olie” Kolzig – Former Goalie, Washington Capitals

o   George Solomon – Former Sports Editor, The Washington Post

o   Theodore N. Lerner – Managing Principal Owner, Washington Nationals

o   Michael Weiss – Olympic and Professional Figure Skater

o   Chris Weller – Former Women’s Head Basketball Coach, University of Maryland

These honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the Nation’s Capital. They will join a select group of Washington-area standout athletes and sports personalities already in the Hall of Fame, including Sammy Baugh, James Brown, Dominique Dawes, Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson, Sonny Jurgensen, Morgan Wootten, Bob Wolff and many others.

Each new inductee will receive a Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction during the pregame ceremony, and their names will be added to the large Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park, located on the side of Garage B facing the field.

“As a native Washingtonian, and a huge sports fan, it is a thrill to induct this new class of honorees into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame,” said Charlie Brotman, co-chair of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame and Founder/CEO of Brotman-Winter-Fried (a division of Sage Communications). “We now have more than 100 members in this exclusive club, all of whom have helped further the high standards of athletics in the Greater Washington community.”

Driesell won 348 games in 17 seasons (1969-86) as head coach of the Maryland men’s basketball team, building the Terrapins into a perennial ACC contender. He developed such players as Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King and Buck Williams.

Under the guidance of Driesell, Maryland won the National Invitational Tournament in 1972 and the ACC Tournament Championship in 1984.

In 27 seasons (1975-2002) as head coach of the women’s basketball team, Weller guided her alma mater to a national title game and three Final Four appearances. Her Maryland teams enjoyed national rankings in 18 seasons and she engineered an unprecedented eight ACC titles.

Weller coached four All-Americans (Vicky Bullett, Jasmina Perazic, Debbie Lytle, Deanna Tate) and amassed 499 wins at the helm.

Holliday joined the Terrapin Sports Radio Network in 1979 and has called some of the most memorable moments in Maryland sports history. He called four ACC football title and seven bowl wins, in addition to men’s basketball’s 2002 national championship seasons and the 2004 ACC Tournament title.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Columbus Crew (Saturday 7:30pm from Columbus live on MLS Direct Kick); Tennis: ATP Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 6am Saturday 7:30am Sunday 9am from Monte-Carlo live on Tennis Channel)

10. PEEPShow (Tuesday-Monday Carroll Arts Center); Spring Football Festival (Saturday 12pm McHenry Row); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday Baltimore Museum of Industry); Baltimore Green Week (Saturday-Monday throughout Charm City); “Transcendence” out in theaters (Friday); Philomena“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “The Nut Job” and “Ride Along” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Here’s your annual reminder that there’s only one thing that matters on Easter (despite the fact that Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs and Staburst Jelly Beans are the vastly superior Easter candies)…

Yes, it’s Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict and it’s more important than anything else.

9. Pat Green (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Alter Bridge (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Eric Hutchinson/Saints of Valory (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Charm City Devils (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Keller Williams (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); French Montana (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Saturday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Cloud Nothings (Wednesday 8pm Black Cat), Andrew WK (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Stephen Marley (Thursday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Local H (Saturday 6:30pm DC9); NEEDTOBREATHE “Rivers In The Wasteland”, Nas “Illmatic XX” and Sevendust “Time Travelers & Bonfires” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I enjoy the work of Eric Hutchinson, friends.

I also enjoy the work of Saints of Valory.

I’m not particularly witty this evening. I’m just going to say “Charm City Devils” and we can move forward.

And here’s a tune from the new NEEDTOBREATHE record. Let’s all move forward from here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n1oH9q4vgc

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Bobcats Drop Wizards in OT, Crucial Loss for Wiz

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Bobcats Drop Wizards in OT, Crucial Loss for Wiz

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

The Wizards were back in action at the Verizon Center against the Charlotte Bobcats last night. This game had huge implications for the NBA playoff seedings and the Wizards were looking to rebound after a tough loss to the Bulls over the past weekend.

Washington had a horrendous first half in a matchup that was essentially a playoff game. John Wall struggled early as he was turning the ball over often and failed to penetrate the defense. The Bobcats were getting easy baskets in the paint led by the good guard play of Kemba Walker.

The Bobcats entered the third quarter with a 13-point lead and that’s when the Wizards began to find their groove. John Wall led the way in a 14-2 scoring run to open the third quarter and the Wizards were right back in it.

The fourth quarter was back and forth and the Wizards finally gained the lead with just over five minutes to play. Kemba Walker hit a big three to tie the game at 83 and Wall hit a jumper on the other end with just over 50 seconds to play. Washington had possession with a tied game and just 17 seconds left and coach Wittman took a timeout.

Marcin Gortat finished a nice feed from John Wall to take a two-point lead with just 9 seconds left. Al Jefferson was found down low on the other end, wide open for a layup to tie it with just second’s left. Gortat mentioned after the game he did not want to foul and give Jefferson a chance at a 3-point play to win the game.

The Wizards were abysmal in overtime as they only scored one point and fell to the Bobcats 94-88. With the opportunity squandered, the race is now on with just four games left in the regular season. The two teams are now tied with a 40-38 record and the Cats hold the tiebreaker. The Bobcats have two games at home remaining against the 76ers and Bulls and road games against the Celtics and Hawks.

With how the standings shake up after last nights round of games the Wizards are set to face the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. It is imperative that Washington finishes strong down the stretch so they can still get a shot at the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Here are more of my thoughts from last night’s game:

- Trevor Booker was a big-time spark player for the Wizards last night and Wall credited Booker postgame for being the sole reason they still had a chance to be in the game after the first half. He was active on both ends of the floor and his prescence was felt defensively as he finished with five blocks.

- Wall struggled early on, but as he turned it on early in the second half the rest of the team followed. He finally was able to get through the interior of the defense and make plays for his big men. Wall registered his third triple double of his career ( 14 pts 12 reb 11 ast) his last triple double came against the Celtics this past January.

- Washington is the second best three point shooting team in the NBA behind the Spurs and have four players that have made over 100 three pointers this season. It was difficult to watch the solid three point shooting squad shoot just 1-15 from long range. Wall did mention after the game your not going to win any games shooting from downtown like that, especially when your first three comes in the fourth quarter.

- Marcin Gortat was a force on the inside once again and keeps showing he was quite the acquisition this past offseason. Gortat finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds which makes up for his 34th double-double this season. Antawn Jamison was the last Wizards player to have over 34 double-doubles in season when he had 38 during the 2008-09 season.

- Nene was back in action for the first time since his injury against Cleveland this past February. He was certainly rusty at first, but he eventually started to find his groove. After the game, Nene mentioned the staff said he looked good throughout the game so his minutes per game will be something to monitor the rest of the way.

- Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza were the players on the floor who struggled the most tonight. Beal finished with just 8 points and was 4-15 from the field. Trevor Ariza was 0-6 on the night and failed to score one point. If Beal and Ariza go for a combined 4-21 from the field in a game, the Wizards chances of winning will never be good.

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