The generation of social media we are living in today has bridged many connections between fans and the rest of the sports world, granting access to their favorite teams and athletes. The type of access our daddys would have only dreamed of attaining. So this year, WE are proud to offer Wizards fans a segment that will reveal the week’s top three Wizards-related tweets, Facebook statuses, Instagram uploads, perhaps an AIM away message even. Whether it’s posted by a Wizard or about a Wizard, we’ll be sure to find it, and expose it. Saam Bozorgmehr (@DJ_Saam) continues our weekly tradition with his own findings and posts..
After dropping their first 12 games of the season, the Wizards have won two out of their last three, including a 105-101 victory over the world champions this past Tuesday. After the players had been raving about the change of pace and style in practice, it seemed like everything came to fruition for the Wiz Kids against Miami. They pushed the ball up the floor at a much faster pace, their transition game rivaled what we saw when the "Big 3" was here, and they forced Miami to play to their pace.
I can't believe I just said that.
All jokes aside, this is a Wizards team that needed that victory in the worst way possible. The win against Miami did more than just make a historically bad team one win better, it can hopefully build some confidence as the guys look to rebound in Atlanta later tonight. After losing multiple games in overtime, blowing 2nd half leads, and seemingly finding a different way to lose every night, The Wizards found a way to win.
DC's most loved, Please meet DC's most hated..
Mid way through the first quarter of the Miami game, the crowd at Verizon got on their feet and roared as Washington Redskins starting quarterback and NFL phenom Robert Griffin III showed up and sat courtside next to his fiancé and Brian Orakpo. If you don't think bandwagon Miami Heat fans exist, you should've heard all 10,000 of them cheering "RGIII, RGIII, RGIII" from the 400 section of Verizon Center.
I'm not going to sit here and say that Griffin's presence propelled the Wizards to victory, but I'd be hard pressed to thinking that it had nothing to do with the team's swagger and confidence. Even on the post game radio show with Glenn Consor, Jordan Crawford raved about how his presence court side lifted the guy's spirits.
"He's the king of the town right now. We want to show him what we're capable of," said Crawford.
JC responded with 22 points and six assists off the bench and played some of the best basketball I've seen out of him all year. Can Griffin do any wrong? Even when he FUMBLES, he makes it look like an option pitch and it ends up being a Joshua Morgan touchdown run. At this point, I'm convinced we can send him to Israel to solve the Middle East peace crisis (in the offseason of course). While we're at it, let's send him to New York to meet with Gary Bettman and bring this NHL lockout to a close. In case anyone is wondering, the NHL lockout has now lasted 9 days longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage.
Thought the LeBron memes were history after he won his first ring? A defeat to the Wizards can change that..
As Wizards fans, we haven't been used to much positive attention from the national market. Whenever we see a Wizards basketball clip on SportsCenter, it's usualy part of the "Not Top 10" segment or it's a reference to all the star players who leave the franchise and go on to flourish in other markets.
So it comes as no surprise that the headline wasn't so much about how the Wizards winning the game by shooting the ball well and playing great transition basketball. It was more so about how the Heat lost the game to a previously one-win team. By the way, that was the Wizards third straight win over LeBron and the Heat. Despite the loss, LeBron played a great game and recorded a triple double. Only problem is that no one cares because he lost to the Wizards. What a shame! NOT!
As Michael Jenkins so eloquently put it, "Sportsman of the Year, LeBron? More like Sportsman of the WEAK. W-E-A-K".
So now that two thirds of my segment about the Wizards and Lebron James has come to an end, that leaves us with only one thing to ask ourselves. When is John Wall coming back? The 8-12 week window with Wall being sidelined has come and go and no one from the team is giving anyone an answer. It's gone from 8-12 weeks to "out indefinitely". I'm not saying he should be rushed back or anything, but I do think that the Wizards fan deserve a more concrete answer than just "we have no timetable." Why is there no timetable? Was there a set back? Is this injury worse than we thought? Is he even going to come back at all? I feel like in a lot of ways, this is very fitting to how the season has turned out for the Wizards. Lots of questions that no one seems to have an answer to.
But til next time, Go Wiz!!!