I’m really trying to put together the right words to delineate my thoughts and feelings after the Wizards’ throttling of the Portland Trailblazers last night.
It kind of feels like that Coors Light train just blindly swept through with a drafty snow shower, instilling a refreshing ambience of excitement and joy amongst Wizards fans. Oh, and the blonde chick with the fancy knit cap from the commercial can be here too, she was cute.
Am I sounding over-exuberant? Perhaps, but come on folks, this abnormal sensation of pleasure is not something I’m used to.
The Wizards picked up right where they left off in the second half against Detroit a few nights ago, and ran the Blazers right out of their building with a 124-109 win.
The Rose Garden wasn’t so…rosy on Valentine’s evening (predictable punch line #1) after an injury sent Blazers all-star LaMarcus Aldridge to the nurse’s office only two minutes into the game. Aldridge rolled his ankle on Trevor Booker’s size 15’s while contesting a jump shot and did not return.
I don’t really think his return would have made a difference anyways.
Not on a night when Nick Young’s stroke was as smooth as JaVale McGee’s breathing.
Not on a night when a confident and successful jump shot by John Wall was equally as pleasant as Rashard Lewis hitting the deck for a loose ball.
The Wizards, who had been incapable of putting together back-to-back successful performances all season, blazed in and out of Portland (predictable punch line #2), terrorizing the Blazers with 60% shooting and nine 3-pointers.
Swaggy P made a strong case for the All-Star 3-Point Contest by making all but one of his eight shots behind the arc.
By game’s end, Wizards play-by-by announcer Steve Buckhantz barely had a voice. He was particularly in awe of Jordan Crawford, and why not?
Crawford, whose recent slump helped me coin a temporary segment in my posts called the “Buzzkill”, was anything but that. After crapping out in front of his hometown friends and family in Detroit, JC scored 21 points in 30 minutes off the bench in Portland.
Jan Vesely has Ernie Grunfeld smirking and giving some less fortunate soul the “What did I tell ya” rant. Vesely was all over the floor against the Blazers last night and most likely all over his girlfriend later. I’m gradually growing to love so many things about this guy: his attack on the rim, so discretely powerful, yet so suave (yes I know, I should write scripts for Chanel); his overwhelming reach on the glass; his big size/quick speed combination helping spread the floor.
Although I’m still waiting for the night where I can be completely blind to his horrendous hook shot, JaVale McGee is continuing to make us forget about that dreadful start to the month. The big man finished with 18 points and 11 boards.
Tonight's late game, fittingly coined "Wizards After Hours" by yours truly, against the "Lob" Angeles Clippers will feature a highly anticipated rematch between the rejuvenated John Wall and all-star Chris Paul so be sure to squeeze in a pregame power nap.