Everyone on this blog seems extremely down on the zards. They got blown out of their first preseason game and then blew a 21 point lead to the nets, who promptly lost their next game by like 30. This has encouraged me to post for my first time and say that, personally, I found the nets game encouraging. They only lost by a few points to a team with a superstar point guard despite wall playing terribly, nick young only playing 18 minutes, and the team getting demolished on the glass. I'm not ruling out the wizards yet and think there's a possibility they make the playoffs.
In the first quarter and a half they showed what this current roster is capable of. They were playing scrappy, intense defense and getting out on the break. All five players were passing the ball on offense, and while their execution wasn't crisp, they were getting some good looks. Why can't they do this on a nightly basis? Their players are just as talented as some other eastern playoff teams, and while it's true that they are generally incredibly stupid, there is no reason they can't compensate for that with effort.
They are going to hit more threes and make more free throws than on monday and wall is going to play better. From there it's up to flip and the players if they want to fight every night or if they just want to play. If they decide to fight they will surprise people--and by people i mean everyone. John Wall is an incredible player and has already succeeded Kwame Brown (despite what some people have said). Remember this is the same player who had a triple double in his 6th game and proved himself to be incredibly competitive and fiery. If he lets the team be irrelevant again I will be surprised. Also he has to pass the ball more because he's currently a much better creator than he is scorer.
Basically what I'm trying to say is: we're the diehard fans of this team, we're the ones who are supposed to irrationally support them each season, at least until they get out of the playoff hunt. This league is so unpredictable that flip and wall can't sit back and wait for draft picks, they have to try and be good now.