Links: Washington Wizards deal blow to Milwaukee Bucks playoff hopes

April 18, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely (24) dunks the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden (0) at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE


Hmm, Wizards playing spoiler to a team desperately pushing for a playoff spot? Encouraging. Also, Nene's back!!...just in time for the season to pretty much be over. Links:

  • Recaps from last night's 121-112 victory over the Bucks, which featured a pretty gutsy performance from Jordan Crawford: [Us | SB Nation D.C. | Washington Post (gamer, blog) | Washington Times | Wiz of Awes | CSN Washington highlights | Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (gamer, blog) | Brew Hoop | Bucksketball | Behind the Buck Pass| Popcorn Machine | HoopData box score]
  • Figures the Wiz would wait until the end of the season to find their groove. [CSN Washington]
  • SURPRISE ALERT!! Randy Wittman says the chances of Andray Blatche suiting up again for the Wiz this season are "probably slim," which is coach-speak for "did you really have to ask that?" [Washington Post]
  • The Wizards had their team picture taken yesterday, but the roster, as Frank Hanrahan notes, is going to look vastly different by the time the 2012-2013 season tips off. [CSN Washington]
  • In non-Wizards news, Dwight Howard's ailing back might keep him out into the playoffs. [SB Nation Tampa Bay]
  • The entire starting lineup of the national champion Kentucky Wildcats declared for the 2012 NBA Draft yesterday. Ben Standig breaks down which ones could be realistic draft targets for Ernie Grunfled & Co. [CSN Washington]
  • For those with ESPN Insider, David Thorpe thinks Bradley Beal would fit well with the Wizards (and Raptors). [ESPN]
  • As Mike noted yesterday, the problem isn't that John Wall played in a lot of charity exhibitions during the offseason, it's that he played in them instead of working out, rather than doing both. Big difference. [Ball Don't Lie]
  • Some more on Wall's sophomore struggles. [NBA.com]
  • Kyle Weidie has uncovered/Photoshopped a rare photo of the infamous mile-high card game that led to the even-more-infamous Gilbert Arenas locker room incident. [Truth About It]
  • Kevin Hine reminds us all that being a true fan means suffering alongside your abysmal teams. [Wiz of Awes]
  • Those who grew up in the area already know that while the Redskins may dominate the local professional sports landscape, D.C. is really a basketball town, be it on the blacktop, in high school gyms or in college arenas. Hopefully in the near future, the Wizards will do their part, as well. [CSN Washington]
  • A couple familiar names made Kelly Dwyer's "NBA coverage" rotation. [Ball Don't Lie]
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