So would you guys be the Small Two?
Well that was fun. The Wizards capped off the season with their most lopsided victory in seven years, and yep, it was meaningless. Links:
- It appears reporters covering the game treated it with an appropriate level of indifference, so many of these recaps are more like season reviews/offseason previews for the Wiz and playoff previews for the Heat: [Us | SB Nation D.C. | Washington Post | Washington Times | Washington Examiner | CSN Washington highlights | Wiz of Awes | Wizards Extreme | Miami Herald | Sun Sentinel | SB Nation Tampa Bay | Peninsula is Mightier | Popcorn Machine | Hoop Data box score]
- Despite the dismal record, BNIE thinks this late-season run has the Wizards positioned well heading into the offseason.
- In his weekly Clipboard, Jordan breaks down James Singleton's insane efficiency, the Wizards' transition offense against the Cavs, John Wall's improving defense, how to take advantage when defenders lose sight of Jan Vesely, and some creative late-season play-calling.
- Say what you want about the season-ending six-game winning streak, but this team went 10-34 before the Nene trade, 10-12 afterwards and 7-4 when Nene suited up. Anybody still think that trade was a bad idea? [Washington Post]
- For what it's worth, those players left with the Wizards certainly approve of the trade. [Washington Examiner]
- Wall understands the Wiz have benefited from playing playoff teams that are resting stars down the stretch, but he also gets that beating those teams is better than losing to them. [Washington Times]
- Easily the most exciting thing to happen during yesterday's game. [D.C. Sports Bog]
- Remember Etan Thomas? No? How about now? Anyway, we all knew he liked to write poetry, but apparently he also dabbles in sports commentary. He paints a rosy picture of the Wizards future here, though I'm not sure how optimistic he made me feel by comparing Ernie Grunfeld's contract extension to Mitt Romney claiming the Republican presidential nomination. [ESPN]
- Andray Blatche spoke to the media before yesterday's game, and Kyle Weidie reminds us that Dray, as frustrating as he may be as a basketball player, is not a bad dude. [Truth About It]
- Meanwhile, Andrew Sharp reminds us that Kevin Seraphin is amazing, and for all the right reasons. [SB Nation]
- Randy Wittman admits that, obviously, he'd be bummed if the Wizards let him go, but he also isn't going to sweat any uncertainty about his future. He knows he'll be employed somewhere next season. [Washington Times]
- Fun fact: Wall and D.C.'s newly-crowned football savior Robert Griffin III first met when Wall took a recruiting visit to Baylor during Griffin's freshman season. Wall is excited to have RG3 join a sports town that already has some impressive star power in himself, Alex Ovechkin, Stephen Strasburg and (soon) Bryce Harper. [Washington Post]
- I didn't catch this yesterday, but on behalf of all Wizards fans, thank you, Kevin Durant. [SB Nation]
- Kobe Bryant thinks Blake Griffin should "smack the [Freud] out of somebody." I'm pretty sure Griffin is incapable of smacking someone and at the same time not pulverizing them into fairy dust. [Ball Don't Lie]