But almost as concerning as the win nearly slipping away, was the slip-in-slide surface the Wizards found themselves playing on. Apparently, a quick turnaround for Verizon Center crews following an afternoon Capitals game led to some moisture seeping its way up onto the court.
The results were a handful of Three Stooges-type falls, only without the comedy. Bradley Beal fell a few times, including an ugly slip in the corner in which his right leg got bent back beneath him. John Wall slipped, and Trevor Ariza suffered a groin injury on his own fall.
Anyway, one night after leading the Wiz to a huge win over the Pacers, Wall did so again against the Hawks, scoring 25 points (3-of-4 from three) to go with six assists, seven rebounds and three steals. Marcin Gortat recorded another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Beal had another poor shooting night, finishing with 14 points on 5-of-15 from the field, but found other ways to contribute, chipping in five assists and six rebounds. Ariza scored an efficient 13 points on six shots. Drew GODden (16 points, 5-of-5 shooting) and Andre Miller (10 points, 4-of-4) were perfect from the field.
Way to get the win, Wizards. Now sop up that floor. Next up, a road game in Charlotte against the seventh-seeded Bobcats. A win would give Washington a pretty firm grip on the sixth-seed. In fact, Washington is only one game behind the Nets for the fifth seed.
38.1 - Bradley Beal's field goal percentage in March. That's bad.
46.4 - John Wall's three point percentage (32-of-69) in March. That's really, really good.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
It amazes me how the crews can change the arena from ice to court. pic.twitter.com/RAkSfUKOIb— WizardsXTRA (@WizardsXTRA) March 29, 2014
Evening everyone! @satchelprice here. It's been a stupid rainy Saturday in DC but who cares because the Wizards play INDOORS!! wooooo— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 29, 2014
Cue the irony bell.
Tried to pull up a picture of Manute Bol and Spud Webb, but the WiFi at Verizon says it's blocked as "Adult/Mature Content" #sexybasketball— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 30, 2014
You know things are getting bad when Steve Buckhantz starts complaining about the long twos— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) March 30, 2014
Someone get Bradley Beal some tank treads. He has slipped (and fallen) three times tonight. Cartier Martin's count = 2.— Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks) March 30, 2014
Slick shoes.... https://t.co/20EGVG71wF— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 30, 2014
Home ice advantage for the Wizards tonight...— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 30, 2014
Good God this was scary https://t.co/Wh655grY40— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) March 30, 2014
Wall 3PT shooting percentages, month-to-month: 36%, 28%, 35%, 35%, 46%. He's been solidly above-average since the beginning of January.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 30, 2014
Please don't scare me like this again.... pic.twitter.com/DUZtzimOCt— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 30, 2014
Okay, so Gooden should probably be the starting PF now.— WizardsXTRA (@WizardsXTRA) March 30, 2014
I rolled by eyes when the #Wizards signed Drew Gooden. I couldn't have been more wrong. What an asset.— Michael Jenkins (@JenksCSN) March 30, 2014
WIZARDS WIN, 101-97. That cuts the magic number down to one. We're quite literally on the brink of the postseason. It's really really real.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 30, 2014
"There isn't a bad win in this league but we gotta do better in finishing games, especially in the last 2 minutes." pic.twitter.com/Zyw3A6fNkD— WizardsXTRA (@WizardsXTRA) March 30, 2014
DC sports.. RT @JMichaelCSN: Gortat said after blowing chip shot w/21 sec left he thought: "I'm going to get shot on the street today"— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 30, 2014
Marcin Gortat joked about missing open layup in final minute: "I’m glad we won that game. Otherwise, I’d probably shoot myself at home."— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) March 30, 2014
VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT
Yes it is, John. Yes it it.
GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
Protip: Office references = automatic win.
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