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Heat Vs. Wizards: Fake Open Game Thread For Game 3 Of Locked-Out NBA Season

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On November 6, 2011, the Washington Wizards were supposed to play the third game of their season against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. As a Wizards fan, you were supposed to be on here discussing the game in this open thread. Unfortunately, billionaires have decided to lock out millionaires, and millionaires are not willing to accept all the concessions the billionaires are asking them to accept. 

So instead, this game thread is merely an open thread to discuss whatever the heck you all want.  Below the jump, a look at a classic Wizards-Heat game from yesteryear.

1996/97 NBA Regular Season

19-15 25-10
January 13, 1997
At Miami
7:00 PM
Probable starters:
Rod Strickland PG Tim Hardaway
Calbert Cheaney
SG Sasha Danilovic
Juwan Howard
SF Keith Askins
Chris Webber
PF P.J. Brown
C Alonzo Mourning


This was the first game Juwan Howard played in Miami after having his free agent contract with the Heat voided in the previous off-season. Despite 23 points and 8 rebounds from Howard, the Bullets fell short 98-95 against the eventual Atlantic Division champion.

  • Some things never change. Here's what Juwan had to say about the crown in his "return" to Miami"I expected the hostile crowd. But you know what? I expected it to be worse than this."
  • In some ways, this was the beginning of the end of the Jim Lynam era. After a solid 19-15 start to the season, the Bullets would lose eight of their next eleven before he was fired the next month.
  • John Wall was six years old when this game was played.
  • Sasha Daniovic only played two seasons in the NBA but managed to start in 60 of the 75 games he played.