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Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Pistons: Trevor Ariza's career night wasted in season-opening loss

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Trevor Ariza was the Wizards' best player last night. Sounds like a recipe for success.

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So much for that awful decision to insert Trevor Ariza into the starting lineup, eh? Not sure Ariza can counted on to provide 28 points and six three-pointers every night, but he kept the Washington Wizards close enough to make their season-opening 113-102 to the Detroit Pistons interesting until the final minute or so.

The stat lines for John Wall (20 points, 11 assists) and Bradley Beal (17 points) are somewhat misleading in that they indicate solid performances, but neither was the player the Wizards will need them to be in order to make the playoffs.

But, it's only one game, and Marcin Gortat looked pretty good, scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds in only 17 minutes of playing time. It'd be a surprise if he isn't in the starting lineup from here on out.

Sigh. Someone talk us off the ledge.

Plus, the Wizards are guaranteed a win in their home opener Friday, when they'll take on the Philadelphia  76ers, who as we all know, started tanking before the season even began.

Wut? C'mon, give us something to look forward too...

I'll be expecting an invitation in the mail. What else was going on around the association last night?

Don't we all.

!!!! HEY PHOENIX, BACK OFF. WE DIDN'T TRADE YOU OKAFOR AND OUR LAME GIMMICKS FOR GORTAT.

For actual coverage of Wiz-Pistons, check out our StoryStream, as well as recaps from: [WaPoAP | CSN Washington (recapNene sidebarWiz of AwesDC Pro Sports ReportWizards.comGameday blogESPN | Detroit Free Press (gamercolumn) | MLive | Detroit News (gamersidebar)]

Here's some game highlights, plus links to postgame interviews with WittmanWallBealAriza and Gortat.