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If you're like me, you were watching NBATV around 6:55 p.m. yesterday evening, eagerly awaiting the preseason debut of your 2013-14 Washington Wizards. As the seconds ticked away, your anticipation kept building. If you aren't like me, then you don't understand why someone would be excited to watch an NBA team that went 29-53 last season play in the preseason, and you probably happened upon this post by mistake.
Anyway, we were so stoked, right? Then 7 p.m. struck, and NBATV broke to Wiz-Nets, and we local D.C. fans were so happy to have NBA basketball back, because...
Oh NBA, you slay me. Seriously, it's hard to get people all worked up over a preseason game, but if there's one way to do it, it's to make sure the local fans of one of the teams playing are the only people that can't actually watch the game. Yeah, sure, some of us are fancy and can find an illicit stream on the interwebs, but the vast majority of Wizards fans were blacked out from watching the game. Not cool.
Yeesh, they weren't even kind enough to give the Wizards a heads up. As you can probably imagine, Twitter was angry/amused.
@AminNBA Bro, it's not like live sports are a valuable TV commodity— Satchel Price (@SatchelPrice) October 8, 2013
Wizards season has started bootlegged— Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis) October 8, 2013
At Verizon Center, fans were (presumably) blissfully unaware of the rejection felt by those of us stuck on our couches looking at the NBA's big, static middle finger. I say 'presumably' because they were distracted by the return of their favorite son.
I found out Andray Blatche entered the game because the fans woke up and booooooed rather loudly. Good times.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 8, 2013
Boos for Blatche among the loudest sounds at Verizon Center thus far tonight. He just clanked a free throw.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) October 8, 2013
There aren't a lot of Wizards fans here tonight. But those that are here are booing Andray Blatche quite emphatically.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) October 8, 2013
I wonder if it's confusing for Jan Vesely when he's guarding Andray Blatche and the fans boo loudly.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 8, 2013
But then Al Harrington made everyone happy again.
What channel Wiz on?— Chris Ford (@DCSportsNexus) October 9, 2013
Oh no, he doesn't know yet.
Anyone got the Wizards game on Comcast? The NBA.tv is blocked & it says it's on local somewhere.— danny rouhier (@funnydanny) October 9, 2013
Turned on the Wizards game late and it's blacked out. Wut?— Sarah Kogod (@SarahKogod) October 9, 2013
Hey I nearly blacked out watching Vesely grab all those rebounds. RT @SarahKogod Turned on the Wizards game late and it's blacked out. Wut?— Joseph White Jr. (@JGWhiteAP) October 9, 2013
The Wizards game is blacked out on NBATV because it's not being broadcast locally, or something. Whatever, I'm blaming hockey.— Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) October 9, 2013
Right now on TV, in WASHINGTON DC, there are 2 NHL games not featuring the #Caps, and ZERO Wizards preseason games taking place IN DC!— Chris Ford (@DCSportsNexus) October 9, 2013
Sad face. And it stayed that way for much of the second half, hitting rock bottom when Garrett Temple had a layup at the rim swatted away with eight seconds to play. Miles Plumlee made a free throw to put the Nets up 97-95. Oh well, nice effort against a very talented Nets team, time to pack it in...
OH MY GOD WHAT JUST HAPPENED DID THAT COUNT IS THIS PRESEASON DID WE WIN— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) October 9, 2013
WHATTT????— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) October 9, 2013
WHAT— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) October 9, 2013
WHAT?!? GLEN RICE JR!— Ben M (@BenAgent0) October 9, 2013
The refs tried to ruin everything by calling basket interference, but then they looked at it and remembered THIS IS PRESEASON: WHERE AWESOME HAPPENS.
Confirmed: Glen Rice Jr. is awesome.— Ben M (@BenAgent0) October 9, 2013
Replay looks good. If refs agree, free preseason basketball!...And it's good, wow. Overtime. Take that MLB playoffs.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 9, 2013
We'll need a screenshot of Rice with his arms well above the rim. Kthxbye— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) October 9, 2013
Nice play by Glen Rice Jr., that was a smart hustle play by the Wizards rookie. Looks like someone is working OT in the nation's capital.— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) October 9, 2013
Despite Rice's heroics, the Wiz still fell in overtime, but whatever, it's preseason. Positives: John Wall looked good, Nene looked healthy, and the Wizards stuck with a superior team. Negatives: The backups stunk, and Jan Vesely balanced out his 12 rebounds with
ZERO shot attempts (from the field or foul line) six fouls and three points on 1-for-4 shooting (1-for-2 from the charity stripe).
what time that Wiz game gonne start 2nite? SO.XCITE!!!— wizznutzz (@wzzntzz) October 9, 2013
Here's some more recaps and reaction to the Wizards' preseason opener: [WaPo | CSN Washington (recap, Vesely sidebar, Wittman sidebar) | District Sports Page | Wiz of Awes | DC Sports Bog | WashingtonWizards.com | Ted's Take | NY Times | NY Daily News | ESPN NY | Wall Street Journal | From Russia With Dunk]
Here's a link to some game highlights, including Rice's buzzer-beating slam.
More from Bullets Forever:
- Glen Rice Jr's amazing putback, buzzer-beating slam
- Preseason loss to Brooklyn Nets offers few frontcourt answers for Washington Wizards
- Nets vs. Wizards final score: Washington drops preseason opener in OT, 111-106
- Wizards vs. Nets preview: (Preseason) basketball is back!
- Otto Porter injury: Wizards' rookie unlikely to play in first 2 preseason games