If this season is about anything, it's about little victories. The latest little victory--after a ramshackle Miami squad ended a potential 10-game home win streak on Wednesday--is the potential for the first 30-win season since 2007-2008.
If this season is about anything else, it's about the fact that the Wizards are allergic to road victories. Tonight's game is the last home game of the season. This might very well be Washington's last chance at 30 wins.
CAN THEY DO IT?
It's possible, but they're banged up. But you know who else is banged up? The Sixers. And you know what else? The Sixers stink. I mean, they have Thad Young and Jrue Holiday and a better record than the Wizards, but... they stink. Just ask the folks at Liberty Ballers. They know what's up.
So can they? Yes.
WILL THEY DO IT?
Will they? I'm going to go out on a limb and say "yes" to that as well. John Wall's in the middle of make-a-case-for-the-max-March-and-April, and he's not about to let up.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH THIS LATE-APRIL GAME BETWEEN THE 9TH AND 11TH SEEDS OF THE EASTERN CONFERENCE?
Because you are reading this preview, and you clearly aren't doing anything else tonight. I mean, look at you. When's the last time you showered? I'm just kidding! You're beautiful, and I love you.
IF, FOR SOME REASON, I WERE TO WATCH, WHERE COULD I DO THAT?
You could do it on Comcast SportsNet. That's channel 10 or channel 251, if you're about that High-Def life.
Alternatively, it's been raining all day in D.C., and most of the cherry blossoms have been ruined. So you might as well buy some cheap tickets to the Verizon Center, eat some hot dogs or chicken fingers, and enjoy what could be the 30th win of the season.
HOW CAN I WATCH IT? LIKE, CORPOREALLY?
Um, I guess you'll need a TV. And probably a cable box or some sort of digital converter. Or you could view it in person at the aforementioned Verizon Center.
IF I DID WATCH IT, WHO WOULDN'T I SEE?
Well, for the Wizards, Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza are nursing some injuries, and they probably won't play. Oh, you won't see Leandro Barbosa because he's in Brazil. Andrew Bynum won't play, because that would require changing too many season-long narratives. None of us have time for that. Jason Richardson won't play either, but I bet you forgot he was on the Sixers in the first place.
OK FINE, THEN. WHO WOULD I SEE?
Well, John Wall and Jrue Holiday are a great place to start. They're both young point guards whose games have gotten much better this year. And Nick Young's coming back! SWAGGY P!!!! Oh, and like, at least 20 other dudes. Probably some coaches, too.
But seriously, Nick Young. NICHOLAS SWAGGNELIUS YOUNG.
HOW COME ALL D.C. TEAMS BESIDES THE WIZARDS HAVE A RIVALRY WITH THEIR PHILADELPHIA COUNTERPARTS?
You know what? I have no idea. Should we start one tonight? Better late than never, eh?
WILL I ENJOY THIS GAME?
That's up to you, grumpypants. Who cares if it's April basketball between non-playoff and non-high-lotto teams? IT'S THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION. It's going to be fun because it's impossible otherwise. Watch it. Live it. Love it.
Enjoy the game tonight, folks. We'll be there.