Tonight, the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats are going to play a regular season game with playoff implications for both teams. If the Wizards win Wednesday, they go two games up on Charlotte and put themselves in a great position to hold the tiebreaker should the Bobcats still find a way to catch up before the end of the season. If they lose, Charlotte pulls even with Washington in the standings, and would hold the tiebreaker over Washington because they would have won three of the four head-to-head meetings this season.
This game is the most important game left on the Wizards' schedule (just ask John Wall), but it also represents the most important game in Wizards-Bobcats history. In the ten years these teams have shared a division, this is the first time both teams have been playoff-calibur at the same time.
But just because teams aren't playoff-calibur doesn't mean that games are completely irrelevant. So with that in mind, we decided to rank the five most important games in Wizards-Bobcats history. But first, let's take a look at some of the games that missed the cut:
- December 23, 2008 - Bobcats 80, Wizards 72: You know it's a bad game when the winning team shoots 41.7 percent from the field.
- April 23, 2012 - Wizards 101, Bobcats 73: This had to be near rock-bottom for Bobcat fans in the team's campaign that ended with the lowest winning percentage in league history. Charlotte allowed Jan Vesely to go 8 for 8 from the field and only one Bobcat had more than one assist.
- November 24, 2012 - Bobcats 108, Wizards 106: The Bobcats handed the Wizards their eleventh straight loss to start the season. Byron Mullens led all scorers with 27 points. Byron Mullens. People paid money to see Byron Mullens be the leading scorer of an NBA game.
- As you saw yesterday, we're looking for a song to rally around as the Wizards head to the playoffs and we've already received some great stuff. Personally, I'm having a hard time picking between my two favorites. DavidDunn's original lyrics are amazing, but pancakes rap is a rap about pancakes.
- In 2005, Marcin Gortat played on Orlando's Summer League team at the same time that Randy Wittman served as an assistant coach in Orlando. Randy Wittman remembers nothing about this.
- New Redskin Tracy Porter is going wear number 22, just like Otto Porter. Believe it or not, it's not the first time two D.C. athletes have shared the same last name/number combo. Sean Taylor and Donnell Taylor had Taylor 21 on their jerseys from 2005-07.
- Finally, here's blast from the past quote that will make old-school Bullets fans chuckle: