We're back in the win column and .500 after the Wizards won 108-99 over the Magic. It wasn't a blowout but a hard fought win nevertheless.
Before tipoff, a moment of silence was held in honor of the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris which occurred near the Bataclan Concert Hall and the Stade de France where the French and German men's national soccer teams were playing a friendly.
The tragedy hit home for one player in the game since Magic guard Evan Fournier is from Saint-Maurice, a suburb of Paris. He scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in the loss.
The game's outcome could have gone either way until Washington made a late run. Kris Humphries scored a season-high 23 points and Garrett Temple added a career-high 18 points which included excellent plays like John Wall's excellent pass to him on the fast break.
Randy Wittman was also pleased. Check out his press conference which is embedded above.
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Pancake Spotlight: The Diet
It has been over a week since the Wizards won. Now that they have, let's get familiarized with the diet, a Nigerian pancake.
The texture of these is thinner than buttermilk pancakes. I haven't personally had them yet but as a fan of thin pancakes, someone, please recommend me a place where I can get some! There are approximately 19,600 Nigerian Americans living in the Washington, D.C. area, so there should be no shortage of restaurants that serve these.
Below is a video on how to make Diet:
You have a free McDonald's Egg McMuffin and a #WIZ50 from Papa John's this Sunday
We got two of three food promotions! Sunday Egg McMuffins and a #WIZ50! #WizMagic https://t.co/6Q3h89F76x— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) November 15, 2015
To me at least, the Wizards winning and giving fans like you and me free or discounted food options isn't always about getting the food itself. It's also indicative of how well the Wizards' offense is performing against arbitrary benchmarks.
I'm glad that the Wizards were able to start stronger than they have over the past several games and finish strong, Those food promotions are a way to show that.
And even though I know it's Sunday afternoon, with all-day breakfast at McDonald's, you can still get that Egg McMuffin. If you don't like eating breakfast food in the afternoon, save it for tomorrow morning. :)
The biggest relief of the game: Marcin Gortat grabbing his second defensive rebound
The Polish Machine was called out by Randy Wittman after Tuesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder for not making more than one defensive rebound, claiming that he could do it in 27 minutes himself.
On Thursday, Gortat told Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post that he took some issue with Wittman's remarks though he did acknowledge that his performance wasn't good. Well, the Wizards lost by over 20 points, so I find it hard for him to say otherwise.
Anyway, in light of Wittman's comments, I wanted to see Gortat get more than one defensive rebound. In the first quarter, Gortat grabbed one defensive rebound, another offensive rebound and shot 1 of 4 from the field. He wasn't looking good.
When he returned in the second quarter, I thought that Gortat would get that second rebound pretty quickly and that would be the end of it. But Kelly Oubre happened,
Oubre stole the rebound from Gortat!!!! https://t.co/p8NmtpUktD— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) November 15, 2015
and other missed shots didn't fall his way.
Still no second defensive rebound for Gortat..... https://t.co/iv6j6CYAwX— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) November 15, 2015
Come on basketball gods, help Marcin out here with his second defensive rebound!!!! #WizMagic https://t.co/ZMzM4yDJMy— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) November 15, 2015
It felt bad vining every possible opportunity for Gortat to one-up Randy Wittman. But with 5:55 left in the second quarter, the struggle was finally over!
FINALLY!!!! GORTAT GOT DEFENSIVE REBOUND NUMBER TWO!!!! He has done what Wittman wanted him to do!!! #WizMagic https://t.co/swlkNrGThP— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) November 15, 2015
Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Gortat ended up with 13 points and 10 rebounds (5 offensive and 5 defensive) for the game. From that second defensive rebound through the end of the game, Gortat flipped a switch, scoring 8 of his points and grabbing 7 more rebounds. It's like that rebound was that little piece of magic fo him to get his groove back.
After the game, Gortat gave a shout out to Polish strawweight UFC fighter Joanna Jedrzejczk, who defended her championship title against Canadian challenger Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193 on Saturday night.
I was watching life!!!! @joannamma !!!!she is beast!!! #polishPride— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) November 15, 2015
Cool stuff! Maybe we'll see her at a Wizards game one of these days.
That's all I have. Enjoy your Sundays everyone.