Did you snooze during the last week of the Wizards' regular season? No worries, here are your top stories for the Week of April 12, 2015.
1. Wizards play the Raptors in the Playoffs
For the first time since the 1987-88 season, the Wizards will not be playing a first-round playoff opponent named the Chicago Bulls or the Cleveland Cavaliers. You can check out the schedule here, and all of the coverage here.
2. Paul Pierce talks trash at the Raptors to start a rivalry with them
If you're wondering why the Raptors are about to be the Wizards' next rival, Paul Pierce began to talk smack at the Raptors, despite the fact that they were swept this season in an interview to ESPN's Jackie MacMullan:
We haven't done particularly well against Toronto, but I don't feel they have the 'It' that makes you worried. There isn't a team I look at in the Eastern Conference that makes me say, 'They are intimidating, we don't have a chance.'
Masai Ujiri got wind of it and said that he'd rather save some dinero.
3. The Sunday win over Atlanta was the best Wizards Fan Appreciation Game ever
When the win included a M.C. Hammer cameo,
a free Chick-Fil-A Sandwich and #WIZ50 combo,
and Hawks sideline reporter Olivia Harlan -- who is the daughter of TNT/Westwood Radio play by play announcer Kevin Harlan -- being next to one of us,
50% pizza, free chicken, Olivia Harlan standing next to you...a perfect Wizards Fan Appreciation game.— Sweden, DC (@SwedenDC) April 13, 2015
that makes for the best Wizards Fan Appreciation Game ever! Did I mention that Harlan took notice too?
This game may have been even more than perfect after that subtweet.
4. Wizards play all the starters for over 40 minutes in a 99-95 2OT loss to the Pacers
The Wizards were looking forward to ending the Pacers' playoff hopes on Tuesday. But John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Marcin Gortat played over 40 minutes in a double-overtime loss that had no bearing on their playoff seeding. On top of that, both teams were just woeful offensively. It was so bad that Grantland's Bill Simmons gave head coach Randy Wittman a shoutout.
We've seen many NBA coaches run the Clogged Toilet offense before, but Randy Wittman is the one that mastered it.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 15, 2015
5. John Wall follows us on Twitter!
John Wall for MVP. pic.twitter.com/R9vCpX7NL9— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) April 16, 2015
'Nuff said. Thank you #WallStar!
Extra: The Mystics' 2015 WNBA Draft class is headlined by Atlantic 10 players Ally Malott and Natasha Cloud
The 2015 WNBA Draft was Thursday. The Washington Mystics selected Dayton forward Ally Malott eighth overall with their first round selection. I wrote something quick about it here.
Their second-round selection (15th overall) was St. Joseph's guard Natasha Cloud. She is a player who can play both guard positions and the small forward position given her 6'0 height.
Their third selection was Bosnian forward Marica Gajic, who was 32nd overall. I don't know much about international prospects, but Mystics GM/HC Mike Thibault does invest heavily in international scouting. Considering that he drafted starting Belgian forward Emma Meesseman in 2013 in the second round, you never know if Gajic could be a gem for them down the road. I don't expect to see her playing this season.
Finally, the Mystics have invited Princeton guard Blake Dietrick to a training camp contract:
Congrats to Ally Malott, Natasha Cloud, & Marica Gajic - selected in tonight's draft! Also welcome to Princeton's Blake Dietrick. Coach T— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) April 17, 2015
Dietrick was the Tigers' leading scorer and led them to their first undefeated regular season in school history.
To cap things off, Thibault gave a video interview to Monumental Network's Jumoke Davis:
For more detailed stuff from the WNBA Draft as a whole, log on to SB Nation's Swish Appeal where you can get more analysis and hot takes.