Unfortunately, even when we should be happy the Wizards are playing a game, this is the second time in a week that a game happens on a day when a mass shooting happens, though it happened outside of the United States.
Earlier this morning, someone in Utrecht, Netherlands shot and killed three people and injured five others in a tram. Utrecht is about 25 miles southeast of Amsterdam. Fortunately, the Dutch national police (their law enforcement is national unlike the U.S.) caught a suspect earlier today and believe it could be terrorism-related.
We have always had a fair amount of Dutch Wizards fans in the comments over the years and the Netherlands isn’t a country that had actual incidents like this happen. So our thoughts and prayers to the victims in Utrecht.
So let’s begin.
Today’s game makes the end of a five-game homestand where Washington has won three of their previous four games. If they win this game, the Wizards will certainly call this a success. For many fans however, it won’t be because Washington can also use a better draft pick.
Right now, things look rather “competitive” since the Magic, Hornets, Mavericks, Pelicans and Lakers are all hovering around the Wizards at the low 30-win range this late in the season. In the west, the teams out of playoff range are generally thinking about the future. But in the East, the Wizards are currently 6.5 games ahead of the Hawks, so it’s not like they’re going to drop in the Eastern Conference standings this late in the season.
Since last week was all about things involving France, I should mention that Rudy Gobert is here tonight which makes this homestand about as French as any as I can remember. He comes from Saint-Quentin, a city in the Hauts-de-France region, the northern-most region of the country.
Historically, part of the region, including its capital Lille were part of the County of Flanders and the Burgundian Netherlands in the Middle Ages. In fact, some people in this region speak a Dutch-derived language called French Flemish where there are some efforts to revive it. It is only recognizable to people who live around northern French cities like Lille, Dunkirk and in Belgium’s West Flanders province to the north.
I’m not holding my breath on Monsieur Gobert knowing a few words of French Flemish. But I am holding my breath on whether the Wizards can win this game. Go Wizards!