Top 10 Moments of the YearPosted on January 14, 2013 by SportzWiz
As I mentioned in yesterday's blog post, there have been some phenomenal playoff moments already, and with that in mind I put together my top 10 moments from this past season for the Wizards. I want to hear your thoughts on this as well so please check them out and chime in. 1. The First Fan Witnesses a Wizards Romp - President Barack Obama attended his first Wizards game on February 27th and watched the Wizards crush his hometown Chicago Bulls 113-90. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 27 points, and the game also began the beginning of JaVale McGee's salute after a slam. 2. Wizards Beat Cavs 80-77 - In a roller-coaster ride season, one of the high points for the Wizards came on January 4th when the Cleveland Cavaliers came to town. While the Cavs had the best record in the league, it was the Wizards who looked like the league's best on this night, outplaying the Cavs and holding on down the stretch after a clutch Jamison jump shot and a "crab-dribble" travel by LeBron James. 3. Caron's Buzzer-Beater Against Indiana - Caron Butler had missed the previous two games with a flu-bug that put him in the hospital. However, in his first game back, Butler put on a fourth quarter performance to remember, scoring 15 straight points in the final 3:45 including a game-winning step back jumper to give Washington a 119-117 win. 4. Butler Does It Again - For the previous two seasons, the Toronto Raptors have hit heart-breaking buzzer beaters in Washington. On April 10th Caron Butler decided it was time for a little revenge. With the game knotted at 98 with 16 seconds to play, Butler got the ball on the right arc drove towards the basket and then connected on a step back jump shot to give Washington a 100-98 win. 5. Healthy Wizards Show NBA's Best Who's Boss - It was the only time all season the Wizards had even four of their five projected starters in the lineup and in just 48 minutes, the Wizards showed the rest of the NBA that they better watch out for the Wizards in 2009-10. With Arenas and Haywood in the starting lineup, the Wizards beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-101 in front of a sell-out crowd at Verizon Center. Haywood and Arenas both recorded double-doubles in the win. 6. Wizards Win in Tapscott's Debut - In his first game as interim Head Coach, Ed Tapscott saw the Wizards come out strong from the get-go as McGee started the game with an alley-oop dunk off the jump ball, and the Wizards didn't stop their in routing the Golden State Warriors 124-100. In the win Caron Butler led the Wizards with 35 points, while Andray Blatche became the first player since February of 2007 to finish with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks. 7. Wizards Beat Rockets on the Road - Facing one of the best teams in the Western Conference, the Washington Wizards went into Houston and upset the Rockets 89-87 playing without Caron Butler, Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 30 points and 12 rebounds and the Wizards stopped Yao Ming on the final possession of the game to preserve the win. 8. McGee Leads Wizards to First Win of the Season - In just his third game at Verizon Center, rookie JaVale McGee left the court to a standing ovation. The rookie from Nevada dropped in 13 points to go along with 11 rebounds and three blocked shots to help Washington to a 95-87 win over the Utah Jazz. 9. Young Records Career Highs 3 Times in 4 Games - In a one week stretch in mid-January, Nick Young quickly caught the attention of the entire NBA. The 2nd-year guard out of USC, dropped in 28 points, 30 points, and 33 points in one week off the bench shooting 72% from the field in the process. 10. Wizards Unveil Zephyrs Jerseys - On five separate occasions during the 2008-09 season, the Washington Wizards wore their throwback jerseys of the 1961-1962 Chicago Zephyrs.
SportzWiz checking in...I was just doing some research on the Draft Lottery and saw that only one other team in history has had a 17.8% chance of winning the lottery (The Wizards will have the second most ping pong balls, 178 out of 1,000, in this year's Draft Lottery). That team was the New