WASHINGTON – The Wizards lost Thursday,ending hopes for a championship yet again,but the fans aren’t discouraged.
“Hopefully,next year will be better,” avid fan Jeffrey Platts,a D.C.-area dating and life coach,said. “It sucks to lose,but it feels good knowing that we’re a hell of a contender next year.”
It’s been 35 years since the Wizards won a second-round playoff game at home. After an extraordinary performance in game five earlier this week,Wizards fans were ready to see what the next game would hold. The energy was high as a melange of fans in red,white and blue packed the Verizon Center. Most hadn’t expected to be there for a game six.
“I didn’t think they’d get around to it this quick,” fan James Pyron,19,a Brigham Young University student from Richmond,Va.,said. “I thought,maybe,give it five years. … Then they could advance into the playoffs,but I definitely didn’t expect it this soon.”
Unfortunately for Wizards fans,D.C. couldn’t rise up another level in the playoffs. The Pacers came out on top with a 93-80 victory.
The game wasn’t a blowout. Both the Pacers and Wizards kept the game going back and forth well into the second half.
Bradley Beal’s score in the fourth quarter gave the Wizards a 1 point lead,but that was the closest the score was. Beal averaged 17.1 points per game this season and was just shy of remarkable in many of the huge playoff games. But some fans were less than impressed with John Wall’s performance.
Wall averaged 19.3 points per game with 1.8 steals,4.1 rebounds,and 8.8 assists.
Having the Wizards miss going to the third round of the playoffs is definitely a disappointment for Washington. However,the team earned the respect of many dedicated fans by playing hard like a team. Even with a loss,the crowd gave them a standing ovation.
Reach reporter Sydnei Fryson at [email protected] or 202-326-9861. Stories are free to any news organization that gives the reporter a byline and credits the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.