The Wizards won their second straight game on Tuesday night, moving within 1.5 games of no longer having the second-worst record in the NBA. And sure, progress, youth, encouraging, blah blah blah, but that’s not a very good job of tanking.
Now, I understand protecting the sanctity of the game and honoring your fans who have paid good money and all that, but the Redskins’ 2011 season has forever changed my mind about tanking. Take away a few of those meaningless wins in a ruined season, and the price for RGIII would have dropped. Take away all of those meaningless wins, and the Redskins could have their quarterback of the future, and their full complement of first-round draft picks.
In the short term, of course it was more satisfying to get five chances to celebrate. In the long term, give me 15 losses and two more first-round draft picks. And it’s not even close.
Obviously the NBA has a lottery system, but if you lose the lottery, your position is again based on your record. And lottery odds aside, 5th (the worst possible drafting position for the NBA’s 2nd-worst team) is better than 6th (the worst possible result for the 6th-worst team).
So seriously, Wizards. Show signs of progress. Let the kids play. Let the kids score. Display youthful enthusiasm and hope. But just try to lose in the end.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Jayson Werth had four hits in a game for the first time since 2009, and their starting pitching remained excellent, and the Nats moved to 3-2.
But Michael Morse is out indefinitely, and many pessimistic Nats fans believe “indefinitely” means “seven or eight years.”
Braden Holtby on being the Caps’ guy in the playoffs: “The saves don’t get any harder in the playoffs. I’ve watched them since I was a kid. They’re the same type shots, same everything.”
The Wizards won. Boo.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Kevin Seraphin had a career night for the Wizards, with career highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds, and then tweeted this.
Just finished to killing this lobsters lmao— kevin seraphin (@kevin_seraphin) April 11, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT I
Randy Wittman paid tribute to new additions Cartier Martin and James Singleton:
“We might have to go all 10-day contracts next year. Some of our guys might not like to hear that.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT II
Jordan Crawford on not showing emotion:
“I don’t ever really smile when I get buckets. I’ve been doing that since I popped out.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
This is old, but here’s Georgetown’s new bulldog puppy mascot J.J. wrestling with a Nike basketball shoe, because it’s awesome.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Stephen Strasburg at Johan Santana at 1 on MASN. Yankees at Orioles at 7 on MASN. And you can watch the Flyers visit the Penguins at 7:30 on NBC Sports Network, and root against both teams. All TV/Radio listings are here.
IMPORTANT JAMESON NEWS
Duffy’s Irish Pub, around the corner from the 9:30 club, is offering “a new Jayson Werth drink special: free shots of Jameson for each Jayson Werth HR this season.” You must be wearing Nats gear.
Brad Lidge says the NL East is the Phillies’ division to lose.
SI has a huge and revealing story about JaVale McGee.
The Frederick Keys had a hockey day featuring many Caps elements, and the emcee wore a Flyers jersey.
City Paper reports that there are now D.C. shades of nail polish, including Bama nail polish, and Mumbo Sauce nail polish, and Go-Go nail polish.
A few special Burger King test stores are now offering a bacon sundae.