Make a gameplan to stay up late to watch the Wizards


Washington guard John Wall scored 27 points in the Wizards’ Game 5 win in Indiana. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

How about those Wizards!

The Washington Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers 102-79 Tuesday night to stay alive in their best-of-seven National Basketball Association playoff series.

Marcin Gortat — who’s known as the Polish Hammer — scored 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Wizards to an easy win. John Wall added 27 points and five assists to show he can be an all-star during the playoffs as well as the regular season.

Washington now trails Indiana 3-2 in games. The Wizards have to win two more games in a row to win the series and move on to the finals of the Eastern Conference. If they lose, their season is over.

So Thursday’s game at Verizon Center is HUGE. You need to stay up and watch it.

I know, I know . . . it’s a school night. The game starts at 8 p.m. and won’t be over until almost 11. That’s way past a kid’s bedtime. But the series has been super exciting, and the Wizards may win it. So here’s a plan that will give you at least a chance to see the big game.

First, get all your homework done. I mean 100 percent done, no mess-ups, no sloppy work. Then offer to let your mom and dad check your homework. That should impress them.

Next, wash up, brush your teeth and get in your pajamas. That way, you can go to bed right after the game is finished. Who knows, you may even fall asleep on the sofa during the game.

Of course, the plan may not work. Your mom or dad may say the game is too late or let you watch only part of the game. That’s okay; they’re in charge. They make the rules in your house, not me.

So you better have a Plan B. Ask if you can listen to the game on the radio. Say you will get in your PJs, get under the covers and listen to the game while in bed.

I used to do that when I was a kid. I listened to the Boston Celtics games from Boston Garden with announcer Johnny Most describing the action from “high above courtside.”

Tell your parents that listening to the game will help your listening skills and your imagination. It’s true. Lying there in the dark, you have to listen closely and imagine what is going on from the play-by-play.

Either way, I hope you see or imagine a Wizards win. If they win Thursday, the seventh and deciding game will be played Sunday. The NBA hasn’t announced the time of that game.

Hopefully, it will be earlier. But if it isn’t, you already have a plan.

Bowen will be speaking and signing books at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

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