Of all the potential lasting images from the final game of the Wizards-Pacers series — David West celebrating, Paul George yelling at fans, RGIII and Wale pumping up the crowd, Ted Leonsis cursing, Boswell taking notes while standing, the sign about Roy Hibbert picking his nose — none will be more memorable than the many, many pixels of hugginess.
With the game decided, the final minute turned into one long embrace. Fans embraced the team, metaphorically at least. But there were literal embraces, too. Wizards hugging one another. Wizards hugging the Pacers. Wizards hugging their coaches. Wizards hugging Robert Griffin III.
I’m not entirely joking, either. It was kind of touching. Not just literally touching. It’s been the rare professional basketball team in Washington that has caused good feelings for weeks on end. And to see fans chanting and standing and cheering while players showed such affection for each other made it seem — for a few moments — that the good feelings were somehow justified.
But really, there were so many hugs.
Dusty in here. pic.twitter.com/BRu1Q0Kdhe— Danny (@recordsANDradio) May 16, 2014