More on the Playoffs, and Fan Appreciation, and Autographed Hibachis
I've heard from a few so-called "fans" in recent days who've said they just want the Wiz season to end. I mean, what's wrong with you people? This is the NBA playoffs. Anything could happen. Giant Finnish-speaking bats could descend from the Verizon Center rafters, wearing tight-fitting gold Caron Butler uniform-dresses and bearing three-foot tall Gilbert bobbleheads, which they could then drop on the heads of the Bulls/Raptors/Cavs/Pistons whilst humming the collected works of Sibelius, causing mass hystery and allowing Michael Ruffin to score several uncontested layups. You just never know.
Also, you can bid on an autographed Gilbert Arenas hibachi. It's only $300 right now.
Also, the Wiz are having fan appreciation night tonight. There are festivities galore, including the giveaway of those three-foot-tall bobbleheads mentioned above, the receipt of which will virtually guarantee that your photo will appear in these parts tomorrow. Check it out:
The first 8,500 fans to arrive at Verizon Center will receive a Wizards shooting shirt sponsored by Chevy Chase Bank. During each timeout, Wizards fans will have a chance to win a variety of Wizards items, including Gilbert Arenas jerseys, an autographed Wizards team basketball, a pair of three-foot Wizards bobblehead dolls and other authentic team merchandise. Fans will also be selected to win gift certificates from local area restaurants. Players will personally thank the fans for their support via messages featured on the scoreboard during the game. The Wizards Dancers will also be on the concourse level to sign autographs for fans prior to the game.
Also, the Wiz continue to get massively disrespected, which will only make the doubters suffer that much more when judgment day arrives.
The Toronto Star yesterday tried to forecast the Raptors' first-round opponent, and decided it was now more likely to be the Nets than the Wiz, which means the Toronto Star believes Team Ligament/Bone/Back is likely to lose its final two games:
So it's still complicated. But it's more likely V.C. than D.C., which is to say the first round could prove a lot more daunting than the Raptors had imagined....
Still, if the choice is D.C. or V.C., the Home of Dubya is the easier first-round W. So [last night], if you are a Raptors fan, the logical thing to say is, "Go Knicks!" Otherwise, the prevailing mantra is soon to be, "Boo, Vince!"
V.C. is Vince Carter. But you knew that.
The Toronto Sun did the same. And really, where else but Toronto would the forecast be for a first-round series with the New Jersey Devils? Question: Who would be favored in a series between the Wiz and the New Jersey Devils?
The Raptors, who tied a franchise record with their 47th win, will face either the Washington Wizards or New Jersey Devils in the first round, depending on which team finishes sixth. [Edit: Could also be the Magic, FWIW.]...
The Raptors would rather face the Wizards, who are without stars Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler and figure to be easy pickings in the first round of the playoffs.
John Markon becomes the latest to suggest that the Wizards don't even exist:
In addition, there's an improving chance the No. 2 seed will draw the Wizards (40-40) and their constantly expanding list of injured players in the first round of the playoffs. A Washington series could be the equivalent of a bye.
Doug Smith tries to figure out what days the Raps might be playing:
If I was a betting man, and regular readers know I'm not, I'm thinking if it's Washington, it's going to be Saturday afternoon and Tuesday at home, and Thursday and Saturday in D.C.; because it's all TV driven and a Raptors-Wizards series might land on ESPN11.
And now everyone in NJ and Toronto is rooting for this Vince Carter matchup, including Raptors fans, who for some reason would rather face Carter and the Nets than the Wiz. Also, Jamal Mashburn takes a shot at the current Wiz lineup:
What we have to remember is that these are role players fillng the gaps. And if their role players were good enough to be starters, then they would be starters in this league already. Simple as that.
Meanwhile, the Magic are all into moving past the Wizards in the standings.
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