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Gaaaack: The Video

Here are two different ways to lose a basketball game:

In the first way, you can go out West, short-staffed, and go against the best player in the world and one of the best teams in the NBA, and you can take that team to overtime despite yet another mid-game injury to a starter, and you can leave with a narrow loss. And your announcer can punctuate that loss by saying something like "Tough loss, but good effort."

In the second way, you can be at home, against one of the worst teams in the NBA, with all your superstars available, including one who had only just made a surprising and electric return, and you can have your stars smiling and laughing on the bench into the fourth quarter, and then you can fritter away most of that lead in the final three minutes before undergoing one of the worst 10-second stretches imaginable in team sports, a stretch in which you take a one-point lead, and then three of your starters (including one who was hosting a dance-heavy birthday party later that evening) get injured virtually simultaneously, and you get the ball only to lose the ball, and then someone you didn't even know was in the NBA hits the game-winning shot over your franchise player with no time left on the clock. And your announcer can punctuate that loss by saying something like "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO."

And if you weren't thinking of the "NOOOOO, Not Possible!!!!!!!!!" game last night, you're living on a different planet than I am.

(Yeah, the dance party still went on. More later.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 3, 2008; 9:34 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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Remember when I was on Channel 5 and was a decent, capable reporter? Remember that?

I'm ashamed of that call. Not possible, but yes.

Posted by: S. Buckhantz | April 3, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I was there. We had trouble on D the whole night. And not because Gil came back -- the whole night, not just the 20 minutes that Gil played.

Losing the ball after getting the ball -- a real shame. AJ saved it from going out of bounds and from that point on, we should have been able to keep control of that ball. Sigh.

Yikes, don't tell us about the Deshawn party yet -- first lets have news on the injuries. Is everyone OK?

Posted by: Nancy | April 3, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm still ill.

But I'm also still giddy.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | April 3, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I have never seen so many people get injured in such a short amount of time before. I know I almost forgot that the game was going on, they were still showing Antawn and Deshaun looking very hurt. And Caron was holding his wrist too. It was almost as if the outcome of the game was an afterthought

Posted by: b | April 3, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

first of all, Buckhantz and Chenier are the best announcers in the league.

second of all, the Wizards are cursed. there's no getting around it now. you could not have thought up a worse scenario than what happened in that game last night.

Posted by: Ted Brogan | April 3, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Please no more birthday parties! Yikes! From hence forward, until the players can play defense and put away a team that is supposed to be inferior to them, all Wiz birthday parties should be canceled until after the season or further notice! How in the world can you let an important game like last night slip away. AUGH! What an embarassing performance last night. Wanted a refund!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Does this mean the debut of a "NOT POSSIBLE!" shirt on Blog Show?

Posted by: | April 3, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

It was like my entire childhood of terrible Bullets games were compressed into 10 seconds, and punctuated with Steve Javey doing that little "and it counts" hand motion.

Posted by: MN | April 3, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I really hate the EA Sports curse. Not only was Arenas out 66 games, the Wiz are now losing at last shot games like they were since Arenas got to D.C. I nominate the entire Bucks team on the cover of NBA 09 next season. And put that Ramon guy on the cover too. He's no Mo Williams, but he's certainly a "D-League Assassin".

Posted by: greg | April 3, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

It was almost as if the outcome of the game was an afterthought

Posted by: b | April 3, 2008 10:11 AM

That's exactly how I felt when it all happened. Gilbert was back, but three players were hurt or hurting in the final seconds. It had that feeling where you knew what would happen and there was nothing that could be done about it. I was just hoping the team would be all right. From reading the bog, it is evident that they were.

Posted by: sitruc | April 4, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

ever heard of run on sentences?

Posted by: stonerguy | April 5, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

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