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Morning Look: The Faces of 1-8

(By John Amis - AP)

This is a true story. Last night, I was watching the Wizards in delayed time on TiVo, maybe 10 or 15 minutes behind the live action. With about a minute left in their game against the Hawks, DeShawn Stevenson hit an awful fading away jumper to give the Wiz a four-point lead, then couldn't feel the heck out of his face. I paused the TiVo machine, and got ready to take some television photography.

The image was great: DeShawn's hand was frozen mid-wag in front of his own bench. O-Pech was screaming like a wookie, Antonio Daniels was in his so-happy-he-was-angry state, Dee Brown was giddy, new Wiz PR guy Scott Hall was looking up at the scoreboard, and behind the bench was the perfect image of Atlanta Hawks fandom: a couple, arms draped all over each other, completely impassive to what had just happened.

This, I was gonna say, was the image of a Wiz return to life.

But then my machine unfroze, and I couldn't rewind, and in frustration I somehow went to live action, and Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier were discussing how the game had gotten away in those final 60 seconds. I nearly fell over. And so, instead of a Wiz return to life, these are the current faces of the Wiz.

Above, please see Confused Wiz. Like, really? Did that just happen? Huh. Darn.

Here, please see Stinky Wiz. Like, wow, that's what a lost season smells like. Please see the back story here, and it's a good one. Like all of the Wiz season thus far, it's sort of unmentionable.

(By Preston Keres - TWP)

Then we have Helpless Wiz. I'm injured. I'm in my suit. I'm watching a loss. And I don't quite know what to do.

(This is also the face of your typical Wiz fan upon seeing JaVale McGee subbed out two minutes into the third quarter.)

(Courtesy Madame Tussauds)

And for our grand finale, it's Frozen-in-Time Wiz. And this one's pretty apt, because it's all of us, frozen in January of 2007. That's when Gil was both a blog superstar and a basketball superstar, and the media would flock to his every appearance, and the Wiz were not only quirky and funny but were becoming mild pop star celebrities in D.C. Two years later, Gilbert is unveiling a wax sculpture of himself in downtown D.C. this afternoon, and I don't think I'll go to the event. Feels like it's time to move on.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 9:51 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Look , Wizards  
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Im too lazy to go look, but someone please tell me how many points Pech has scored in his NBA Career (Summer League does not count). He shoots it every time he touches it, and Im not sure if I have seen him make a shot.

Posted by: rc2223 | November 20, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Someone needs a bigger sweater (I'm looking at you Row 1)

Posted by: Kev29 | November 20, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I watched the game waaaaay after it happened. And I went so far as to actually get a picture of DeShawn's "moment" and then watched the rest of the game. Man....the delete button could not have been hit faster.

Posted by: truthaboutit | November 20, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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