Scenes from the Wizards' celebration
"The Wizards have it!" Steve Buckhantz said, as the seconds ticked away on Sunday evening in Cleveland. "Elation! Jubilation! Celebration! The Wizards have rid themselves of the proverbial monkey on their back and stopped this dreadful road losing streak at 25. BIG victory here tonight, 115-100."
"Just feels like we got a whole mountain off our back," Andray Blatche said, not even mentioning how they turned a monkey into a molehill.
"We're a great team, we've just got a lot to learn," John Wall told Chris Miller. "It feels like Christmas, man."
Now, there surely was no Champagne, and the celebration was ne'er inappropriate.
"I am also proud of the team for not over celebrating or dancing and acting like the win was a big deal on another team's home court," Ted Leonsis blogged. "That was professional and showed common courtesy as Cleveland is having its own sets of problems as it sets course in its own rebuild."
That said, it struck me as a slightly merrier celebration than for an ordinary mid-February win of one bad team over another. It started with John Wall raising his arms in triumph and Nick Young flinging the ball high into the air. It continued with lots of smiles, and lots of hugs.
And the best quote, of course, came from Wall, via Mike Lee:
"We didn't want to celebrate too much, because we got more games to win and we want to act like we've been in this situation before," Wall said, "which we haven't."
True. Very true.
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