Nobody will be more happy to see the preseason end compared to the Washington Wizards; if it had gone on any longer, they’d have run out of healthy bodies entirely.
Together with Martell Webster already on the shelf following his third back surgery in four seasons, the harms just kept coming.
Bradley Beal fractured his wrist, Glen Rice Jr. rolled his ankle, Kris Humphries ripped open his arm onto the rim (since when are these items sharp?) , requiring surgery. Even John Wall was limited with knee tendinitis.
Somehow, the Wizards’ oldest player was able to live the display record unscathed. Paul Pierce, place to begin at small forward for the Wiz, offered some veteran perspective on the parade into the trainer’s table, per Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:”It has been tough. It has been challenging. We haven’t had a full squad the majority of the preseason. The key is understanding it’s a long season. The key is to become healthy.”
If the collective swelling recedes and the stitches hold, Washington can nevertheless make good on the lofty expectations it set last season. Forty-four wins got people believing in D.C., and the Wizards face a world where anything less than a top-four seed will constitute a disappointment.
Demands like which are as sterile as they are daunting, especially for a company with so little success in its recent past. At 33-1, the Wiz aren’t totally out of the championship film, but they are still a notch beneath the East’s elite.
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