Wiz Win Streak
Six small facts about the Wizards' win streak, which happens to include two straight against the NBA's best team, and which was certainly spurred by the photo-shopped Locksmith.
1) Washington's record before Oleksiy Pecherov made his season debut was a pedestrian 17-16. Washington's record since Oleksiy Pecherov made his season debut is 3-0, including two straight wins against the NBA's best team. Is this a coincidence? I don't believe in coincidences.
2) What is it about Washington pro teams facing the league's best? The Celtics, for example, are 29-4 vs. the rest of the league, but 1-2 against the Wizards. That's domination. Ditto for the Caps against the Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa Senators, who are in town tonight. The Sens are 29-8-4 against the rest of the league, but a miserable 0-3-0 against the Caps.
The best team the way-sub-.500 Nats played last summer was the Indians, who tied for the best regular season record in the bigs. The Nats took two out of three against the Tribe.
And who can forget the brave performance turned in by the Redskins when they faced the NFL's best....ok, forget that last one.
3) You're going to frequently see references to the Wizards' record with and without Gilbert if this team continues to play like this in coming weeks. Right now, they're 17-11 without Gil, and 3-5 with Gil. Which is striking enough. But those numbers are misleading, because the former number includes seven games without both Gil and Antonio Daniels, leaving the backcourt woefully undermanned. So really, you want to divide this thing into three parts:
With Gilbert: 3-5
Without Gilbert and Daniels: 3-4
With Daniels, without Gilbert: 14-7
That .667 winning percentage would be eighth-best in the NBA.
4) Yesterday's big Gilbert-might-leave story was, yet again, bogus. For someone as flighty as Gilbert, he's been remarkably consistent about this one: he will opt out to maximize his options, he will wait until the last moment, he wants to stay in D.C. and knows that's his best shot for the biggest contract, but he's never ever promised that it's a 100 percent done deal.
5) No invitation has yet been tendered, as far as I know, but Nick Young is already working on possible dunks for the All-Star weekend dunk contest. I'll give you three guesses as to who his assistant will be.
"If he goes, I'm gonna go down there with him," official Nick Young dunking assistant Dominic McGuire said.
"We have a lot," Young said of his dunking arsenal, although he declined to provide specifics. "I kind of have these ideas in my head, we've just been doing 'em to get ready."
6) Did you see the mohawk Young briefly sported last week?
"Gil tricked me into doing it," Young told me. "We both went to the same barbershop and he told me to get it."
Wow. Tricky. But Young had long planned to hold off on the Fro Hawk for the playoffs, and so he buzzed it off after just one game.
"I had to cut it," Young said. "It was bad luck to do it so early. Now I have to wait."
For the playoffs?
"Probably the dunk contest," Young said.
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