The Washington Wizards are currently going through what is perhaps their roughest stretch of the season. After going on a five-game road trip on the west coast and facing four of the Western Conference’s best teams in that stretch, they then hosted the Chicago Bulls a few days later before going to Atlanta to take on the No. 1 seeded Hawks. They now have to host the one and only San Antonio Spurs before setting out to travel to the Windy City in a rematch with the Bulls (the Wizards won the first game by a score of 102-86).
Washington is currently tied for the No. 2 seed in the East, as both them and the Toronto Raptors hold records of 25-12. I have stated their record in a number of my previous articles, and I will continue to do so. I know it could get a bit annoying. You’re probably thinking something like “c’mon Rocky! You just told us what their record was yesterday!” However, their record does change every day, so it is somewhat informative information.
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Tonight, they will be facing off against Tim Duncan and the 23-15 San Antonio Spurs. That’s right, the Spurs are only eight games above .500 and have only the seventh seed in the East. The reason for them not experiencing the success that they are used to is because their leader, Tony Parker, has suffered through some injury issues this season. He missed nine games with a hamstring injury a few weeks ago, and he has yet to eclipse 25 minutes played in a game upon his return.
When he makes a full recovery and becomes the Tony Parker that we all know and love, the Spurs will be back to playing that fluent basketball that we are so accustomed to seeing from them.
Although one veteran has struggled this season, another one has excelled. Will Tim Duncan ever get old? The guy is 38, and averaging a double-double with 2 blocks. And that’s not to mention that he has yet to miss a game this season.
There are two words to describe guys like him: ageless wonders. Not only is he one of the best players in this generation, but he will go down as one of the greatest players in NBA history. I don’t think that many will disagree with that statement.
The Wizards have a tough task at their hands tonight. Tony Parker is one more day healthy, and John Wall will have the challenge of defending the future hall-of-famer. I’m always interested in games like these, and here’s why – who comes out on top at the end of the day: veteran teams with smart players all around or young teams with deep rosters and a ton of talent? We shall see tonight.