Dennis Velasco: Hey Thomas! So, the Washington Wizards finally won their first game of the season on Wednesday night, exacting a bit of revenge on the road versus the Philadelphia 76ers who beat them in DC last Friday night during the Wizards' home opener. I was at the Verizon Center that night on a business trip and was excited to see John Wall play in person, as well as Bradley Beal, who seemed to love spotting up in the corner all night. In that home opener, the Wiz came out gunning (no pun intended... maybe) in the first quarter and Wall, in particular, was hot - he is simply amazing when driving to the hoop in a crowd. Then, it all fell apart. Wall, on pace for a 46-point night after scoring 23 in the first half did diddly-squat in the second half, finishing with 26 points in the Wizards' eventual loss. In Wednesday night's win on the road, Wall's production was more evenly spread out (24 points), as well the whole team that had five players scoring 14 points or more.
As one of those teams that's talked about possibly getting a lower seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, what needs to happen for them to make those aspirations of the postseason happen? Is it a, "As John Wall goes, so go the Wizards" type of deal? I personally loved the acquisition of Marcin Gortat because it's obvious that Ted Leonsis wants his team in win-now mode, or at least, make-the-playoffs mode, ridiculously talent-filled 2014 NBA Draft be damned! Having Gortat and allowing Nene to slide to his more comfortable 4-spot should help the frontcourt. What are your feelings on the deal? Also, do you see Beal going up another level in his development this season after a promising rookie campaign in 2012-13? What are three to five other things that Brooklyn Nets fans should be looking out for on Friday night when the Nets visit our nation's capital to do it up versus the Wizards?
Thomas Pruitt: Come on, can't we all forget about the gun thing? Or even, for that matter, the last, oh, five years?
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