Four faces explaining the Wizards’ first win
by Mike Foss, USA TODAY Sports
The Wizards won for the first time this season on Wednesday night, ending a 12-game losing streak with a 84-82 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. With the win, Washington ended its brush with the NBA’s worst start of season record (the Nets went 0-18 in 2009-10).
There were equal parts elation and embarrassment throughout the Verizon Center following the game, perfectly captured in this photo, taken by Rob Carr of Getty Images:
There is a lot of emotion happening here, so let’s take this image in piece by piece.
Emotion 1: Elation
This guy clearly saw the home opening 89-86 loss to the Celtics and had hope. Only to have that hope beaten out of him over the next 10 games. After a 118-92 loss to the Spurs, this guy was on his last nerve, clinging to the cliff of despair while eating a pint of Haagen-Dazs.
A win over the Blazers means he can hold his head high tomorrow, and maybe have a salad for lunch because if the Wizards can win one out of 13 games, he can eat a little better on Thursdays.
Emotion 2: Reality
Jordan Crawford realizes that Washington squandered a 79-64 lead after Portland went on a seven-minute run of 16-0. Crawford also knows the Wizards play the Knicks, Heat, and Hawks in their next three games. Washington might not break 80 points again until Dec. 8. Also, Washington is still 1-12.
Emotion 3: Over-elation
Cartier Martin is caught displaying signs of what Wizards fans know as “Nick Young syndrome.” It’s a permanent lack of self-awareness and an unmerited sense of achievement.
Emotion 4: Relief
John Wall (aka half of a Pee-Wee Herman costume) displays the only appropriate emotion for a professional NBA player who is part of a team that five seconds ago was 0-12.
Emotion 5: Solemn resignation
This is the face of a Washington Wizards fan. The team won, and that’s always a good thing, but there are indisputable facts which will hinder any further elation escaping.
1) Ernie Grunfeld is still general manager.
2) Ted Leonsis is still the owner (see Washington Capitals: 2003-2006).
3) There are still 69 games left to play.