The Washington Wizards haven’t had lots of success to have a good time this yr, however gave the impression to be effectively on their method to incomes their third victory of the season on Monday evening. Up by 23 factors at one level within the second half, and in the end led by a team-high 34 factors from beginning ahead Kyle Kuzma, the workforce on paper appeared to have the recipe to cruise to a simple win.
In the end, although, you most likely know from the headline above that’s… not how issues performed out. In a season that has seen them perform as extra of a touring basketball prop comedy act than knowledgeable workforce, the Wizards opted to do the funniest factor potential, and collapse in a manner beforehand unimaginable.
The Raptors had chipped away on the lead by having Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam go proper at Kuzma the entire second half, however with the Wizards up simply 10 with slightly over 5 minutes remaining, Kuzma unintentionally prevented being focused… by strolling again to the Wizards bench and arguing for head coach Wes Unseld Jr. to problem a name whereas the Raptors have been inbounding.
Toronto observed they have been taking part in 5-on-4, inbounded rapidly, and Barnes scored to chop the deficit to eight.
The Wizards went on to overlook their subsequent 10 photographs and permit what was, in totality, a 22-1 run to shut the sport. Kuzma wasn’t accomplished making errors, both, as he basically clinched the sport for Toronto by stepping out of bounds whereas catching a go because the Wizards tried to tie or take the lead down two factors with 6.1 seconds left, leaving even our most esteemed basketball Twitter wordsmiths consulting a thesaurus:
With an opportunity to tie or take the lead, they inbounds to Kuzma, who steps out of bounds. “Abominable,” it says right here.
— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) November 14, 2023
As my associates over at Bullets Ceaselessly wrote of their sport recap — “The worst half: the Wizards didn’t even appear all in favour of profitable in these clutch minutes, as in the event that they have been pondering already on the lottery balls.”
Simply 10 video games in, the Wizards actually could have already captured the title of funniest sports activities workforce of all time. Their remaining 72 video games could also be must-watch for no different purpose than to see how they will high this.