WELCOME TO THE HUDDLE
This is no hurry-up offense. No loose congregation or forced conversation. This is the 20-second timeout, and this is the jargon on your Quarterback’s wristband. This is The Huddle, HYPE team’s eyes, ears, and conscience on anything athletic. Let’s bring it in.
Before the birth of hyperadioshow.com, we had our boots in the field. By boots I mean oxfords and by field I mean Capital One Arena. In four games covering the Washington Wizards, we saw home stands against the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, and Portland Trail Blazers.
Currently, the Wizards are first in the Southeast Division and hold the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Frustration owns the locker room, as the 14-12 team has lost auspicious leads and squandered discouraging deficits.They’ve taken home losses to developing teams and impressed against perennial contenders. On court, they alternate a chippiness – i.e. Tim Frazier’s involvement in just about every rebound – and an apathy for loose balls and defensive possessions. Their collective personality has been shy to say the least. There’s still no telling who the 2017-18 Washington Wizards really are, but time will take care of that.
The Wizards enter the second quarter of their season toting a blessing in disguise.
Through playing together for the last few years, the starters have developed a chemistry that stacks up against Martin & Gina. Last year, that lineup of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat led the NBA in minutes played by more than 450 minutes. That’s almost ten full games! They were known to start strong, leading the league in efficiency within a game’s first six minutes. The next six, and any minute afterword tainted with a backup’s sneakers, saw a pretty noticeable difference in production.
Entering this season, the asterisk still dangled over the bench. Kelly Oubre, Ian Mahinmi, Tomas Satoransky & co. haven’t been able to replicate a similar batch of fervor, flare, and fluidity that the first group has honed.
But that’s where that blessing in disguise comes in.
John Wall, the city’s adopted son, preceded this season with what he’s called a career summer. Before the November 25th home matchup against Portland, he was ruled out for two weeks, citing a left knee that has bothered him since he got it. (Yes, the knee.) His time recovering means that fluctuating and indecisive supporting cast of theirs will either sink or swim, giving the viewing eye a rare clue as to who this team is. They must take this time to facilitate the starters’ chemistry if this team is to stay afloat. This is a chance to earn the respect of the media, the starters, and the rest of the league.