I Can't Stand The Rain...
On Tuesday night, the Washington Wizards open up their 2012-13 season in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. Meanwhile, back in the DC area and all along the east coast, Hurricane Sandy has caused millions of people to lose power and be tortured by the rain. Typically, hurricane or no hurricane, it is usually a good thing for Wizards fans to not have the ability to watch the game on television. Will this season be the same? Beep Beep...Who got the keys to the jeep?
The Wizards opponents to start the season are the Cleveland Cavaliers. In last season's shortened 66 game season, the Cavs finished with just 21 wins. That did however happen to be more wins than the Washington Wizards.
But while the reigning rookie of the year Kyrie Irving is looking to improve in his second season in the NBA, the Wizards John Wall enters his third season coolin' on the trainers table for an indefinite amount of time.
The question is, has the rest of the Wizards roster improved enough to take out an equally bad team? Or will injuries and non 100% players going to be a big problem for the Wiz? We do know that Wall missing time is taking some of the anticipation out of the Wizards season...can they push forward with a quiet storm?
Rainy Dayz For Rookies?
The Cavs and Wizards both have equally questionable rosters. Alonzo Gee is a starter in the NBA? But one of the keys to the game will be rookies. The Cavs are starting 4th pick rookie Dion Waiters at shooting guard, while the Wizards are going with 3rd pick rookie Bradley Beal. This looks to be the most intriguing matchup of the game for both Wizards and Cavs fans alike. Will the rookies shine, or will they just prove that more Rainy Dayz are ahead for both organizations...
Make It Rain
With Wall out, Seraphin out, Nene a game time decision, who on the Wizards will step up and combat the hurt from the injuries? AJ Price and Martell Webster are the prime candidates. Ariza will get the starting nod over Webster but Webster may see a majority of the time. Both Web and Price had good games in the preseason and don't seem to be afraid to step up and take charge.
And there is always Jordan "Swag" Crawford who isn't afraid to fire up more shots than Drew Brees throws in a game. Can he stop the rain or will he just make it rain jumpers? You know Jan Vesely will make it rain airballs. But will he airball more layups and dunks. Singleton will make the stat sheet rain with 0's and 1's.
Change Just Like The Weather...
The Wizards have a slightly new looking roster this season. Okafor, Ariza, Price, Webster, Pargo and Barron are all new to the team this season. A lot was made (by the organization) about the ending to last season with a flurry of wins. However, obviously it wasn't comforting enough to not make some wholesale changes to the surrounding payers.
And so the season begins tonight. It may be really hard to get on the Wizards making the playoffs bus, and one game isn't going to define the whole season, but a win tonight against a pretty young team will be a good way to get started.