Nobody will be more happy to find that the preseason end compared to the Washington Wizards; if it had gone on any longer, they’d have run out of healthy bodies completely.
With Martell Webster already on the shelf after his third back surgery in four seasons, the injuries just kept coming.
Bradley Beal fractured his wrist, Glen Rice Jr. wrapped his ankle, Kris Humphries ripped open his arm onto the rim (because when are these items sharp?) , requiring surgery to mend the gash. John Wall was limited with knee tendinitis.
Somehow, the Wizards’ oldest player managed to live the display slate unscathed. Paul Pierce, set to start at small forward for the Wiz, provided some veteran outlook on the parade to the trainer’s table, per Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post: »It’s been tough. It’s been hard. We haven’t had a full squad the majority of the preseason. The important thing is understanding it’s a long season. The crucial thing is to get healthier. »
If the collective swelling recedes and the stitches hold, Washington can nevertheless make great on the lofty expectations it set last season. Forty-four wins got people thinking in D.C., and the Wizards face a world where anything less than a top-four seed will constitute a disappointment.
Demands like that are as sterile as they’re daunting, especially for a franchise with little success in its recent past. At 33-1, the Wiz are not totally out of the championship picture, but they are still a notch below the East’s elite.
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