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Wizards Crush Sixers on AI Night

The Sixers are in the midst of a huge rebuild. They traded Evan Turner, the second pick in the draft the same year John Wall was picked first, for Danny Granger. And then they bought Granger out this past week. In essence, they received a second round pick next off season for Evan Turner. The team is short handed, and is intentionally rebuilding its franchise around young players that it plans to draft in the coming years, and that it drafted last off season.

I have great empathy for this strategy as we embarked on a similar journey 3.5 years ago. As a rebuilding team, I remember the beatings we took by some playoff  teams such as the Sixers in the first two years of our rebuild. It isn't much fun going through the process. But, it is a process of renewal in the NBA. Some teams are working hard to qualify for the playoffs, some teams are long term strong and successful franchises, and some teams want to position themselves highly for the coming draft and work to reposition their teams.

Last night's game was a "trap game" for us, and I was happy to see our team show will, determination and focus on the night where Allen Iverson  had his jersey retired.  AI had great meaning to many players in the league as this article attests, and he was also an all time great Georgetown Hoya basketball player too.

We have now won six games in a row, and we are now three games over 500.

Trevor Ariza had a career night last night. He has had two games where he has been a 3 point shooting genius. Last night and the game right before the All-Star break against Houston. Kudos to Trevor. He is playing at a very high level on both sides of the ball.

We traded Arenas for Lewis, we traded Lewis for Okafor and Ariza, we traded Okafor for Gortat. We added two players via trade, who are playing at a very high level in our lineup right now. Gortat has been really stout and strong for us of late, and has also stepped up his game since Nene went down to injury last week.

And John Wall has been playing at a very high level. He is playing as one of the best point guards in the NBA. 

Could it have been just a year ago that articles like this one appeared in the same Washington Post?

The state of things change rapidly in pro sports, don't they? At any point in time, you can analyze and over analyze any move or any player or any team and its strategy. Teams can be up, teams can be down, strategies can change - but the pixels are never in doubt.

See you all on Monday night as the Wizards play at home against the Grizzlies.