Wizards’ first-round woes get pointed out by passionate superfan
Reaction videos from fans of the losing team are not an uncommon sight. Depending on what’s at stake – a game that would have clinched a postseason spot, lower or higher seeding that would determine who they will face, or worse, the playoffs itself – the tone tend to be increasingly spiteful, incoherent, vulgar, or all of the above.
But every once in a while, there are fans that offer their thoughts that are analytical and constructive. Take this tweet from Wizards superfan, Joseph Turner, for example.
Wiz man….. if this isn’t a wake up call idk what is STEP UP OR NEXT MAN UP! I’m hot right now! #dcfamily @NBCSWizards @WashWizards @garyacarter @TravisThomasExp @ChristyWScott51 @BeccaMVP pic.twitter.com/YD10LlRDBx
— joeEL-amin🎒🏀 (@jt_hoopdreams11) April 18, 2018
Mr. Turner may be visibly upset, but can’t say we blame him given that his team is now down in an 0-2 hole after back-to-back dismal defensive efforts. Sure enough, the defense is the first concern he gets into, calling out how the Wizards defended the 3-point line (allowing 16 three pointers in Game 1 and 13 in Game 2) and singling out center Marcin Gortat at one point which he claims is out there mentally and should probably be benched for allowing the wildly inconsistent Jonas Valanciunas to have a field day at his expense… which should also allow the Wizards to be more mobile with their rotations.
His second key point was for the core players to step up – specifically Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. Both players are averaging comparatively lower stats to their regular season numbers, although seeing the point totals on the series so far, points probably isn’t the answer. Porter, the team’s top defender, did an admirable job handcuffing Demar DeRozan last time but gave up 37 on the second outing.
Turner is also quick to give praise to the banged-up John Wall, which is no surprise since he’s been the lone bright spot, and concedes that he couldn’t carry the team by himself.