About Last Night: In The Groove

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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We had too many games and way too many sick highlights from Wednesday night for us to waste your time this morning yapping.

So instead of lowering the boom on the Knicks or Wizards about their feeble showings or celebrating the Clippers … or the Hang Time Grizzlies … or the Heat … or the Bulls for looking great again. While some teams are struggling to find their way, some teams are already in the groove!

You can check them all out on the Daily Zap:



Heat fans will insist that we don’t dole out the proper love for their team around here on a regular basis. But don’t confuse us keeping two car lengths behind the Heat bandwagon with us not respecting their power.

And LeBron James carried the load last night while he was wounded and Dwayne Wade didn’t even play:



The Clippers are finally starting to look like the outfit many of us thought they would when they added Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups and all those other pieces. That whole “Lob City” movement … that’s a bandwagon we’re willing to ride on. In fact, they could use their own version of the Top 10 Plays every night:




We just couldn’t resist chiming in on the Wizards, the only team in the league still trying to leave a stain in the wins department.

The mess that has become this Wizards team — this is the first 0-6 start in franchise’s 51-season history folks — was on full display last night and captured brilliantly in print by our main man Michael Lee of The Washington Post, a veteran of the Wizards drama for years now:

Andray Blatche pulled the hood of his sweatshirt over his head, placed a pair of oversize headphones on his ears, and scrolled to a Sam Cooke song on his iPod. As he grabbed his belongings to leave the visitor’s locker room at Amway Center after the Washington Wizards’ 103-85 loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, Blatche started singing off-key: “A change gon’ come . . . oh, yes it will.”

The Wizards will have to do something different, because their first six games have produced some miserable performances that have left the players zapped of enthusiasm. And there are still 60 games remaining. At 0-6, the team is off to the worst start in the history of a franchise that has had far too many dreadful campaigns since it last reached the NBA Finals nearly 33 years ago.

“It’s kind of dead around here as you can see, feels like we been playing for two or three months already,” reserve guard Jordan Crawford said. “It’s sad right now. It’s bad.”

Coming off a seemingly encouraging loss two nights before in Boston — where they shared the ball, helped on defense and were competitive from start to finish — the Wizards appeared disorganized, dysfunctional and discombobulated on both ends of the floor.

“One step forward, two steps back,” Coach Flip Saunders said after the Wizards suffered their third loss by at least 18 points this season.

“Looked like we took five steps back,” Rashard Lewis said after the Wizards were thrashed in nearly every category, shot an abysmal 36.6 percent and for the fifth time this season failed to score at least 90 points.

“Seemed like we took nine steps back, go all the way back to the beginning of training camp, with everybody just playing for themselves,” John Wall said after the Wizards missed their first 12 shots from the field, allowed Orlando to score the first nine points and trailed by double digits for the final 39 minutes 59 seconds of the game.

You have to wonder how much longer the Wizards can go on like this, with seemingly every man in their locker room feeling the weight of the team’s struggles the way they do …

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