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Wizards think they could beat Miami Tuesday. Sure they can.

Dec 4, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

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On paper it is the biggest mismatch of the year — the 12-3 Miami Heat (tied for the best record in the NBA) vs. the 1-13 Washington Wizards, clear and away the worst team in the NBA. The Heat have the second best offense in the NBA (110.5 points per 100 possessions), the Wizards have the worst offense in the NBA (92.8).

But the Washington Wizards could pull the biggest upset of the season.

Seriously, it could happen and not just because the Heat bus got lost on the way to the arena and they never showed up. Although that may be the most likely scenario for a Wizards win. But people do win the lottery, lightning does strike twice and a 15 seed can beat a 2 seed in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

So, how does Washington do it other than paying off the Heat bus driver? asked a few Wizards.

Actually, Wittman believes that if the Wizards can knock down their open shots, eliminate turnovers and rebound the ball, they can keep pace with the defending champions.

Okay. Play some fundamentally sound ball and hope your terrible shooting team gets hot for a night. That could happen, I guess.

Bradley Beal, what do you think?

“We don’t want to play halfcourt,” he said. “We love to play fast. It’s going to be a fast game, I can guarantee you that. It may get a little sloppy at times with guys just going up and down the floor.

“We’re not going to change the way we play for them. We’re going to stick to what we’re doing and make them try to stop us as well. We’re not going to back down. We’re going to come at them hard.”

You’re going to run and gun with the Heat? Really? You chose… poorly.

By the way: “We’re going to stick to what we’re doing and make them try to stop us as well.” Um, everybody pretty much has stopped you. Easily. Might be time to try something different. Just a suggestion.

But if a bunch of Wizards have their best game of the season tonight — Beal, Emeka Okafor, Martell Webster, Kevin Seraphin and the rest — they could hang around in this game. Still wouldn’t bet on them winning, though.

  1. drewdatwit84 - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I didn’t know PBT had a funnies section. This article was hilarious. “The Little Wizards That Could”, except this story will NOT end happy.

    • packfaninvikeland - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      For who..I wonder lol

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Imagine how happy Brody’s son Mike will be if the Wizards pull this off. (Homeland reference, people)

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      Sorry, kid’s name is Chris. Appropriate that I forgot his name. Mike’s Brody’s buddy. Mrs Brody’s buddy too.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    They can, and will.

    • trueballs - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      Holy S$%^ they just did.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:37 PM


  4. jjordannba - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Didn’t this Heat team just play down to the spurs bench and almost lose the game?

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    I think PBT put the whammy on the Heat with this article/headline.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Or maybe they are overrated

  6. cantonbound13 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    The Heat are so arrogant that they will lose.

  7. jhuck92 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    ohhh kurt! your heat are only human

  8. jjordannba - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    So Kurt, all of that pregame talk about how the Wizards have no chance, and look how it ends up. The Heat end up in another close game with another awful team. The only difference this time was Ray Allen wasn’t able to bail them out this time. Maybe instead of slurping Lebron and the Heat on this site everyday, try hiding your Lebron obsession a bit more so we can take you seriously.

  9. cantonbound13 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Hahaha!!! “Sportsman of the year” chokes again! Classic LeChoke!

  10. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Um, so the Wizards win. And you were saying, Kurt Helin? This is the NBA, not college. Anyone can lose any given night. I’d love to see the look on your face from seeing the score after writing this scandalous article.

  11. sf49ers4 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:30 PM


  12. miamatt - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Well, not playing with max effort finally caught up with Miami on a night they couldn’t knowck down their open looks down the stretch. Congrats to the Wizards, they didn’t back down and got the win.

    I’d love to believe this wakes Miami up, but I doubt it. They are coasting on defense and hustle plays and probably will continue to do so because they still win most games playing that way. A top 3 seed in the East is all but assured and staying healthy is priority no. 1. Still, can’t wait for the Knicks game on Thursday, I imagine we’ll see a different animal. Saturday against the Hornets/Pelicans? Back to close games against inferior competition.

  13. cantonbound13 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Kurt’s working on a post creating an excuse for the Heat’s loss.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      No hurricane hit the area, so they can’t pull that. And their best player is already on the bench, so that’s out also. Kurt will find something.

  14. rico004 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Insert foot into mouth, Kurt

  15. BrownsTown - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    [Kurt slams his fist into the coffee table while wearing his #6 shersey]

  16. BrownsTown - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    But seriously, this contrived style of writing is too ESPN. When will NBC demand more from one of their “Talk” websites?

  17. norcaldeportes - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    This article is dumb. The Heat will NEVER lose to the Wizards.

  18. waiting4asuperbowl - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Hahaha looks like they did. Hey dude, hows that crow taste? Lol

  19. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    A year ago I’d be ready to jump off a building. Now? I’m enjoying the posts. I’m happy for Chris Brody

  20. norcaldeportes - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Yeah right… What dream world are you living in? That will NEVER happen.

  21. ludacrish05 - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Norcal… Look up nbcsports scores…. Hahahahaha

  22. veinsofgod - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    I was waiting to post on this article once the Wiz won. Everyone beat me to it. My life is kind of sad. To Kurt’s credit he posted follow-up article immediately. Can’t wait to read.

  23. websurferdude - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Guess what they did win 105-101 suck on that PBT.

  24. Jim Schneider - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:55 AM


  25. halfbaht - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    Eat your words Kurt!

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