Philadelphia 76ers PG Lou Williams rimmed out a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Washington Wizards the 108-107 victory in honor of team owner Abe Pollin, who passed away just hours before yesterday’s contest. “It was a hard evening,” said Gilbert Arenas. “But at the end of the day Abe Pollin loved us so much that we couldn’t feel the pain until after the game. We had to go out there and just play. He wouldn’t want us to stop doing what he loved.”
Arenas finished the game with 17 points and eight assists, adding six turnovers to his stat line as well. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Andray Blatche contributed with 14 of the bench’s 31 total points in his 22 minutes played.
The Sixers made a progressive 32-23 run in the fourth quarter but ran out of time to finish out on top. Both coaches shared the same remarks following the heart-felt win for Washington. “I guess Mr. P, he probably contested that last shot better than anybody,” said Wizards coach Flip Saunders. 76ers coach Eddie Jordan stated soon after that “maybe Abe’s spirit knocked that out.”
Philadelphia will now be making their way to Boston’s TD Garden for a game against the Celtics tonight at 7:30 PM. The Wizards are set to head south for their Friday night matchup with the Miami Heat.
No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals have just agreed to a $15.1 million four-year deal. The San Diego State right-hander set the mark for the most money guaranteed to a drafted player. The record was previously held by Mark Prior, who signed a five-year $10.5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs in 2001.
Strasburg is very excited to suit up in a Nationals uniform. “It feels awesome. I got a little nervous there for a while that it might not happen, but I feel very blessed,” he said. “I’m not sure of the plan right now. They said they’d bring me up for the media. They said to take my time to get ready. It’s an amazing feeling. I really wasn’t sure if it was going to happen, but I’m glad it did.”
Strasburg will receive a $7.5 million signing bonus with $2.5 million paid 15 days after approval of the contract, $2.5 million paid in January 2010 and another $2.5 million paid in January 2011. With Strasburg officially on board along with other young prospects, the Nationals have a lot to look forward to in the future. The 2009 Nationals are scheduled to play the Colorado Rockies tonight at 7:05 pm.
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Recap – There is nothing special about this years Washington Capitals team, to put it simple, they are just your average NHL hockey team. They have one standout offensive threat in Alex Ovechkin who leads the league in goals (38) but after him the next leading scorer on the team in defenseman Mike Green with 14 goals. The defense allows around 3.25 goals a game, which is right around the league scoring average and the team only has one shutout all season. The team has to stop depending on Ovechkin to carry them in the third period and find another player who can be a regular offensive threat.
2nd Half – Unless he suffers an injury, Overchkin will win the league scoring title but will come up short in leading his team to the playoffs. Goaltender Olie Kolzig needs to be more consistent and get his save percentage up around .900% because it is currently at .885 which is the worst in the NHL.
Team Name: Washington Capitals (22-21-5)
Southeast Division Standing: 2nd place
Conference Standing: T-10th place
Final Predictions: 3rd in the Southeast Division, 11th in the Eastern Conference
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