Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DC Rising: Washington Wizards in the NBA Playoffs 2014

Being a big basketball fan, I have dreamed of watching the big games in basketball. In 2011, I was fortunate to have watched my favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs, live in the Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards. It was also my first-ever experience to watch a live National Basketball Association game!

Three years hence, I was again fortunate to have watched the home team get to the playoffs for the first time since 2008! Their second-round series was against the Eastern Conference's # 1 team, the Indiana Pacers. Though they lost the series, They were fortunate to take the series to 6 games. I was lucky to purchase game 3 tickets. This will add another milestone to my NBA-spectatorship: Playoffs baby!!!

Thanks to the powerful superzoom of my friend's 18-200mm Nikkor lens, I was able to capture some moments.

Street performance around the arena

High School Band supporting the home team

Playoffs baby!

Wizards starting lineup: Wall, Beal, Ariza, Nene, Gortat. All but Trevor Ariza will be back for 2014-15 season.

John Wall has improved tremendously this season. He was also slam dunk champion in this year's NBA All-Star Game

I hope they repeat last year's playoff run this coming season. With the addition of veteran forward Paul Pierce, looks like DC fans are in for a treat! 

2013-2014 Washington Wizards Roster
(Source: www.wikipedia.com)
Pos.#NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY–MM–DD)From
G/F1Ariza, Trevor6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)210 lb (95 kg)1985–06–30UCLA
G3Beal, Bradley6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)207 lb (94 kg)1993–06–28Florida
F35Booker, Trevor6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)240 lb (109 kg)1987–11–25Clemson
F/C90Gooden, Drew6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)250 lb (113 kg)1981–09–24Kansas
C4Gortat, Marcin6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)240 lb (109 kg)1984–02–17Poland
F7Harrington, Al6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)245 lb (111 kg)1980–02–17St. Patrick (NJ)
G24Miller, Andre6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)200 lb (91 kg)1976–03–19Utah
F/C42Nenê6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)250 lb (113 kg)1982–09–13Brazil
F22Porter, Otto6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)198 lb (90 kg)1993–06–03Georgetown
G/F14Rice, Glen6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)206 lb (93 kg)1991–01–01Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBDL)
F/C13Séraphin, Kevin6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)275 lb (125 kg)1989–12–07France
F31Singleton, Chris6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)230 lb (104 kg)1989–11–21Florida State
G17Temple, Garrett6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)195 lb (88 kg)1986–05–08LSU
G2Wall, John (C)6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)195 lb (88 kg)1990–09–06Kentucky
G/F9Webster, Martell6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)230 lb (104 kg)1986–12–04Seattle Preparatory (WA)

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