SNIDER: Faux Wizards are still worth watching

Rick Snider
March 22, 2020 - 2:58 pm
SNIDER: Faux Wizards are still worth watching

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Who says sports is dead? The Wizards still found a way to play . . . and lose. It was damn creative and interesting.
Monumental Sports Network is continuing Wizards and Capitals seasons with simulations on NBC Sports Washington (NBCSW). The Wiz opened its NBA2K20 season by losing to the Milwaukee Bucks 80-61 on Saturday. The Caps start Tuesday against St. Louis via EA Sports NHL20.
It was like watching the “300” movie with the same outcome for Washington. Kudos to the Wiz for not letting themselves win their own creation. Indeed, the simulation showed Washington’s record at 25-44 before the game, meaning they were 1-4 since the real NBA halted.
Indeed, details were overall well done. The 19-5 Bucks run looked familiar as Giannis Antetokounmpo owned everything underneath while the Wiz stood around watching. Bradley Beal scored 19 points in the 32-minute game that took only one hour because timeouts and fouls were virtually non-existent. Beal threw in a sweet back-to-the-rim floater.
Fans were booing as usual, but packed stands showed little social distancing. Cheerleaders threw T-shirts into the crowd when toilet paper would have been more appropriate. Having former Wiz announcers Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier do the game would have been clever.
Poor coach Scotty Brooks just watched the game from his chair so that’s something that needs to change in future broadcasts. NBA coaches rarely sit longer than one possession. He had a pretty blank expression, too. Coaches are usually red-faced from yelling.
And where were the postgame interviews? It could have been some funny stuff there like showing no energy.
Chris Miller delivered postgame stats like Beal converting 8 of 19, including 1 of 5 three-pointers. The Bucks outscored the Wiz 46-28 in the paint and 21-9 overall in the third quarter. Mostly, I think Miller was just trying not to laugh.
Given sports channels are now relegated to showing old weird shows on ESPN the Ocho like sign spinning and rock skipping, Monumental gets great props for this idea. Who says it has to end once the real version returns?

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks