NBA Playoffs: Why you should be supporting the Washington Wizards

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The NBA playoffs are here and we've certainly seen some surprises come and hit us full in the face, the Hawks took game one off the Pacers, the Mavs came out of San Antonio 1-1 and the Chicago Bulls look like they're going to be swept by the Washington Wizards.

And we should've all seen that last one coming. 

The Bulls came in to the playoffs as the team everyone secretly wanted to do well. They lost their two star players - Luol Deng to a trade and Derrick Rose to another injury - and Joakim Noah and company dragged them kicking and screaming to a fourth seed.

But that grit and determination, and maybe a bit of luck here and there, is running out in the post-season. And the Wizards are dominating them.

The un-fancied Wizards, 5th seeds by virtue of Brooklyn's desperation tanking to avoid the Bulls, have come in to the two games at the United Center and played the Bulls off their own court, beating them at their own game in the process.

This is why all possible neutrals watching the series should be rooting for the lower seeded Wizards.

Noah, Carlos Boozer and the other bigs in Illinois are being beasted off the court by Washington's imposing frontcourt tandem of Nene and Marcin Gortat. The Brazilian Beast and the Polish Hammer have made the United Center court their own, not giving an inch to the Defensive Player of The Year and his chums.

Nene has a combined 43 points in the opening two games of the series, trouncing his regular season average of 17 points per contest. While his partner in crime Gortat nabbed 15 points and 13 rebounds in a game one which he dominated Noah.

Then there is the All-Star quality combo of John Wall and Bradley Beal to deal with. The duo are averaging 19.3 and 17.1 a game this season, absolutely incredible when you realise they are just 23 and 20 respectively while leading their side to several incredible displays.

There fast-paced exciting action is genuinely breathtaking at times, the fervour and enthusiasm of youth is endearing and a breath of fresh air from the current narrative surrounding the league.

I implore you all to watch Game 3 tomorrow and try not to fall in love with the exuberant guards and foreign forwards that blend in to one perfect symposium of what basketball is meant to be, just pure fun. 

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