Throw it DOWN, big man, throw it DOWN! Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and basketball fans diffused across planet Earth and beyond! Bill Walton here to guide you through what is literallly the most exciting time of the year during which to be a functioning human being - the run-up to the NBA playoffs! And as part of that run-up, I feel it is my duty to proclaim the Washington Wizards, after clinching their second consecutive playoff berth with a gargantuan victory last night over the Cleveland Cavaliers and their mighty colossus LeBron James, are the big, big sleeper of these playoffs.
Sure, as my colleague Michael Wilbon said, perhaps they celebrated a bit too early. But with all due respect to my great friend and colleague--Michael, what are you thinking? Let us not begrudge these warriors of the hardwood their laurels, Michael! Give them joy! Give them fun! Give them their season in the sun! For they have just emerged from the darkest of gauntlets with the light of glory in their eyes, and now prepare to enter an even darker fray, in a quest for basketball's Golden Fleece, the Larry O'Brien Trophy!
Whoever predicted them as an Eastern Conference also-ran is an utter fool, Marv. With Caron Butler back in the fold and Etan Thomas slamming down so much more than poetry, this is a team to be reckoned with, and overlooked at one's peril.
Do not say the Big Redhead did not warn you. Mark my words - the Wizards can win the NBA title, and return to the Nation's Capital in glory to judge both the quick and the dead. So until then, this is Bill Walton, telling you to throw it DOWN, big fella! Throw it DOOOWWWWWWWNNNNN!!!!!
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