Winning Lucky

Went to the Heat-Wizards game last night. Like a lot of ticket package owners, I’d been looking forward to this matchup — a chance to break DC’s long losing streak to Miami — for months now. The actual game against a Heat squad lacking Dwyane Wade or Shaq (or, for that matter, White Chocolate) was something of a disappointment. I’ll take a win, of course, and I’m glad to see the streak snapped, but it seems incredibly crappy to achieve an important symbolic goal essentially through dumb luck. One thing that really came through is that Alonzo Mourning, despite age and everything else, is still an incredibly effective player. Without any other major figures on his team he wracked up 3 blocks, 8 boards, and 17 points on just 12 shots in 24 minutes.

Wizards players were clearly frightened by his presence on the floor, when he was out there, and, frankly, rightly so. If he were a starter somewhere, even were he only able to contribute about 20mpg, he’s still have to count as one of the top centers in the (admittedly, center-deprived) East. Meanwhile, Chris Quinn, who I’d never heard of but who I guess Miami got as an undrafted free agent, seems to have some game to him.