While there will surely be more to say tomorrow about the end of this Wizards' season, at this moment we feel it necessary to lift the spirits of Washington fans by looking at how worse off our team could be (the situation actually nicely coincides with our ongoing series). The Wizards could be the Miami Heat. Yes, both teams were swept from the first round, but under drastically different circumstances.
The Wiz were operating under one of the most bizarre injury conditions in history; the Heat just flat out lost. Those same Heat that hand-wringers and optimist-haters were dreading facing in the first round. This once-mighty champion has been exposed as a lumbering, aging dinosaur perhaps on its last breath, Dwyane Wade notwithstanding. Much work potentially needs to be done in order for them to make another championship run. The Wizards, on the other hand, just need to get their stars healthy, add a minor piece or two, and avoid another completely statistically improbable rash of injuries to rise again to Eastern Conference prominence. First round sweeps aside, who would you rather your team be? And don't say Cleveland, because those downtrodden-kickers will receive their comeupance soon enough (as in, immediately, in the second round).