On Wednesday night, the Washington Wizards defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in a close game. Believe it. That improves Washington’s record to a whopping 2-12 on the season, but it was nice for Wizards fans to see their team show some sort of pulse in holding on to defeat Kevin Durant and company. That is, if the fans were watching. According to Oklahoman writer Darnell Mayberry, not everyone in the stands was giving the home team their undivided attention.
Before the opening quarter had grown eight minutes old, a female fan seated in Section 119 pulled out a stack of papers and a purple highlighter. While her boyfriend appeared focused on the action that actually brought the couple out, the woman deemed it a better use of her time to review a market report for her consulting company.
By the midway point of the third quarter, an adult male fan halfway down Section 102 was slumped in his seat…sleeping.
It’s still very early in the season, but Wednesday night’s win could serve a purpose for both the Thunder and the Wizards. Oklahoma City got a true taste of humility for the first time this season, which should provide a friendly reminder that bad things happen when you take nights off in the NBA. On the other side, Flip Saunders’ team knows they have the talent to hang with the NBA’s elite for 48 minutes. Perhaps it was the benching of Javale McGee that ignited the Wizards. I guess we’ll see on Friday night when they take on the Nuggets.
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