Two Hours of Power (End of Season Zard Party)

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Today on ZardCast, because the season has officially come to an end, CT, Dave and Duncan have convened to say goodbye to the 2014-15 Washington Wizards by participating in a power hour.

After the first hour, the guys agree to press on into the night, talking all things Zards, a litany of NBA topics and all other matters of life as the show eventually go off the rails.

Now that the offseason has begun, ZardCast is taking a step back and will record monthly until the 2015-16 season is upon us. Then, the plan is to return to our usual once-weekly schedule.

Thanks to all those who listened throughout the season. It was a lot of fun, and watching that basketball team of ours wasn’t all that shabby either. We can’t wait to be back weekly next season when John Wall wins the MVP and the Wizards win the NBA title!

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Recapping Game 6, Early Offseason Storylines (Feat. Jake Whitacre & Adam McGinnis)

Today on ZardCast, the podcast returns after coming to grips with the Wizards’ loss in game six to the Hawks. CT and Duncan are joined by Jake Whitacre from Bullets Forever and Adam McGinnis from Truth About It to breakdown the final game of the season and all of the early offseason story lines that have percolated during the past few days.

ZardCast will be back Tuesday with CT, Duncan, Dave and Max recapping the Wizards season while completing a power hour. That will be ZardCast’s final show of the regular season, as the guys switch to recording once a month until the 2015/16 season is imminent.

Topics discussed include:

  • Where were you when the Wizards bowed out of the playoffs?
  • What stage of grieving are you at?
  • Game 6 was weird, ended a half second away from overtime
  • It’s incredibly depressing to watch the Hawks and Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals — Who are you rooting for?
  • Brad Beal was in Kyle Korver’s head, played an incredible series
  • Also had some audacious statements after the game
  • The trauma revolving around the end of game five and how there was still hope after a tough loss
  • Why did the Wizards lose the series?
  • What gives with Kris Humphries? Why did he never play? Non-basketball fans are big on him
  • What is everyone doing in the offseason?
  • Addressing Marcin Gortat’s comments on his personal struggles mid-year, and on playing without Nene and with a stretch-four
  • Will Nene go along with playing a different role in his final year on the books with the Wizards?
  • What does everyone think Gortat’s personal problem was? Girl probz?
  • People coming out of the weeds for cash?
  • Kevin Seraphin is probably leaving D.C. #KSLife will be missed
  • The podcast has a new sponsor: Q-Tips
  • How great was Paul Pierce? He’s got to be back, right?
  • He gives the Wizards freedom and constrains them at the same time
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • John makes the NBA all-defense team, but is snubbed from all tiers of the All-NBA team
  • Why did he get snubbed? Who should he have leaped?
  • Why has there been such a negativity about John throughout his career? It doesn’t match up to his personality or his play
  • Otto Porter’s revelation in the playoffs was one of the big positives coming out of this postseason. Have we seen his ceiling? How good can he be?
  • Would you trade Otto for DeMarcus Cousins?

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Zards Lose Game 5, John Wall Returns, Al Horford is a Bama (Nothing Matters)

Today on ZardCast, CT and Dave dejectedly sit on their livingroom couch and sort through a wild game five that saw the Washington Wizards slip to the brink of elimination against the Atlanta Hawks, falling to 3-2 in the series. They discuss the return of John Wall, Paul Pierce’s near-game-winning three, Al Horford’s destruction and dagger, overall ugliness and much more.

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All Tied at 2s as Hawks Best Wizards in Game 4 (It’s Not Unfixable)

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Malcolm sit down following the Wizards 106-101 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in game four of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The guys discuss how the Wizards stayed within striking distance throughout, despite a humming Hawks offense. They talk emotional hangovers, atrocious defense, turnover problems, Paul Pierce nearly perfect from three, the specialness of Brad Beal, Colin Cowherd’s latest John Wall comments and much more.

Topics discussed include:

  • The Hawks offense was humming early on
  • Dave feels like he’s been on a roller coaster, says even the bad that happened tonight is fixable
  • Malcolm goes to Miami, says it was probably tough for the Wizards to come out firing on all cylinders after the emotional highs of game three
  • Paul Pierce misses a shot to tie it with only a few seconds left in the game
  • So tough to watch these games and not think of what they’re missing with John Wall out
  • Dave thinks many of Wizards the problems stem from turning the ball over on offense, allowing the Hawks to get out and run
  • Wizards were atrocious defensively in the first half, allow 65 points
  • Will Bynum and Ramon Sessions flying to the basket was working to an extent, but doesn’t seem sustainable
  • Malcolm implores everyone to never take Wall for granted again, was probably the best player in the playoffs before he got injured
  • Dave’s upbeat about the Wizards as a fundamentally different team from the regular season, still in the series
  • Marcin Gortat can’t play any worse than he did tonight
  • Nene came to play again, Hawks had trouble handling his physicality
  • Al Horford is a beast
  • Brad Beal scores 34, is a special player
  • Otto Porter has his worst game of the playoffs
  • Wizards down 10 at half
    Wizards shooting themselves in the foot every time they’d get close to tying the game
  • John Wall looking sharp on the sidelines, engaged with his teammates on the sideline
  • The second “Will John Wall be back if the Wizards make the Eastern Conference finals” conversation in two days, Malcolm gives his take on it
  • Wizards aren’t getting any credit for how good they’re playing, more about how poor their opponents played
  • Colin Cowherd at it again, saying John Wall can’t win a championship because he’s too short
  • Beal is right there with LeBron James in a lot of age-related records
  • There is value for Beal in Wall being out and having a chance to be “the guy”
  • Wizards make their final run at the Hawks in the fourth quarter, have some good chances to tie it up in the final few minutes, Pierce misses an open three with less than 10 seconds left to tie it up
  • Washington is in a good place mentally, attitude-wise — Especially compared to a 60-win Hawks team
  • Malcolm is worried about the game-to-game turnaround on the back end of the series
  • CT is headed to Preakness on Saturday

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Wizards Win Game 3 on a Buzzer Beater, Without John Wall (Mother’s Day Edition)

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Duncan convene to discuss a wild night in the Phone Booth as the John Wall-less Washington Wizards take game three against the Atlanta Hawks, dominating most of the game and winning on a Paul Pierce buzzer-beater after blowing a 21 point lead in the fourth quarter.

Topics discussed include:

  • Come to ZardCast for basketball talk, stay for numbers
  • Duncan, CT and Max go to game three, Max sits with a random older woman, gets to sit courtside
  • Paul Pierce hits a buzzer-beater to beat the Hawks in game three, 103-101
  • Replaying the call of Pierce hitting the shot
  • Dave thought they had it the whole time, CT was expecting a letdown, Duncan was blown away that the Wizards dominated for three quarters
  • Nene is like the weather and Saturday was a perfect spring evening for him
  • Duncan’s reasoning for going to the game was low-risk, high-reward if the Wizards get blown out or play well — That pays off and the Phone Booth was live
  • CT thinks this performance most resembled a regular season Wizards game
  • Will Bynum sighting! He played well too!
  • There was a Hawks fan in CT and Duncan’s section yelling “Let’s go Hawk!” — Purposefully singular
  • The guys are still baffled by Drew Gooden, love when he’s playing well
  • Reflecting on the “rappers representing teams” conversation on a previous pod, Duncan notes Kanye West was hyping up the Chicago Bulls. Wale nowhere to be found this playoffs, could use some national spotlight shine
  • Dennis Schroder calls Pierce’s shot “lucky”
  • Playing the Randy Wittman audio of him yelling at Michael Lee
  • The guys defend Michael Lee, Wittman sounds like he’s arguing with his significant other — “I don’t lie! I just don’t tell you everything!”
  • Any chance John Wall comes back this series? Would he come back for the Eastern Conference finals
  • CT not feeling confident on the Wizards taking this series, Dave and Duncan are on the other end of the spectrum
  • The immediate post-game interview with Pierce and in the locker room later on was gold
  • Monumental Sports gripe session: They need to show more replays during the game and allow people to use digital barcodes instead of waiting in line to print tickets at the box office
  • The guys tried to start an X-Men, social commentary podcast called “The X-Files” but apparently that name has been taken
  • Mother’s Day shoutout to Khaleesi, mother of dragons, and Duncan’s mom and stepmom
  • The podcast gets a little dark, the guys discuss what they’d do if one of them died
  • Come for the Wizards talk, stay for the math, grammar, foreign language and economics
  • Playing the John Wall clip

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The Hand and Wrist Show (Ft. Jake Whitacre)

Today on ZardCast, CT is joined by Jake Whitacre from Bullets Forever to discuss the disaster that is John Wall’s hand and wrist with the news of five non-displaced fractures. The guys paint a full picture of what’s transpired since Wall took that big fall in game one and try to think of anyway he might be back in time for game three. Later, they get into some Ted Leonsis talk, Ramon Sessions’ similarities to Wall, Nene sitting on everyone’s shit list and a call for Kris Humphries to make his playoff debut.

Topics discussed include:

  • Painting a full picture on John Wall’s hand and wrist injury with five non-dislocated fractures
  • The swelling has not subsided, unable to get an x-ray because of it — Too hurt to know how hurt he actually is
  • Could impact his longterm health if he plays through it or injures it further
  • Jake wonders if the organization might make the decision of whether he plays again for him
  • Weird injury because it looks devastating, but he still might play!
  • The guys are confident the Wizards would’ve won Tuesday with John Wall
  • Some Ted Leonsis talk — Did an interesting interview with Chad Dukes
  • Looking back at the play where John broke his hand and receiving the news he was out on Tuesday
  • The biggest success in game two was that team didn’t look like garbage without Wall
  • Jake really likes that the Wizards were able to go from Andre Miller, the polar opposite of John Wall, to Ramon Sessions who does things similar to John
  • Nene is on the top of everyone’s shit list
  • It’s gotta finally be Kris Humphries time, right? He can totally play center, too
  • Jake says if Wall is out on Saturday, look for Otto Porter to get more ball handling opportunities

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Wizards Drop Game 2, Head Back to D.C. Knotted at 1s (Get Well Soon John Wall)

Today on ZardCast, CT and Dave convene following the Wizards game 2 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, a game played without John Wall. CT takes a positive approach as the guys rundown the game, discussing how the Wizards put themselves in a solid position throughout most of the contest despite not have their superstar, how they weren’t quite able to get over the hump and what ultimately led to their demise.

Topics discussed include:

  • Wizards lose
  • NO JOHN WALL
  • CT is looking ultra-positive, hopeful he comes back on Saturday
  • Tonight’s game went fairly well, all things considered
  • Hawks were still missing shots, the Wizards perimeter defense was ok
  • The podcast is continuing to embrace fractions with talk of three-point percentages
  • The offense is looking really rough early on
  • Without Wall, the Wizards trot out lineups
  • Brad and Otto come out aggressive
  • This game had a lot of “yeeesshhh” moments
  • Drew Gooden looks like a stick hockey play
  • Nene had a horrible game, Dave thinks playoff Nene is still somewhere inside of him
  • Wizards acquit themselves just fine in the first half overall
  • During the regular season team was hot garbage without John Wall, nice to see the offense was serviceable
  • Ramon Sessions scores the Wizards’ first 10 points in the third, prompts announcer to say “Ramon Sessions has taken over”
  • Al Horford abusing Nene, does a “peek-a-boo” celebrate that Dave hates
  • Even with a stellar performance from Sessions, it’s really apparent what the team was missing without John Wall
  • Get well soon, John
  • The Wizards miss their chance to get a hold on the game in the third quarter and the Hawks are able to pull away with about six minutes left in the fourth
  • CT stays positive, this game is a sign that the team has changed for the better
  • John is still the difference maker
  • Game 3 on Saturday in the Phone Booth

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Wizards Take Game One, 5-0 in the Playoffs (I’m the Wiz and Nobody Beats Me)

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Duncan sit down following the Wizards game one win over the Atlanta Hawks, pushing Washington to 5-0 in the playoffs and making them the first team in NBA history to win four consecutive game ones on the road.

Topics discussed include:

  • “I’m the Wiz and Nobody Beats Me”
  • Washington are 5-0 in the playoffs
  • The ZardCast series preview pod with Grantland’s Andrew Sharp was good and you should check it out
  • The Wizards are the first team in NBA history to win four straight game ones on the road
  • Dave is really impressed with the overall team defense, anchored by Gortat
  • Duncan says the way the Hawks lost was similar to how Washington blew games in the regular season
  • Hawks were rolling early, Damarre Carroll was hot, the Wizards were perplexed
  • Wizards Twitter loves Pierce at the four, Dave says the reason it really works is because of Gortat’s mobility and “periphs”
  • Scariest moment of the game: John Wall falls hard on his left wrist
  • The guys were mortified, don’t know how they would’ve reacted
  • Wizards down 10 at half
  • They only had six turnovers against the Hawks, John only had two, huge improvement compared to his 27 in four games during the regular season
  • Nene wasn’t working out
  • The Wizards make their push at the end of third quarter, are within striking distance to start the fourth
  • Haven’t said a whole lot about Bradley Beal, didn’t feel like he played that well, but still scored a quiet 28 — How is that possible?
  • Duncan is the podcast’s number cruncher, they decide to list the show under the “Education” category on iTunes
  • Beal rolls his ankle on Al Horford’s foot and dramatically goes to the locker room. He comes back out, not wholly surprising
  • Things start to get personal, Duncan talks about his chronic sobbing
  • The Wizards closing a team out in the playoffs is truly remarkable when you look at all the games they blew in the regular season
  • *Peak John Wall Alert*
  • Otto Porter hits a big three down the stretch, pushes the lead to seven. He’s been the exact kind of player fans had hoped for
  • Wizards survive a barrage from Hawks in the game’s waning minutes
  • The Wall to Gortat pick and roll salts the game away
  • CT thinks Atlanta will hit more shots than they did on Sunday, Dave disagrees
  • John Wall is the best player in the series, he dictates everything that happens on the floor
  • Thanks god he didn’t break his wrist
  • Things have been real on the pod between CT’s discussion on bodily fluids,
  • Duncan’s crying and Dave’s driving under a lake
  • Game two on Tuesday — Is everyone all in on the Wizards winning this series?
  • Duncan recommends watching every NBA game at this point

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Washington Wizards Eastern Conference Semifinals Preview (Feat. Andrew Sharp)

Today on ZardCast, the pod looks ahead to the Washington Wizards’ Eastern Conference semifinal date with the Atlanta Hawks. CT and Duncan kick off the pod by talking about rapper representation for NBA playoff teams. Later, they’re joined by Grantland’s Andrew Sharp to talk about the vibe around the Wizards, the Randy Wittman revival, his inclusion in a Ted Leonsis blog and much more. In the second half of the show, Dave and friend of the pod Malcolm Johnson talk Otto Porter as a baby deer, the Hawks-Nets series slog, feeling on the Wizards (potentially) facing the Hawks, the lowdown on the Atlanta sports scene, a breakdown of Cavaliers-Bulls and much more.

The pod will return following game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Stay tuned and subscribe on iTunes.

Topics discussed include:

  • CT and Duncan kick off the preview podcast
  • The guys are recording before Atlanta and Brooklyn face off in game six, so the Wizards’ second round opponent is still TBD
  • Washington, Toronto, Brooklyn and Atlanta are all represented by rappers
  • They rank who is most likely best at basketball between 2-Chainz, Jay-Z, Wale, Drake
  • Paul Pierce is really into his roll as the grumpy old troll
  • The week off has surely been a positive for the Wizards
  • Next, they welcome Andrew Sharp from Grantland onto the podcast to talk about how it’s a marvelous time to be a Wizards fan
  • Andrew talks about the outpouring of positivity surrounding the Wizards and how it he’s cautiously optimistic going forward, taking it slow with the “team of destiny talk”
  • Differences between the Raptors and the Hawks, the Raptors were atrociously defensively
  • “We live in the age of the Randy Wittman revival”
  • Andrew runs down the rollercoaster of emotions that Wizards have gone through during the season
  • Ted Leonsis has been taking shots at Wizards’ bloggers, Andrew was recently included in a “Ted’s Take” post
  • The guys give their thoughts on the Wizards facing the Hawks. Duncan doesn’t buy into wake-up calls as it pertains to Atlanta, Andrew worries about the Hawks defensive discipline
  • Duncan asks Andrew about his ZardCast listening habits
  • Rockets-Emoji Gate is discussed to close out the interview
  • The pod shifts gears and Dave joins the pod, as does reporter and friend of the pod Malcolm Johnson
  • CT asks Dave and Malcolm where they fall on the Wittman scale of mastermind or bumbler
  • The guys look at the flaws of Wittman’s “this was my master plan” narrative—It seems he’s enjoying the story he’s running with to describe how things have transpired
  • Is Randy Wittman keeping his job a good thing? Tough to fire a successful coach unless you have good replacement to move forward
  • Malcolm is a big Otto Porter guy, loves watching him progress, breaks down what he’s been doing well. Dave says he looks like a baby deer, getting his legs out from under him
  • The Hawks-Nets series has been a slog
  • Do you feeling uneasy that the Wizards haven’t played in nearly a week? Dave and Malcolm say the more rest the better, no evidence longer rest hurts teams
    The guys discuss how they feel going into a second round series against Atlanta
  • CT isn’t tremendously worried about the Hawks, Malcolm likes the mindset of the team and doesn’t take stock in the Wizards regular season performances against Atlanta
  • Don’t forget about Nene, everyone
  • Malcolm gives the scoop on Atlanta fans after living in Georgia, says the fans are overwhelmingly fair weather and games are akin to a fashion show
  • D.C. fans are similar
  • If you’re look to beat the Hawks, you have to be looking ahead to potential
  • Eastern Conference finals opponents
  • The guys breakdown the other Eastern Conference semifinals — What kind of shape is Cleveland in? What impact does Kevin Love’s loss have? Can the Bulls topple the Cavaliers? How will Derrick Rose play? If the Wizards were to advance to the next series, we’re dealing with a different team, one we haven’t yet seen
  • The Clippers-Spurs series has been great!
  • Briefly touching on the state of professional basketball

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