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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