â†µSince Agent Zero finally made his way back to the court, he's shot horribly, while putting up impressive assist numbers. But if you've ever wondered what Gil brings to this zany squad, why he's both the focus of their floor game and their spiritual leader, look no further than last night's improbable win over Cleveland. Sure, they'd beat them once before, on account of that notorious "crab-dribble" call on LeBron. This, though, gave them two wins against the Cavs on the year -- which, as Wizards Insider notes, puts them in the select company of the Celtics and Lakers. â†µ
â†µLeBron, for his part, pointed to the long-simmering, or whatever the goofier version of simmering is, rivalry between the two teams: â†µ
â†µâ‡¥"Records never matter when you play the Wizards. It doesn't matter if you're in first place or who is not in first place. It's always going to be like that every time we play them." â†µâ†µI have no idea what the tone of that quote is. I do, however, get exactly what this gem from Gil is getting at: â†µ
â†µâ‡¥"No matter when we play, if we have three players, 12 players, when we have to play Cleveland, we get up for it. It's been a rivalry since Larry Hughes decided to go there. It's always going to be a good game." â†µ
â†µWe've seen this year how much DC misses Gilbert's talent on the court. But I wonder how much it's his oft-maligned "leadership" -- which in his case, translates into a suspension of common sense and general distortion of reality -- that might be his greatest asset for this team. You pay for the points, the big shots, and the PG play. After these Arenas-less seasons, though, I think we might be seeing that the attitude once thought of as a problem for the franchise might be essential to its future.â†µ
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