When a franchise has not made the playoffs since 2007-08, it is important that they at least maintain an image of professionalism.
The Wizards failed in that regard early in Saturday's game against the Houston Rockets. First, the game was delayed due to a leak in the Verizon Center roof. Then the game was delayed yet again after halftime.
On the court, however, the Wizards at least played like a team to be taken seriously. They didn't beat the talented Rockets, but they did come back from a 25-point deficit to take a brief fourth-quarter lead before bowing to James Harden, Dwight Howard and co., 114-107.
Trevor Ariza notched 23 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and five steals, while John Wall added 23 points, 10 assists and two steals. Unlikely scorer Kevin Seraphin (18 points) was also a presence.
For the Rockets, Terrence Jones had a huge game with 19 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks, while James Harden (25 points, eight rebounds, five assists), Jeremy Lin (18 points, two rebounds, eight assists) and Dwight Howard (23 points, seven rebounds, two assists) provided the offensive spark.
The Wizards are still comfortably ensconced in an Eastern Conference playoff spot at 16-19. Until they finally make the playoffs, though, they'll have to fight to be taken seriously. The least they can do is fix the dang roof.