Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards Lose the Handle in Detroit

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IDecember 7, 2009

CLEVELAND - APRIL 21:  Gilbert Arenas #0 of the Washington Wizards looks on from the bench late in the game while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena April 21, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 116-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Under the very reasonable assumption that the talent-stocked Washington Wizards could easily overpower an undermanned Detroit Pistons squad on Sunday night, I didn't bother to watch the game.

I was painfully reminded of the old refrain about making assumptions when the Wizards-Pistons game" target="_blank">Wizards dropped the game 98-94 to the Pistons' bench.  Respected Wiz pundits are calling it the official low point of the Wizards' young season:

I know Flip Saunders said that he was most disappointed after the Wizards lost to the Toronto Raptors on Friday, but what happened on Sunday in Auburn Hills, Mich., was borderline shameful. – Michael Lee

There is NO reason this gar-BAGE Pistons team should be in the same game with the Wizards. – TruthAboutIt.Net (via Twitter )

Paging Gilbert Arenas. Gilbert Arenas, please report to the fourth quarter of the #Wizards vs. #Pistons . Gilbert Arenas, to the Palace. – Bullets Forever ( via Twitter )

To be honest, if the Wizards won't show up to play, I don't want to show up to watch.  I will, because it’s the Wizards, and there has to be some object of basketball desire in Charm City beyond the Morgan State Bears.

But I don’t foresee a workable scenario where Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler all get enough shots to stay engaged in a game and maintain defensive integrity for more than three straight possessions.  I just don’t see it happening.

When you know a car wreck is unfolding before your eyes, the moral part of you wants to look away and avoid the grotesque aftermath. You know what you’ll see will make you cry, will make you think, will make you fearful.  But carnage has an allure as well; it reminds us of how lucky we are to have avoided it, even just for that moment.

In the case of the Wizards, we look just because we’re used to it.

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