At the worst possible moment, Wizards center Marcin Gortat apparently fell victim to food poisoning and almost was a late scratch in Friday's 94-91 Game 6 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
The more Paul Pierce talks, the more he sounds like a man who is headed towards retirement rather than exercising his player option for a second season with the Wizards for 2015-16.
All of the energy and focus the Wizards vowed they'd have coming into Game 6, desperate to stay alive and force a decisive Game 7, was absent from the starters for three-plus quarters.
The Wizards' offense shut down in crunch time of the fourth quarter of Game 5, namely when Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer went with DeMarre Carroll on John Wall instead of Jeff Teague.
While coach Randy Wittman attempts to be coy about John Wall's availability for Game 6 tonight vs.