The Washington Wizards certainly didn't look like NBA or Eastern Conference title contenders Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets.
Brook Lopez sat in front of his corner locker draped in red towels. The quirky Brooklyn Nets center wasn't making a fashion statement or an odd protest amid trade rumors.
So much for Paul Pierce facing off with Kevin Garnett for the first time since 2007.
No matter how unrealistic some might find Paul Pierce for believing that the Wizards could compete for a championship before coming here, he has them convinced them that they can.