Wizards win wild comeback

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Wizards win wild comeback

Skyler Diloretto, Staff Writer

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Over Thanksgiving break I attended my first NBA game. I’d like to preface this by saying that not only do I know nothing the NBA and its rules, I also have never been interested in it; so, this game was not only a new experience, but also a great learning opportunity.

I attended this game in Washington D.C while I was there on vacation, primarily because of my brother, tickets were cheap and he is a huge sports fan. Entering the stadium was easier than I had thought it would be with security and the processing of tickets being extremely efficient, and while I did get lost on the way to my seat, it was easy to get directions from someone working at the stadium. We watched a game between the Clippers and the Wizards, I decided to root for the Wizards because they were the home team and I liked their name better. The game started off in what I imagine is a standard fashion, the national anthem was performed and both teams were introduced.

Quickly after the start of the game I was confused. I didn’t know any rules of basketball and had no idea why there were so many fouls or how it was decided which team had committed the foul. There seemed to be a plethora of timeouts, which led to my discovery that basketball has cheerleaders. Additionally, I had no idea that scoring from different places on the court was worth different points. Another thing that added to my confusion was how incredibly fast paced the game was. While this did make it much more interesting than I had initially imagined it would be, it also made it very difficult to find clarification without becoming more confused because of something I may have missed on the court.

For the first three quarters of the game I was sure I had chosen the wrong team to root for. The Wizards were down by around 25 points for most of this time, and even with my limited knowledge of basketball, I was pretty sure they were going to lose. However, in the last quarter of the game the Wizards made a comeback and won the game, ending with a score of 125-118.

All in all, I enjoyed the game more than I ever thought I would. Though the stadium was mostly empty the crowd that was there had a contagious excitement that led me to become more emotionally invested in the outcome of the game than I ever thought I would. The game was entertaining and I had fun. While I probably still won’t watch basketball on TV or go out of my way to attend another game, if I was invited to one I’d be sure to say yes.

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