WASHINGTON — Another packed night at the Verizon Center? Either the Wizards are doing exceptionally well, or the star of another NBA team is in town (See: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, etc.).
The Golden State Warriors are the best team in basketball and Steph Curry is having another historic, MVP-caliber season. The Wizards are at the other end of the spectrum, floundering in the Eastern Conference and currently on the outside of the playoffs looking in.
As game time approached for the nationally-televised game, hoards of fans huddled outside of the Verizon Center waiting to get in. When fans were bundled up against the cold, team allegiance was hard to tell:
Once those fans got to their seats, however, many removed jackets to reveal fresh Warriors jerseys:
Sounds like there's a lot Heat fans turned Warriors fans at Verizon Center tonight— Alan Jenkins (@AJenks24) February 4, 2016
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Damn, there are way too many DC Golden State Warrior fans at the Verizon Center smh @WashWizards— Danny Butler III (@dcdan83) February 4, 2016
Wednesday’s game brought a sellout crowd, officially listed at 20,356, and the fans got their money’s worth as Curry lit up the Wizards for 51 points in a shooting exhibition. Even Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive coordinator Joe Barry took an evening off from film study to take in the atmosphere:
D-Jax. Steph. Respect. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Brs0elpVMH— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2016
Joe Barry courtside to see Steph pic.twitter.com/94atBCWnbB— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) February 4, 2016
In other pregame notes, John Wall and the Wizards took shoot around in special Chinese New Year T-shirts:
The Verizon Center’s location in the middle of Chinatown makes the shirts all the more appropriate, and the Wizards could benefit from a change in the calendar.