In what Steve Buckhantz called “one of the best regular season games” he’s ever seen, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards 140-135 in overtime, snapping Washington’s 17-game home winning streak.
With three seconds left and the Cavaliers down 120-117, LeBron James caught a three-quarters of the court inbounds pass and nailed a fadeaway three over Bradley Beal, while Caps owner Ted Leonsis looked on. In overtime, Kyrie Irving nailed another three over Beal to seal the win for the defending champions. Capitals’ skaters John Carlson, Brooks Orpik, and Andre Burakovsky were all in attendance during their off day to support the Wizards.
Washington Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz spent the last part of his team’s off day back in the office.
Sitting courtside alongside Mystics’ Head Coach Mike Thibault, Trotz watched the Washington Wizards win their sixteenth-straight home game, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 116-108. John Wall had 33 points.
Tuesday night, the Washington Wizards pulled out a thrilling 101-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls, and one popular Capitals player was there to cheer them on.
21-year-old left wing Andre Burakovsky had lower bowl seats to watch John Wall hit a game-winning jumper with five seconds left in the game.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is considering a future move for the Wizards and the Capitals out of their current Verizon Center location. Over the past few months, Leonsis has added an Arena Football League team, an “e-sports” franchise, and a new streaming network to his portfolio along with continuing to lead the ownership group that controls the Wizards, Mystics, and Verizon Center. He is also now a part-owner of CSN Mid-Atlantic, the local TV channel that covers his teams.
Leonsis made a trip to the Washington Post building Wednesday and spoke to reporters about the possible move for the Wizards and the Capitals out of their current location.
“My inclination right now would be — it’s pretty awesome where we are. And I love what’s happened to [downtown] D.C.,” Leonsis said to Washington Post reporters. “But I don’t know what’s going to happen five, six, seven years from now…I will be a free agent. I mean, that hasn’t been lost on me.”
Graphic via Hockey Night In Canada
Saturday, there was a bit of history in DC sports. The Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, and Washington Wizards all won on the same day for the first time in 32 years (and nine days). And if we’re counting just by days, it took 11,697 of them for this to happen again.
The Redskins’ 38-24 win over the Eagles gave the Skins the NFC East title (8-7 record) and a playoff berth. It was also the Redskins’ 600th win as a franchise.
Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer is a man’s man. He’s gruff and beard-y. He’s a little like the Ron Swanson character in real life (except super nice). That’s why, when the Brouwer Pouwer leader was introduced as a “hero” at Friday’s Washington Wizards game, you could tell it made him a little uncomfortable.
Or maybe that’s just because they decided to trot him out with the team’s furry blue mascot G-Wiz and the mascot started talking to him while under the suit. I’m still not sure which.
Because EPIX loves us, they dedicated an entire segment of episode two focusing on Alex Ovechkin‘s unique personality, on display at a Washington Wizards game!
Sitting in extravagant courtside seats, EPIX paints a picture of just how non-extravagant this scene is. “Ovechkin prefers the front row than a luxury suite,” Not-Liev Schreiber says softly. “With no interest from hiding from the crowds or having someone else bring him what he wants.”
It’s at that very moment when we see Ovechkin pop up the Verizon Center stairs solo with a very important mission.
Photo: Monumental Network Instagram
Russian bros Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov showed some support to their basketball brethren Sunday, taking in the Washington Wizards game at Verizon Center. The Wiz beat the Jazz by 9 and are the top team in the Southeast division. Ovechkin and Kuznetsov, wearing John Wall and Paul Pierce jerseys respectively, watched the game from court side seats.
His mother Tatyana won two Olympic gold medals in basketball for Team Russia, so Alex Ovechkin has always had a love for the sport. He’s gone to Dynamo basketball games. He’s been featured playing basketball (shirtless, of course) with his friends in his DVD. He’s even shot around with BFF Nicky Backstrom during one of Bruce Boudreau’s press conferences.
On Wednesday night, on his day off, Ovechkin took fiancee Maria Kirilenko and his new best bud in the whole wide world, Evgeny Kuznetsov, to the Wizards/Suns game at Verizon Center.
It appears they had fun.
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