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How the Wizards Should Use Their Environment

June 7th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Andy Livingston

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Anyone with two working eyes has read about the Cramp Game of the opener of the NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs seemed more comfortable in the heat drenched arena compared to their opponents. Although everyone is chalking up the AC failure to a mere accident, will using the environment be the next level in chess maneuvers?

Here are some tips that Randy Wittman could use to up his Popovich level:

Employee the Secret Service to protect John Wall

One of the most elite protection agencies is being under utilized in the nation's capital, so why not bring them directly on court? Imagine the spacing Wall could get for three's in the guys in black were surrounding him?

Add the visitors locker room to a sanctioned tourist spot during games

 

Nothing says distraction like teeming hordes of over-enthusiastic folks roaming around on Segways. DC's tourism is one of it's monetary strengths and a weakness for its locals. If the Wiz can funnel in those groups to distract opposing players, they'll get to the court an anxious and distracted mess, eyes a flurry with flashes from camera phones.

 

Move games to RFK

 

This could pose a risk to the home team as well, but noting says mind games like a crumbling infrastructure. The walls could be coming down any minute on a home court in the middle of a notorious swamp land. Visiting teams will go running back on the 95 corridor to escape the former home of the Washington football club.

 

Have Otto Porter sit uncomfortably at the end of their bench for once

The Palindrome took up a lot of space on the Wizards bench this season, his number 3 pick falling behind on the depth chart and out of our hearts. Imagine moving all that pathos and narrative to another bench? The puppy dog eyes of un-used potential will have the visitors feeling sorry in no time.

Tags: Basketball, John Wall, NBA, Otto Porter, Washington, Washington Wizards

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