Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers it felt like a playoff game inside the Verizon Center. In part because the Washington Wizards were pushing the Cavaliers to overtime in a chippy, hard-fought game. And in part because the crowd was loud and into it. It sounded like a playoff game.
That hasn’t always been the case in Washington D.C., and this season Wizards are 24th in league attendance (also, according to ESPN, fourth-lowest in percentage of the available tickets sold).
The Wizards are 22-7 at home this season, and there is a good chance they will have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs (they would qualify as of today, but seeds 2-5 in the East are separated by 2.5 games, so a lot of things could still shake out). They will need those fans then.
A little positive reinforcement now doesn’t hurt. Plus with the team winning, they are feeling the love in the city.