If you tuned into the Wizards-Pacers game on Sunday, you easily could have thought you hopped in a time machine and somehow ended up in 2003. When else would you hear a play-by-play call like this:
“Andre Miller with the ball. Miller passes over to Al Harrington. Harrington drives, kicks out to Drew Gooden. Gooden knocks down the jumper.”
For stretches of last Sunday's game, the Wizards were fueled by a trio of veterans who started playing during the Clinton and early George W. Bush administrations. Miller, Gooden, and Harrington are a combined 104 years old and have 43 years of NBA experience between them.
The best part?
These guys actually outperformed their younger counterparts in Game 4. Coach Randy Wittman knew it, too. With five minutes left in the game, the geriatric trio of Harrington, Gooden, and Miller was on the court while Marcin Gortat, Nene, and John Wall sat on the bench.
The Wizards have the extremely veteran trio to thank for even having a chance in Sunday's game. It was Miller, not All-Star John Wall, who had the Verizon Center chanting his name in the fourth quarter with the Wizards up 85-76.
Nevertheless, Washington lost, and will have to be just the ninth team in history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit if they are to move on in the playoffs. If they have any hope of advancing, it will have to be their young players, not the worn out knees and shoulder of these old veterans, that step up.