STRETCH SIX: The All-Important Loss

I’m pretty sure DMX’s “Up In Here” was playing in the bar on Saturday night. I’d just left Gavin’s house (aka the unofficial Bench Points holiday party), and my fiancée decided we should go dance, so we did. It started to feel a little like déjà vu , because the last time I was at the bar dancing, I took a break to watch Andre Iguodala hit a double clutch three and Brook Lopez miss a disgustingly easy put back. Continue reading “STRETCH SIX: The All-Important Loss”



What I love about the NBA is how week-to-week, the dynamics of a team can change drastically. This season is so good that despite the Warriors’ and Spurs’ dominance at the top, there is very little room for error if you’re trying to claim a playoff spot. We’re a quarter of the way through the season, and much has changed in our power rankings.  Continue reading “NBA POWER RANKINGS and TRADE MACHINE GONE MAD: Week 6”


I’m a day late, but between Monday Football, and knowing the Wizards were playing the Heat, I wanted to wait another day before reassessing the team. I was hoping I could turn this into a dual DC Sports Win! sort of thing. But, no. Desean Jackson is the f***ing worst and my hopes and dreams were crushed.

Let’s move on.

Since we last evaluated the Wizards, the team has been all over the place. Continue reading “HOUSE OF ZARDS: TINY BALL AND SUPER WALL”


Our NBA Power Rankings are back and I’m not nearly as excited as I should be. Truthfully, this is actually a really interesting process, and I love seeing which teams rise and fall this week, but every week now my Wizards have gotten worse and worse and there’s a serious cultural element missing from the locker room currently (Paul Pierce?). But we’ll save that for Monday’s column. Continue reading “NBA POWER RANKINGS AND TRADE MACHINE GONE MAD: Week 5”

STRETCH SIX: Why do I root for the Clippers?

Welcome to my new bi-weekly column, Stretch Six, where I take a break from the Wizards and look at the rest of the NBA as a whole.

I almost dedicated this first piece to Kobe’s retirement, but the truth is, the announcement comes to the surprise of no one and he still has sixty-six games until his season is over. Instead I prefer to look at his intra-city rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, because in the end, they are infinitely more interesting than this mess of a Lakers team. We can talk about Kobe when he’s actually gone.

I bring up the Clippers because they are off to a disappointing start considering the expectations, and for whatever reason, nobody seems to like them. Continue reading “STRETCH SIX: Why do I root for the Clippers?”


These last two weeks of Wizards basketball have been weird. Only two games again for the Wizards, which means they’ve now played the least amount of games of any NBA team up to this point. It’s nice to know that they will be well-rested against the competition, and that Bradley Beal didn’t really miss all that much time, but something tells me we need a few games to polish this rotation. Tomorrow the Wizards start a stretch of nine games in two weeks, a stretch that begins with red-hot Indiana and ends with Eastern Conference favorite Cleveland.

So what can the Wizards do to prepare for this? Continue reading “HOUSE OF ZARDS: BENCH POINTS!!”

NBA Power Rankings and Trade Machine Gone Mad: Week 3

What a season this is turning out to be. I fell asleep last night and the Clippers were up 18 on the Warriors and I woke up and found out that Steph Curry dropped 40 and out-rebounded EVERYBODY. Including Deandre Jordan. I love the NBA, even when I can’t stay awake for the 10:30 games.

Now that we’re through week three, I’ve expanded my consideration to the entire league, and thus, we have some fresh faces in this week’s power rankings. Continue reading “NBA Power Rankings and Trade Machine Gone Mad: Week 3”

House of Zards: Humphries is a Cool Guy

The Wizards are in the midst of a stretch in which they pay only four games in two weeks, which means they’ve only played two games since we last rendezvous here at Bench Points. They split both games and eight games into the season are an even .500.

This isn’t the worst position to be in, and knowing it’s still early, there’s plenty of reason to remain hopeful that this team can contend for a Finals bid, but if the Zards don’t adjust things soon, the season could spiral into a mess of mediocrity that this team has worked too hard to avoid the last couple of seasons. Continue reading “House of Zards: Humphries is a Cool Guy”

NBA Power Rankings and Trade Machine Gone Mad: Week 2

So we’re a couple of days late, but for good reason. I wanted to spend my Veteran’s day correctly by not working. I also had other motives as well, of course. With the Clippers visiting Dallas on Wednesday and Golden State playing Minnesota last night, I wanted to use those results in this week’s rankings.

I might just make this a Friday thing from now on. We don’t normally publish on Fridays and publishing after Wednesday and Thursday (NBA’s biggest nights) seems more apporopriate. Continue reading “NBA Power Rankings and Trade Machine Gone Mad: Week 2”

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