WASHINGTON (AP) If empty seats are any indication, the Washington Wizards are just as big of a surprise in their own city as they are to the rest of the NBA.
After winning their first two games on the road in one of the most intimidating arenas in the league - the United Center - the Wizards are curious to see what it'll be like when they host their first playoff game in six years. Usually it's the crowd that spurs on the players in the postseason, but in this case there's hope that the team's performance will generate a spirited turnout Friday night for Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls.
"Come on out and enjoy playoff basketball. Be ready to join the show and get in at tip-off or before," owner Ted Leonsis wrote Thursday on his blog. "Don't be too cool for school and stroll in at end of first period - I never understood that about some NBA crowds. You pay for a full game of basketball; get in the mix with your friends and family at tip-off, please."