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Wizards Hope Fans Show Up To First Playoff Game In Years — And On Time

Washington Wizards guard John Wall shoots between Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) and Mike Dunleavy (34) as D.J. Augustin (14), Trevor Booker (35) and Carlos Boozer watch during the second half of Game 2 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Chicago. The Wizards won 101-99.
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Washington Wizards guard John Wall shoots between Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) and Mike Dunleavy (34) as D.J. Augustin (14), Trevor Booker (35) and Carlos Boozer watch during the second half of Game 2 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Chicago. The Wizards won 101-99.

The Washington Wizards are hoping their fans will show up on time for the franchise's first home playoff game in six years.

The Wizards lead the Chicago Bulls 2-0 in the first-round series, with Game 3 in Washington on tonight.

Washington ranked 18th in attendance this season, and D.C. fans are notoriously late-arrivers.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis addressed the issue on his blog yesterday, telling them to show up early.

Come on out and enjoy playoff basketball. Be ready to join the show and get in at tip-off or before. 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," he wrote.

And guard Bradley Beal added: "You definitely notice it. Especially when you first run onto the floor and there's nobody there.''

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