By now many D.C. sports fans can tell you all about the city's drought of making the semifinals of a major sports league.
Neither the Wizards, Nationals, Redskins or Capitals have made the final four of their respective league since the Caps were swept in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998.
That is the longest wait of any North American city with at least three teams in the big four leagues (NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL).
That, though, is not the only amazing part to note. No, it's how close those teams have gotten and how epic their downfalls were. Between Dan Turk fumbling the snap, the Capitals being 100 seconds away and the Nationals having a six-run lead in Game 5, D.C. sports fans have been through a lot.
One of the most memorable oh-so-close downfalls came the last time the Wizards were in the playoffs when they lost to the Atlanta Hawks in the second round two years ago. At times that spring, the Wizards looked like they were going to break through D.C.'s semifinals slump.
Instead, the Wizards became the first team in NBA history to lose a playoff series on a replay. Now the Wizards are matched up again with the Hawks, this time in the first round and this time with homecourt advantage.
Let's take a look back at that series from two years ago and its most memorable moments...
Wall's injury in Game 1
The Wizards won Game 1 in Atlanta, but it was a Pyrrhic victory, as late in the first half All-Star point guard John Wall landed on his left wrist while attempting a fastbreak layup. Jeff Teague of the Hawks got under Wall and affected his fall. The result was five non-displaced fractures in Wall's wrist, which forced him to miss the next three games.
Here is a replay of the injury, one that Wall has not forgotten about:
Beal steps up
The Wizards would lose two of the three games they played without Wall, but in his place they saw 21-year-old Bradley Beal take his game to a new level. In those three games he averaged 23.7 points and 7.3 assists. That was capped by a Game 4 performance of 34 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block, albeit in a loss. He ended up averaged 25.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the series and along the way looked like a future superstar.
'I called game'
This was the best moment of the series for the Wizards. In Game 3 as they continued to play without Wall, future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce sank he Hawks with a buzzer-beater. He put it in off the backboard on a fadeaway long-two over three Hawks defenders. It was an amazing shot and even better was his quote afterwards. When asked by ESPN's Chris Broussard if he called bank, Pierce replied with "I called game" and walked off to add effect.
Pierce hits big shot, Hawks respond
Pierce would hit another clutch shot in Game 5 in Atlanta. With the Wizards down two points, Pierce knocked down a three with 8.3 seconds to go. That gave the Wizards the lead.
The Hawks, though, would respond with this shot from Al Horford to win it:
Heroic shot turns to heartbreak
Okay, this is where the true D.C. sports sadness comes in. Pierce nearly had another buzzer-beater, this one from three and to send the game into overtime. Pierce swished a fadeaway three from near the corner and the Verizon Center went nuts. Super chef Jose Andres famously celebrated with Pierce right after it went in. But a closer look at the replay revealed that Pierce didn't get the shot off in time. The series, the season and Pierce's Wizards' career were all over in epic fashion. And, again, no team had ever lost this way before.
We understand if you don't want to watch this again, but if it's not too soon, here you go: