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Wizards making late-season push

Apr 1, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

Washington Wizards' Wall brings ball up court past coach Wittman during NBA basketball game against Toronto Raptors in Washington Reuters

Momentum is building in Washington, where the Wizards have won their last seven home games. A palpable sense of excitement surrounds the team, which is closing in on its goal. Though achieving the feat seemed unlikely as recently as weeks ago, the players openly talk about it now. Against all odds, the Wizards might somehow do it.

Ninth place.

Via J. Michael of CSNWashington.com:

“That’s what we’re shooting for,” point guard John Wall said of ninth place. “We know we gave a game away in Orlando. … We’re approaching (the last nine games) like a playoff team, like we are fighting for the seventh or eighth seed.”

Perhaps, the Wizards – tied with the Raptors at three games back from the No. 9 76ers with nine games left – will appreciate this approach if they’re healthy and fighting for an actual playoff spot next season. It might be more likely, they’d rather have Shabazz Muhammad playing for them at that point rather than Alex Len – the difference between the draft 9th-best player and 11th-best player according to DraftExpress.

  1. asimonetti88 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    It will be interesting to see what they do with Wall’s contract.

    • aboogy123456 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      I don’t think so..They will max him out and he will take it, no questions asked.

      • eugenesaxe - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Yeah, he’s shown he’s pretty damn good since he came back and made the Wiz relevant.

  2. hannsta - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    “You know, its late season, most team are either resting guys or tanking for a draft pick. We see this as a great time to grab some easy wins, secure some ticket sales for next year and screw our lottery chances a bit, you know, cause winning at this point in the season matters”

  3. patfic15 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    They played well after Wall came back. Should be in playoffs next year.

    • eventhorizon04 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Agreed.
      If Wall and Nene stay healthy for most of next year, the Wizards should make the playoffs, especially given how much Bradley Beal has improved during his rookie season.

  4. aboogy123456 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I’ve been saying for a while that this team is going to be a top team in the east soon. Bradley beal will be an all star, john wall will be a clear max contract superstar, and they have an inside post presence in nene with some good role player shooters to surround them. I really don’t like that they are winning so many games now because this is their last year to be in the lottery, and ideally they would get a top 5 pick this year instead of a 12 or 13 pick. The only real long term flaw on this team is that they need a center who can rebound and block shots and protect the paint. Nene is great on offense but he needs someone bigger than him to help. I was hoping they could get Noel, he’d be perfect in every way.

    Sometimes it helps to be bad for just one more year so you have another high draft pick to build around. For example the thunder, if they made the playoffs too soon then they wouldn’t have drafted harden, and they would still be good but not championship good. I think Wizards have serious potential to win the east soon but I think they are just one solid role playing center away.

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