After starting off the season 2-8, the Washington Wizards have solidified themselves amongst the Eastern Conference’s elite. While the team has impressed overall, their starting to look a little sketchy, especially on the defensive end. In any event, the NBA Playoffs are right around the corner and the Wizards are looking to turn some heads.
Q: How have the Wizards been able to make a comeback after starting the season off poorly?
Jake: Adjusting to a new system, some new players, and a new coach. New things take time; it’s a process and it’s one that Scott Brooks has developed into a top-4 team in the Eastern Conference.
John Wall has 815 assists this season.
Kyrie and Isaiah Thomas have a combined 819 assists this season.
— Jake Weingarten (@jweingartenn) April 6, 2017
Q: Who has been more surprising this year? Bradley Beal or Otto Porter Jr.?
Jake: Otto. We all knew that Brad is an excellent shooter and can definitely score — it’s just that the injury bug has interfered with his play. Otto improved in almost every stat; his points went up significantly and he had one stretch where he was #1 in three-point percentage.
Otto Porter is 7-7 tonight. He is good at basketball.
— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 29, 2017
Q: Where does this reformed Wizards bench rank among the top Eastern Conference playoff teams?
Wizards bench ranks since AS break
Bogdanovic: 297p (1st)
Jennings: 95a (1st)
Smith: 52.5% 3PT (2nd, min. 25 3PA)
Mahinmi: +70 (9th)
— Zach Rosen (@ZacharySRosen) April 5, 2017
Q: Will the Wizards’ defense improve? Is it anything to be concerned about?
Jake: We need to hope for the best. I think it could improve over the next few games and heading into the playoffs. They need to find a way to keep up with the quicker players that they go against — if they can do that, the defense will be very successful.
— Ledell’s Place (@LedellsPlace) April 7, 2017
Q: Can the Wizards really make it to the NBA Finals?
Imagine starting 2-8 and still ending the year with 49 (possibly 50) wins. Welp, Wizards are first to do it. pic.twitter.com/xJmxYArlpR
— Jake Weingarten (@jweingartenn) April 11, 2017
Should all go according to plan, the Wizards may find themselves in the Eastern Conference Finals. They certainly have a solid team from top-to-bottom. In the past, the Wizards have proved they can perform at a high level in the postseason.
And before we forget…
don’t let this game distract you from the fact that the Wizards swept the Raptors.
— Jake Weingarten (@jweingartenn) March 4, 2017