The Washington Wizards are playing playoff-basketball. They’re starting to find their groove. You should’ve expected the slow start, since having 8 new players on the roster.

Here are five reasons why the Wizards will get into the postseason.

Number one: Bradley Beal’s outstanding play. He is averaging 22/3/4 while shooting 45% from the field, and 39% from three. Having two 40 plus point games.  He has also just been shooting a lot more, and attacking the basket.

Number two: John Wall is doing it all. He is averaging 23/4/10, along with leading the league in steals (2.3). He has definitely been a great leader in the past couple of weeks. Not so great in the beginning of the season. Getting ejected two straight games. He has 8 technicals to go along with that.

Number three– The bench is picking it up. The bench is still pretty bad, but they’ve been playing better. Kelly Oubre Jr has been the leader off the bench, bringing energy to a sorry bench. Playing Markieff Morris with the bench has been a good idea. Having a guy that can create his own shot helps a lot. Trey Burke seems to be the official backup point guard. Scott Brooks seems to be still experimenting with Marcus Thornton, and Sheldon McClellan. The bench is improving and, hopefully will continue to. Once center Ian Mahinmi returns that will help drastically.

Number four– They’re starting to make a name for themselves on defense. That starts with John Wall communicating more. He is the leader of the team so when he does right other players follow. They just look like they want to play hard when John does. When the bench is in Kelly Oubre Jr always finds away to cause havoc on the opposing team.

Number five– Showing up against good teams. The Wizards usually put up a fight against pretty good teams. They have blown out the Celtics, beat the Clippers, lost by two on the road against the Spurs, and went to overtime with the Thunder on the road. Some key wins against eastern conference teams, Bucks, Knicks, Hornets, Pistons, Bulls. Also losing by a game winner to the Pacers.

Being realistic, the chances aren’t great, but aren’t bad either. Please leave your thoughts in the comments. Also this was my first ever Article.

-Matthew Keyser

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