5 Players Who Must Step Up for Washington Wizards' Remaining Games

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5 Players Who Must Step Up for Washington Wizards' Remaining Games
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Trevor Booker will now be picking up more minutes with Nene injured, and he'll need to player his best ball of the season if he wants to help the Wizards improve their playoff position.

With Nene, arguably the second-most valuable player on the Washington Wizards, out for up to six weeks, there are only a handful of players now who can cement Washington's playoff chances. 

Nene was a big part of what the Wizards were doing, but now it is more important for their lesser-known guys to step up their games and get them to the postseason, a place they haven't been since the days of Gilbert Arenas. 

But the Wizards are still a strong team heading into the home stretch of the season, and their chances of making the playoffs remain strong in a weak Eastern Conference. 

After that, the Wizards need to play better if they want to really make some noise in the playoffs. If they get the seventh or eighth seed, their chances of beating the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat are pretty slim. 

That would be a much different story if these five players can step up and improve the team as well as the players around them. The Wizards have the ability to finish as the sixth seed or higher, which would put them in perfect position to win their first playoff series since 2005. 

Now, just who exactly are these five players who, with improved play, can take Washington to that seeding? 

Note: All stats are as of Feb. 25 prior to Washington's game against the Orlando Magic. All stats are from ESPN unless otherwise noted.

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