The Washington Wizards are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The last series they won was three years before that. Basketball hasn’t been sunny in the nation’s capital for quite some time, but this season’s squad might be ready to turn things around.
What would that take? Washington (37-35) clings to a favorable six seed right now, but the Wizards are just two games in the loss column ahead of the Charlotte Bobcats.
If they can stay in that spot or climb even higher (the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors can all be caught), the Wizards will be in position to win a series, gain some momentum and give one of the conference’s top dogs all it can handle in the semifinals.
Or, they can fall flat on their face. Whether you’re looking at their record or net rating (appropriately 15th in the league since the All-Star break),Washington is an average basketball team. Here are three reasons each to explain their possible success, or their impending failure.
We'll first go with the optimistic take before tackling things that will make Wizards fans frown. Everything is ranked on importance.