After the Washington Wizards finished Game 5 in the opening round of the playoffs on April 29, their confidence was at its highest point all season. Washington had just dispatched the Chicago Bulls, a team that many national NBA analysts had picked to win the series.
John Wall and Bradley Beal were showing up in a big way in their first ever playoff games, and they were primed to go up against either the sub-.500 Atlanta Hawks or the struggling Indiana Pacers in the second round.
Since then, things have really changed. The Pacers got past Atlanta, and they're no longer the struggling team that had a center who wouldn't score a single point or pick up a rebound. They are back to playing as a top seed in the East.
John Wall is now in a huge shooting slump, and the Wizards enter Tuesday night down 3-1 in their series against Indiana on the brink of elimination.
So, what went wrong? The Wizards have had a number of things go right for them this postseason, but some weaknesses are showing through (especially in this second round series) that are holding the Wizards back from living up to expectations set after the series win against the Bulls.
Here are three strengths of the Wizards that have gotten them this far in the playoffs, but three weaknesses that are preventing them from moving past Indiana.
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