With 25 games left, the Washington Wizards still have a shot at making the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, which a huge accomplishment when you consider where many expected this team to finish.
Last night at Capital One Arena, the Wizards needed a late Jerome Robinson three to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 110-106 and snap a three-game losing streak. With the victory, Washington is 4.5 games behind the Magic for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
If the Wizards want to make a run, they have to improve their defense. Scoring the basketball has not been the issue for the Wizards this season. Washington is fifth in points per game(115.7), but stopping teams has been an issue. The Wizards are last in points allowed per game(119.9), but according to rookie forward Rui Hachimura, if Washington can play better defense, the playoffs are a possibility.
“This game we really needed if we want to make the playoffs,” Hachimura said about the victory last night. “We go out West; it’s gonna be tough games. We gotta stick together and play more defense, and I think we gonna make the playoffs.”
Washington will go out west for a four-game road trip, which starts Friday in Utah against the Jazz. After Utah, the Wizards face the Warriors, Kings, and Blazers, who are all below .500, so Washington has a chance to win those games, and not lose too much ground to the Magic.
When you consider the injury to John Wall, Washington has to be happy about what they’ve accomplished to this point. But, if they can find a way to make the playoffs, it would be exciting times in D.C.