The Washington Wizards have suffered four straight losses and have also fell short in six out of the last eight competitions. It does count as six more losses in the standings and it has pushed them down to the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. However, it is far from concerning.
As I stated a few weeks ago, this losing streak was bound to occur. The reason why this is true is very simple. When a team starts off performing as well as the Wizards did, the wins won’t just continue to pile up. Although Washington should expect to end the season with a very good record, it won’t be as good as it would have seemed after the first two and a half months of the season.
Washington started the season off winning 29 out of their first 41 games, which precisely marks the halfway point of the NBA season. Ever since then, they have lost six out of eight and have seen their losses compile to 19. They have gone from being 18 games over to .500 to 12.
However, no panic should be present. Every team goes through a losing streak, especially teams that enjoy large amounts of victories in the first half of the season. John Wall has been displaying the best season of his career, which certainly helped the Wizards get off to their fast start. His assists have only gone up as the season has progressed.
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Bradley Beal has been another player that has gotten better and better since day one of his season. After missing the first nine games of the season, Beal struggled a bit when he initially returned from his injury. He has averaged 15.4 points per game, while shooting career-highs in field goal percentage (43), free throw percentage (82), and three-point percentage (44).
Look at that one more time. He is shooting better from long-range than he is from the field. I don’t know whether that is good or bad, but what I do know is that this guy can shoot the lights out. However, he happens to have a game outside of jump-shooting.
He has great speed, and displays great passing ability and court vision for a shooting guard. However, he has yet to figure out that jump-shooting is not the entirety of his game. If and when he does, he will become a star in no time.
The Wizards will host the New Orleans Pelicans tonight in an attempt to snap their four-game losing streak. We will see if they can put this rough stretch behind them and move on with their season.