As we approach playoff time, something that fans love to delve into are the possible scenarios that loom over their team. There is plenty to look at when it pertains to the Washington Wizards and where they will possibly wind up by the seasons end.
They currently hold the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game behind the fourth seed, a full game behind the third seed, and three games behind the No. 2 seed in the conference. They could very well wind up with the third seed, but the question is do they want it?
With the Cleveland Cavaliers holding the second seed and destine to stay there for the rest of the season, matchups come into play. If the Wizards get the third seed and win in the first round, then the next opponent awaiting them will likely be the Cavs. If they grab a fourth or fifth seed, then they would face the winner of the 1st seed vs 8th seed matchup if they get that far.
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I don’t know about you, but I would much rather take my chances on the Atlanta Hawks than a team with LeBron James on it. Now, this statement is not at all putting down the Hawks. They posses of one of the most complete rosters in the league.
Not one superstar plays on that team and yet they have still won 54 games this season. That is because they have five great starters and five or six solid bench players. Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague lead the way, but there is just so much more depth to this team.
As for Washington, their seeding is unknown. In fact, they can even drop lower from here. The Milwaukee Bucks stand five games back, which is a long way to go with under 20 games remaining, but it’s still a possibility.
Assuming they end up with either a five, four, or three seed, I’m going with anything but the third seed. No one wants to deal with that dangerous threesome over there in Cleveland, and landing a three seed would get you one step closer to doing so.
The Hawks first-round opponent is yet to be determined. However, they might very well face the Indiana Pacers in the first round, which would not be an easy task that early in the postseason by any stretch of the imagination. With that being said, getting a fifth or fourth seed could open a realm of possibilities, which is always a good thing when it doesn’t apply to your team.
Only 15 games remain for Washington and some tough clubs await their talents to come to them. I understand that I just wrote a whole article about playoff seeding, but I will still say this: Before we can think about the playoffs, let’s worry about this final stretch of the regular season.