After winning five straight and seven out of nine games, the Washington Wizards now find themselves in a hole once again, after losing two straight games to two Western Conference opponents. They took a 113-99 defeat on Friday night against a very tough Los Angeles Clippers team; so that wasn’t the end of the world. However, they were dominated by a weak Sacramento Kings team yesterday evening, falling by a score of 109-86.
The Wizards did beat some tough teams during their five-game winning streak, such as the Portland Trail Blazers, the Memphis Grizzlies (without their starters), and the Utah Jazz, who had won 16 out of 19 coming into the game against Washington last week.
Hopefully these last two games were just a fluke and the Wiz will get back on track. However, the road does not get any easier from here on out. The Wizards will make their way up the state of California tonight and head to the San Francois bay where they will take on the Golden State Warriors, who currently hold a league-best 56-13 record.
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For example: 10th-year power forward David Lee, who averaged 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last year while starting 67 games for the Warriors, has started just one game so far this season. While that has been due to his lack of production, many teams don’t even have a starting power forward that reaches the caliber of Lee.
With Lee, Shaun Livingston, and the sharp-shooting Brandon Rush all coming off of the bench for Golden State, they essentially have a starting lineup on the bench. That is what has and will make this team so dangerous come playoff time.
The first time these two teams met, the Warriors unsurprisingly came out on top 114-107, as Steph Curry dropped 32 in that contest. Beating this team on the road will be by far the Wizards toughest task of the season.
While Washington has played to a 15-20 record away from DC, the Warriors have lost just two games with their crowd behind them. They have won 33 and have lost just two. Yes, they are very close to unbeatable when it comes to facing them in the Oracle Arena.
If the Wizards somehow, someway, by some strike of luck, are able to pull out the win tonight; then that in itself might be enough to carry some confidence into the playoffs which start in about a month.