Not many expected the Washington Wizards to go into Golden State and defeat the Warriors, who have only lost three games at home this year. However, the game was close throughout the entire first half, until a debacle occurred in the third quarter. After trailing by just three at halftime, the Wizards made just 1-of-18 shots from the field and scored just eight points in the third period.
John Wall scored 11 points in the first half and ended the game with 11 points. He also shot a terrible 4-for-16 from the field. That in itself should show how disastrous of a second half it was for Washington. They scored just 28 points in the entire second half. Even when playing your best basketball it’s tough to beat this Warriors team. When preforming as bad as Washington did last night, you will have absolutely no chance.
Stephen Curry lead the way for Golden State, scoring a game-high 24 points, six assists, and five rebounds. The Wizards have now dropped to 40-31 on the season and 15-21 when playing away from home. The Wizards will head back to DC to take on the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night, ending there four-game west-coast road trip and a string of seven straight games against Western Conference teams.
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They defeated some tough teams in that stretch, while also suffering a couple of losses by margins larger than 20 points. Three teams have clinched playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, and the Wizards are right behind the Toronto Raptors in being the next team to do so.
They currently hold the No. 5 seed in the East, five and a half games ahead of No. 6 Milwaukee and two and a half behind the third and fourth seeds. With 11 games remaining on the schedule, it is looking more and more like number five is where the Wizards will stand heading into the playoffs. And you know what’s funny about that? The fifth seed is the exact same spot that the Wizards held heading into last years postseason.
They went up against the Chicago Bulls in the first round and won the series in five games. Well guess what? Chicago currently holds the fourth seed in the conference, and if the season ended today, that is exactly who Washington’s first-round opponent would be. Talk about deja vu.
However, over ten games still remain and a lot can happen until the regular season comes to a close. With that being said, we will re-visit this topic when playoff time arrives.