Yes, this is indeed a post about the Wizards and the playoffs. About what is required for the local NBA team to participate in said NBA postseason (or even the chase) and about whether it's crazy to indulge in such speculation.
The basic answers are 1) tons of good fortune is required over the final 32 games and 2) yes, yes, yes on the crazy... but depending on what happens over the next 17 contests, perhaps not to the padded room level crazy.
Now, let's be very, very clear. Nobody here is suggesting fans should start blocking off calendar dates in late April, May and June even though Washington has improved dramatically since John Wall's return; 10-7 record, league-leader in defensive rating, sticking with a caring is sharing ball movement approach. It is however also undeniable that with their primary core rotation in place, these are not your 5-28 Wizards. So, in honor of Prince's appearance on the Grammy's, let's go crazy and talk Wizards and (insert Jim Mora voice here) playoffs....
*With Bradley Beal scoring more points (28) than any Wizard in any single game this season, Washington defeated Milwaukee 102-90 on Monday night for its fourth straight win. The victory snapped a four-game road skid and pulled the Wizards closer to the Bucks, the current occupiers of the eighth and final playoff berth.
Here comes the reality check. Despite the recent success, at 15-35 the Wizards are still 10 games out of the Eastern Conference's final playoff berth and 20 games under .500. The "what if Wizards" indeed.
Milwaukee, which closes out its first half Wednesday against Philadelphia, currently sports a 25-25 record. Simple math tells us the Bucks are tracking for 41 wins. The Wizards would have to close the season with a 26-6 record (81.25 winning percentage) for 41 total wins. Yeah, sure.
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