While they were more than just recently with 14 defeats in 16 games (!), the Wizards are now part of the league’s in-form teams.
If they are certainly less so than the Nets in the Eastern Conference (11 consecutive victories for Kevin Durant and his teammates), the magicians of the federal capital still remain on five victories in a row, including three on the road, and four with differences greater than 15 points!
Not only is Washington replacing itself, currently in 10th place in the East, but even more, it is crushing its opponents! A relative domination knowing that many opponents presented themselves without several major elements, like Milwaukee yesterday without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday or Khris Middleton…
“We can’t really think about all that,” breath Kyle Kuzma in The Athleticauthor of his second career triple-double. “Our goal is to dominate whoever gets in our way. If some don’t play, that’s how it is. You’re just supposed to impose yourself. »
Each in turn…
It must be recognized that the Wizards have also eaten their black bread, especially during their series of ten defeats in a row. In general, Washington has not been spared this season, with no less than 91 games missed through injury or illness, with Bradley Beal (15 games) or recent comers Delon Wright (29 games) and Rui Hachimura (16 games) , whose return coincides with the return to form of the Wizards.
“We were able to face some teams that were missing players and beat them,” recognizes Wes Unseld Jr. “But we also experienced that. We cannot choose who we will play, who is available. It’s more about what we can do: can we do our part? And for the most part, we did. »
Currently neck and neck with five teams, all of which are disappointing this season in the East (Heat, Knicks, Hawks, Bulls and Raptors), could the Wizards have weathered the storm?
In any case, they are capitalizing on a more lenient schedule, while waiting, in turn, to regain all of their vital forces. Maybe for the “rematch” against Milwaukee on Tuesday.
“We had the right mentality from the start. We said to ourselves that we had to take advantage of the absence of certain important guys and not miss this opportunity. We played our basketball from the start. We’re on a good pace right now.” concludes Kristaps Porzingis. “I can’t wait for Brad (Beal) to come back, and then we’ll be at full strength. »
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