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For The Wizards, ‘Tis the Season…To Start Winning

Have you ever heard of Murphy’s Law? Once you do hear of it you will understand why Murphy’s Law and the Wizards are synonymous.

“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”

Sounds familiar right!? With fans having big issues with our not-so-esteemed GM, Wizards fans want change now more than ever. We’ve been stuck dealing with the #DCSports and #SoWizards hashtags for far too long. In the spirit of Christmas, ’tis the season of winning?

Now more than ever is time for the Wizards to capitalize on some “winnable” upcoming games. Coming off two big home wins against the Nuggets and Bucks, the Wiz have shown it is possible. After a Southeast division matchup tonight in Miami, the Wizards come back to the Verizon Center for a three-game stretch against the Hornets, Pistons, and Clippers.

While all of those games are important, two stick out to me, the first being Miami. Last time these two met, the Heat won in a close game, 114-111 in DC. That makes tonight’s game one of vengeance. Plus, a win on the road (which the Wizards have not had many of) is always good for the resume. The second game is a big matchup against a Western Conference powerhouse in the Clippers. In their last couple meetings against top-tier teams, the Wiz have been right there until the end before giving it up. Two examples: OKC and San Antonio. Considering that it is time to play catchup in the Eastern Conference standings, closing out a win against a top five team in the league right now could put the Wizards back on teams’ radars.

Kelly Oubre’s career night against Milwaukee was an early Christmas wish come true.

Sitting at a dismal 9-13, it’s time to try and close in on .500 again. We are getting closer and closer. Dare I say it may actually be the season of winning? There are no fixes other than what everyone already knows: The bench needs to step up, although shout out to Kelly Oubre for stringing together a couple solid games and setting a career high against Milwaukee (#Shhh). Ian Mahinmi needs to recover already. Team defense needs to stay at the level it has been the past few games. But most importantly, the Wiz need to close out games. It seems that whether they or up by 10 or down by 10 going into the 4th quarter, the final score is always within just a few points and rarely with the outcome we want.

The reality of the situation is that we are seeing #HouseofGuards play the best basketball of their careers. John Wall is an elite point guard and it especially shows when it comes to the 4th quarter. Wall gets to the bucket with ease and finishes a big play that sparks a comeback. In the last 10 games, he is averaging an astonishing 25 points, 11 dimes, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. If you are a NBA 2K fan, you know that Wall would be referred to as a “stat sheet stuffer”. His partner-in-crime is not doing so shabby either. Brad’s stat line has its similarities to Wall’s: 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal per night. The other starters have been putting together solid games to compliment those of Wall and Beal.

Aside from consistency, all I want for Christmas is Sheldon McClellan to get playing time, Sato and Trey Burke to become a dynamic duo, and a .500 Wizards team. Is that too much to ask?

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