The Wizards have lost six straight games (four of which were on the road, surprisingly). Tonight, they start a four-game home stretch against three playoff contenders and the Milwaukee Bucks. In other words, this losing streak may not end anytime soon.
The first game on tap is Friday versus the Orlando Magic, meaning its time for a reunion with Gilbert Arenas. The Magic have been average of late (5-5 in last 10), so I’d expect them to give the Wizards a thorough beating as they look to get back on track. I doubt Arenas does much of anything though.
Washington will also likely lose to the Hawks, an underrated playoff contender in the East. Hopefully Washington can recover and beat the Bucks, but Milwaukee plays tough defense and could give guys like Nick Young and Andray Blatche fits.
And to top it all off, the Wiz end their home stand against the Spurs. San Antonio currently sits at 41-8. Washington is currently 13-35. Spurs win by double-digits.
But never fear, Wizards fans. Because on February 13, 2011, all our worries will end. We play the Cavaliers on the road–the team that has lost 32 of 33 games.
In essence, the Wizards/Cavs game will be a crossroads for both squads. If the Wizards lose, their losing streak on the road reaches new heights. Cleveland is by far the worst team in the NBA, and Washington has no excuse to lose to them, even away from home. If the Cavs lose, they become the team that ends Washington’s infamous streak, and questions will start arising as to whether they can even finish with 12 W’s for the season.
Who knew one of the worst games on the schedule could count for so much?