After losing 2 of their 3 games in disappointing fashion this month, I think it’s safe to say that the Wizards are looking forward to what’s in store in the coming weeks. Washington’s schedule hasn’t been very kind early on this season, but it’s certainly eased up as they’ll only play 11 games in December. Here’s a look at Washington’s road ahead:
- December 13th: Atlanta Hawks
- December 14th: Los Angeles Clippers
- December 16th: New York Knicks
- December 18th: Brooklyn Nets
- December 21st: Boston Celtics
- December 27th: Minnesota Timberwolves
- December 28th: Detroit Pistons
- December 31th: Detroit Pistons
According to my count, at least 5-6 of the listed games could result in wins for the Wizards, which would certainly put them in playoff position heading into January. The Wizards have already beaten the Hawks, Knicks, Nets, and Timberwolves this season, and they should be the favorites against the Celtics. Even though the Wizards have lost a few games which they should’ve won, I think they’ll take their experience and learn from it much like they did at the beginning of the season.
Bradley Beal has been cleared to ramp up basketball activities, Martell Webster could be back by Friday, and Nene will likely be back sooner rather than later. The road ahead will look a lot easier for the Wizards than the beginning of the season did, which is definitely good news considering that they’ve dropped a few heartbreaking games. John Wall has put some pressure on himself to close out games, but in all honesty, the Wizards have competed which might be more than we could ask from the group the Wizards are putting on the floor. I realize that there’s no such thing as a moral victory for the Wizards anymore, but they have competed and they’ll eventually learn to close games…I hope.
Every team experiences ups and downs, and I’m hoping the Wizards will start to trend upward soon. They experienced some really tough stretches in November, but they have had consecutive days off in December which should help them down the road. They’re finally starting to get some players back from injury and I have a feeling we’ll start to see some more W’s in the win column as a result.
It hasn’t been a fun month so far, but it’s not too late for the Wizards to turn their fortunes around. Good times are ahead, or at least I hope.