Dec 30, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings (7) guards Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) during the fourth quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Washington won 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Road Ahead: Washington Wizards reach a .500 record, now what?


The Wizards ended their 2013 on a high note, winning 5 of their last 6 games and finally reaching a .500 record for the second time this season. Road wins are difficult to come by in the NBA, but the Wizards have managed to get 4 of their last 5 wins away from home, which definitely shows their growth over the last few seasons.

Here’s what’s coming up for the Wizards later this week and the following week:

  • Jan. 1st: vs. Dallas Mavericks
  • Jan. 3rd: vs. Toronto Raptors
  • Jan. 5th: vs. Golden State Warriors
  • Jan. 7th: at. Charlotte Bobcats
  • Jan. 8th: at. New Orleans Pelicans
  • Jan. 10th: at. Indiana Pacers
  • Jan. 11th: vs. Houston Rockets

Washington is obviously trying to get over the .500 hurdle, but it’ll be no easy task considering their upcoming schedule. The Wizards have played the least amount of games in the NBA, but their schedule will pick up in January. Looking at their next 7 match ups, the Wizards should be able to get at least 3-4 victories to stay .500.

The Eastern Conference has never been weaker and if the Wizards could manage to have an even record coming into the All-Star break, they should be in good shape heading into the second half of the season. They’ve lost numerous games that they should’ve won earlier in the year, and it seems like they’re finally learning from their past mistakes. Washington has bounced back from double digit deficits this season en route to victories, which we haven’t seen from this Wizards team in years prior. Last night’s win against the Pistons in Detroit showed Washington’s resiliency and maturity as a team, since they were able to come back from a 10+ hole heading into the fourth quarter.

John Wall has been the best point guard in the Eastern Conference this season and now that his supporting cast is finally getting healthy, the Wizards are starting to play like the team we imagined them to be heading into the 2013-2014 season. Bradley Beal and Nene are back in the lineup, and Washington’s bench has finally picked up their productivity. The Wizards have gotten contributions from unexpected players like Trevor Booker and they’ll hope it continues heading into the new year.

Washington will be back in the nation’s capital tomorrow night against the Dallas Mavericks to ring in the new year. They’ll have a chance to get over the .500 mark.

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