It’s been a long time coming, guys.
With a blowout victory over the Boston Celtics, the Washington Wizards have clinched a spot in the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2008. Virtually everyone on the roster got to enjoy the moment, as Randy Wittman played his entire team tonight, including Otto Porter who scored 9 points on 3-3 shooting in just 6 minutes of action. Needless to say, the team showed it’s excitement and embraced each other at the middle of the court right after the final buzzer. It was inevitably, but man, it feels good.
Washington gained a double digit lead right out of the gate, led by John Wall’s passing exhibition. He played just 28 minutes tonight, scoring 13 points to go along side 10 assists. Marcin Gortat benefited most from his passing and went on to score 22 points and grab 8 rebounds in under 30 minutes of playing time. Basically everyone who played shot the ball well tonight, and it was reflected in their final field goal percentage. The Wizards made nearly 63% of their shots tonight. Bradley Beal knocked down 7 of his 8 attempts, finishing the game with 19 points. Trevor Ariza chipped in with 18 of his own points, including three shots from beyond the 3-point arc. The bench was terrific as usual, led by Andre Miller, Al Harrington and a rare appearance from Otto Porter.
It’s taken the Wizards a long time to get back to this point, but their work is not yet over. Of course, I’m sure the team is happy to finally have the opportunity to play in the postseason, but they must remain focused on staying in the middle of the playoff picture.
The Wizards have been a bottom feeding team for about half a decade and to finally see them get over the hump is truly amazing. For the first time in John Wall’s career, the Wizards will have a chance to compete in meaningful games on a national stage.
We’re playoff bound.
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