Prior to the beginning of the season, I don’t think any of us expected the Washington Wizards to finish 5th in the Eastern Conference, ultimately giving themselves a legitimate chance to remain competitive in the NBA Playoffs.
Given the amount of rebuilding teams in the conference, Washington slowly inched their way back up the standings, eventually finishing fifth, which means they’ll meet the Chicago Bulls in the first round. Washington has beaten Chicago twice this season and the team seems to believe they’ll have a chance to pull off an upset.
Now that the team has achieved their goal of making the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2008, I think it’s fair to say they’re excited about continuing their season. John Wall is the longest tenured Washington Wizard and he’s only in his fourth season in the NBA, but he’s endured a lot in his young career. After missing nearly half the season due to a stress injury last year, Wall bounced back this season and played all 82 games. Wall was a part of some miserable Wizards teams at the beginning of his career and I’m sure he’s glad to finally be able to say he’s a part of a winning team.
Here are a few of their reaction via Twitter, including Wall’s.
— John Wall (@John_Wall) April 17, 2014
Playoffs !! #whynotus
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) April 17, 2014
5 5 5 like the pizza deal, headed to the chi to get that deep dish #playoffs
— Chris Singleton (@C_SING31) April 17, 2014
— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) April 17, 2014
Washington will get the opportunity to play on national television for the first time in years, so I’m sure they’re pretty excited about that as well.
The team has wanted to finish in the top five ever since the beginning of the season, and if they do advance passed the first round, they’ll also miss out on playing against the Miami Heat in the second round, who I’m sure everyone still views as the top team in the conference regardless of seeding.