Washington Wizards: East Play-In standings after eventful week

Kyle Kuzma of the Washington Wizards dribbles past Gary Trent Jr of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kyle Kuzma of the Washington Wizards dribbles past Gary Trent Jr of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

This week was incredibly eventful for the standings in the Eastern Conference, especially for the teams in the Play-In picture including the Washington Wizards. Nearly every team in the eight to twelve spot played games against each other and it shook up the standings quite a bit while giving some teams a larger cushion.

The Atlanta Hawks played the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat, The Toronto Raptors played the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, the Chicago Bulls played The Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers, and the Washington Wizards played nearly everybody.

This has caused teams to move around or fall behind in the standings. Something that hurt the Wizards quite a bit. Let’s take a look at the new standings relating to the Play-In Tournament.

6. Brooklyn Nets: —

7. Miami Heat: 2.5 GB

8. Atlanta Hawks: 4 GB

9.Toronto Raptors: 4.5 GB

10. Washington Wizards: 6 GB

11. Indiana Pacers: 7.5 GB

12. Chicago Bulls: 7.5 GB

The Washington Wizards were able to pull of wins against the Bulls, Hawks, and Raptors, briefly securing the nine seed. Then they fell in back-to-back games against the Raptors and the Bucks.

With only 18 games left in the season for the Wiz, it seems unlikely that they will be able to escape the Play-In. However, they are not so far out that they are out of reach of the double elimination bracket.

In order to secure the protection of double elimination, they will need to catch up to the Hawks or the Heat. This means they will have to win at least two more games than the Hawks do the rest of the season or four more than the Heat.

While it’s far from impossible, it seems like an uphill battle with how many injuries the Wizards have been facing this season.

Even worse, they have lost the cushion between them and the 11 seed as both the Bulls and the Pacers are catching up to them and are closer to the Wiz than any other team besides the Raptors.

The last two losses for the Washington Wizards ended up being back breaking as instead of being tied with the Hawks, they are now four games behind them. A differential that seems incredibly difficult at this point in the season.

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