The Washington Wizards are 2-14, tied for the worst record in the league. They have lost nine straight games. Tonight, they face the Detroit Pistons, the team they share the worst record with. The Pistons will be trying to end their own 13-game losing streak. Washington has to come out with a strong performance and win. Otherwise, they are at risk of breaking an all-time franchise record.
The current longest losing streak in franchise history is 16 games, achieved by the 2009-2010 Washington Wizards.
The 2023-24 Wizards may not be there just yet, but if they don’t win against the easily beatable Detroit Pistons, they could easily get there.
The next seven games for the Wizards after the Detroit matchup are rather challenging. The schedule is as follows: @ Magic, @ Magic, @ 76ers, vs. Pelicans, vs. Pacers, @ Suns, @ Kings. That’s seven games, all against over .500 teams, with five of them being away. Getting a win against any of them will be a tough ask.
Losing all these games, including tonight’s matchup with the Pistons, would get Washington to 17 straight losses, breaking the all-time record.
Despite the minimal expectations to start the season, this would be a blow to the Washington Wizards. The franchise wasn’t necessarily expecting to be a good team, but there was hope that this would be a feisty, competitive team. Making the history books with the worst losing streak of all time, especially this early into the season would be devastating.
That is why tonight’s matchup with the Detroit Pistons is very important. Wizards fans want to start feeling hopeful and optimistic about the future of the organization. Beating other bad teams and being more competitive against good teams would be a good start. If they suffer an ugly loss in Detroit, the hopes and dreams of the Wizards fanbase will dwindle even further. It will eradicate the already little trust the fans have in coach Wes Unseld Jr.
For a regular season game in November between two 2-14 teams, there is a lot at stake tonight. The Wizards will not have a better chance of getting back on track. Let’s hope they don’t squander it.