The Washington Wizards can’t seem to escape the mainstream headlines during this season. They opened the season terribly, landing face-first at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Then had the worst stretch of COVID-19 setbacks than any other NBA team while continuously spinning out of control with Bradley Beal trade talks. But throughout the continuous chaos, the Wizards are starting to figure things out.
Before Sunday’s match against the Boston Celtics in which they lost the game in the dying seconds, thanks to Jayson Tatum, Washington had won seven of their last eight games, including wins over the Celtics previously, Lakers, Nuggets (x2), and the Trail Blazers. Their two superstars Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, are starting to find some rhythm together, with Russ averaging 22 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists while Beal is putting up staggering numbers with 34 points a game, five assists on 52 percent shooting.
Sunday’s game gave Beal his 21st 30-point game of the season. Since the NBA-ABA merger (1976-77), only Michael Jordan (26) and James Harden (22) have had more 30-point games through their first 30 games of a season. And with this outstanding accomplishment, the Wizards are currently sitting 12th in the East with 13 wins and 19 losses. That’s not the only record Beal is setting at the moment.
It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for Washington, and Rachel Nichols from ‘The Jump’ asks an intriguing question. Is the glass half-full or half-empty with the Wizards right now? I’m half-full.
Catch you Thursday.