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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wizards looking strong in playoffs

by: Logan Collison

To quote Big Sean, “Last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back.” Much like Big Sean, the Washington Wizards have bounced back from a rough beginning season to being fourth in the Eastern Conference three games behind the Toronto Raptors. Right now the Wizards are on a one game win streak with one remaining game in this season at Miami Heat. The Heat are currently fighting for the eight spot to try and nudge into the playoffs, so the Heat will be playing hard, with Wizards keeping their current playoff spot.
Let’s talk starter stats, John Wall has been looking unstoppable; he currently is sitting at 23.1 points per game and leads their teams in assists and steals. Washington’s other star, who is their best sniper on the team, is Bradley Beal. He is averaging 23.1 points per game this year. John Wall and Beal have been looking strong as partners and hope to continue this power combo into the playoffs. As a whole, however, the Wizards starting five is looking strong with Wall, Beal, Gortat, Porter Jr, and Morris, with young prospect Oubre Jr. getting lots of playing time.
The Wizards will be taking on their rivals in their own Southeast division, the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks finished 43-39 with a 1-3 record against Wizards, which bodes well for the Wizards. The Hawks star players are Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and Dennis Schröder with Dwight Howard averaging 13.5 for a center, which is pretty good, and Dennis Schröder averaging 17.9 points per game, with only three years of experience. All in all this NBA series should be an excellent well matched couple of teams, with one goal in mind: the NBA champions.   

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