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The Washington Wizards Can Make It Out Of The East This Year

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Can The Washington Wizards Win The East? 

The Washington Wizards have won their last nine out of 12 games.

Washington continues to improve as they play without John Wall. The Wizards have won their last two games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers.

Sunday night, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. combined for 47 points to help lead the team to a 109-94 win over the 76ers.

Both the 76ers and Cavs are in position to make a playoff run come April. In the month of February, Washington is averaging 109.7 points, 42.9 rebounds and 29.6 assists this season, per

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks has done a great job of getting his team to buy into his system. In January the team averaged 15.7 turnovers per game.

After the all-star break, Washington has committed to taking care of the basketball and has lowered their turnover average to 14.9, per

With the playoffs approaching the Wizards are running in stride as they are currently 7-3 in the month of February.

The 2016-17 Season Will Guide The Washington Wizards To The Finals:

If you are a Wizards fan you have to ask is this the year that the Wiz Kids will make it out the East. The current rotation includes Tomas Satoransky, Bradley Beal Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat.  (Wall will return to the starting line-up if healthy.)

The bench includes Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks, Kelly Oubre Jr., Mike Scott and Ian Mahinmi.  Four days ago the team signed Ramon Sessions to a 10-day contract.

Wall could possibly return by the end of March assuming his knee heals properly.  If the Wizards are 100 percent healthy going into the playoffs this team can make it out the east.

Yes, I said that the 2017-18 Wiz Kids can make it to the NBA finals if healthy. Last year the team faced a heartbreaking game seven loss against the Celtics in the eastern conference semifinals.

The eastern conference semifinals could have ended either way. Both the Celtics and Wizards were evenly matched. Isaiah Thomas was filled with passion, motivation and inspiration after losing his sister in a car crash. (Much respect)

It’s Time For The Washington Wizards:

Losing in adversity can either make you stronger or cause you to fold. This year the Wiz Kids will advance to the NBA finals.

The team addressed their lack of bench depth and has gained the playoff experience they desperately needed.

After Cleveland’s trade deadline frenzy, it seems like they became the instant favorite to come out of the east.

But let’s not forget that the Cavaliers do not have a closer on their roster. Without Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, the Cavs do not have another playmaker that can stabilize the team when King James isn’t on the floor.

Cleveland general manager Kolby Altman deserves credit for pulling off the trade that acquired Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood and George Hill.

However, none of the players that the Cavs received are closers or have a lot of playoff experience with the exception of Hill. The four players acquired in the three-team trade are exceptional talents, but the trade also exposed Cleveland.

What happens when LeBron has an off night? Will the role players step up? The NBA trade deadline deal was remarkable but it didn’t give Cleveland a solidified edge.

This trade opens up the door for teams like Washington, Toronto and Boston. Washington would be my pick because of their experience, versatility and roster.

The Washington Wizards & Scott Brooks:

Toronto and Boston could pose a threat to the Wizards. Washington would only have to face one of them depending on seeding.

Despite the franchise missing the 2015-16 playoffs and getting swept by the Raptors the season before the organization acquired a coach that can relate to young players.

Scott Brooks is no stranger when it comes to developing and mentoring young talent.  Brooks only missed the playoffs twice in his seven-year stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

OKC would miss the playoffs during his first season (2008-09) and the 2014-15 season. Prior to Brooks taking the head coaching job in 2016, the team was coached by Randy Wittman.

Wittman helped the Wizards develop a culture of high energy and grit, but after a disappointing end to the season the former coach would find out that his voice no longer carried weight in the locker room.

With Brooks as the head coach, the players have a coach who has been battle tested, made it to the finals and knows how to build a championship team.

In his first season coaching, Brooks coached the team to a 49-33 record as they finished first in the Southeast division.

Last year’s team would go on to lose in the Conference Semifinals. But considering the quick turnaround from missing the playoffs the season before (2015-16) the nation’s capital should be rejoicing. Tonight the Wiz Kids will take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Harris Bradley Center at 8:00 p.m. on TNT.

Bold Prediction: If the Wizards remain healthy they will square off in the NBA finals against the Houston Rockets.

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