Skip to main content

The secret behind Washington's resurgence

Washington-Wizards

Before starting the 2021 NBA season, the Washinton Wizards decided to go in another direction, trading their franchise player John Wall for Russell Westbrook and turning around a new page. That brought Bradley Beal a new partner in crime in the backcourt, as a certain buzz arose in D.C. for a team that could maybe make a playoff run because of the star duo surrounded by a solid group of role players.

But unfortunately for the Wizards, the season started horrendously, losing their first five games and getting to a 3-12 record, immediately losing respect from many experts. Things went wrong quickly, losing many games, being hit with injuries, playing absolutely no defense, Westbrook playing pretty bad and non-efficient, and Bradley Beal giving it his all just to lose the games, as he looked very frustrated. All that resulted in the Wizards sinking to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Look at them now! They were on a 5-game winning streak, as they beat the defending champions Lakers on the road the other night. After that win, the Wizards improved their record to 11-17, with the #8 seed and the playoffs are just two games back. Despite losing to the Clippers last night, the questions arise - can they turn around their season, and what they need to do to maintain this good form?

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

The first thing is Westbrook shooting a lot fewer threes. He has shot just nine of them on that 5-game winning streak, proving once again his teams just play better when he doesn't pretend he is an outside shooter. The second key thing is their role players finally getting comfortable and finding how they can help the team win. This is where Westbrook's leadership made a difference.

You have to consider that this team has been hit hard with injuries (Thomas Bryant) and especially Covid protocols, causing them to not even practice for quite some time. But now they are getting into their groove a bit, as the star duo of Beal and Westbrook, supported by a solid supporting cast, could sneak into the playoffs and give us an exciting matchup in the first round of the playoffs. We will see if they can keep it up.

Jaylen Brown responds to Draymond Green's comments

Jaylen Brown fires back at Draymond Green: "Draymond got a podcast and lost his damn mind"

Draymond Green claimed he knew that the Boston Celtics were already defeated mentally after Jaylen Brown's statements. The Celtics forward had something to say to Green on his Twitter.

Tom Brady to Anthony Edwards - “I know the money is good but you’re playing the wrong sport”

Tom Brady to Anthony Edwards -“I know the money is good but you’re playing the wrong sport”

Edwards responded that since Brady’s friend and teammates Rob Gronkowski retired this offseason, maybe he could help fill his void

Dwyane Wade and Tracy McGrady call Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving the best duo ever

The Internet remains undefeated reacting to Kevin Durant's trade request

To be fair, a good portion of these are actually directed at Kyrie.

kareem-bynum-bill-russell-min

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tried mentoring Andrew Bynum by showing him Bill Russell's defensive highlights

Bynum would start to get it, but he wasn't too interested in playing defense, in Kareem's words.

Allen Iverson wearing the iconic 76ers black jersey that the organisation might bring back

Philadelphia 76ers may bring back the black jerseys Allen Iverson made famous

The Philadelphia 76ers’ most popular jerseys in franchise history are arguably the black-themed ones that many associate with no other than Allen Iverson.

Draymond Green explains why the Warriors will win three out of four next championships

Draymond Green believes that the Golden State Warriors will win three of the next four championships

Draymond Green may be confident the Warriors can win more titles but he's also setting the bar extremely high for the organization for the next few years

Kobe Bryant on the first time he went up against Manu Ginobili

"Who's this white boy?" — Kobe Bryant on his first meeting with a San Antonio Spurs legend

Kobe Bryant believes the NBA had to adjust to this legend's unique and unorthodox playstyle.