The first round of the playoffs was no breeze for the Washington Wizards. Their opponent, the Atlanta Hawks made them work extra hard. They were not willing to go down so easily. After Atlanta finished off the year as the fifth place team of the Eastern Conference, they may not have been intimidating in numbers.
The Hawks were barely a winning team, as they capped off the year going 43-39. They ended up giving the Wizards a six game series. Washington did have a strong start, taking the first two games of the series. It looked like the Wizards were heading in the right direction.
Entering Game 3, Washington lead the first round 2-0, but Atlanta responded with two wins in Game 3, and 4, to cut the Wizards lead, and even out the series 2-2. Despite dropping the third and fourth game of the first round, the Wizards managed to regroup, and win Game 5, and 6, taking the series 4-2, and securing a spot in the next round.
Now the Washington Wizards are playing the Boston Celtics, and it has not been going as planned for them. In the beginning of the series, Washington lost their grip as Boston handed them a loss in the first two games. After dropping their first pair of games against the Celtics, the Wizards trailed 0-2.
When it came to the third game of the series, Washington had a new game plan. They took an early lead, held it, and rebounded the ball better. There was a positive ending for the Wizards in the third game of the series. They turned the tables, handing the Celtics a 116-89 blowout loss.
Washington left the Celtics to 27 points unanswered for. The Wizards defeated Boston again in Game 4, evening out the series 2-2. Heading into Game 5, which took place yesterday, the Wizards were in a solid position. If they exited the game with a win, they would have the Celtics right where they wanted them, facing elimination.
Boston will not be the team that is facing elimination. The Celtics were able to take back their lead in the series Thursday night. The Washington Wizards suffered a 123-101 loss, according to Washington Post. They left 21 points unanswered for this time around.
Following the Wizards Game 5 loss, they now trail 3-2 in the conference semifinals. If they do not come up with a win in Game 6, and 7, their season will come to an end on the spot, if they make it that far. Boston is just one win away from securing a spot in the next round of the postseason, and they will have two opportunities to do so.
Can the Washington Wizards even out the series again? What do the Wizards need to improve the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary By Cody Macleod