The Wizards may have just pulled some luck in the race for sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker suffered a groin injury in Wednesday's overtime win over the Wizards. Though the point guard played through the pain - and made the lone basket for either team in overtime - it sounds unlikely he will do so Friday night against the Boston Celtics. From the Charlotte Observer on Friday:
"The team is listing Walker as “questionable,” but coach Steve Clifford said at morning shootaround that’s probably optimistic. With just a week left before the playoffs, the Bobcats are more concerned with Walker’s health than whether he misses one or more regular-season games.
"Walker said he injured himself late in the Wizards game while guarding John Wall. Wall kept changing directions off the dribble and Walker felt pain while chasing after him."
Without Walker, Charlotte would lean on Luke Ridnour and Jannero Pargo.
The Wizards and Bobcats are tied for sixth with identical 40-38 records. However, Charlotte owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. Sixth place means facing either the Chicago Bulls or Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. Seventh means either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers. In the context of the entire season, there is indeed a difference between level of opponent.