Chance to finish with winning record with Wall

Chance to finish with winning record with Wall
April 13, 2013, 9:30 pm
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There's still motivation for the Wizards going into the final two games of the season, even though they've missed the postseason for the fifth year in a row.

They've lost four in a row after dropping Friday’s game 97-86 to the Philadelphia 76ers in the home finale.

The Wizards (29-51) finished 22-19 at Verizon Center, their best record there since the 2007-08 season when they went 25-16 and last made the playoffs.

They’re also 24-23 since John Wall’s return on Jan. 12. Wall missed the first 33 games of the season because of a stress injury to his left knee.

With games left at the Brooklyn Nets on Monday and at the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, the Wizards only have to win one to finish with a winning record with Wall. It also would put them at 30 wins.

Problem is that although both teams have clinched playoff berths, the Bulls are playing for seeding and might not rest starters. That would mean the Nets could be an easier opponent, relatively speaking. 

“Getting to the 30-plateau or above, being where we were 32 games into this," said coach Randy Wittman, alluding to a 4-28 start, "is something these guys can hang their hat on moving into next year."

Its likely that forwards Martell Webster (abdominal strain) and Trevor Ariza (sore left knee) won't play. The Wizards practice Sunday morning.