Game On: Momentum matters more than playoff seeding

Game On: Momentum matters more than playoff seeding
April 14, 2014, 11:30 am
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Only two games remain in the season and so much can change in the seedings between now and Wednesday. If the Wizards can win both, they'll have the most wins since the 2004-05 season when they had 45. It would tie for the second-most since 1996-97. The guesswork about their first-round opponent isn't worth the effort. 

“As soon as you start trying to figure out that you want to play a certain team, it never happens," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Whoever we are going to play is going to be a tough matchup. It is going to be tough games. I do not care who we play. We are not really concerned. We’ve proven that we have beaten anybody that we are going to have to face this year. I am not worried about that. We are in the sixth spot right now and if we just worry about ourselves we are going to stay in the sixth spot.”

There's an outside-though-unlikely chance the Wizards could move up to the No. 5 seed. It would require them to win out and the Brooklyn Nets to lose their last two games vs. losing teams. Of course, Washington could drop back to seventh with a loss and the Charlotte Bobcats winning. 

"We knew we could be an above .500 team. We knew we could be a playoff team. We accomplished those two goals," shooting guard Bradley Beal said. "Now its to continue to finish out this regular season and keep our six seed.

"It means a lot to us to have a winning attitude, a winning mentality going into the playoffs. It'll be great momentum for us. To me it doesn't matter. Whoever we play it's going to be tough."

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TV: The pregame show Wizards Central is on CSN at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tipoff from Verizon Center is 7 and Wizards Postgame Live immediately follows the conclusion. Radio: 106.7 FM. 1500 AM. 

Last game: Wizards (42-38) beat Milwaukee Bucks 104-91 on Saturday; Heat (54-26) lost at Atlanta Hawks 98-85 on Saturday.

Last meeting: Miami won 99-90 on March 10, after going on a 12-0 run to erase a one-point deficit late in the fourth quarter. Season series: Miami leads 2-1.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal (UPDATE), SF Trevor Ariza, PF Trevor Booker, C Marcin Gortat. Heat –- PG Mario Chalmers, SG Dwyane Wade, SF LeBron James, PF Udonis Haslem, C Chris Bosh.

X-factor: PF Nene, who sat out the last game because it was the second of a back-to-back coming off a left knee injury, will play in this one

Around the bend: The Wizards may shoot around Tuesday before leaving for Boston, where they'll end the regular season vs. Celtics on Wednesday (CSN, 8).

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