Call it blind ambition, but Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal still has big plans for the Wizards this season despite their worst start in franchise history.
“We’re 0-11 but we still have 71 more games,” Beal said following Saturday night’s double-overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. “It’s still a long season and we still have an opportunity to get over .500.
“That’s our goal and we need to shoot for it. Just try to get in the playoffs. I mean, we’re going to make it. I have faith in this team and I think we’re more than capable of doing it.”
Is Beal dreaming the impossible dream? Or are the Wizards capable of playing 12 games over .500 and turning this dreadful season around?
The answer may be found in their next six games, beginning with tonight’s difficult test against Tony Parker and the 11-3 San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs are in the midst of a six-game road trip that started with three straight wins. In those victories Parker averaged 30.3 points and 7 assists.
The Spurs own the NBA’s best road record [7-1] and have won 12 straight against the Wizards dating back to Nov. 12, 2005. Most of those wins have been blowouts, with the last seven games decided by an average of 19.9 points.
Tonight should pose another challenge for the Wizards. Without John Wall [right knee stress injury] the Wiz are averaging an NBA-worst 89.8 points a game, while the Spurs rank fourth in scoring with 100.9 points per game.
The Wizards’ road certainly won’t get easier after tonight. Including San Antonio, the Wizards' next six opponents are a combined 52-26 this season and five of their next six opponents have winning records.
That one opponent with a losing record, the 6-7 Portland Trail Blazers, visits Verizon Center on Wednesday. After that, the Wizards play the Knicks [9-3], the Heat [10-3], the Hawks [8-4] and the Warriors [8-6] before taking on the New Orleans Hornets, who own the worst record in the Western Conference at 3-9, on Dec. 11.
So of those next seven opponents, which will give the Wizards their first victory and avoid the embarrassment of matching the NBA record of 18 losses to start a season?
- San Antonio
- New York
- Golden State
- New Orleans
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