Wizards drop to .500 with Wall in lineup

Wizards drop to .500 with Wall in lineup
April 15, 2013, 11:45 pm
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After ending last season with six consecutive wins, the Wizards are in danger of ending this one with six consecutive losses.

They blew a 17-point lead on Monday, falling 106-101 at the Brooklyn Nets, with most of their best players sitting out because of injuries.

John Wall played but was just 5-for-19 shooting. The overall energy was better, particularly after the Wizards looked lethargic in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, but lapses in perimeter defense and turnovers doomed Washington in the fourth quarter.

Trevor Booker backed off of Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor as he made his third consecutive three-pointer for the final margin at 106-101.  The Nets made 7 of 15 three pointers.

The Wizards allowed the New York Knicks and Miami Heat, who didn’t have LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade, to make a combined 37 three-pointers in losses last week.

Five of the Wizards' 20 turnovers came in the fourth. Those resulted in 10 of Brooklyn's 33 points in the quarter.

The Wizards have come down to earth since Wall’s return after missing 33 games with a left knee stress injury. They’re 24-24 with him and have one last chance to reach 30 wins Wednesday at the Chicago Bulls (CSN, 8 p.m. ET).

The last time the Wizards reached 30 wins was in the 2007-08 season. That’s also the last time they qualified for the playoffs with 43 wins.

The Bulls (44-37) already have clinched a playoff berth, but they still have an outside shot at the Atlanta Hawks (44-36) for the fifth seed. If the Bulls beat the Wizards and the Hawks lose their last two games, they can move up.

The Wizards will have an indication if the Bulls intend to go all-out or rest their starters in the season finale. The Hawks play at home vs. the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday and at the Knicks on Wednesday. 

As the sixth seed, the Bulls would face the Indiana Pacers (49-31) in the first round. If they’re able to move up to the fifth spot, it would mean a series with the Nets (48-33).

 

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