The Wizards' scheduling break

The Wizards' scheduling break
August 10, 2013, 2:45 am
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Wizards release 2013-14 schedule

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) and small forward Martell Webster (9) celebrate after scoring against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at the Verizon Center.

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Projecting results of an 82-game NBA schedule that doesn't even begin for well over two months is audacious if not just flat out comical. However, we already know something significant.

The Wizards caught a break.

Obviously we're not talking about the brutal start to the 2013-14 campaign, which begins October 30 at Detroit. We're also not talking about  John Wall and company playing 11 of the 15 Eastern Conference teams four times.

We are talking about the frequency in which the Wizards matchup against those other four teams. Washington will only see them three times apiece. Those four teams include New York, Indiana, Brooklyn and Chicago.

Another way to define those squads? Seeds two, three, four and five from last season's Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Wizards finished 5-11 against that particular quartet last season. Now the Pacers return Danny Granger and have a more formidable bench with Luis Scola, Chris Copeland and C.J Watson. Now former league MVP Derrick Rose is expected back for the Bulls after sitting out the entire season with a knee injury. Now the Nets have Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry joining their already starry roster. The Knicks have arguably take a small step back, though something tells me Carmelo Anthony might disagree with that.

We're only talking about four games, but outside of not facing Miami, how could the Wizards have fared any better.

Of course, the Wizards had their most trouble with the non-playoff teams last season. That includes Detroit, another improved squad that will also battle for one of the final 2-3 playoff berths in the East. Washington went 0-5 against the Pistons and yet the two teams ties with identical 29-53 records. 

Three of the four teams Detroit will meet three times next season include lottery teams Orlando, Charlotte and Toronto, along with New York. We're only talking about four games, but the Pistons did not have a fortunate schedule draw.

By the way, during their 5-28 start to the season without Wall, the Wizards lost all six games against those the Knicks, Pacers, Bulls and Nets. Following the point guard's return, they posted a 5-5 record. Actually, Washington won five of seven in that span until a depleted roster could not fend off Brooklyn and Chicago during its final two games of the season.

Before anyone looks at the last stat and think the Wizards would be better taking on the conference elites, think again. 

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