The Sixers, whose over/under for wins in a season was set at 16 by the Las Vegas oddsmakers, started out 3-0 with wins over arguably the two best teams in the league, the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls. The Wizards started out 0-3.
With a 116-102 win over the Sixers on Wednesday night, things are starting to shake down the way the experts predicted. The Sixers are now 3-2, having lost two straight to teams nowhere near as good as the Heat and Bulls, while the Wizards, predicted to contend for a playoff spot for the first time in six years, showed some strong guard play with one of the best young backcourts in Bradley Beal and John Wall.
The Wizards are much better than their 0-3 start and the Sixers are much worse than their 3-0 start. Even though the Wizards lost to the Sixers at home on Saturday night, they were highly motivated to win in Philadelphia, leading from start to finish. Wall had 24 points and five 3-pointers, and the Wizards set a Wells Fargo Center record for threes with 18.
Now the Sixers can get back to the business of tanking, which was supposedly the “unspoken plan” at the start of the season. After much thought, the team adopted a slogan “Together We Build.” The fans, on the other hand, did not have to be as diplomatic. One fan suggested “Together We Tank” and another “Winless for Wiggins”, a reference to next year’s consensus overall No. 1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, who will spent one obligatory year at Kansas before coming out.
The future could be bright for both teams, but if Wednesday night showed anything, it’s the that future isn’t as far off for the Wizards.