There isn’t much to say about the NBA Eastern Conference besides being a train wreck. Entering Friday night, only the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers posted winning records while 12 teams already had 10 or more losses. No one could have predicted the East to play out in such a volatile and underachieving fashion.
No matter how bad the team or how poor the record, the show must go on and the games must be played as the Milwaukee Bucks visited the Washington Wizards. As the Bucks find themselves once again fighting for the worst record in the Association, the Wizards are in the thick of the playoff hunt and a win would boost them above .500 and into a third- or fourth-place tie.
Washington trailed for a majority of the game until the fourth quarter when they opened up a 102-97 lead with under a minute left, but the Bucks stormed back thanks to Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight to force overtime. OT action was limited as the teams scored a combined 10 points and the Bucks escaped the nation’s capital with a 109-105 victory.
It is a bigger loss for the Wizards than it is a win for the Bucks. Washington found themselves in the top five of the East with a chance to improve to 10-9 and jump into the top four. Instead, they fell to 9-10 and sixth in the deteriorating East.
With the Eastern Conference in shambles, the Wizards will more than likely make the playoffs and could earn as high as the three seed. The loss to the Bucks is a step back for a team with a lot of potential talent.
Washington D.C. could host playoff basketball when April rolls around and could even see a postseason game in May, but if the Wizards continue to lose to teams like the Bucks, it will be a lower seed and a shorter playoff stint for an organization in desperate need of postseason play.