Washington Wizards: Is It Time To Hit Panic Button?

By Jack Bolesta
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The Washington Wizards have failed on five chances this season to get over the .500 mark. Their most recent loss and failed attempt was against the worst team in the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz.

Washington’s biggest weakness this season has been the team’s ability to lose leads in late game situations. The Wizards have played horrible third quarters this seasons as well. Washington has given up leads to lesser opponents during this third quarter and as a result of that, Washington has to spend the rest of the game trying to fight back. Washington’s sloppy third quarters are ruining the season. The Wizards are 3-15 if trailing after the third and 15-5 if leading after the third.

Five chances and the Wizards still cannot get over the .500 mark. Along with the sloppy third quarters, Washington is obviously missing a piece that can take them to the next step. Right now, it is as if the Wizards are stuck in limbo.

Bradley Beal and John Wall have done a good job at beginning the process of turning the franchise around. Still, something is missing in Washington. The Wizards are currently 21-22 and ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference. Right behind them, is the Brooklyn Nets, who are 20-22 and currently on a five-game win streak. The Wizards need to figure out how to make a serious push after the All-Star break because if not, this year’s playoff hopes could be in jeopardy.

The Wizards need to drop the mistakes and play better. Their next five games could push them down the Eastern Conference ladder, as they will play the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs.

After five failed attempts at getting over .500 and multiple losses to lottery teams, the Wizards should look at different angles to get supporting pieces to improve their record and performance or else Washington’s playoff hopes could be in danger.

All Statistics Credited to Hoopstats.com 

Jack Bolesta is a Washington Wizards writer for Rantsports.com Follow him on Twitter @JackBolesta, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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