The Washington Wizards Are Not Frauds In the Eastern Conference

By Brian Kalchik
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Coming into their game tonight against the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavaliers were getting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. With trade speculation surrounding guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters along with the firing of Chris Grant as general manager just days after an embarrassing loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland deserved its place in the sports talk discussion.

The real story, however, should be the resurgence of the Washington Wizards. With the leadership of John Wall and solid veterans like Nene and Trevor Ariza, this team is finally giving hope to a desolate franchise mostly known for losing in the past half-decade.

The Wizards came into today’s game at fifth overall in the NBA‘s Eastern Conference at an even 24-24 mark. While most will point out the ineptitude that is the East outside of Miami and Indiana, this ranking has been a long time coming for a team that is headed in the right direction.

Head coach Randy Wittman has done a solid job coaching a young basketball team and turning a once sad franchise into a dangerous basketball team.

In a tough five-game stretch before their game against Cleveland, the Wizards faced five of the best teams in the Western Conference and finished at a respectable 3-2.

The Wizards defeated Golden State on the road as well as Portland and Oklahoma City at home. The Wizards lost close games to the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs.

Regardless of whether this team can sustain their success this season and make the postseason, Washington finally has a team that fans can have some form of hope in. Washington is a city most known for hoping in lost causes with both the Washington Nationals and the Washington Redskins, especially under Dan Snyder’s ownership, the Wizards might get back to their winning ways in 2013-14.

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