The Washington Wizards have been making a serious playoff push since the end of the All-Star break. The team is beginning to look ready for playoff action, as Washington is hoping to secure home-court advantage.
On Saturday night, the Wizards defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 114-107, to capture their second win in a row. With Nene Hilario sidelined, Drew Gooden has made major bench contributions in the frontcourt for Washington. He just received his second 10-day contract and has started to look playoff ready. On Saturday, Gooden had 13 points and five rebounds.
Without Nene, Washington’s frontcourt has been able to produce. Even with Nene sidelined, the Wizards have won five out of their last six games. Martell Webster returned to play against the Bucks after missing a few games due to a sore back. He has been an important bench player all year, providing offensive sparks off the bench and his production will be very important come playoffs. In his return, Webster had 15 points in 25 minutes. He also shot 5-for-7 from field-goal range and was 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Washington is lucky to have Webster back in time to face the Miami Heat on Monday night.
Washington is currently 33-29 and sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. There is currently a two-way tie for third place in the East and the Wizards are only one game behind. The Wizards have won eight of their last 10 games and are looking to finish the season on a high note. If Washington can secure the third seed, the Wizards will be able to secure a first-round matchup that is winnable. As a team, the Wizards are moving in the right direction in time for the playoffs. Right now, it looks like Washington has a high chance to get that third seed.