The Washington Wizards‘ bench is looking consistent and playing sound basketball. The Wizards have been able to rely on their bench as of late, which is great news as the postseason nears. In their most recent win against the Atlanta Hawks, Washington’s bench continued to showcase its influence on the team.
The Wizards beat the Hawks 101-97. With help from the bench, the Wizards were able to remain consistent down the stretch and avoid another fourth quarter breakdown. Washington’s bench provided 37 points and four steals against the Hawks. Their consistent bench production has helped the Wizards stay above the .500 mark.
Since the All-Star break and Al Harrington‘s return from injury, the bench has shown much improvement. The Wizards’ additions of Drew Gooden and Andre Miller have proved to be great moves by management. Their depth has become extremely valuable to the Wizards. All three of these veterans are able to provide instant offensive and defensive sparks off the bench. Gooden and Miller are great veteran leaders, who have helped completely change Washington’s persona.
The Wizards are very close to clinching a spot in the playoffs. With its recent win against Atlanta, Washington needs a loss from the New York Knicks on Sunday to clinch the team’s first playoff birth since the 2007-08 season. New York plays the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, which is great news for Washington fans.
If Washington’s bench can continue to play this well, then it will find success during the postseason. Miller, Gooden and Harrington must play at a high level every game and the Wizards will need their veteran leadership more than ever during the postseason.