The Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls 75-69 Tuesday night to clinch only their third playoff series in 40 years. To say it was an upset is the technical team that should be used, but the Wizards outplayed the Bulls every chance they got. Now Washington must wait to see if the Atlanta Hawks can pull off the mighty upset over the No. 1 seed Indiana Pacers to set up a postseason matchup that would be good for the NBA.
Why does a No. 5 seed versus a No. 8 seed need to happen? Simply put, the fans deserve it. The NBA has become a very predictable league. We know the Miami Heat is going to be in it at the end, and the conference finals are going to contain top seeds. It is the same pattern every year. What is even worse is that it appears the league is content with how the postseason plays out because they know they will still see the big bucks.
The 2014 playoffs have a different look. Numerous teams are showing upset potential. The No. 2 seed Oklahoma City Thunder are down 3-2 to the No. 7 seed Memphis Grizzlies, while many other series’ remain close in the first round. In fact, it is hard to remember a more exciting playoffs than this simply because it is so unpredictable. We know of only two teams advancing. The rest is up in the air.
Another good reason why the Wizards-Hawks matchup must happen is because the two teams are playing great basketball. Washington will clearly have the upper hand if the two squads do indeed meet in the second round, but Atlanta is proving that they have what it takes to make dreams come true. If anything else, Indiana has proven that they don’t deserve to advance based on their horrid performance on the court over the past two months.
The Hawks still have some work to do to ensure the matchup with the Wizards happens. Anyone who is a true fan of the game will be pulling for them Thursday night.