John Wall, Washington Wizards Staying Afloat as They Eye Eventual Playoff Run

January 12th, 2016 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — Sometimes, all you need to do is hang around.

Picked by many to be a top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards' season started with the loss of Paul Pierce in free agency, injuries to key players and little consistency from anyone besides John Wall.

But in a suddenly competitive playoff race, they're hanging around, in as good of a position as anyone to gain ground.

Sharpshooter Bradley Beal has missed the Wizards' last 16 games with a leg injury, and in Monday night's 114-100 win over the Chicago Bulls, Washington was also without power forward Kris Humphries (starter for 50% of available games this season) and center Marcin Gortat (full-time starter). Nene (last year's starting power forward) returned to the lineup after missing 20 of the last 22 games with calf and triceps injuries.

With that kind of inconsistency in the rotation comes up-and-down results on the court: a four-game winning streak, then a stretch of five losses in six outings and now a two-game winning streak heading into a home-heavy rest-of-January.

But despite the inju ...

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