Monday NBA Roundup: Playoff Hopes Shouldn’t Stop Wizards from Inevitable Rebuild

March 14th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Don't let the Washington Wizards do it. Don't let them get you the same way they've gotten you before.

Resist the temptation to see their 124-81 dismantling of the Detroit Pistons as some new level of performance—one that maybe, just maybe you've convinced yourself indicates this season isn't a lost cause. And do not under any circumstances mistake this for a glimpse of the Wizards' true potential.

Monday's win, which pushed Washington's record to just 31-35, was little more than the frantic last gasp of a team straining to end its five-game slide. And it didn't hurt that the Pistons, still two-and-a-half games ahead of the Wizards in the playoff race, played with a start-to-finish effort level best summed up by plays like this one:

Detroit rolled over from the jump, and its lethargy, coupled with a win by the Chicago Bulls, cost it a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls now occupy the eighth spot, a half-game ahead of the Pistons.

Back to Washington, though. Basketball writer Danny Leroux knew what was happening, and he resisted:

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