By: Aaron Greenberg
If you're a Wizards fan the phrase "Everybody Eats" has been stuck in your head, for the past week since Bradley Beal was originally quoted after their win against the Toronto Raptors on February 1st. Since the loss of All-Star point guard John Wall the Wizards have won five straight including games against Toronto, Oklahoma City and Indiana all who are in the playoff hunt in their respective conference. Last nights 111-102 victory in Indiana, was another sign that these Wizards are playing more together than they had in recent weeks, even with Wall on the court. It will be interesting to continue to monitor their success without Wall as his recovery from injury continues but for now it seems like the Wizards are quite alright without him. Bradley Beal who is having the best season of his career and was named an All-Star for the first time, has been on an absolute tear with Wall absent from the lineup. Averaging 21 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds while playing over 35 minutes a game. Beal has been the Wizards offensive rock this season and they will continue to lean on him throughout. But, the biggest surprise in the past five games for the Wizards is 2nd year guard/forward Tomas Satoransky, whose 9 points and 6 assists over the last five games are substantially higher than his season or career averages. Sato's 19 points 6 assists and 3 rebounds were key in their victory against the Magic last Saturday. The play of Sato and Beal, and continued initiative on sharing the ball will continue to put pressure on Wall to be better when he does return from this knee injury. Something I think will be extremely good for this Wizards team that at many points has seemed to take a careless and lackadaisical approach to games. The truth is the Wizards, who were expected to compete for the top spot in the east this season, have been an overall disappointment. This team is best when Wall is confident, healthy and playing hard, and when Beal is allowed to be the focus of the scoring offense. When egos subside for this team they can beat anyone and everyone. After the tumultuous last month the Wizards are finally back on track. Five straight wins and regaining the lead in the Southeast Division are definitely a step in the right direction, but sitting at (31-22) and in 4th place in the Eastern Conference, Washington still has a ways to go before considering themselves a finals contender.
The Wizards will try to make it six in a row tonight against Joel Embiid and the 76ers, at 8 PM on TNT.
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