By Aaron Greenberg
Tomorrow night, the Wizards will face off in a game six against the Raptors, at home with their backs against the wall. After dropping game five in Toronto, by a score of 108-98 points, the Wizards who for two games looked like the team from 2017, have reminded us who they've been in this campaign. This season the Wizards have been the most untraceable team in the NBA perhaps, going through stretches where they look unstoppable only to turn around and lose to the bottom feeders of the association. The Wizards, a team expected to be in the top three of the Eastern Conference in the preseason now face a similar challenge to what they faced last year against Boston in the second round. A game 6 at home vs. the #1 seed in the East. Last year this team came out, played hard and John Wall made perhaps the biggest shot of his career to send the series to a game seven. If all goes as it has the Wizards shouldn’t lose game six. They have been solid at home, whether they played with the lead the whole game or came back from a deficit. The home court advantage of the half-filled Capital One Arena, is one the Wizards seem to thrive on.
At this point in a playoff series it's up to the stars of the team to win games. It's up to John Wall and Bradley Beal. Both who have been extremely solid in the last three games of this series, both who understand this team could look a lot different next season if they don't win this game.
Assuming the Wizards protect home court and win game six, they will then be tasked with doing something they haven't done this year in the playoffs and that is win a game on the road. There is only one solution to this problem and that is to start games better, the Wizards have only led one game this series at half time. I understand that basketball and the NBA especially is a game of runs, but taking control of the game and going into the locker room at half with a lead is imperative for a team trying to pull an upset on the road in a game seven. All in all if the Wizards are who they’ve been this season we can expect them to come out and win game six by 25 points, only to get blown out two nights later in the biggest game of their season. As a fan I'm interested to see if they can pull this upset off, but as a pessimist I don’t see it happening
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