This is a well penned story by Jessica Camerato of Basketball Insider shows why the Washington Wizards are to be feared in the NBA Playoffs.
A 23-year-old leader who had never been to the playoffs, a second-year standout who wasn’t old enough to drive the last time the team made it out of the first round, a 12th-year big man who suffered a sprained MCL this season and a point guard two years shy of 40.
Their stars were too young and inexperienced, their veterans were too old. At least that’s how they looked on paper.
The Washington Wizards erased all judgments of age and experience with their attention-grabbing 4-1 first round upset over the Chicago Bulls. Aside from the Miami HEAT’s sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats, they were only the team in the NBA to wrap up their series in five games.
As the rest of the league plays on, battling through neck-and-neck matchups, the fifth-seeded Wizards will prepare for their next opponent they are looking to upstage.
“I am proud of those guys,” said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman. “For a lot of them it is the first time dealing with all this. Not only being in the playoffs, but closing off the series. They realize how hard it is. They never lost their focus of being satisfied with a couple wins.”
This season the Wizards are anchored by a backcourt of young guards who are hungry to take the playoffs by storm. Former 2010 top pick and All-Star John Wall is the face of the team; right alongside him is 20-year-old Bradley Beal. Neither had played in the postseason as of two weeks ago. Neither let it show. MORE…