Minus the Utah game, the Wizards have been playing some inspired basketball lately. They've trashed the Pistons and the Trail Blazers, kept it close against Miami, and except for a 4th quarter lapse, they kept it pretty close in Lob Angeles, too.
The Utah game was a setback, however. Funny how the scores never accurately represent the game. Losing by 14, the Wizards looked tired, miserable, and borderline amateurish. The Wizards have had three days to rest and hopefully can close off the first half of the season with wins in Phoenix and then back home against Sacramento. If they can do this, I'm predicting a relatively solid second half of the season.
The Wizards play two more games before heading into the All-Star break and then have a six-day off period for everyone to get rested up and re-focused. I imagine the All-Star Break will be used for the players to lay back and rest the legs after a very tedious west-coast road trip. For the coaches and owners, however, the All-Star break will be used to evaluate who's going to be here and who will not be here by 3:00pm on March 15.
With a March schedule that appears to be in the Wizards favor, one has to think that the team will bring some of this renewed passion to the court in March and April. There's not going to be some miracle playoff run, but I do think the Wizards are going to step things up in the second half of the season.
Wittman has done a pretty solid job in taking over a team that is in disarray and he's found ways to inspire these guys to play harder. The team as a whole looks better and it really can only get better from here.
So Wizards, knock these next two games out with wins. Then, what the heck, go out and hit Stadium Club with Dray, you all have earned a well-deserved break.