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Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one league scout assessed the Wizards the following way: “They have a great bench because all their players are bench players. Their starters, except John [Wall] and Nene, would make great backups for just about any team in the league.”

Entering Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Heat, the Wizards were on pace to finish 6-76 — the worst record in NBA history for an 82-game season. As Nene plays through the pain in his foot, and Wall watches in stunned silence, the team’s two key players seems to be sharing a single thought — it wasn’t supposed to be this way.