- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Wizards won again Monday night in Toronto and they’ll take a three-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s home game against Detroit.

You look at the NBA standings, where the Wizards used to be easy to find anchored to the bottom, and you have to pass several teams on the way up before you come to Washington.

The record is still an eyesore at 18-37, but it is a significant improvement over the 4-28 mark the team “boasted” not that long ago.

Now start at the top of the Eastern Conference standings and count down. The eighth-place team as of Tuesday was Milwaukee, with 26 victories.

That means Washingt *** STOP. DO NOT GO THERE.

But the Wizards are only eight games out of a playoff position. A long shot, sure, with only 27 games left. Quite unlikely. Out of the question?

JUST STOP. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

Or is it?

Of course it isn’t. What a story it would be if the Wizards did somehow manage to claw their way into the playoffs after that abysmal start. It would be a tremendous story and we’ll check back in a month and see if there’s still a playoff heartbeat with this team.

As it is, the Wizards continue to be one of the early feel-goods of 2013 even if they do fall short of the postseason.

The Wizards were, to be blunt, a blight on the area’s pro sports scene for a while.

The Redskins won their division last season. So did the Nationals, with the best record in baseball. They go into this year a legitimate World Series contender.

D.C. United are a force again in Major League Soccer. The Kastles (World Team Tennis for those scratching their heads) never lose. Seriously. They never lose. At least not since Washington Times Sports has been back in business. Look it up.

The Capitals are still spinning their wheels a bit. They’ve played better of late and are a much more realistic shot to make the postseason than the Wizards. Right now, anyway.

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