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The Wizards have coveted the No. 6 seed because it will help them avoid the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers, the two powerhouse Eastern Conference teams who continue to battle for the top spot.

Their quest to reclaim it shouldn’t be difficult. They’ll face the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference this weekend – the Orlando Magic on the road on Friday and the Milwaukee Bucks at home on Saturday – before wrapping up with a home game against the Heat on Monday and on the road next Wednesday against the struggling Boston Celtics.

Yet the Wizards’ performance in a game they believed they should have won can be concerning, especially this late in the season.

“It was almost like we were spinning our wheels in mud,” Wittman said. “We just didn’t have the enthusiasm.”