Mar 29, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) runs down the court holding up three fingers after making a three point shot during the fourth quarter of the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Verizon Center. Washington Wizards defeated Atlanta Hawks 101-97. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Rich's Scouting Report: The Washington Wizards

Tonight’s opponent: The Washington Wizards

Record: 38-36

Playofff Status: Sixth in the Eastern Conference

Current Streak: L1

The Washington Wizards will be looking to clinch their first postseason berth since 2008 tonight when they host the Boston Celtics in the Verizon Center.

The Wizards had a chance to lock up a playoff spot last night in Charlotte, but wound up losing 100-94 to a Bobcats teams that is also looking to extend its season.  How did a team that was hoping to secure a playoff spot lose the biggest game of its season?  Why, by getting outscored 56-34 in the second half!

Ouch!  Like, Boston Celtics ouch!

Adding to Washington’s scoring woes last night was the fact that point guard John Wall, who had averaged 24.7 points over his last three games and is scoring right about 20 PPG on the season shot 4 for 16 en route to only 10 points against the ‘Cats.   Those sorts of nights are few and far between for Wall, who is having the best season of his career and is one of the few point guards in the league I would even let you talk about swapping for Rajon Rondo.  I don’t envision Wall suffering through such a rough shooting night tonight, but even if he does, he can hurt the opposition in other ways,  since he serves up over 8 dimes per game and also swipes the ball 2 times per.  Plus, he can do this:

“That is not fair,” indeed, Reggie Miller!

Of course, the Wizards are not a one-man show, as they have two other potent scorers in Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza, and an under-appreciated big man in Marcin Gortat who I think the Celtics should target if they fail to land a true center in this year’s draft.  The Wizards are still experiencing growing pains, but they are an up-and-coming threat in the Eastern Conference who could very well punch their ticket into the playoffs tonight.

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