Biggest Offseason Priorities and Targets for Washington Wizards
Winning on the road in the NBA playoffs is hard. Just ask the Washington Wizards, who couldn’t muster a single victory away from the Verizon Center in Round 2 and wound up one ‘W’ short of the Eastern Conference as a result.
They had their chances to steal Game 7 from the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Monday. Bradley Beal blew up for 38 points—one shy of tying a franchise scoring record in Game 7s. But Otto Porter Jr.’s double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Markieff Morris’ near-double-double (18 points, nine rebounds) weren’t enough to make up for a poor shooting night from John Wall, who missed his last 11 shots—12, if you include an and-1 free-throw he bricked in the third quarter.
Washington’s problems, though, extend far beyond an unfortunately timed cold streak from its All-Star point guard. The Wizards defense was as much of an issue against the C’s as it had been over the second half of the 2016-17 season, if not more so. Their bench, anemic even after some savvy midseason additions, flamed out with five points—all from Bojan Bogdanovic—in the series finale.
Those are but some of the biggest concerns facing D.C.’s squad this summer. Here’s what the Wizards are up against, now that their latest campaign has come to a close.