The Wizards closed the 2020-21 NBA common season with a torrid stretch. They have been 17-6 of their last 23 video games and went from a probable lottery workforce to a participant within the NBA’s inaugural play-in event.
Washington completed its climb up the standings Sunday. It defeated the Hornets 115-110 to safe eighth place within the Japanese Convention, which is a win-and-in spot within the convention’s four-team event.
Beneath the outdated playoff format, the Wizards would’ve clinched the No. 8 seed and assured themselves a spot within the posteason with Sunday’s win. They’d have began enjoying for his or her lives in a seven-game collection, not a one- or two-game set.
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Wizards coach Scott Brooks noticed that as a chance to poke enjoyable on the play-in event and LeBron James’ current feedback about it.
“I am with the King,” Brooks mentioned. “Who created this play-in factor? Whoever did that, they should be fired.”
Seconds later, Brooks affirmed that he was simply kidding. He was paraphrasing James’ feedback from Might 2 when the Lakers star mentioned that “whoever got here up with that s— must be fired.”
In contrast to James, Brooks thinks the play-in event is a web constructive for the NBA, regardless of his workforce ending eighth within the East.
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“I really like this [format]. It created a lot pleasure the final two weeks and, as everyone knows, any time you’ll be able to create pleasure and significant video games within the final 10 video games of the season is nice for everybody concerned,” Brooks mentioned. “Followers, TV companions, everyone. I like it. Although we’re not the 8-seed, I nonetheless like it.”
The play-in event gave fringe playoff groups just like the Wizards incentive to compete later into the season. Brooks is true about that. Now, it is a matter of whether or not the on-court product will match the late-season chase to make (or keep away from) the event.
With stars like Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Jayson Tatum, Ja Morant, Domantas Sabonis and one among James or Damian Lillard assured to take part within the play-in, there’s a good probability it’s going to reside as much as the hype.