The good thing about the Wizards clinching the tiebreakers over the Pistons and Bulls this season is that they no longer have to worry about any other factors influencing whether or not they'll make the playoffs. They don't have to worry about divisional records, how they performed out of conference, or even point differential. The only thing that matters is their final win-loss total.
So yeah, it might discouraging when the Wizards fall apart and only narrowly avoid defeat against a lowly team, like they did on Thursday night against the 76ers, but it counts just as much as if they had cruised to a 30 point victory.
The same logic applies as they head into a more difficult challenge Saturday night against the Knicks. Even though they're well out of the playoff picture, they've given the Wizards problems this season, winning when they played in Washington and only losing by 3 when they played at the Garden. Would it be nice if the Wizards put together a convincing win against a team they should be? Absolutely? Will an ugly, two-point win suffice? Yep.
When - 7 pm EST
Where - Verizon Center in Washington DC.
TV - CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio - 99.1 WNEW
Bradley Beal and Alan Anderson are questionable for the Wizards.
Lance Thomas and Tony Wroten are out for the Knicks. Jose Calderon is questionable.
Most Likely Wizards Killer: Langston Galloway
This month, Galloway is in a bit of a funk, he's only shooting 28.1 percent from the field in March, so he's due for a bounce-back game and Washington has been an outstanding place for people to break out of funks this season. Plus, Galloway has had previous success here (he scored 14 when the Knicks played in D.C. back in October) and he has a chip on his shoulder after almost forcing overtime when they faced off last month.