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NBA FanPulse Week 8 results: Wizards fan confidence drops below 50 percent for first time midseason

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A losing streak is underway and that’s to blame.

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Hi all,

This past week has been quite busy for me, in particular behind the scenes while processing the news about California-based contributors.

Though I want to (and will) write more about Emma Meesseman’s snub, and Belgium’s seemingly modest-to-a-fault culture as opposed to ... the Netherlands with their directness and confidence (Dutch Hoopfan, I know you’re reading this!), let’s talk about the Washington Wizards’ results on FanPulse.


Wizards results: Fan confidence plummets to below 50 percent

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Meesseman wasn’t the only Washington team sports figure who was “knocked down to Earth” last week. Wizards fans knocked their confidence in the team down to its lowest level, slightly below 50 percent! It hasn’t been this low since the beginning of the season.

Before this survey came out last Monday, the Wizards lost four consecutive games, including two straight to the Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies, sub-.500 teams that Washington would have a better chance of beating. It’s not exactly a super-long losing streak, but perhaps fans are already impatient with the losing.

Since this survey, the Wizards went 1-3 with a win against the Detroit Pistons last Monday. I understand their back-to-back losses last weekend against the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers. But the Chicago Bulls loss last Wednesday was tough.

My prediction is that fan confidence is likely going down further, even though I’ve voted that the team’s heading in the right direction this entire season. Even with the Wizards having an 8-20 record.

But I’m not every fan. Maybe there’s something I’m missing. And with the defense being so bad, perhaps it’s only a matter of time before some readers openly call for Scott Brooks’ job.


National Results: Trail Blazers, Kings are the sub .500 Western Conference teams most likely to make the NBA Playoffs

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The Western Conference is known for being stronger than the East, but the conference has lately become a lot more top heavy to the point where nearly half the teams are below .500. The 14-16 Portland Trail Blazers (8th) and 12-17 Sacramento Kings (9th) are the teams voters picked that were the most likely to make the postseason.


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