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Top Stories of the Week: The Wizards struggle to get on a win streak, get tied in Czech politics

The Wizards’ season is gradually coming to an end. Hopefully the bad news stays to a minimum from here on out.

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Wizards forward Sam Dekker is finally getting some playing time — and he’s not doing too bad.
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The Wizards are heading toward the end of the 2018-19 regular season. So let’s take a look at where things are.

The Wizards remain 11th in the Eastern Conference

Washington is just 27-39 as of Saturday. They beat the Timberwolves 135-121 last Sunday and the Mavericks, 132-123 last Wednesday before laying another trademark disappointing loss on Friday against the Hornets on Friday. on the following day, the Wizards made soe things interesting and went into overtime against the Timberwolves on the road but lost 135-130.

The season is effectively over from a “try to make the playoffs” standpoint. But I don’t blame the team from trying until the end.

Some players get more time while roles are still baffling

Bobby Portis has started games recently for the Wizards while Thomas Bryant, the team’s best true-ish center is now on the bench. Meanwhile, Jabari Parker is averaging 17.3 points in March and has yet to start a game while the 33-year-old Trevor Ariza is stubbornly in the lineup with the team’s playoff hopes declining each day. To be fair to Ariza, he is averaging 15 points per game in his last five games. The production is there, but I also doubt that Ariza came to Washington to play on a team that’s meddling in the Eastern Conference standings, even if the Phoenix Suns are just a bottom feeder at the moment.

If there is good news with the Wizards’ player selections, Sam Dekker is getting more playing time. He played each of the Wizards’ last three games where he is averaging 7 points on 63.6 percent shooting in 15 minutes per game. I hope he gets a consistent flow of playing time for the rest of the season since he is on a team-friendly contract and age is on his side. He’s just 24.

Tomas Satoransky didn’t want to meet Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis

The Czech Prime Minister was on a state visit earlier this week to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. Before meeting the president he went to the Wizards game against the Mavericks which also happened to be German Heritage Night. Apparently, some attempt was made to get Satoransky to meet him but it didn’t happen. That is certainly sparking a fair amount of coverage in the Czech news.

Bye Bye, Steve Buckhantz?

Yup, NBC Sports Washington won’t pick up an option for the Wizards’ TV play-by-play announcer for next season.

Are the Wizards going to be the fifth most popular pro sports team in D.C.?

To piggy back off of the last point, potentially losing a popular play-by-play announcer along with continued lackluster play on the court could bump the Wizards down to fifth place in the pro sports hierarchy. Of the four major sports leagues, the Wizards are squarely in fourth place. But D.C. United is in position to move ahead of the Wizards given their new player additions, team and league trajectory.

Alright that’s all I have for the week. Enjoy the rest of your Sundays everyone.