As a fight for a spot in the NBA Playoffs continues, the Wizards are not showing any signs of slowing down. However, as of now, they are merely grasping onto the last spot in the playoffs, standing in tenth place. Despite coming up short against the San Antonio Spurs, Washington had quite the impressive week. Most notably, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, who are currently fifth in the western conference standings. It should be made aware that the Lakers were at a disadvantage, with future hall-of-famer, Lebron James, sidelined due to injury. This shouldn’t distract for the Wizards’ impressive feat. Both Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal put on a show, posting a casual triple-double and a 27 point night, respectively. As the Wizards continue to sweep through the top teams in the western conference, the more of a threat they pose, come May 16th, when the playoffs officially start. It is important to watch how the team plays in the upcoming games against the Cleveland Cavaliers on the 30th and the Dallas Mavericks on May 1st, to determine where the team will stand come playoff time.
While the Wizards have made a significant comeback, the Nationals cannot say the same. The Nats currently hold a 9-12 record, sitting in last place in the N.L. East. Struggling to grasp a win in the last couple of days, they collected losses to both the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays. In their second game against the Blue Jays, first basemen, Josh Bell, managed to hit his second home run of the year. His punishing homer extended an 8-0 lead. The lead gave manager Dave Martinez a chance to experiment with their late-game pitching rotation, playing both Daniel Hudson and Brad Hand. In the end, the Nationals came out on top beating the Blue Jays 8-2. Right now the star pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, staring at one-to-two more months of recovery, before he can return. This is not good news to the team, nor the fans. However, in the past couple of games we have seen Dave Martinez make some calculated call-ups, which could give the Nationals a glimmer of hope for a possible comeback in the near future. In the next two days, the Nationals will take on the Miami Marlins in a set of back-to-back games.
The NFL Draft is finally here,, meaning the Washington Football Team will soon be on the clock. Many analysts are projecting Washington’s nineteenth overall pick to Notre Dame linebacker, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. “JOK” would provide a skillset that Washington is looking for, as he’s a versatile linebacker who brings with him a range of coverage skills. If Washington does not select Owusu-Koramoah, then focus could shift to an another linebacker, Micah Parsons out of Penn State. However, Coach Ron Rivera has made it clear that he has concerns with Parsons’ character. Thus making the Notre Dame product first priority for Washington at nineteen. The draft will continue over the next couple of days, ending on Saturday, May 1st.
The Capitals have managed to come out on top once more this week, sweeping the New York Islanders in a three-game series and clenching a spot in the 2021 playoffs. The Caps now hold a record of 32-13 which puts them on top, but not far behind them is their rivals, the Penguins. Pittsburgh managed to defeat Washington by one point on April 27th. However, the two teams will compete against each other again on May 1st, where the Caps will fight to remain on top once again. The Penguins current record is 32-15 placing them in second. This puts the pressure on Washington’s offense in the upcoming games. Clinching the first-seed in the playoffs is not only crucial for Peter Laviolette’s squad, but it gives a boost to an already dangerous threat.