Wizards become first ‘bubble’ team to be eliminated from playoff contention
Rui Hachimura, Thomas Bryant, and Troy Brown finished with 20-plus points each, but they still had no answer to the Pelicans’ balanced attack.
The Wizards’ record plummeted to 24-45 (10th place), leaving them no chance of catching up to the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic (32-38).
A tough fight, but Washington falls short.
The Wizards are the first NBA team inside the bubble officially eliminated from playoff contention. pic.twitter.com/oRvHQQmDFa
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) August 8, 2020
Interestingly enough, the Charlotte Hornets (23-42) — who are part of the delete 8 — now have a better record than the Wizards.
Washington was the only team out of the Top 8 in the Eastern Conference to get an invite in Orlando. It was a long shot for the Wizards from the get-go considering they fielded an extremely depleted, youth-laden squad.
Despite the long hiatus prior to the restart, the team’s five-time All-Star John Wall was still unable to return from his ruptured Achilles tendon injury.
The Wizards’ best player Bradley Beal also did not enter the bubble due to a shoulder injury. Davis Bertans, who was having a breakout year for the Wiz, sat out as well in anticipation of his impending free agency.
Despite their struggles, the team still has a chance to end the season on a high note in their last three regular-season games. A win, however, won’t come easy, as they are set to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics.