We are halfway through this exciting NBA season and the Washington Wizards have been a little shaky.
After starting the season 10-3 and first in the eastern conference, they have leveled out at 21-20 and are currently 9th in the east. More recently, it was reported that during the Jan. 11 game against Thunder, Wizards players Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell had a physical altercation at halftime and had to be separated. To add, Bradley Beal has also entered health and safety protocols and will most likely not get an All-Star nod this year. One bright spot though, Kyle Kuzma has averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds in his last nine games.
THE REST OF THE EAST
Around the league, the Chicago Bulls have been an impressive team, becoming the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, led by their two All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Zach Lavine. Recently beating the Bulls, the Brooklyn Nets lost four of the last six, but have now won two straight, and have added Kyrie Irving as a ‘part-time’ player and will only play away games for the time being. It is also possible for him to become a full-time player in the near future.
WESTERN CONFERENCE THOUGHTS
Out west, the Suns are still the No. 1 seed. Right now the hottest team in the league, the Memphis Grizzlies, have ripped off ten straight wins and have Ja Morant playing at an MVP level at just 22 years old, averaging 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists on the season. The Grizzlies have also jumped up to the 3rd seed in the West. The Golden State Warriors also recently added Klay Thompson back after missing 941 days (over two years) after two tragic leg injuries. He’s had a solid return, with 17 points in his first game back against the Cavs and 14 against the Grizzlies. ALL STAR GAME
The All-Star game is coming in over a month and the first fan vote returns have arrived. In the West, LeBron James leads the frontcourt with Steph Curry leading in the backcourt. In the East, Kevin Durant leads in the frontcourt while DeRozan leads in the backcourt.