WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Seeding yet to be determined, the Wizards, currently 43-38, have an opportunity to enter their first playoff series in six seasons on a 4-game winning streak with a win over the Celtics on Wednesday.
If the ball had bounced the right way in a few other close games — recently, for instance, against the Nuggets and Suns in March — the Wizards conceivably could have ended the 2013-14 season closer to 50 wins, a feat the organization hasn’t accomplished since the 1978-79 season, the year after Washington’s sole NBA championship.
Head coach Randy Wittman acknowledged that possibility, in an interview with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday.
“That’s very true,” Wittman said.
Wittman is a basketball ‘coach’ in the truest sense of the word. You can hear it every time he addresses the status of his young Wizards team, in speaking of their accomplishments and setting them up for future success.
“We’ve accomplished some good things,” he said. “Now we’ve got a long way to go, I think. We still have some things that we can really do. We’re headed in the right direction.
“Number 1, I don’t want them satisfied. Number 2, there is. We had a winning record on the road, and any time you do that — I think we’re in the top three or four of most wins on the road of anybody in the league this year, and then to only have 22 at home — there’s different things now we can get these guys to really start concentrating on, and understanding, and that’s how you then continue to improve, the next year, and the next year after that.
“We didn’t have the greatest of luck with health, too,” he said. “And that’s the thing, with Nene missing 22 games coming down the stretch. If you have him, what’s the outcome? I want those guys thinking that way, that whatever the number of wins is that we have this year, I want them going into next year thinking, ‘You know what? It should have been a lot better. Let’s make it a lot better.'”
The Wizards dominant 21-point victory over the Lebron-less Heat Monday night concludes their home schedule on a high note. Their 22 Verizon Center victories ranks the Wizards behind 17 other teams, with respect to win-loss records at home. On the road, the Wizards have 21 victories. Only 9 teams have better road records.
Listen to the full interview in the audio clip above.