Was the Washington Wizards' win over the defending NBA champions a fluke, or can they rebound from an 0-12 start to make something out of their season? Fans will find out as the Wizards take on two decent teams, the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors, on back-to-back nights this weekend.
On the one hand, it's not like the Miami Heat took the night off against Washington: LeBron James had a triple-double, and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had 20 points. And it's not like the Wizards were getting blown out: nine of their 11 to start the season losses were by 10 points or less, with two coming in overtime. Jordan Crawford has been filling it up off the bench, Nene and Kevin Seraphin are putting up numbers in the front court, and the Wizards are slowly creeping toward being 29th out of 30 in offensive efficiency rankings. Not to mention that they've won two of their last three games.
On the other: they lost 12 straight games, and John Wall is still out. Al Horford and Stephen Curry are both having great seasons for the Hawks and Warriors, respectively, so these games will be tough.
Here's a look at the Wizards' upcoming games, as well as the national TV schedule.
Friday, Dec. 7
Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
Saturday, Dec. 8
Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards 7:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
Sunday, Dec. 9
For more on Friday night's game between the Wizards and Hawks, check out this "On the Road with SB Nation" video preview, featuring Robby Kalland from SB Nation's Atlanta Hawks blog, Peachtree Hoops. Also, watch the Fast Break video preview with Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor.