Orlando pulled out a solid home win over Toronto last night (102-87) but the good news for the Wizards is that they are catching the Magic on a back-to-back. A win tonight would put the Wizards back at .500 for the first time since Feb. 6 and it would give them victories in five of their last six games. Not bad under the circumstances.
Should the current seedings hold, the Wizards and Magic would meet in the first round. The interesting thing about the situation is that Orlando wants to hold onto third and avoid a first-round meeting with Cleveland or Toronto while the WIzards want to hold onto sixth and avoid a first-round matchup with Boston or Detroit.
Right now, the biggest threat to the Wizards is Philly, which has won 10 of it last 13 and just completed a successful road trip with wins over the Suns and Clippers. The Wizards lead the Sixers by two games.
The Wiz and Magic play twice more before the end of the regular season, March 19 and April 16 in Orlando and the Wizards should know by then whether they are going to have Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and/or Etan Thomas.
Myself and Michael Lee will be conducting an on-line chat today at 2 so drop in with any questions. Also, I'll be talking Wizards this evening on Washington Post Live.
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