In any break-up, one of the two members of the couple is always seeking closure. If closure is not reached, one person is left with a nagging thought constantly running through his or her head. The Washington Wizards have had a tumultuous relationship with the NBA season, and in order to get back on track, they need to find their closure.
In the past 25 games, the Wizards have played Boston three times, Orlando two times, Toronto three times, Chicago two times, Philadelphia three times, Houston twice, and Charlotte twice. It’s a given that every year you’re going to see a lot of the same teams. But with this condensed schedule and already having two “home-and-home” series with the 76ers and the Celtics, it’s like going out time after time after that break-up and only seeing your ex’s friends.
If this team constantly seeing the faces that beat them already, they’re going to subconsciously remember the last time they lost to that team. When the Wizards were beat by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, they had to go back out the next night and face them again. It’s only human to remember the pain of the loss the night before and expect to lose again. When a player is engulfed in a culture of losing, it starts to become all they know, and for the Wizards, they are constantly reminded of that when they see the same opponents so many times in a row.
There is some light at the end of the tunnel, however. After Wednesday’s game versus the Knicks, the Wizards have 25 games to be played through the end of March. Of those 25 games, the Wizards will see 14 teams that they have not played yet. Of that 25 game series, only 4 times will they see the same team more than once.
Oddly enough, I think playing away will help them as well. 14 out of the 25 games are played in other arenas; and it might be nice to get out of the Verizon Center where many memories of heartbreaking loss have occurred.
For the Wizards, I think they are about to find some closure and get back on the right path. They’re going to see some fresh, new faces. They’re not going to be constantly reminded of their losses against other teams. And maybe, just maybe, they will have a chance to prove they are doing better and avenge the losses handed out by the other teams.