By the numbers: Wizards are playoff team

By the numbers: Wizards are playoff team
May 1, 2013, 5:00 pm
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The Wizards were 15-7 in games when they had Nene, John Wall and Bradley Beal on the floor at the same time.

That means in the other 60 games, they never had their three best offensive players.

“If we play most of the season together it’s going to be very positive things,” Nene said. “Talent, you can’t hide it. … You can pray for them to miss shots, but it’s going to be good. When we played together we won.”

The Wizards (29-53) missed the playoffs for the fifth year in a row. So, hypothetically speaking, how many games could they have won with their ideal lineup?

Wall missed the first 33 games of the season and Nene the first nine as the team began 5-28. Beal missed stretches of games with a sprained right wrist, a sprained left ankle and a stress injury to his right fibula. They combined to miss 80 games.

The trio shot 49 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from three-point range. Nene contributed 12.6 points per game and Wall led the Wizards at 18.5 PPG. Beal added 13.9.

Before Wall returned Jan. 12, the Wizards lost 14 games by seven points or less. If the Wizards would've pulled out half of those, and it’s reasonable to think they would've, that gives them 36 wins.

In the second half off the season, the Wizards lost seven games by seven points or fewer without their Big 3. Winning half of those puts them at or just beneath 40 wins.

The Milwaukee Bucks, who were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat, qualified for the eighth and final playoff seed in the East with 38 wins. 

“We knew how to play with each other," Wall said. "We made the job easy. Going 15-7 with all of us there, you got try to stay healthy. That’s the key part.”