I tried to keep a brave face over the past few days, but when put on the spot, well, I wasn't so brave no more. The Now-Official Washington Wizards blog got some media persons to predict how the Wiz would fare over the final eight, and I said 3-5. As it turned out, that was a popular response. The predictions:
Michael Wilbon, ESPN Analyst/Washington Post Columnist: 4-4
Lindsay Czarniak, NBC4 Sports Anchor: 4-4
Chick Hernandez, Comcast SportNet Anchor/Host: 3-5
Joseph White, Writer - AP: 3-5
Ivan Carter, Writer - Washington Post: 3-5
Dan Steinberg, Blogger/Writer/TV Personality: 3-5
This was my breakdown: vs. Cleveland (L, correct), at New Jersey (L, correct), vs. New Jersey (W), at Miami (L), at Atl (W), vs. Chicago (L), vs Orlando and at Indiana (1-1). That's 3-5. That would almost certainly be good enough to keep the sixth seed, for what that's worth, and would be good for a 42-40 record, identical to last year's. Also, bear in mind that the preseason over-under for Wiz wins was 39.5. That might be interesting.