The Wizards (22-58) have finished tied with another team in each of the past two seasons. After drawing even with the Golden State Warriors last season, the Wizards lost the random drawing and entered the draft lottery with the fifth best odds of winning. They came away with John Wall. The year before, the Wizards matched the Los Angeles Clippers with the second-worst record and won the drawing. The Clippers won the lottery and wound up with the rights to draft Blake Griffin. Imagine if the Wizards had somehow wound up with both players. Oh, well.

With league executives and scouts in agreement that the upcoming draft is weak and lacks potential franchise changers, it might not be the best season to win the top choice — especially with Duke point guard Kyrie Irving considered the best prospect available. The Wizards are set at point guard, obviously, and don’t appear to be too caught up in ping-pong balls, as they have won four of their past six games heading into their home finale against the Boston Celtics.

“We just want to finish strong,” Jordan Crawford said.

With the season coming to close, the Wizards are playing better, but Coach Flip Saunders said his team isn’t tardy to the season — it just took time for things to come together. “We had so many young players that we worked with those players and developing them that in reality what happened, is they started getting it through half the season, and with more minutes, they continued to work with them, and we started to reap some benefits and so I think that’s it as much as anything.”

FROM THE POST

John Wall is optimistic because of the way the Wizards are closing out the season. And he’s been thinking about championships.

The Wizards welcomed Kirk Hinrich back with humor on Saturday when his Hawks visited Verizon Center. And the team is benefiting from the trade that sent Hinrich to Atlanta.

“Dangerous” D-Leaguers have given Washington a boost.

Norman Chad makes his playoff predictions.

As the regular season draws to a close, here are the conference standings.

AROUND THE WEB

Mike Prada analyzes Washington’s chances in the draft lottery , and Jon Kelman hands out keys to the palace (Bullets Forever).

Ken Berger says the Celtics have lost their mojo after losing to the Heat on Sunday, 100-77 (CBSSports).

Sam Amick sees a lack of toughness on the Los Angeles Lakers (SI.com).