It’s not often that games in November truly matter to an NBA team. The regular season, after all, lasts all the way until mid-April, giving plenty of time for teams to find their sea legs and get themselves sorted out even after a few bumps in the road early on.
But the next 10 days could wind up being crucial to the long-term hopes of the Washington Wizards, who start a pivotal five-game stretch of their season Wednesday night in Philadelphia against the 76ers needing to get themselves back on track in a hurry.
On the latest episode of “Posting Up,” The Post’s Candace Buckner joined the podcast to talk about the upcoming slate of games — the Sixers on the road Wednesday followed by games against the New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns at home before going to Orlando next Friday — against sub .500 teams that could either allow the Wizards to get back on track or put them in a hole that will be difficult to emerge from, as well as everything else happening around the team.
It wouldn’t be a Wizards season without some drama, and there’s plenty of it to go around at the moment. Marcin Gortat took shots at his teammates — and particularly Washington’s awful second-unit — following the team’s last game, a loss Saturday in Chicago. Bradley Beal is once again injured, and will miss Wednesday night’s game as he continues to sit out with a hamstring injury. New coach Scott Brooks is still searching for a rotation that will be suitable after seeing his bench get outplayed time and again in the early going, while John Wall seems ready to play in both halves of back-to-backs after sitting for a game of each of the first two of them to begin the season.
One final note: on Tuesday, the weekly Posting Up NBA chat is going to be a video chat at 3pm Eastern/noon Pacific. Should be a fun, interactive chance for fans to hear about everything going on in the NBA. Looking forward to any feedback on it, and hoping this can become a weekly thing moving forward (audio will also be available later in podcast form, as well).