The Washington Wizards might be happier with where they are if they subtracted the expectations from the reality.
With every core player returning from a 49-win team and an improved bench, the preseason expectation was for Washington to take a step forward to at least being an Eastern Conference Finals team and the franchise’s first 50-win team in 39 years.
Sitting in a tie for eighth place in the East at the season’s quarter pole did not inspire confidence toward the aspirations. But the reality of the situation might.
Because of Markieff Morris’ and John Wall’s injuries, the Wizards’ heralded starting lineup has played together in nine games this season. The .500 level...