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A year after missing the playoffs, the Wizards are fighting for a top spot in the East

A year after missing the playoffs, the Wizards are fighting for a top spot in the East

Since Washington won its only championship on tape-delayed broadcasts in 1978, the franchise veered from the look of that era as much as NBA shorts and offenses.

In location, Washington moved from a suburb to the district.

In name, the franchise changed from Bullets to Wizards.

In success, it has not posted a 50-win season since 1979.

The latter could change for Washington this season, thanks to recent changes in a star backcourt’s chemistry, coaching and depth.

A year after coming up short of the playoffs, the Wizards are jockeying for a high playoff seeding. Washington could land from No. 2 to No. 4 for the Eastern Conference playoffs in a season that the...

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