Hmm, I Guess Maybe The Wizards Are Good Or WhateverAlbert Burneko2/01/17 12:34pmFiled to: washington wizardsnbabasketballnew york knicksjohn wallErnie Grunfeld6410EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkPhoto credit: Max Becherer/APThe Washington Wizards struggled through most of the first half of last night’s home game against the extremely shitty New York Knicks. If you’ve followed the Wizards at all in ... well, ever, then it was the type of game you’re used to seeing them piss away (or, sometimes even more maddeningly, to seeing them pull out undeservedly in the fourth quarter with an embarrassed last-minute demonstration of bare professional dignity, portending a grotesquely lopsided loss in their very next game). Against a demonstrably worse team, they played two quarters of sloppy and listless ball, committing hideous turnovers at one end and giving up an endless succession of offensive rebounds at the other, seeming to expect that the respective teams’ win-loss records would do all the work for them.AdvertisementOnly, a very weird thing happened. The Wizards delivered their demonstration of bare professional dignity at the beginning of the third quarter, like not-bad teams do, and cruised to an easy 117-101 win that required almost no fourth-quarter participation from the principals on either team. It was against the friggin’ Knicks, sure, and if there were any justice in the world it’d count for at most a third of a win in the standings, but it’s an occasion to ask: Are the Wizards ... good, now? I think maybe they are good?They kinda look good!Consider the evidence. It was their fifth straight win, their ninth in their last 10 games. The only loss in there came on a buzzer-beating tip-in on the road in Detroit. They’re 12-4 in 2017, 22-9 over the past two months; both marks put them among the best teams in the NBA. Their 20-6 home record is the league’s third-best. After the miserable 7-13 start that had a certain horse’s ass writing them off as dead, they’ve rocketed up to fourth in the East and are bearing down hard on the wobbly Raptors. I think ... I think they’re actually good.