Washington improved to a second best in the East 11-5 Monday night after a comfortable, impressive win over the Miami Heat. After the game Washington coach Randy Wittman said it was the best his team has played all year, Rasual Butler was scoring and John Wall was doing a little bit of everything.
So just how good are the Wizards?
Chris Bosh has had a front row seat for some pretty good teams the past couple seasons, plus he got a good look at the Wizards up close Monday — and he likes what he sees, he told Ben Standig of CSNWashington.com.
“Whether it’s the schemes, whether it’s one-on-one, they picked us apart. This is a team that has a steady menu of everything. They’ve got cross screens, they’ve got duck-ins, they’ve got pin downs. They’ve got high screens. …It’s tough. We knew that.”
So where does he see the Wizards moving up the Eastern Conference pecking order? Too early to say.
“You don’t know how a team is mentally until they’re doing extremely bad,” Bosh said following Monday’s game when I asked about the Wizards’ mental toughness this season. “That’s when you find things out. They probably won’t find that about themselves until the playoffs, when they’re down [and] see if they can recover.”
Bosh is right. He’s been there before and gets it, it takes some adversity and testing for teams to truly find themselves. The Wizards are still trying to figure some of that out.
But what should really concern Bosh is the Wizards are a better team than Miami right now. Tested or not.