As the Wizards currently surge in the positive direction with one of their best stretches of the 2020-21 season, you may be watching them and wondering how a team that lost 14 of 18 from March 10 to April 5 has now won six of their last seven games.
Sure, they got healthier. Adding Daniel Gafford has helped. But these streaks have been so dramatic that this current version of the Wizards looks completely different than the one we all saw just weeks ago.
Well, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey has a theory and it involves Russell Westbrook.
"Westbrook with his intensity and his toughness, they have taken on a personality of his, his personality. I think that’s the difference with this team when we’ve played them all year," Casey said.
Casey's Pistons handed the Wizards a blowout loss on April 1, just over two weeks before Washington returned the favor behind Westbrook's 25th triple-double of the season. Bradley Beal also had 37 points as the Wizards won by 21, 121-100.