The Wizards are ready to get past a painful Game 7 Eastern Conference Semifinals loss to the Celtics and make a run for the Eastern Conference Finals.
With a solid core of Bradley Beal, John Wall and Otto Porter, that Wizards have the right pieces to make that happen.
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One person who thinks they can be real contenders in 2017-2018 is CSN's newest Wizards primary analyst, Kara Lawson.
"For a basketabll fan in general, that was just some of the great, great basketball of the playoffs last year," Lawson said on the Sports Junkies Thursday morning.
"It's been talked about a lot. I know the front office had tried to address it in the offseason but the lack of depth in a seven game series is what really hurt them, I thought last year. You have to have a group of guys that can come in and really help change the game and just give [John] Wall and [Bradley] Beal and [Otto]Porter and those guys a blow, so I thought that hurt them down the stretch, particullary in Game 7."
"I think also being able to have some guys that can knock down shots off the bench as well, being able to have some balance, some offensive balance, because it was so heavy towards that starting group."
But with offseason changes all over the NBA, Lawson feels the Wizards can be real contenders for the Eastern Conference Finals.
She threw around names like Mike Scott, Jason Smith, Tim Fraizer, Jodie Meeks, Tomas Satoransky and Ian Mahinmi as players who will be able to take a load off of the Wizards' core offensive players.
"I'm excited. This is going to be a fun season. You guys are from here, growing up there were some lean years, you know, for the Bullets/Wizards. Now you have a team that's going to be able to compete for the Eastern Conference Finals championship. I think that's exciting."