The Wizards now know who they will face in the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs and it just so happens to be a team they have history with.
Thanks to the Hawks' win over the Hornets on Tuesday night, the fourth-seeded Wizards are officially set to play the fifth-seed Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards will have homecourt advantage, though the date and times of each game has not been determined.
The Wizards have matched up well with Atlanta this season with a 3-1 record in their head-to-head series. Washington edged Atlanta to with the Southeast Division title on March 29.
The Wizards and Hawks famously met two years ago in the second round of the playoffs. Washington had a 1-0 series lead but saw John Wall go down with a broken wrist in Game 1. He missed Games 2-4 and the Hawks took advantage. The Wizards did take Game 3, however, as Paul Pierce hit the game-winner and then afterwards told ESPN the famous line "I called game."
The Hawks ended up winning the series in six games as Pierce's would-be game-tying shot in Game 6 was called off after a replay. The Wizards were the first team in NBA history to lose a playoff series and have their season end on a replay.
As Wall explained at Monday's shootaround in Detroit, he hasn't forgiven the Hawks for his injury which was caused by Jeff Teague running under him on a fastbreak layup attempt. Teague no longer plays for Atlanta, but Wall still resents the Hawks:
Wall prefers ATL in the 1st rd...bc that was last team to beat him in playoffs: "Im still mad about the time I injured my hand" #WizHawks— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) April 10, 2017
There are more differences in both rosters nowadays. The Wizards don't have Pierce or Nene. The Hawks don't have All-Star Al Horford, but do have Dwight Howard.
Still, there will be plenty of backstories in this one.