For bad teams to finally break through, they need to find ways to get wins at home. Once that’s accomplished, those same teams need to gets wins on the road. That’s typically how the transition works.
The Washington Wizards reached the former portion of the transition a few years ago after finally starting to become a somewhat dominant team at home. The problem is, they couldn’t win on the road. Last year, they won at home and on the road when it mattered most — in the NBA Playoffs.
Given how well they performed in the playoffs, we all assumed that the Wizards would continue to win games at home and improve on the road.