Magic act: Wizards lock No. 8 seed for play-in

6:08 PM ET

Andrew LopezESPN

For months, the 2020-21 season looked like it would be a lost one for the Washington Wizards. There were injuries early on, rumors swirling about a Bradley Beal trade and eventually, COVID-19-related absences that took the Wizards off the floor for nearly two weeks.

The Wizards were 17-32 on the morning of April 7. That’s when ESPN’s Basketball Power Index gave them just a 4% chance of even making the play-in tournament.

However, things started to change, as the Wizards won 17 of their final 23 games, culminating in a 115-110 come-from-behind win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday to lock up the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.

“We went through those rough periods we had and we came out stronger for it,” said Wizards center Robin Lopez, who finished with 18 points Sunday.

Now, a team that didn’t look like it had a viable chance