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With a 4-25 record so far, the Washington Wizards probably don’t have a bright season ahead. But now the team has a perverse advantage: They’ve been playing so poorly that merely competing against the Wizards tarnishes their opponents.

Winning by Losing: The Dallas Mavericks’ 103-94 win yesterday over the Wizards only seemed to highlight the Texas team’s own weaknesses. Fox Sports wasn’t impressed:

The second thing that needs to be said as Dallas snaps its six-game losing streak is: Don’t you dare dismiss this as “Aw, it’s just the Wizards” … because in Washington, all things considered, they probably approached this game by saying, “Aw, it’s just the Mavs.”

Neither was the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Watching the Dallas Mavericks defeat the Washington Wizards 103-94 on Jan. 1 it is now apparent what the Mavs team requires – just play the Wizards all the time.

Bricking the Wall: Fortunately for his flagging team, injured star player John Wall plans to return this month.

More Records: But all is not well in the low expectations hidey-hole the Wizards have dug for themselves. The team still needs to win six more games to avoid tying the 9-73 worst NBA season record set by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.

Graphic by Carey Jordan.