The Wizards don't have time to look back on what might've been on their 2-2 road swing on the West coast that concluded with Wednesday's loss at the Los Angeles Clippers because playing at Verizon Center is more difficult.
They have a losing record at home, but coach Randy Wittman won't go so far as to call this his team's most crucial stretch of the season before the All-Star break.
"You don't know really know if it's going to be a crucial step until after it happens," Wittman said, careful to not put too much emphasis on a few games even at the mid-point of the season.
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- Saturday: The Oklahoma City Thunder (37-10) have the best record in the Western Conference and have won nine in a row, including a 17-point blowout of the Miami Heat.
- Monday: The Portland Trail Blazers (33-13) have slipped and lost two in a row, but they're 15-8 on the road and, like the Clippers, can score almost at will.
- Wednesday: The San Antonio Spurs (33-13) have lost three in a row, but they actually play better away from AT&T Center at 16-5.
See a pattern? These are the three best road teams in the NBA.
These are followed by winnable home games vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-29) on Feb. 7 and two days later vs. the Sacramento Kings (15-30).
John Wall, who played solid in three of the four road games on both ends of the floor, admitted the obvious. He played two sets of back-to-backs on the road and will have just one off day to rebound.
"You don't look ahead," he said, "but we know we have a tough schedule when we get home."