Wake-up call: Make a deal? Backcourt says no

Wake-up call: Make a deal? Backcourt says no
February 20, 2014, 6:00 am
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In the next few hours, the Wizards could have a different look but that likely would be only slightly. The NBA trade deadline ends at 3 p.m. ET Thursday, and a flurry activity could take place and for them finding ball-handling and/or scoring guard could be in order.

But the Wizards (26-28), after beating the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday 114-97, aren't convinced they need any tweaking. 

"With the chemistry we have and the guys we have we feel as though we don't need to make any changes," said shooting guard Bradley Beal. "It's up to the front office of course, but at the end of the day we feel confident we can compete and beat anybody in the league and we're going to continue to feel that way."

Coach Randy Wittman has relied on an eight-man rotation, using Martell Webster as the sixth man to relieve Beal, Trevor Booker as the power forward to sub for Nene, Kevin Seraphin at center for Marcin Gortat and Garrett Temple for John Wall at point guard.

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Ideally, they'd find a replacement for Eric Maynor, who was signed to a two-year deal with a player option in the second year last summer but hasn't worked out. 

But even as the Wizards are constructed, they've beaten elite teams such as the Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors. They've posted a winning record for the first time this late in a season since January 2008, won at the Hawks for the first time in 12 games Wednesday and are just one game under .500 on the road. 

And they've done it with Al Harrington, who is close to returning from a right knee procedure in December, only playing seven games. There are 28 left in the regular season and the Wizards the No. 5 seed in the East. The win vs. the Hawks, who trailed by as many as 20 points in the first half, is the blueprint to follow. Seven Wizards scored in double figures. Gortat had double-digit rebounds before halftime. Wall didn't have any turnovers in the game.

"The way we played that first half is the way we've got to play the rest of these games. If we don't, you see how what our team does," said Wall alluding to a third-quarter letdown when the Hawks cut the deficit to one. "We struggle and we let teams back in the games and give them a chance to win. 

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"I like the group of guys I'm with. When we all play together as a team, we all connect like we were on the defensive end, we're a tough team to beat."