Wake-up call: Wizards can break away or fall back

Wake-up call: Wizards can break away or fall back
February 4, 2014, 7:30 am
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As tough as it was for the Wizards to finally achieve their first winning record since Oct. 31, 2009, they can easily fall below it in a couple of days. The San Antonio Spurs are coming to town.

Monday's 100-90 win vs. the Portland Trail Blazers, the Wizards' fourth triumph in six games against Western Conference foes, was a milestone. But for a player such as Trevor Ariza, who has won an NBA championship with the L.A. Lakers, it's not a big deal.

"Honestly, it feels the same way. I think that's the approach that we should take with this win," said Ariza, after putting up 20 points, five rebounds and four assists to upset Portland at Verizon Center. "Not get too high, not get too low, keep working but stay confident and get ready for our next game."

John Wall called the victory, along with his first All-Star selection, "humbling." But the point guard, who had never had a winning record since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2010, is trying to keep perspective.

“It's only one game over, but, yeah, it's a big relief. The main thing is we've got a bigger goal of trying to keep winning games, trying to keep getting better, and trying to not go back down so we won't have to have this talk again," Wall said with a laugh. 

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It barely registers for coach Randy Wittman, who has talked about getting over .500 with his team by emphasizing that they not think about it too much. They'd failed in six previous tries after the season began. 

“I don’t want them to focus on a number. I want them to focus on the act of why you’re 24-23. And that’s where you keep it going," Wittman said. "That’s where you get on a run. I want this team to get on a run. They’ve never been on a run where you run off games. That’s how you do it, each and every night the same way. We’re not changing. We’re playing one way. This way’s the way we’ve got to play. And that’s when you get to be able to really take off. That’s what I want.”

They've had three three-game winning streaks. A victory vs. the Spurs would make their fourth. And then the Wizards have two more home games vs. losing teams: Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings. 

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