Each time it looked like John Wall had a stiff test ahead of him, it didn't come to fruition.
Deron Williams didn't suit up for the Brooklyn Nets because of a sore ankle. Derrick Rose sat out last weekend for the Chicago Bulls because of his knee.
Both All-Star point guards could've provided a more clear glimpse of how far Wall, who signed an $80 million extension during the off-season, has come.
Even though LeBron James and Dwyane Wade aren't point guards - Mario Chalmers is - both are starting for the Miami Heat at Verizon Center tonight (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). Both run the offense for long stretches.
Wade had only played in one of three preseason games, all victories, as he bounces back from off-season knee surgery. He had eight points in 21 minutes.
While Wall would appreciate the challenge, he understands that he probably won't get their best shot this early in the process.
"They've already proved themselves and all that on that superstar level where I'm trying to work my way to get," Wall told CSN Washington before the game. "I respect those guys and what they've done for the league. I know I'll get a chance to play against those guys in the regular season. They're doing the right thing, trying to get healthy.
"Playing against D-Wade and LeBron is always a great challenge. That's somewhere me and Brad (Beal) is trying to get."