Back in late November, the 0-12 Wizards were the laughingstock of the NBA and they desperately needed a win. The Wizards got that elusive first win on November 28 against the team they play tonight, Portland. Coverage starts at 10 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
"We broke through the ice," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said following the game. "I've lived in Minnesota for 15, 17 years. That ice was 4 or 5 feet deep, but it’s broken through now."
Now the key for the Wizards is to continue to dig out of the huge hole they have created for themselves with an 8-30 record.
Since that victory over the Blazers, the Wizards are 7-18 but are still saddled with the worst record in the NBA. Guard John Wall returned five games ago and the Wizards have clearly been playing better with the team's former #1 overall pick in 2010 back, sporting a 3-2 mark with him playing. Struggling to score all season long as a team, with Wall in the fold the team has scored 100 points three times.
On this current five-game road trip the Wizards are 1-2 with close losses to both Sacramento and the Clippers, with an impressive win at Denver sandwiched in between.
The Wizards have a long way to go to get back to respectability but with a win tonight they can start chipping away and climbing back toward the surface.