Aside from the tedious matter of finally getting over .500, the Wizards can win consecutive games for the first time in two weeks and get back to a winning record at Verizon Center.
The paths of John Wall and Damian Lillard will continue to cross long after Monday's game when they compete vs. each other All-Star Weekend, tour with Adidas and train with Gary Payton.
The Wizards have shown they can still be an elite defensive team when playing top-level offenses, and the Blazers are the NBA's best at scoring.
Kevin Durant recognized John Wall's growth this season from catching games on TV. The Wizards' All-Star guard flashed his development to the Thunder's main man in person on Saturday night.
Nene couldn't hide his disdain for the physical tactics of Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, who he clashed with repeatedly in Saturday's victory.