The irony here is that during the first full month of the NBA season, after the Wizards tore through the Cleveland Cavaliers at Verizon Center, smiles were galore.
Since Jan. 28, the Golden State Warriors -- owners of the NBA's best overall record -- are 12-0 at Oracle Arena. The Wizards, who have mostly struggled since then, are just 2-11 on the road.
The 50-win total still is in reach, as is the No.
To have a chance at a winning record on a West coast trip for the first time this season, the Wizards went into Sunday's game at the Sacramento Kings knowing it was a must-win.