Cleveland becomes a bit "fragile" as it falls into a slump, while the Portland Trail Blazers get hold of the league's longest winning streak for this season.
Despite a season-high 20 turnovers, the Wizards still had a chance to pull out a victory in Tuesday's 106-102 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, dropping them to 9-4.
Nene didn't practice for the Wizards on Monday, but Otto Porter fully practiced and appears on pace to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game vs.
As coach-speak goes every game is important, but the stretch the Wizards are entering for the next two weeks can help them create separation between themselves and the field in the East.
Otto Porter, who had his rookie season with the Wizards marred by leg injuries, sat out with Saturday's game at the Milwaukee Bucks. Rasual Butler replaced Porter in the rotation.