In facing Kobe Bryant, the one thing Bradley Beal is learning is that he needs to be more like him.
The departure of Trevor Ariza, the Wizards' best one-on-one defender, left a sizable hole in a defense that had been top 10 in scoring the last two seasons.
The Wizards are 12-5 heading into Friday's matchup with the Denver Nuggets where they can end this four-game home-stand with a perfect record.
When a team relies heavily on a scorer or two to carry the workload, the game plan to assure victory is to minimize the role players.
Each game, when the Wizards retreat to the locker room, coach Randy Wittman goes over to John Wall to emphasize what he sees on the stat sheet.