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.
The Wizards played on even terms with the Golden State Warriors, who have the NBA's best record, for the first 24 minutes.
Thoughts and takeaways following the Washington Wizards' 113-99 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers' Friday night:
A four-game winning streak is the Wizards' best since Dec. 14, when they reeled off 10 wins in 11 games.
DeJuan Blair is at an all-time low in his sixth NBA season with the Wizards, but he struck a high note in Saturday's 113-97 comeback win vs. the Sacramento Kings.