The Wizards were more physical. Their defense was better. They played with a pace and had ball movement that put pressure on the Chicago Bulls for every second of the shot clock.
John Wall didn't attempt a single foul shot, even though he had a sizable shiner underneath his right eye with two deep scratches.
Maybe it's because Paul Pierce has been here before -- though not in D.C. -- that makes it easier for him to acknowledge the obvious about 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.