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If the Wizards had been able to put forth this kind of effort in their previous 10 games, they'd have won more than two of them.


Three losses in a row isn't as big of a deal for the Wizards as is losing for the eight time in 10 games after Sunday's 106-89 letdown to the Detroit Pistons.


For the second year in a row, Rasual Butler is on a team that is having difficulty closing after a fast start.


That the Wizards, coming off an eight-day vacation after the All-Star break, could turn in such a clunker at home against a conference rival is stunning.


Chris Bosh, known for his honest and intelligent observations, put out the warning when the Wizards were in the midst of winning 10 of 11 games early in the season: "You don't know how a team is m