Most would agree that this is the most crucial stretch of the season for the Wizards (21-22), who have two games left on this four-game West coast road trip.
Do the Wizards have the talent? Check. The ability to score inside and out? Check. Length and ability to defend the perimeter and contest shots at the basket? Check.
The .500 and over-.500 talk has indeed gotten old. But a win Friday night puts the Wizards back there for the fifth time. They've been good on the road where they're 3-1 this month.
The end to the minutes restriction on Bradley Beal isn't going to change during this four-game, seven-day road trip to the West coast.
That John Wall didn't get voted in as an All-Star starter Thursday night came as no shock.