In the first meeting with the Chicago Bulls, John Wall did everything in his power to bring back the Wizards.
Despite losing 99-91 to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, the Wizards can take solace in knowing they at least belong in the conversation though they didn't play their best:
The Wizards aren't just aiming to go a step beyond last season's playoff success, which would mean the Eastern Conference finals.
The Wizards practiced Thursday and are heading to Miami where they'll play the Heat on Friday, but from this point forward the schedule gets significantly tougher.
Randy Wittman finally has the comfort of a three-year contract going into this season with a roster retooled with veterans and keeping the core of the Wizards intact.