Trevor Ariza


Flash back to March 2010, when John Wall led Kentucky to an NCAA tournament victory against Cornell in a regional semifinal.


Without Paul Pierce's defense, John Wall wouldn't have been in position to score the final 10 points of a second overtime to beat the Boston Celtics.


The departure of Trevor Ariza, the Wizards' best one-on-one defender, left a sizable hole in a defense that had been top 10 in scoring the last two seasons.


Closing games is a strength of the Wizards (9-3), and if they can ever figure out how to get off to more efficient starts they'll have most of the pieces of the puzzle together to make a strong ca


The Wizards are playing the second game of a back-to-back Saturday, coming off an emotional high with a 91-78  victory vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.