After having lost Game 2 without John Wall, the Wizards had to have Game 3 to keep home-court advantage in this second-round series with the Atlanta Hawks and for their own confidence.
In the final 14 seconds of Game 3, and the Wizards reeling after blowing all of a 21-point lead, Bradley Beal tossed the ball to Paul Pierce expecting to get it back.
For the second year in a row, the Wizards are taking over a series in which they weren't supposed to have much of a chance to advance out of the first round.
TORONTO -- Add Paul Pierce to the long list of veterans -- Andre Miller, Al Harrington, Drew Gooden and Trevor Ariza -- who trumpet the game-plan preparation of coach Randy Wittman especially come
The lack of awareness is spreading to the Wizards' offense, and it happened in the most crucial situations of Sunday's 99-91 loss to the Houston Rockets at Verizon Center.