As coach-speak goes every game is important, but the stretch the Wizards are entering for the next two weeks can help them create separation between themselves and the field in the East.
Ending the week 2-1, after Saturday's gritty, 111-100 comeback win at the Milwaukee Bucks, is what the Wizards (9-3) were looking for all along.
Paul Pierce issued the warning to the Wizards entering their third set of back-to-backs this season.
Paul Pierce lived up to his clutch reputation by hitting a buzzer-beating shot to put the Wizards up 106-97 late in the fourth quarter.
John Wall got the steal on defense and went on a 2-on-1 break that finished with an alley-oop to Bradley Beal. The Wizards went on to beat the Bucks 111-100 in Milwaukee.