In the last three games, seized by the Wizards with their defensive efforts in the fourth quarter, the answers have been the same about the reason for the surge: John Wall.
While the Wizards hold their breath pending an MRI of Nene's left knee on Monday, they have to start considering options.
In their last two meetings, lowly Cleveland has proved to be a problem for the Wizards. But on Sunday night, with a renewed commitment to defense, Washington got past the pesky Cavs.
The best words a Wizards fan can hear: Dagger. Trevor Ariza hit a big three late in Washington's win over Cleveland that prompted the famous call.