Now that coach Randy Wittman is going just three deep into his bench, the play of the reserves is more pronounced and they're responding.
Although the Wizards haven't always looked the part of a playoff team, they've had one believer through the ups and downs: LeBron James.
The Wizards held a 34-point lead on the two-time defending champion Miami Heat en route to a 114-97 win. On most nights, nothing could stun onlookers or those involved more.
Somehow, despite a temperature in triple digits, hurling on the bench and having to defend LeBron James, Trevor Ariza made it through.