The Wizards are 29-14 heading into a four-game road trip, their most crucial stretch before heading into the All-Star break that begins after they play Feb. 11.
Although the Wizards (22-8) have already beaten the Los Angeles Clippers in a home game, upending the Houston Rockets on the road Monday to open this five-game trip is more significant.
Paul Pierce, Hall of Fame player and trash-talker, went into this five-game road trip promising this is the time of year that he'll turn it on for the Wizards.
If any team knows about roster additions that happen in flow of the season, and without training camp, it's John Wall.
The Wizards practiced Thursday and are heading to Miami where they'll play the Heat on Friday, but from this point forward the schedule gets significantly tougher.