The Wizards may have a losing record, but they have the attention of Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.
The teams play Tuesday at American Airlines Center, the second in a three-game road trip for the Wizards (2-4) who lost an overtime heartbreaker at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.
"We got to continue to be steadfast about the importance of the defensive end. We got to win games on grit and guts. We're not going to do it on our raw athleticism. We've got good athleticism," Carlisle told reporters at Monday's practice session. "If you line us up with these guys tomorrow night, in Speedo, it would be a wipe out."
Huh? Why Carlisle specified swimming briefs for a basketball game isn't clear. And it probably was a good thing that there wasn't a follow-up question asking him to explain.
"This is a good team. They should've won last night. They beat Brooklyn the other night in overtime," he said. "This is a team on the rise. We're going to have to be ready to step up our grit level."
The speed -- not Speedo -- of John Wall and the hot shooting of Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza and Al Harrington has made preparing for them a challenge.
"There's nobody faster. There may be guys as fast. Not many. End to end, you wouldn't put much wear on a stop watch. He's fast," Carlisle said of Wall. "Now he's shooting 38 (percent) from the three-point line. Major problem.
"Beal had a career night last night (34 points). Ariza is shooting it good. Harrington is a problem when he comes into the game stretching the floor. Nene posting up. They've got a bunch of young guys that have been getting their ass beat for a long time and they've stepped up their game a lot so we've got to be ready."