Wizards capable of playing with anyone

Wizards capable of playing with anyone
January 10, 2013, 11:00 pm
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It doesn't make much sense that two of the Wizards' five wins this season have come against last year's NBA finalists, Miami and most recently Oklahoma City. 

Beating teams like the champion Heat and runners-up Thunder make you wonder why the Wizards aren't better than their NBA worst 5-28 record.

Injuries are certainly a factor for the extremely slow start but it didn't seem to bother the undermanned Wizards in the 101-99 win over the Thunder last Monday night. With only nine players in uniform, Washington played perhaps its best all-around game in the upset win over a fully loaded 27-8 OKC team.

“If we just bring the same effort every night, night in and night out, we give ourselves a chance to win no matter who we’re playing against," Wizards forward Trevor Ariza said. "But that’s for every team in the NBA. Especially us, since we’ve been down players all year. Every time we come out and give an effort like we did against Oklahoma City we get a win."

Back in December, the then 1-13 Wizards stunned Miami 105-101 but couldn't build on the victory, losing 10 of their next 11 ballgames. That has been a huge problem this season -- the inability to build game to game or to win even two games in a row.

The Wizards play another solid team in 20-14 Atlanta Saturday night at home.