Marcin Gortat didn't remember the ball was coming to him out of a timeout, the latest flub for a team that has been more absent-minded in key defensive situations.
John Wall did most of the work himself vs. Houston, but it wasn't enough even though James Harden didn't have a monster game.
Whenever the Wizards have confusion or a major flub on a key defensive play down the stretch, the loss of Trevor Ariza, who they couldn't afford in free agency, is more glaring.
Drew Gooden played a season-high 39 minutes vs Charlotte and has eased the loss of Kris Humphries who has missed 15 games in a row with a groin strain.
The Washington Wizards have twice participated in double overtime games this season. In both cases, young John Wall fans played an emotional role while their hero rose to the challenge.