It's very easy to take sports matchups for granted because over an 82-game season, there is always another intriguing battle coming around the corner.
Flash back to March 2010, when John Wall led Kentucky to an NCAA tournament victory against Cornell in a regional semifinal.
Without Paul Pierce's defense, John Wall wouldn't have been in position to score the final 10 points of a second overtime to beat the Boston Celtics.
The departure of Trevor Ariza, the Wizards' best one-on-one defender, left a sizable hole in a defense that had been top 10 in scoring the last two seasons.
Closing games is a strength of the Wizards (9-3), and if they can ever figure out how to get off to more efficient starts they'll have most of the pieces of the puzzle together to make a strong ca