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John Wall would make this strategy a bit easier.

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Monday links:

  • John Wall isn't back yet, but Randy Wittman wants his team to pick up the pace on offense. [Washington Times]
  • This blog post is about how good the Wizards bench has been this season, but seeing as how the Wiz are the NBA's lowest-scoring team with its highest-scoring bench, it could just as easily be about how atrocious the starters have been. [Wizards Insider]
  • The Wizards play the Heat tomorrow, so get ready for 1-14. Jake took the first step by crossing into enemy territory and answering five questions over at Hot Hot Hoops.
  • When they take on the Heat, the Wiz will also get to face SI's Sportsman of the Year. Glorious. [SB Nation | SI | AP]
  • Trevor Booker figures to miss a couple more weeks with a knee injury. [Us | SB Nation DC | Wizards Insider | CSN Washington]
  • BNIE on the importance of the Wizards' first win.
  • With Andray Blatche calling out the Wizards for not supporting him and some national writers deciding that Blatche suddenly has a clue now that he's landed on a winning team, Ted felt the need to publicly express support for his young players. [Ted's Take]
  • Speaking of Blatche, he's become a key rotation player for the Nets and should keep getting big minutes with Brook Lopez sidelined. [Nets Daily]
  • Are the Wizards playoff hopes already dead? Ziller's thinking yes, but at least they have some company! [SB Nation]
  • Norman Chad gets in plenty of good shots at the Wizards in this column, and predicts that the team will finish with a 5-77 record. [Washington Post]
  • Should Wittman do more to reign in Jordan Crawford when he starts doing Jordan-Crawfordy things? [Rant Sports]
  • The Wizards finally got a win, but every other NBA team has at least four, so the Wiz are still last in every power ranking. [SI | Hardwood Houdini | The Sixer Sense]
  • Maryland beat George Mason, 69-62, in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center yesterday thanks in large part to 25 points from Dez Wells. Tucked inside this recap is a little nugget about John Wall, who was at Verizon for practice, giving his former high school teammate some encouragement before the game. [AP]
  • There were only two NBA games played yesterday. A quick roundup of Magic-Lakers and Suns-Knicks. [SB Nation]
  • The Magic targeted Dwight Howard en route to victory over its former franchise cornerstone. [SI | ESPN]
  • Is Howard already intimating that he might leave L.A. in order to win a ring? [SB Nation | NBA.com]