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Wizards stumble against Atlanta, Blair still stuck on the bench

In today's Wake-Up Call, we look at what the Wizards need to do to rebound before Wednesday's game against Cleveland, plus we take a look at why DeJuan Blair still can't seem to get any playing time.

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1. Wizards can't get it together in loss to Atlanta

It's hard to win a game when you don't show up. While they were physically there, the Wizards didn't show up mentally for their game against the defensively-sound Atlanta Hawks, losing 106-102. Turnovers (25), missed shots (42.9% from the field), and missed free throws (72.4% from the line) plagued the Wizards in what could turn out to be an important game in the long run as both teams are aiming for the Southeast Division crown.

To the recaps:

Bullets Forever

Comcast SportsNet

The Washington Post

Wiz of Awes

2. Not all is lost

The Wizards may have looked ugly vs. the Hawks, but they have looked superb much more often this season. And after years of frustration and losses, brighter times seem to be on the horizon for this team. When you compare that shift and the team's current state to that of the other sports team(s) in Washington, D.C., it reminds you that there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to the area's professional basketball team.

3. DeJuan Blair gives back for Thanksgiving

Blair hosted the "DeJuan's Thanksgiving Day Dunk" event where he distributed food for local families in need. This is another great gesture from Wizards players as they give back to the community during the holiday season.

4. Speaking of Blair...

Should that be happening?

The Twitterverse seems to be getting impatient as opportunities on the court open up, re: Nene's injury, and Blair stays glued to the bench, as Wittman seems content with continually giving him DNP-CD's. Will he ever get his chance? With all his qualities, it wouldn't hurt to see what he can provide for the team at this point in the season.

5. Wizards face Cleveland Cavaliers again tonight

The Cavs (6-7) get a second crack at the Wizards (9-4) tonight. This time the game will be in Cleveland, with the Cavs looking for revenge after being beaten handily by these Wizards less than a week ago. The Wizards, on the other hand, will be looking to put a better showing on the court than they did last night against the Hawks. Both teams should be coming out firing and ready for battle. I anticipate a close, competitive game in this one.

Tip off is set for 7 p.m. from Quicken Loans Arena and will be televised live on CSN. You can also listen on 99.1 WNEW as always.