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John Wall recognized as Flip Saunders returns to D.C.

Today's Wake-Up Call takes a look at John Wall, who was voted the Eastern Conference's Player of the Week, and previews tonight's game that features a familiar face returning to go against his old team.

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1. John Wall is the Eastern Conference Player of the Week

It was merited and we're all glad to see Wall receiving some league-wide recognition for how well he has been playing this season, specifically this past week. He led the Wizards to a 4-0 week and averaged 11.8 assists during that span. Two more wins and they'll equal their best-ever star to a season in franchise history.

2. Wizards building a positive culture

It's been a while since success has fallen upon the Washington Wizards, and we know all too well the struggles of being a fan of Washington's professional basketball team. It seems like things are changing, though, at least from what these Wizards have shown so far in the early going.

3. Otto Porter is losing ground

There must be a lid on the basket that tightens up when the ball leaves Porter's hands. He's struggled mightily with his shot lately, his minutes have been on the downfall, and things aren't looking so good with the return of Martell Webster on the horizon. Is he about to lose his spot in the rotation?

4. Flip Saunders returns to the Verizon Center tonight to face Wizards

Saunders' time in the District was one he certainly would love to forget. It was a disastrous time to be a part of the Wizards' organization and after some unsuccessful roster moves, and locker room..."issues"...Saunders was relieved of his duties and went back to Minnesota.

Now, he coaches the Timberwolves, who face the Wizards in D.C. tonight. This marks Saunders' first return to Washington as a coach, and first since the Wizards escaped from the darkest of times.

5. Wizards host Minnesota Timberwolves tonight

As was just mentioned, the Wizards (17-6) will play host to the Timberwolves (5-18) tonight in D.C. The Wolves are struggling this season with the offseason departure of Kevin Love, and without injured point guard Ricky Rubio. They're currently giving up the second-most points per game (108.5).

The Wizards need to exploit their lack of defense and take care of business tonight. The Wolves do have the league leader in steals per game, Cory Brewer, who's averaging 2.3 per game, so they need to be mindful of lazy, routine passes which have become a problem with these Wizards, especially in the early stages of games.

Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center. You can watch live on Comcast SportsNet or listen on 99.1 WNEW.