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Rasual Butler shoots the lights out in Wizards' 109-95 win vs Timberwolves

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Today's Wake-Up Call takes a look at Rasual Butler's hot hand in last night's win over Minnesota and whether or not John Wall is a serious MVP candidate.

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1. John Wall, Rasual Butler take over, lead Wizards in win

Wall had it all going last night. His jumper was falling early and with the help of 15th-man-turned-sixth-man Butler, he was able to rack up a career-tying 17 assists in the process. The Wizards are now 18-6 and rolling through their competition with sublime ball movement and hard-nosed defense. Also, Andre Miller attempted to throw down putback dunk. It was still legendary, despite the miss.

To the recaps!

Bullets Forever

Comcast SportsNet

Truth About It

Wiz of Awes

The Washington Post

2. Is Wall being voted MVP a real possibility?

Those who watch the Wizards on a nightly basis should easily be able to agree that he deserves a serious look. At this point, the only real question becomes whether those outside of the DMV can attest to the greatness that Wall has shown game-in and game-out. Once they do, he should at the very least, be mentioned in every pundits' top-5 MVP candidates.

3. Otto Porter gets first start of career

With Paul Pierce nursing a sore big toe and forced to miss his first game of the season, Porter was given the nod to start in his place and took advantage of the opportunity. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, but moved well without the ball, ran in transition, and found cutters for looks near the rim. Also, Pierce's absence allowed more time for Butler who was a microwave in the fourth quarter. All in all, they held it down without Pierce.

4. Wall showing no mercy

Whether it's Chris Paul or Zach Lavine, Wall is making opposing point guards look pedestrian while turning teammates into threats from all over the court. We aren't the only ones who notice. Wall himself acknowledges that he is wreaking havoc on opposing players.

"I can read everything," Wall said. "I'm picking and choosing people at my mercy. I'm picking and choosing what I want to do at times and not letting anybody speed me up and just start reading what the defense is giving me and what my coaches call at the same time."

Yeah. Be scared.

5. Hear from the team

Rasual Butler one-on-one with Glenn Consor (who has been around the league and says this is the best, and deepest, team he has ever played on)

John Wall

Otto Porter

Rasual Butler

Marcin Gortat

Randy Wittman