2. Humphries and Pierce go off on their old squad.
3. Are the Wizards Elite?
It is a test, we get a chance to play against some of the upper echelon Western Conference teams. It will be a great measuring stick about where we are. We know we are an upper echelon team in the East. But we know if we want to be champions, this is an opportunity with the East being wide open for us to get to the Finals, for us to gage where we are as an elite team in this league."
When asked if he considers the Wizards an elite team, Pierce had a simple answer: "Without question."
4. Just how tough is this upcoming stretch?
Pretty brutal. Their next 5 games are on the road against Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and New Orleans. After playing the Knicks at home, they then go on to face the Bulls at home, travel to Atlanta and then play the Spurs at home before travelling to to Chicago.
As tough as this coming road trip sounds, there is some cause for cautious optimism. Houston and Dallas are working to integrate major new additions into their rotations, and the Wizards get the Rockets on the second day of a back to back. The Spurs have not been themselves recently, losing 7 of their last ten games, which included a loss to the Lakers at home. Kevin Durant may still be recovering from an ankle injury has cost him several recent games.
The Wizards, on the other hand, are getting close to full health, with Martell Webster's imminent return and Nene returning to the starting lineup. So while there is never a great time to have a road schedule like this, there certainly could have been worse times.
It's time to hit the road.