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Mavericks win a laugher over the Wizards in Dallas

Today's Wake-Up Call takes a look at how Washington's loss to Dallas affects the Eastern Conference standings and how Martell Webster's return altered the rotation last night.

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1. Dallas beats Washington by 27

After a nice win to kick off their road trip, they were smacked in the face with some reality in their second game. Typically a long road trip is going to feature at least one game not worth writing home about, and this happens to be the one for the Wizards. Washington was fortunate enough to host several teams at bad points in their road their road trips over the past month, last night, the Wizards got to experience that pain for themselves.

Also, Dallas beating Washington by 27 sounds eerily familiar. Trying to remember where we've heard that recently.

To the recaps!

Bullets Forever

Truth About It

Wiz of Awes

Washington Post

CSN Washington

2. Eastern Conference Update

The Wizards lost, but it didn't cost them too much in the conference standings. The Raptors lost in Portland, the Bulls had their winning streak snapped by the Nets, and Cleveland lost. The only problem with the Cavaliers loss is that it came against Atlanta, who now has a one game lead over the Wizards for second in the East. The Wizards are still two games behind Toronto and a game ahead of Chicago.

In other news, Truth About It captured Dion Waiters sliding into everyone's DMs last night.

3. Webster returns, and the rotation shuffles

Martell Webster made his long-awaited return on Tuesday night. He didn't make too much of an impact (just three points and one rebound in 14 minutes of action, but his return displaced Otto Porter from the regular rotation, which we saw coming. If you're looking for a silver lining, Porter was still able to log some minutes in garbage time.

But Webster's return wasn't the only rotation shuffle last night. Drew Gooden took DeJuan Blair's spot on the active roster so Gooden could rest his bruised knee. Blair took advantage of the opportunity with his best performance as a Wizard, scoring 9 points and grabbing 5 rebounds against his old team. Blair simply hasn't been able to get it done so far this season, but if he can string together a few more performances like this, the Wizards could certainly use the extra depth at center.