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In today's Wake-Up Call we take a look at whether or not John Wall is outplaying Derrick Rose this season, how Paul Pierce is filling the void Trevor Ariza left on defense and look forward to tonight's game against Denver.

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1. Is John Wall better than Derrick Rose?

Rose has been injured for the better part of two years while Wall is blossoming into one of the best point guards in the NBA. Is it too early to say that Wall is better than Rose? It certainly makes for a very interesting debate at this point in their careers.

2. Andre Miller continues to succeed with methodical play

The 38-year old Miller is showing that, despite being the oldest player to play in an NBA game this season, he still has enough in the tank to help this Wizards team be successful. He has never been one to force the issue and that hasn't changed during his time in D.C. He is showing that quickness in the brain can more than compensate for any quickness he has lost in his legs over the years.

3. Paul Pierce is helping make up for loss of Trevor Ariza's defense

He may be 37 years old and in the waning stages of a Hall of Fame career, but Pierce is showing that he can still be a very valuable contributor, even on the defensive side of the ball.

Pierce's defense has been exceptional all season. His size and strength gave Carmelo Anthony trouble as the Wizards pulled away from the New York Knicks 98-83. Pierce scored 17 points on 10 shots while it took Anthony 23 to get 18 points.

Then in Wednesday's 111-95 win vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, it was Pierce who was switched to defend Kobe Bryant, who had scored 20 points in the first half, and held him without a field goal. All of the nine points that Bryant scored after that game at the foul line. Again, it's his length, strength and know-how in his 17th season that makes the difference.

4. Nene may play tonight vs. Denver Nuggets

Don't get your hopes too high, but it's possible that the big Brazilian could make his way onto the court for the final game of a four-game homestand tonight when the team faces the Nuggets. Whether he comes back tonight or not, though, expect Nene to play limited minutes because, well, Nene said so.

He is practicing with the team, albeit not in 5-on-5 drills, but progress is progress and it's looking like Nene is on the right track to being back on the court sooner rather than later.

5. Wizards face the Nuggets tonight

As mentioned, this will be the fourth and final game of the team's current homestand, as the Wizards look to make it four wins out of four against the high-scoring Nuggets (9-9). Much like the Lakers on Wednesday, this Nuggets team features a fast-paced offense that likes to push the tempo. They rank sixth in pace (99.08) and fifth in scoring per game (105.2). Ty Lawson is running the show for Denver and stopping him should help keep the Nuggets in check.

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