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Nene returns as Wizards dominate Nuggets

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In today's Wake-Up Call, we take a look at Nene's return, recap Washington's big win against Denver and take a look back at the John Wall block that started the Wizards on the path to success two years ago.

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1. Wizards crush Nuggets, 119-89 in blowout win

I'm at a loss for words, really. The Wizards' play so far this season has, in my mind, more than made up for the years of torment, anger, and confusion as to how a team could play with such a lack of anything resembling a coherent basketball team. They are so much fun to watch and I think us Wizards fans should really take a step back and fully realize what this team has been doing and enjoy it. We deserve it.

To the recaps!

Bullets Forever

The Washington Post

Truth About It

Wiz of Awes

Comcast SportsNet

2. The return of Nene

Nene made his return to the court after missing the previous five games to care for his injured foot. He played 18 minutes and recorded eight points, eight rebounds, two steals, and a block. He's obviously not 100-percent healthy, but just having him on the court was good enough.

3. Wizards showing impressive balance

I went into detail before last night's game about the performances that this bench unit has come up with throughout the season. Against the Nuggets, nothing changed. They combines to score 50 points, grab 27 rebounds, and dish out 17 assists, to go along with seven blocked shots and seven steals. This unit is proving themselves to be among the best in the league.

4. The block that started it all

Wall has become one of, if not the, best shot-blocking guards in the league. Last night, he had two blocked shots, including one that may still be in orbit. But when the Wizards were slowly morphing into the team they would become today, they went through a transition season where Wall played only the final 46 games, but proved to be the key to bring this team success.

And during that season, the Wizards salvaged a win against the Nuggets behind a crucial, perfectly-timed Wall block on Ty Lawson. He hasn't looked back since.

5. Wizards fans can now learn to love themselves

It's been rough. The Wizards haven't had very pristine offensive execution in recent memory. Things are changing, and even the most frustrated in the Wizards' blogosphere are starting to turn the corner and truly believe that this team is starting to make use of what it does best.

Bonus: Highlights

Just enjoy it, folks.

You're welcome.