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Wake-Up Call: Pick-and-roll needs perfecting

Today's Wake-Up Call takes a look at how the pick-and-roll game will be key to the Wizards' success. We also dive into John Wall's status for tonight's affair against the Raptors, and how the Wizards got to where they are today.

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1. Wizards need consistency in pick-and-roll game

When John Wall and Marcin Gortat run the pick-and-roll, they can cause serious havoc. But the consistency hasn't been there this season. It's something that both Wall and Gortat, along with coach Randy Wittman, understand needs to be fixed if this team wants to be lethal in their offense.

2. Wall's status for tonight up in the air

Headaches? Check. Sprained ankle? Check. Sore achilles tendon? Check.

Burn out? Let's hope not.

Wall may not be able to go tonight when the Wizards host the Toronto Raptors in a revenge game following a 19-point whooping back in early November. That doesn't bode well for the Wizards who rely heavily on Wall to run the show for Washington.

3. Former Wizards, where art thou?

For all you bandwagoners reading Bullets Forever this season, let me make one thing clear to you. Things weren't always this rosy in the nation's capital. Oh, you knew that? Well, of course you did. The Wizards were the laughingstock on the NBA for years.

Just how did they get out of the NBA cellar and into the limelight? With a lot of changes to their roster over the years.

4. Who is Otto?

I'm not sure how to answer this question. One game he's picking splinters out of his rear, and the next he's hitting jumpers, running the floor, and finishing fast breaks with slam dunks. Or he's almost invisible on the court. We still don't know yet what we have in Porter, but we need to see him on the floor more often and find out soon.

5. Wizards take on Raptors tonight

The Wizards (31-16) will look to get back at Toronto (32-15) for making them look like a JV high school team the last time they faced each other. With Wall potentially missing tonight's game, things won't be easy for Washington.

But at least it's Gortat action figure night, so there's that.

Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at the phone booth. You can watch on Comcast SportsNet or listen to the #radioparty on 99.1 WNEW.