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Wizards end road trip on high note

Today's Wake-Up Call takes a look at the final game of the Wizards' road trip, the hardest players Paul Pierce has ever guarded and what it's like to follow around Ted Leonsis for a day.

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Wizards top Pelicans to finish road trip 2-3

Well, this wasn't the road trip where the Wizards showed the world they're an elite team, but if nothing else, they solidified they're not a fluke. Plus, John Wall picked up another win against fellow Wildcat Anthony Davis. Wall is now 5-0 against The Brow.

To the recaps!

Bullets Forever
Truth About It
Wiz of Awes
Washington Post
CSN Washington

Wall gets more national attention

USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt came out with a feature Monday about John Wall's growth on and off the court. The whole piece is great, but the best quote comes from Paul Pierce, who had this to say about Wall:

"I see how he not only wants to be good but he wants to be great - about his habits every day, how he's approaching every game, how he studies the game. He's a student of the game. Those are the things you really don't know when you're not around a person. I knew he had great talent and all. But I didn't know too much about him on the inside. But just being here, he wants to be great. He wants to be one of the best."

BREAKING: Paul Pierce finds Hall of Fame players difficult to guard

Over at the Player's Tribune, Paul Pierce listed the five hardest players he's guarded in the NBA. You probably won't be too shocked by the names you see on the list, but we were a bit surprised to see Pierce keep Joe Johnson off his list, given their history:

A day with Ted Leonsis

Grantland's Katie Baker followed Ted Leonsis around at last week's Winter Classic and wrote about her experience with the Wizards' owner. Obviously, the piece focuses mostly on Leonsis' work with the Capitals, but it's still a very interesting read, even if you're not a big hockey fan. It's always interesting to see Leonsis from a perspective other than what you read with Ted's Take and what you see at press conferences.

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