1. The importance of beating Toronto on Wednesday
The Wizards did what they couldn't do during their five-game losing streak -- take care of business against struggling teams. The past two games, against the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic respectively, gave the bench unit a ton of opportunities to get themselves comfortable on the court because of the blowout nature of the games.
But the final game before All-Star Weekend Wednesday night in Toronto against the Raptors will be huge. They'll need to keep momentum and do it against a team they have been outmatched against and have yet to beat this season.
2. Wizards win second in a row, 96-80, vs Magic
John Wall dazzled and nearly notched a triple-double, while Marcin Gortat did the dirty work defensively and on the glass as the Wizards stomped out any attempt for an Orlando comeback en route to a 96-80 Beal-less victory in D.C. Kris Humphries left the game after bruising his back when he fell on it going after a rebound, but was walking fine upon leaving the locker room post-game. He said he was "hurting, bro," but offered no more explanation than that. My guess is that he'll be okay to play Wednesday in Toronto.
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3. Wall has three cell phones
4. Drew Gooden III makes good use of more playing time
With Humphries leaving Monday night's game with a bruised back, Gooden III stepped in to fill his shoes in his most playing time since the first game of the season. He recorded 10 points and four rebounds, including an impressive three-point play from near the three-point arc.
5. Beer lady recounts her 30 seconds of fame
Why Mason Plumlee decided to put his hands on the waitress carrying a dozen cups of beer when he could have just continued his momentum and fell into a seated fan, I have no idea. But he did push her and the result was an impressive beer display all over the Verizon Center floor when the Wizards took on the Nets last week. The woman who was in the center of it all recounts her story.