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Steve Buckhantz back in the booth for Wizards-Hawks game

In today's Wake-Up Call, we take a look at what Steve Buckhantz means to the Wizards, the team's current slump, and Andre Miller's lack of playing time.

1. Steve Buckhantz back with team after father's death

It's nearly impossible to talk about the Washington Wizards without mentioning the team's legendary television duo of Buckhantz and Phil Chenier, who create a perfect blend of friendship, knowledge of the game, and incredible chemistry, to give the hometown viewers detailed descriptions of what's happening on the court.

With that being said, fans has been unable to hear the duo call the past few games together after the unfortunate passing of Buckhantz's father.

Buckhantz has spent the past 18 years as Comcast SportsNet's play-by-play announcer for the Wizards, sticking to his extreme professionalism game-in and game-out, even during the darkest of seasons in the District.

Speaking on behalf of the entire Wizards community, I want to send my most heartfelt condolences to Steve during this time of difficulty. We are all with you. And, as a fan, watching and listening to Wizards games just weren't the same without you calling them.

The crew over at WizardsXTRA put together a nice piece of the best of Buckhantz's calls for the Wizards over the years.

2. Wizards drop fourth straight, 105-96, to the Hawks

They can't keep up offensively with their opponents, they've lost almost all forms of defensive identity, and, as a result, can't find a way to beat the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. Last night continued that trend, as they once again were crushed by the Atlanta Hawks, despite any pushes to make it a close game.

After briefly holding down the top spot in the conference earlier this season, the Wizards are now just one game ahead of fourth-place Cleveland and fifth-place Chicago. With respect to the team we have this season as compared to in year's past, things couldn't be any more troubling than they are right now.

Here are your recaps from the loss:

Bullets Forever

Hoop District

Comcast SportsNet

The Washington Post

Wiz of Awes

3. Making sense of Wizards' woes

It hasn't been easy to take in. The Wizards finally have success early in the 2014-15 season, only to have the basketball gods snatch it away from us and prove that, despite a flurry of wins, this is still a Washington sports team.

And nothing good happens to Washington sports teams.

But to find out more about why things have gone south in the nation's capital, read this take on the lack of first-half defensive intensity, bench woes, and an inability to consistently beat top-tier teams.

4. Andre Miller riding the pine

Remember that old guy the Wizards had on their team who was throwing beautiful full-court passes for easy layups, outsmarting younger, quicker defenders with an array of old-school shimmies and stop-and-go dribble drives?

That old guy is long gone.

Miller's minutes have plunged lately with Randy Wittman choosing to go with Garrett Temple as John Wall's backup, while the Wizards themselves are soon to plunge in the standings so long as these losses keep piling up.

5. Wizards head to Charlotte tonight

Looking to snap their four-game skid, the Wizards (31-19) head to Charlotte to take on the Hornets (21-27), just days after the teams met in D.C. Washington better bring their A-Game if they want to snap their streak and hit back at the same Hornets who stomped on the Wizards earlier in the week.

Tip off is set for 7 p.m. the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. You can watch live on Comcast SportsNet and listen on 99.1 WNEW.

6. Wall at NBA TV studio

Wall took some time to jump on set at the NBA TV studio and talk with Chris Webber, Ernie Johnson, and Isiah Thomas while the Wizards were in Atlanta to take on the Hawks.