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Wizards' bigs must run as fast as they can

Today's Wake-Up Call takes a look at the need for Washington's big men to run the floor, who the Wizards' top targets are to fill their final roster spot, and how the Wizards' early season schedule made them look better than they really were.

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1. Run, Marcin, run!*

For the Wizards to be dangerous and keep defenses off-balance, they need to be dynamic. That means being multi-dimensional, including having their bigs running the floor to be able to play inside out. Marcin Gortat, specifically, needs to get himself down court and in the pick-and-roll game early to get himself going.

*Name that movie reference.

2. Belle of the ball

We all know the Wizards are holding out for Ray Allen's services. But what if he decides to retire? Or comes back to the NBA but goes elsewhere? The Wizards need backup plans, and they've got their list ready.

3. Otto Porter should remain a starter

The team is 4-0 with Porter starting in place of Paul Pierce and, most recently, Bradley Beal. Porter looks much more engaged and aggressive when he's playing with the starting group, as well. This is something Wizards fans have been wanting for some time now, so maybe these results should warrant giving Porter a starting role and seeing how Pierce's leadership and shot-making would work with the team's second unit.

4. Numbers don't lie

There was a feeling around Wiz Nation that no matter how well our home team was playing earlier this season, they were bound to come down to Earth at some point.

Well they did, and they hit themselves real hard on the fall. Things should get better, though, but the numbers tell the story that the recent struggles were not unexpected.

5. Wizards host Orlando Magic tonight

The Magic (16-38) are mired in a difficult season, having just fired their head coach less than a week ago, before finally ending their 10-game losing streak. The Wizards (32-20) finally snapped their five-game losing streak against the Brooklyn Nets and need to get themselves another one before All-Star Weekend comes around.

Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center. You can watch live on Comcast SportsNet and listen on 99.1 WNEW.