1. DeJuan Blair produced big time vs. Kings
Playing a season-high 16 minutes against Sacramento on Saturday night, including the entire fourth quarter, Blair came away with six points and seven rebounds. But, more importantly, the big man shut down DeMarcus Cousins who had been torching the Wizards before eventually fouling out midway through the final period, and proved to the Wizards they have another player who can be counted on.
2. Andre Miller was "surprised" to be traded
The old man had produced some incredible plays as a Wizard but in the end, the team desired a younger, quicker player who could get the team into their sets faster than Miller. That's when they shipped him back to his home state of California for Ramon Sessions. Linking up with former coach George Karl certainly helped ease the transition but Miller was definitely shocked when the team traded him away on deadline day.
3. Rasual Butler finds his groove again
It had been more than a month since Butler scored in double figures or hit more than one three pointer. Saturday against the Kings, he once again looked like the player that began the season on fire. Let's hope we see more of this Butler as the season winds down.
4. Wizards eyeing Bulls' no. 4 spot
With Chicago having dropped six of its past 10 games and Washington in the midst of a three-game winning streak, the tide may be turning once again in the fight for the no. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference. That would mean home court advantage in the playoffs. As the Wizards begin to rack up some wins, the same can't be said for the Bulls as they try to push along despite the absences of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Taj Gibson.
5. Wizards host Trail Blazers tonight
This is a big one. Portland (44-20) beat the Wizards (38-28) down the stretch earlier this season and Washington will certainly want to get its revenge tonight. But if the Blazers are to win this one, they'll have to do it without Wesley Matthews, who is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Portland is coming off a big win against the reeling Toronto Raptors last night and the Wizards will want to add another loss to the Blazers' 16-14 road record.
Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center. You can watch live on Comcast SportsNet and/or listen on 99.1 WNEW.