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Rolling along

It appears that the Wizards are trying to make a big run during the month of January for the second straight season. Last year, they went 10-5 during the month with a win over Chicago (that meant something last season) and two over Detroit. The push got Caron and Gilbert into the all star game and earned Eddie Jordan and his staff a trip to Vegas as well.

From my seat, the interesting thing about yesterday's impressive 102-84 win over the Mavericks was that I never had the sense that Dallas was going to make a serious run at it down the stretch. The Wiz kept hitting shots, maintained the defensive intensity and pulled away.

The quote of the day came from Dirk Nowitizki: "They have gotten a lot better defensively and they try to do all of the right things. They tried harder than us. They are definitely one of the best teams in the East."

Big game at Cleveland tomorrow night so I'll be asking the fellas about it today after practice. The Cavs are rolling right now as well, having won nine of their last 11. LeBron has been a beast of late and the bench has come up big as well so the game will be another nice little test for the Wizards.

A word on Oleksiy Pecherov: It was during a chat last week that I speculated that Pesh probably wouldn't make much of an impact this season after missing so much time with an ankle injury. Man, was I wrong. He's played well and Eddie Jordan obviously is comfortable putting him on the court. It will be extremely interesting to see how Eddie splits minutes between Brendan Haywood, Andray Blatche and Pesh from here on out.

By Ivan Carter  |  January 22, 2008; 10:04 AM ET
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