DALLAS -- From the chatter in several circles of the NBA, these are not granddaddy's Washington Wizards.
Sure, the Wizards come into Dallas to play the Mavericks on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. sporting a 2-4 record. But that record in somewhat deceiving.
Especially since the Wizards endured some tough breaks before losing Sunday in overtime to Oklahoma City, 106-105.
"This is a good team -- they should have won (Sunday) night,'' Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said after Monday's practice. "They beat Brooklyn (Friday) night (112-108) in overtime.
"This is a team on the rise, and so we’re going to have to be ready to speed up our grit level.''
With John Wall, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Al Harrington, Eric Maynor, Marcin Gortat, Nene, Trevor Booker and Martell Webster in tow, the Wizards have some nice rotation guys in place. And that doesn't include rookie Otto Porter, who is out with an injured right hip flexor.
Carlisle said: "They've got a bunch of young guys that have been getting their (butts) beat for a long time and they’ve stepped up their game a lot, so we've got to be ready.''
-- Dwain Price
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