Two thoughts heading into the Washington Wizards' two-game homestand against Utah (Sunday) and Golden State (Tuesday)
1) Road Road
The Wizards returned from the All-Star break tied for the league-lead in home win (24), matching Golden State and Cleveland. The tricky part going forward is that of their final 27 games, 17 are on the road. That included Friday's loss at Philadelphia. But it's not just the number of games away from Chinatown, but the who and when of it all.
* Washington's longest road trip to date is three games. Two five games are upcoming and both start in March.
* The first five-gamer (Mar 7-13) doesn't include any Western Conference powers, but it does include two sets of back-to-back games. In each case, the tougher foe on paper is the second game: Phoenix/Denver, Sacramento/Portland followed by Minnesota. Outside of next week's home-and-home matchup with Toronto, this stretch might be the most important when it comes to seeding. Winnable games put in challenging scenarios.
* The other five-game trip (Mar 25-Apr 5), yikes. Cleveland, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Utah, Golden State.
* Washington ended the pre All-Star break winning six of seven road games, but have only two road victories this season over teams with .500 or better records.
* Longest remaining home stand is just two games, though it happens four times.
* Starting with Utah, the Wizards have six games remaining against teams with a 60% or greater winning percentage.
* On the other hand, 17 games (including the Philly loss) are against teams with a losing record.
2) "Sometimes we get on the court and act like we don't know each other." -- Markieff Morris at Saturday's practice talks working with the second unit, the Jazz and possibly playing point forward.