Only having played nine games, the Wizards have had time to work out their problems on defense and just as crucial ample time to get acclimated to their fast-paced offense. By far they've played the fewest in the NBA.
"It's given us some time to clean some things up in practice time which is good," coach Randy Wittman said.
His point guard, John Wall, especially feels good physically. So good, Wall has said, it's the best that he has felt in several years. The Wizards have played five fewer games than the Atlanta Hawks, four fewer than the Toronto Raptors and three fewer than six other teams in the East.
"Its taken him some time to get to where he needs to be conditioning-wise to then play with the explosion and the athletic ability for the minutes that he's going to be on the floor," Wittman said. "We've seen that. The last couple of games he's been better.
"Sometimes at the seven-minute mark, he's been exhausted. It takes your body a while to get used to playing the way that we're playing. We're seeing a lot of guys come into that fold a little bit."
Wall's overall averages have taken a dip at 17.6 points and 8.6 assists as the Wizards (5-4) have cast a wider net in spreading the wealth.
Last season when Wall was an All-Star for the second time in a row, he sputtered around the break because of all the mileage he was putting on himself to get the Wizards out to a 22-8 start. He had knee and ankle soreness and the Wizards struggled.
Wall played 39, 34, 36 and 35 minutes in the first four games this season, in part because they all were close and competitive. Since then he has played 31 minutes or less three times with his team on the wrong end of three blowouts.
His backcourt mate Bradley Beal has missed three games (left shoulder contusion) in which they're 2-1 and could miss Saturday. But Garrett Temple and Kelly Oubre are getting more run, and playing well, than they probably would've if not for health issues on the roster.