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Trevor Ariza drives against LeBron James during a game at the Verizon Center in January. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Hot Wizards Ready For Matchup With Heat

Perhaps we should re-name our NBA franchise the Whoa-zards because coach Randy Wittman’s team has been pretty surprising since Nene went down with a sprained knee 15 days ago.


ohn Wall #2 passes the ball to teammate Trevor Ariza #1 of the Washington Wizards as Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the fourth quarter at Verizon Center on February 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Don’t Call Trevor Ariza ‘Switchblade’

Trevor Ariza does not like being called ‘Switchblade’ — a supposed nickname he’s listed as having on a basketball stats website — so you probably shouldn’t call him ‘Switchblade,’ particularly not in an interview with him.


Trevor Ariza shoots over Henry Sims of the Philadelphia 76ers during a game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn., on March 1, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Ariza Scores 40, Wizards Win 6th Straight

The 76ers’ fans came to celebrate Allen Iverson’s No. 3. Trevor Ariza left them talkin’ about 40.


John Wall drives against Kyle O'Quinn of the Orlando Magic during the game at the Verizon Center on Feb. 25, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wizards Survive Without Nene, Beat Magic Behind Wall’s 27

John Wall scored 27 points, and the must-make-playoffs Washington Wizards survived their first game after Nene’s latest injury, beating the road-hapless Orlando Magic 115-106 Tuesday night.


John Wall goes up for the layup against the Houston Rockets on Feb. 12, 2014 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Harden’s Layup With 0.7 Seconds Left Downs Wizards

James Harden scored 35 points and his layup with 0.7 seconds remaining lifted the Houston Rockets to a 113-112 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.


Portland Trail Blazers v Washington Wizards

Ariza: Beal ‘Can Easily Get 20,000 Points in This League’

The Wizards are beginning to show signs of leadership all over, as the team propels past .500 for the first time in more than four years. 10-year veteran Trevor Ariza, who’s been a major contributor this season, believes young star Bradley Beal could be truly special.


WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 3: Kevin Seraphin #13 of the Washington Wizards shoots against Robin Lopez #42 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the game at the Verizon Center on February 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit:  Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wizards Top Trail Blazers 100-90 to Get Over .500

The Washington Wizards moved above .500 for the first time in more than four years Monday night, accomplishing the feat on their eighth try this season by pulling away in the second half to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 100-90.


Alec Burks of the Utah Jazz drives against Marcin Gortat at the EnergySolutions Arena on Jan. 25, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wizards Fall to Jazz, Again Fail To Get Over .500 Hump

Enes Kanter made 11 of 13 shots and the Jazz overcame a 13-point deficit to take control in the fourth quarter and keep the Wizards from moving above the .500 mark for the first time in more than four years.


Trevor Ariza #1 of the Washington Wizards goes for a rebound during the game against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 13 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wall and Nene Lead Wizards Over Bulls, 102-88

John Wall and Nene had 19 points apiece, Trevor Ariza scored 16 and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 102-88 on Monday night.


Trevor Ariza #1 of the Washington Wizards and Jeff Green #8 of the Boston Celtics scrambles for a loose ball in the second half during the game at TD Garden on Dec. 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts (credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Wizards Erase 18-Point Deficit, Top Celtics 106-99

The Washington Wizards didn’t get flustered when they trailed by 18 points. The Boston Celtics couldn’t hold a big lead for the second straight game.