The Washington Times - February 10, 2012, 05:24PM

The Wizards will face the Miami Heat on Friday night at Verizon Center, and while coach Randy Wittman may be reluctant to talk about the opponents, but John Wall is thinking about the Heat, and understands what a challenge it will be to beat them.

“We just need to go out there and play,” Wall said.


“We know the mistakes that we made the other night [in the loss to the Knicks].

“We need to execute. Miami does a great job of switching and getting in the passing lanes, and you can’t turn the ball over because they excel in transition and they are one of the best teams in the league at finishing.You need to execute and not turn the ball over.”

Wall knows it’s important to follow Wittman’s advice to “play the same way regardless of the opponent”, but it’s hard not to have a little extra motivation when you play against stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

“When we play those teams like Miami, we come out with a lot of energy and play as a team,” Wall said.

“We [have to] move as a team and have help side defense. We need to come out and be aggressive on both ends, with our young team and how we play under Coach Wittman. We need to be aggressive from the start.”

The Heat (19-7) are in second place in the Eastern Conference behind the Chicago Bulls (22-6). The Wizards (5-21) are in next to last place, besting only the Charlotte Bobcats (3-22).