The Wizards had several questions going into this game and answered every one of them. Besides the health of Gil's knee, people wanted to see who would take over for Jamison, who will miss the first month of the season, as well as whether or not Andray Blatche will be that much better. All of these questions were answered in the second quarter when Blatche switched into a gear we haven't seen before.
Blatche has worked significantly harder this offseason and all of us fans were waiting to see if it was translating. I'm not saying anything is for sure after one game, but this 20 point, nine rebound performance was a great sign.
It wasn't just Blatche that impressed though, Randy Foye made his new fans happy by repeatedly scorching the net in the fourth quarter to help ice the game. The bottom line is that the Wizards legitimately have eight players on the roster who can put up 20 on any night, so even if one is injured (like Jamison), or has an off day, this team still has amazing firepower.
The Dallas Mavericks are a 50+ win team and we just beat them in their house. Putting that into perspective, the Wizards won six road games all of last year. Comparing this team to that one isn't fair to anyone because if this team is as good as it just played, Cleveland and Boston better look out.