-- Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers kicked off a stretch of road games that could determine what the Washington Wizards are all about, according to all-star forward Antawn Jamison. On this road trip, which includes a nationally televised game at Minnesota on Thursday, the Wizards will play six of their next seven and 13 of 19 games away from MCI Center.

The Wizards, who went 16-25 on the road last season, opened this season with consecutive road wins over the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks, but those teams are a combined 2-12.

"Some of the problems we had early last year were on the road," Jamison said. "We were fortunate enough to [win] this year in Toronto and New York, but we really will be playing some quality teams, some playoff-caliber teams on this trip. It's definitely an important stretch for us. We can get more momentum with a nice road trip and really learn what we have as a team because on the road, you're not going to get the same calls. It's going to always be difficult with the crowd. They are going to go on runs. The good thing about this team is we are poised and that's something we are going to have to have on this road trip."


Thursday's game at Minnesota will be on TNT. It will be the first of seven national television appearances for the Wizards this season. The Cavaliers will be on national television 32 times for the second consecutive season. Only the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers will appear on national television more.