Steve Blake, Juan Dixon on Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal

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Steve Blake, Juan Dixon on the Wizards' backcourt future originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

* Editor's note: Tune in to Wizards Pregame Live on Wednesday night at 6 PM as the Wizards get ready to take on the Memphis Grizzlies for a roundtable with Gary Williams, Jimmy Patsos and members of the 2002 NCAA champion Maryland team. 

Steve Blake and Juan Dixon, the NCAA champion-winning backcourt of the 2002 Maryland basketball team, know something about what it takes to get guard play to the next level. So during a roundtable with Hall-of-Fame coach Gary Williams and Jimmy Patsos, they were asked their thoughts on the Wizards' backcourt, Russell Westbrook and Brad Beal.

"I'll just say Westbrook's one of the most fierce competitors you can play against," said Blake. "His team was always tough to play. He's coming at you 100 percent. Attack attack attack. I've always loved his game and his ability to pass. Beal is an amazing scorer, multi-talented as well."

So what does it take for them to mesh together?

"Them coming together on the same page, it all depends," Blake said. "It could click right away, sometimes it can take a bit longer. Half a season or so. But they're both so talented, they've just got to figure out each other's roles within the team ... with as good as they are, it's going to happen eventually. "

Dixon, now the head coach at Coppin State, agreed.

"It's only a matter of time before Russ and Brad went on the same page," Dixon said.

He pointed to the successful West Coast road trip before the All-Star break.

"I look forward to the Wizards making a run in the Eastern Conference and make a playoff push coming down the stretch," Dixon said.

See more from the roundtable including stories about the Terps' title run throughout the month on Wizards Pregame Live on NBC Sports Washington.