Back on the road
Will the Wizards finally break through and get a road win tomorrow night in New York and/or Friday night at Philadelphia? That was the question of the day this afternoon the fellas wrapped up practiced, packed their bags and prepared for the trip to the Big Apple. After an 0-8 road start, it's getting to the point where we reporters are growing tired of askinng about the road woes and players are growing tired of thinking about it.
"Man I hope so," DeShawn Stevenson said when I asked him if they planned on beating the Knicks and getting King Kong off their backs. "It's getting to the point where we're obviously thinking about it too much instead of just going out and playing basketball. We just need that one win and it's over with. We'll be able to relax."
I explained to Brendan Haywood that Wiz fans are getting ulcers trying to figure out how a team could look so good against Dallas just two nights after looking so bad at Chicago.
"I don't know," he said. "I'm trying to figure it out too. We play great at home and we stink it up on the road. We have to find a way to find that enthusiasm we have at home and bring it with us because we get off to some sluggish starts on the road and teams just pound us."
Haywood: "If you could put your finger on it, it would be corrected by now. It's not one thing, it's a bunch of things. It's a bunch of things with a bunch of guys not getting it done on the road and we have to do better."
I was fortunate enough to get last night off after getting back from Chicago early yesterday and enjoyed watching the game from a different perspective: at home, on TV, like so many of you faithful blog readers. What I saw was probably similar to what you saw: far more energy at both ends of the floor, a locked-in Gilbert Arenas and nice efforts by Haywood and Etan Thomas on the glass. Dallas did miss some shots but the Wizards kept the Mavs from killing them with second-chances and that was key.
As for tomorrow night's game? We'll see. I have no idea what to expect from this team.
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