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Wiz at Heat

This is one the Wizards must win. Miami will take the floor with a D-League team tonight (no D-Wade, no Mourning, no Shawn Marion and even no Pat Riley, who is scouting). Rookie Nick Young is out with right thigh bruise for the Wizards. I just heard about that moments before tip-off. I'll ask him about after the game.

Folks have commented/asked me questions about why Andray Blatche has seen a reduction in minutes in the last few games. I asked Coach Eddie Jordan about it one hour ago and his response should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed this team since it drafted Blatche three years ago.

Eddie: "We're looking for a more professional approach and a little bit more energy, a lot more alterness. So, we'd like to see some improvement there but at the same time, Darius (Songaila) has been really good for us and when Caron (Butler) is out, Dominic can do some good things for us at small forward. He's quicker, he has range, he can cover more ground and he rebounds at both ends. But yeah, we'd like to see Andray be a little bit more alert and more consistent with his energy."

I then asked Eddie whether Andray's issues have been more on the court or off the court.

Eddie: "Life skills show up on the basketball court. If you take care of your body off the floor, get your rest, eat right and lift, it shows up. You'll see an accelerated growth. But, if you don't do those things and rely just on touch and feel, that doesn't get it done in the NBA. You've got to play harder every night, every possession. You have to prepare your body and your mind, emotionally and physically. You've got to prepare yourself at the highest level and we're just not seeing that right now."

Me: "He's three years in now."
Eddie: "Well, he's younger than our rookies. "

By Ivan Carter  |  March 21, 2008; 7:37 PM ET
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