Heading to Detroit
The Wizards will hop a flight to Detroit shortly for Saturday night's game against the 1-0 Pistons, who opened their season with a home win over Indiana.
A few notes from today:
-Coach Eddie Jordan said he plans on going with the same starting lineup that he did in Wednesday's loss to New Jersey: Etan Thomas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson and Antonio Daniels.
-No word yet on tomorrow night's inactive player. Jordan said he plans on going right up to the deadline each night, which is an hour before tip-off. F Oleksiy Pecherov was inactive for Game 1. In the past, Jordan has rotated the inactives so no player sits for an entire string of games. That wasn't an issue last season, of course, because the team was so short-handed. If Pecherov dresses against the Pistons, my guess would be that G Dee Brown would the inactive but, that's just an educated guess.
-Jordan would like to see his team get into transition more than it did Wednesday night. Washington did finish with a 10-8 edge in fastbreak points, but neither team got into the open floor much. Transition buckets really get Caron Butler going and that didn't happen against the Nets as he was 3 of 11 from the field and never got into a groove.
"I thought we defended well enough to get into the break but we didn't break enough," Jordan said. "I felt we should have gotten out and gotten some easy opportunities. I watched the offensive edit and I saw some good things and yet, we struggled with some rhythm stuff. When we don't stay in our offense and create our rhythm that the offense gives us, we get into a bad way."
-On the subject of "rhythm" Jordan and a few players have talked about how it is difficult to create some when the games are so spread out. In a strange twist of the schedule, the Wiz will play only six games in the season's first 15 days. That makes for a lot of practice time -- which is great -- but it would be better for the games to stack up a little more.
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