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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.

By Ivan Carter  |  October 31, 2008; 2:55 PM ET
 
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Comments

Wouldn't Dee Brown help the team run more?

Posted by: truthaboutit | October 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

truthaboutit,
sshhhhh. Someone from the team coaching staff might hear you. Keeping our fastest player active makes too much sense for a team trying to run. Pech might actually be our slowest player.
On the other hand, we need Pech's defense and size to keep Kwame Brown in check.

Posted by: original_mark | October 31, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Man...

Too bad we don't have a guy like Artest on this team to take these lazy dudes by the throat and show them how to ball...

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 31, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Agree DCMan, at this point its Kudos to Houston for taking the big risk on Ron-Ron... Now mightn't it be an interesting thought if we could (a) package Blatche and AD to Houston for Battier and Luther Head and (b) make a deal to relieve the Knicks of Starbury, provided the Knicks eat a chunk of his contract?

Posted by: khrabb | October 31, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the Sixers dismantle the Knicks by twenty we are in trouble Gil or no Gil unless someone steps up and if someone would tell me wouldn't Flip Murray now with Atlanta be a better fit than Dee Brown. I'm sorry but Pech should have never been resigned he is a waste, i don't care that this team is "family" KOOM-BY-YA doesn't put w's in the win column.I know the horse is out of the barn but we should have let Gil and Antwan test the waters!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 31, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

In a strange twist of the schedule, the Wiz will play only six games in the season's first 15 days.

Look on the bright side the Wizards will not be 0-6 for at least 15 days

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | October 31, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

"sshhhhh. Someone from the team coaching staff might hear you. Keeping our fastest player active makes too much sense for a team trying to run. Pech might actually be our slowest player."

Did you actually read the article? The Dee Brown comment was a suggestion from Ivan, not a reported fact. He says, quite clearly and in simple English, that Jordan plans to wait until right before tipoff to decide who to deactivate.

Read the ENTIRE piece, think, consider, THEN respond.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 1, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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