Jazz at Wizards
Information on tonight's game:
Wizards: Etan Thomas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Antonio Daniels.
Jazz: Kosta Koufos (R), Carlos Boozer, C.J. Miles, Ronnie Brewer, Deron Williams
Wizards: Dominic McGuire, Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas.
Jazz: Mehmet Okur, Kyrylo Fesenko, Moris Almond.
Refs: Jacke Nies, Michael Smith, Joe Forte
Line: Jazz 4 1/2
Notables: Deron Williams made his debut last night in Philly after missing the first six games of the season with an ankle injury. He finished with seven points, nine assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes. ...The Wizards (0-5) are trying to avoid their worst start in franchise history. ...This is the first Wiz game against a Western Conference team. They were 14-16 against the West last season and 8-7 at home. ...Koufos is starting because Mehmet Okur is in Turkey dealing with a family matter. ..It's an 8 p.m. tip-off because the game was originally scheduled to be on ESPN.
-Eddie Jordan just announced a short while ago that Antonio Daniels will go. Daniels missed the last game with right knee soreness and didn't practice Monday or Tuesday either. Antonio was not in the locker room during pre-game availability so I did not have a chance to gauge his level of readiness, but he's going.
-McGuire is the inactive and that means Oleksiy Pecherov is in uniform. McGuire is not hurt.
-Jordan's keys for the night: "We can't allow layups, easy postups and drives and rolls to the basket. They are probably the most effective offensive system in the league because they take away your space. We want to take away their space. When they screen, they screen hard, they cut hard, they seal you hard, they get deep plays. ... Boozer is like the Mailman himself and they get paint scores. It's just a heck of a system that we really admire. So, we have to bring physical play and hit them before they hit us first and really defend those pick-and-rolls."
-Boozer is shooting an incredible 60.6 percent from the field (sixth in the league) and as Jordan pointed out, he does most of his damage close to the basket. If he gets left, he's hard to stop.
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