Thursday Update: Fixing Mistakes
With his team coming off of one back-to-back and facing another (tomorrow night against the Lakers at VC and Saturday night at Chicago), Wizards Coach Ed Tapscott ran a shorter practice than usual but did hold an extensive film session with an emphasis on the breakdowns that led to a 98-92 loss to Portland last night.
"We went over one or two of the pick-and-roll packages to make sure the rotations were set and established, and then we wanted to show both good and bad," Tapscott said. "We showed the good plays, too. We wanted to also show them that there were a lot of good things out there but that it just takes one play early in the game to get us to the point where we are not down six points, we are up six. That's all it takes: One play in the three previous quarters and it's a different games. ... It's small things. Small things."
With Kobe Bryant and the Lakers coming into town, those "small things" that have the hurt the Wizards -- a missed box-out, a failure to rotate, missed free throws -- could lead to a big loss if they aren't fixed quickly.
-I caught up with Caron Butler real quick as he was leaving and he said that left knee is a little sore, but he's in good shape otherwise. If you remember, Butler clanged knees with Bobby Simmons in New Jersey the other night and Butler went down in pain. Last night, he missed four of his five first-half shots and had to rally to score 14 of his 16 points in the second half. Unfortunately, with the way this team is built, it is not going to win many games when either Butler or Jamison has an off night.
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