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Wizards (3-3) at Sixers (5-1)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Fabricio Oberto, Brendan Haywood

Sixers: Lou Williams, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Elton Brand, Samuel Dalembert

Line: Sixers by 7.5.

Gilbert Arenas and Mike Miller are not with the team. The two felt better on Tuesday and both flew back to Washington from Atlanta in the afternoon. Coach Flip Saunders said Arenas and Miller haven't had any further complications after being sidelined with the flu. He said that with his players getting sick, he has learned to do more fist pounds rather than shaking hands.

Saunders decided to give Nick Young the start at shooting guard after Young scored 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting against the Hawks on Monday. Saunders was pleased to see that Young had broken out of his shooting slump, but said that there is still room for him to grow.

"Nick's one of those guys, if he makes a couple of shots, he feels good about himself. If he doesn't, he kind of struggles," Saunders said. "The thing he's got to get over, if you're not making shots, you've gto to find other ways to stay on the floor. I think that's his next big step as far as him maturity factor."

Saunders again expressed his disappointment in his players' performance against the Hawks on Monday, when the Wizards lost 113-95. The Wizards committed seven turnovers, which resulted in 11 points, in the first period and never recovered. With Arenas, Miller, Antawn Jamison (right shoulder) and Javaris Crittenton (left foot) out, Saunders said the job of evaluating the rest of his players has actually become easier, because he actually has an opportunity to see what some players can and can't do.

Former Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said he is making an easy adjustment to his new surroundings. He has a house in Princeton, N.J., from his time with the Nets and commutes to Philadelphia from there. "Heck, I sleep at the office half of the time anyway," Jordan said with a laugh.

He also likes his roster, which is built around the talents of Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Louis Williams. "It's a great group of guys, very professional, very mature. They've got a terrific work ethic, they get a long," Jordan said. "We got a mixture of young size, and young athletes and veterans and we got two guys back who were hurt last year. It's a team that hasn't really experienced dysfunction."

Jordan said that his time away from basketball had him contemplating changing some his philosophies as a coach -- until he decided to stick with what he has been doing. "I'm always confident, it's not like I was more confident," Jordan said. "You almost sit there and say, maybe I should try a different way of playing, just to challenge myself. The more that I looked at teams and I saw some good movement, some good structure, some good patterns other teams were doing and yet I felt comfortable with what I had done in the past and I what I planned to do."

Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh became an Internet hero last week when he went to court to win back his online identity. A federal judge in California ordered a cybersquatter to surrender the Internet domain names of Bosh and 800 other athletes and celebrities.

Bosh now owns the domain names rights to several Wizards, including Butler, Blatche, Dominic McGuire, Javaris Crittenton and assistant coach Sam Cassell. Blatche and McGuire didn't even realize that someone else owned their domain names, to which McGuire said, "I need to call my lawyer."

Bosh said he would give away the domains for free. "I want mine," Butler said recently. "I'm going to hit him up."

By Michael Lee  |  October 20, 2009; 7:02 PM ET
 
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Comments

Good luck to Eddie Jordan, he'll be lucky to sneak into the playoffs while we are a lock for a top-4 seed.

Posted by: twigmuffin | October 20, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Randy Foye is GOOD.

Posted by: rachel216 | October 20, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

love flip's lineup to close out the game. give the young guys some close game experience. sure looks like they need it.

Posted by: thickman22 | October 20, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

It was good to see the Wiz play better tonight, still without several of their big scorers.

Posted by: cannontl | October 20, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

OK - here you go. haywood looked decent tonight and he had a pretty good game. We can't expect to have all stars at every position.

Mike James = 15 pts, 1 board, 2 assists, 3 steals and one bonehead lefthanded freethrow.

not bad for a guy that no one wants. I just don't want him playing 20 minutes during the regular season.

Posted by: Blurred | October 20, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Better be glad that was a preseason contest because that foul call on Willie Green of the Sixers(with .003 left) that resulted in Mike James game winning free throws had been a regular season contest they would have needed a National Guard escort to get the ref's out of the Wachovia Ctr. alive! LMAO.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 20, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

They need to extend the preseason just to get the replacement refs some time to figure it out.

Maybe they won't be scared of the superstars and call the games fairly, though.

Posted by: Blurred | October 20, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Mike James looked really good tonight. He looks like he's a step quicker than he was last season.

That was an ugly finish, but it was still nice to see the team notch a pre-season win without Arenas, Jamison, or Miller. They recovered well from the slow start and played pretty good defense over extended stretches.

Posted by: JPRS | October 20, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Ref's last whistle bailed out McGee (for not holding for the last shot) and NY (for going for the fake). It was not an obvious foul (unlike NY's), I doubt if regular refs would have blown the whistle.

I guess Mike James can be useful if 3 out of our top 4 offensive players are out (Gil, Jamison and Miller). But if this happens often in the regular season, we might as well kiss the season goodbye.

Roy did not do too well at the beginning of the game, but picked it up later. I think he probably feels more comfortable at SG, but his size may be a disadvantage for starting SG. I would start Miller at 2 and have Roy backs up both 1 and 2. NY still looks too inconsistent to be s starter.

Oberto plays adequately for PF, so now I am not as worry about our PF situation as before (still thin, especailly on offense).

We need to hire Hoopla back as FT shooting coach!

Posted by: sagaliba | October 20, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Foye is really good.

Posted by: ptp23 | October 20, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Foye's a very good scoring guard. But if he and Young are going to be on the floor for long stretches together, there needs to be somebody else out there who can move the ball around and control the offense.

Oberto looked pretty effective at PF (esp. passing the ball). Another option if Blatche pulls his usual yo-yo act this season.

McGee giveth and McGee taketh away. He did good on the things you want him to do (rebounding/blocks). If he can just stay away from the other stuff (dribbling the ball, shooting off balance jumpers) he can be a real contributor.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 21, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Jordan said, "We got a mixture of young size, and young athletes and veterans and we got two guys back who were hurt last year. It's a team that hasn't really experienced dysfunction. And that's why I'm on board to add a little dysfunction to the mix by feuding with the starting center, pissing off the superstar, and installing some backwards offense that the players hate to run."

Posted by: Urnesto | October 21, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

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