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."
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