Nick Young gets a new hairstyle, Flip Saunders focused on making playoff run
With the Wizards' struggles away from home, Nick Young decided to take a different approach before their game against the New York Knicks. At the urging of Andray Blatche, Young decided to have his Afro braided on Sunday night. "You can call me A.I. now," Young said, referencing former NBA superstar Allen Iverson.
Young hasn't played well on the road this season, but neither have the Wizards, who have lost 21 consecutive games away from Verizon. They are 0-20 this season, but Coach Flip Saunders said the team should not be concerned with the streak.
"Everybody has made so much about us not winning on the road, but whether it's on the road or at home, we can't go out with idea that we've got to win a game," Saunders said. "We've got to go out with the idea that we have to play the right way -- not turning the ball over, defending, rebounding, doing the things we did against Boston in the fourth quarter. If you do that, you'll give yourself a chance to win games, whether on the road or not. Right now, we're playing pretty well. Take away the Phoenix game, we've played well the last two weeks. and they haven't played as well and struggled a little more. So we should play with a lot of confidence."
Saunders said the Wizards have a much greater focus that just defeating the Knicks. "We're not looking at it we need to win, we're looking at it as, we're 4 ½ games out of a playoff spot with 40 to go. It might sound crazy, but that's how we have to look at it."
Kirk Hinrich will miss his second consecutive game with a hyperextended elbow. Saunders said he is expected to have an MRI on Tuesday. "He's going to get it reevaluated. They'll decide tomorrow what they'll do. He's still pretty sore," Saunders said.
With Hinrich out, Mustafa Shakur will have another opportunity to get some quality minutes. Saunders was impressed with how Shakur stepped in cold to help the Wizards pull out an upset over the Boston Celtics.
"Without a practice, hardly going through any plays, he did what he did and did a nice job," Saunders said. "He moved the ball, and he knows how to play, has got good size. So, he knows how to play. there is no choice. For a guy coming out the NBDL, it's a great situation. To get back here at Madison Square Garden, I'm sure it was pretty exciting for us."
| January 24, 2011; 6:59 PM ET
Categories: Flip Saunders, Nick Young
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