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News » 2009-02-02



With the Washington Wizards' collection of centers still depleted by injuries, sixth-year veteran Darius Songaila made his third straight start in the middle as the Wizards took on the Clippers.

Although Songaila is a natural power forward and is only 6-foot-9, Wizards coach Ed Tapscott has no problem putting him on the floor against taller, and in some cases, more athletic opposing centers because of the savvy play the Wake Forest product offers.

"Darius starts each night with a deficit, and that's generally in inches," Tapscott said. "Nonetheless, Darius Songaila is one of the most solid players we have. There will be some times when I know he will be outmatched physically and athletically, but I know that he will equalize that as much as he possibly can with anticipation, experience, Basketball aptitude and smarts."

Tapscott also said that things run more smoothly on offense with Songaila on the court, not because he puts up great numbers - he averages just 9.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists as a starter - but rather because he is willing to do the little things that the Wizards need. Those little things often go unnoticed, the coach said, but they contribute to greater overall execution.

"He will set the screen that needs to be set. He will make the extra pass that needs to be made," Tapscott said. "He does all the little Basketball things that you need to be done, and so there's just a greater sense of control when he's on the floor."


"Most of us as coaches would rather have a guy that can get you eight points, six rebounds every night predictably than the guy who will score 21 and 12 and 12 one night. ... He's too unpredictable"

- Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott on Darius Songaila


10: First-quarter turnovers committed by the Los Angeles Clippers, helping Washington take a 26-22 lead into the second.

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