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News » Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2008-12-22


Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2008-12-22


Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2008-12-22
One thing the Wizards didn't expect -- other than, of course, getting off to such a historically bad start -- was that they would be forced to give most of the minutes at center to Andray Blatche.

But the injury to Brendan Haywood, the rust on Etan Thomas from missing a year, and the realization that while JaVale McGee is talented, he is too raw to be the every-night starter, have forced Blatche into that spot.

"It's good that I'm getting the time, but if you look at it, this isn't the way you want to get your minutes," Blatche said. "We're professionals, so we know we have to do our best to be ready.

"But when you have injuries, it forces you to do things different and play guys sometimes out of position, which is going on here. But you don't think about it. We're already in a deep enough hole. What you want to do is start digging out of it any way that you can."

Blatche hasn't been bad since being inserted as the starting center four games ago, and he is averaging 14.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in that stretch.

The Wizards could use a really big game out of Blatche when they return to the court Tuesday to face Charlotte. The Bobcats are bad, as usual, but the Wizards need to win games against them to avoid the embarrassment of finishing in last place in the division.

MAVERICKS 97, WIZARDS 86: The Wizards once again faded in the fourth quarter, this time being outscored 27-18 to drop their sixth game in a row.

More notable than the six-game losing streak is the Wizards' 4-21 record, which matches the worst start in franchise history. The 1966-67 Baltimore Bullets also were 4-21 after 25 games.

Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 22 points, and Caron Butler added 18. However, the Wizards made just 39 percent of their field goals and turned over the ball 16 times.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: December 22, 2008

 

 
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