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News » Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-04-09

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-04-09

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-04-09
Brendan Haywood's return from injury has demonstrated just how much the team missed the big man's presence.

"I would say Brendan's injury hurt us as much defensively as did missing Gilbert (Arenas) offensively," interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "He's always been sort of the captain of the defense. His presence, his intelligence in the back, his communication skills have helped us. It builds a certain confidence.?

With Haywood missing 74 games with a wrist injury, the Wizards tried unsuccessfully to patch the middle with Andray Blatche, JaVale McGhee and Darius Songaila, resulted in sub-par pivot play all season long.

In three games since returning, Haywood has posted a pair of double-doubles, including a very nice 18-point, 12-rebound game against Miami. He's done this while admittedly being out of shape.

"I'm supremely out of shape," the eight-year veteran said. "My weight is fine, but it's my wind. I haven't been this out of shape since high school."

Whether he's in shape or not, the Wizards -- who still could finish with the worst record in franchise history -- will look forward to having him back and healthy in the lineup next season.

CAVALIERS 98, WIZARDS 86: Coming off an embarrassing loss to the Wizards less than a week ago, Cleveland jumped on Washington early and never looked back on the way to an easy victory at home. The Wizards were never in this one, something easily understood when considering their starters were just 12-for-34 for the game. Guard Nick Young led the Wizards with 16 points followed by Andray Blatche's 14.

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