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News » Wizards-Bulls Preview 2008-12-06


Wizards-Bulls Preview 2008-12-06


Wizards-Bulls Preview 2008-12-06
The Washington Wizards have had trouble winning consecutive games at any point this season, let alone on the road.

While looking to avoid a third straight loss overall, the lowly Wizards could have a good chance at earning their second consecutive road victory when they face the struggling Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

Without injured star Gilbert Arenas, Washington (3-14) is off to its worst start since the 1966-67 season when the club was known as the Baltimore Bullets. The Wizards lost 106-104 at home to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Caron Butler had 26 points while Antawn Jamison added 15 and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who rallied to outscore the Western Conference's top team 32-19 in the fourth quarter before Butler's last-second 3-point attempt fell short.

The Wizards allowed the Lakers to shoot 50 percent, one game after Portland shot 48.1 percent in beating Washington 98-92 on Wednesday.

"We have to look at those little things during the game and towards the end that help decide the game," Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott told the team's official Web site.

While they continue to struggle, the Wizards have played well against Chicago of late, winning the last two meetings between the clubs, with both coming at the United Center after losing six in a row there.

Washington will be trying for its second straight road victory after winning 108-88 at New Jersey on Tuesday for its first win away from home in seven contests this season.

Butler had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a 99-87 win at Chicago on April 5 in the teams' most recent contest. When healthy, Butler has played well against the Bulls, averaging 22.2 points in his last six games versus them.

Facing a struggling club like Washington would seem to give Chicago (8-11) a strong chance at avoiding a third consecutive loss overall and in this series, but the Bulls have dropped their last two games versus other teams with losing records.

Chicago lost 97-90 at Milwaukee on Wednesday, one night after losing 103-95 in overtime to Philadelphia at home to fall to 5-3 at the United Center.

"We just have to continue to trust each other and believe in the system and that's just something we are struggling with right now for whatever reason," said guard Ben Gordon, who had 22 points, including 15 straight in the fourth to cut Milwaukee's lead to four. "We made our run, we just weren't able to sustain it."

Gordon is averaging a team-leading 20.4 points on the season and 21.4 in 13 games against Washington.

Luol Deng added 21 and star rookie Derrick Rose had 18 and nine assists along with five turnovers against the Bucks as Chicago shot worse than 44 percent for the second straight contest.

Rose has been one of the few early bright spots for the Bulls, averaging 18.7 points and 5.9 assists on the season and 20.0 and 7.0 in his last three games.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 6, 2008

 

 
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