Morning tip: Harrington 'pressed' too hard

Morning tip: Harrington 'pressed' too hard
November 6, 2013, 8:00 am
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WAKING UP with the Wizards, who practice Wednesday morning at Wells Fargo Center before playing the Philadelphia 76ers ... 

PHILADELPHIA -- So far, Al Harrington hasn't paid much dividends for the WIzards.

Acquired as a free agent after playing just 10 games for the Orlando Magic before a staph infection in his right knee ruined last season, Harrington is off-target. 

He's 3-for-14 shooting, including just 1-for-7 from three-point range going into tonight's game vs. the Sixers (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). 

In Sunday's 103-93 loss to at the Miami Heat, Harrington missed all six shot attempts in 12 minutes of play. 

"Al is still working, getting himself into condition. Anybody that sits out a year, its tough to get back to where your body, No., 1, is where you want it to be and No. 2, your rhythm and playing again on a regular basis," coach Randy Wittman said. "He's got to be patient. He pressed a little bit in Miami."

With the Wizards trailing 66-54 in the third quarter, Harrington entered at 6:49. When he exited at 1:39, they trailed 82-60. Harrington misfired four times.

"I told Al he brings a lot to the table just by him being there on the floor. It's not like he has to score X amount of points or make X amount of shots for us to be effective," Wittman said. "He's missed some easy ones that he normally knocks down that he got frustrated with and compounded that with trying to do too much from an offensive standpoint in Miami.

"He just needs to understand who he is. He still creates space on the floor for us because teams, they're running at him still. That's what he's got to realize."

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