Pregame warmup: Webster returns to familiar role

Pregame warmup: Webster returns to familiar role
November 16, 2013, 4:30 pm
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WIz finish frustrating road trip on low note

The last time Martell Webster became a starter, these were the circumstances: Trevor Ariza fell injured, the Wizards went on a run to revive their season and Webster turned in a career-best season that led to a $22 million deal. 

With the Wizards (2-6) on a three-game losing streak after a weeklong road trip, Webster will start vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers at Verizon Center on Saturday night (CSN, 7:30 p.m. ET). Ariza is out with a right hamstring strain after a hard fall in San Antonio.

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Webster, the Wizards' best three-point shooter last season at 42.2%, has had two games in which he has attempted just one shot.

Against the Spurs, he led the Wizards in points (21), rebounds (10) and steals (four). He made half of his six three-point shots.

"The one guy that stayed aggressive throughout," coach Randy Wittman said about the 92-79 loss. "Martell is very comfortable moving in there."

The Cavs (3-7) lost to the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday 86-80. The Wizards will be the second of a set of back-to-backs. Not that Wittman cares.

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"I'm not worried about Cleveland. It's us. It's not who we're playing. That's just being honest," Wittman said, pointing out the Wizards' porous defense as the culprit. "We fix ourselves and we'll take care of who we're playing. It's pretty much that simple.

"It's not a strategic thing, a talent thing. It's not that. It's what are we doing to ourselves in the course of the game that we've got to clean up."