Southeast division roundup: ex-Wizard no fan of being all alone

Southeast division roundup: ex-Wizard no fan of being all alone
October 11, 2012, 12:25 am
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Ex-Wizard and current Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis has a problem with his new team, one he rarely dealt with in Washington: With defenses concentrating on stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Lewis is just too darn open. OK, on some basic basketball level I get it - players typically shoot off instinct rather than having time to think -, but this is truly the epitome of first world NBA problems.

The Atlanta Hawks typically have the feel of an up-tempo team, though just as predictably, as ProBasketballTalk notes, they wind up back with "their three-toed sloth tempo. They have finished in the bottom 10 in pace in the league the past four seasons." Based on the early work during training camp, it sounds like coach Larry Drew is ready to make this fast break thing happen. Apparently Al Horford, the Hawks primary interior presence, is also making sure Atlanta doesn't forget that balance is in order.

Part of the Bobcats success in Sunday's preseason win over the Wizards, playing small ball with scoring threats Gerald Henderson and Ben Gordon while rugged rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist worked as an undersized power forward. Seeing as Charlotte struggled to win any games last season - yes, that is the essence of an understatement - might as well see if this new formula has legs.

Looks like the Wizards are not the only retooled Southeast division team dealing with training camp injuries. Newly acquired forward Aaron Afflalo and Al Harrington were among the handful of players sitting out Orlando's Tuesday practice. Sounds like a good chunk could also miss Thursday's home preseason opener against Philadelphia. Also sounds like free agent guard E'Twuan Moore is making the most of others being sidelined.