Three-point shot escapes Martell Webster

Three-point shot escapes Martell Webster
December 16, 2013, 9:00 am
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John Wall not discouraged by Wizards four game losing streak

The return of Martell Webster to the starting lineup hasn't quite worked out the last two games. He overcame what appeared to be a terrible left ankle sprain, which only kept him out one game, but has failed to make a three-pointer.

Webster is 8-for-21 shooting overall, including misfiring on all six of his three-point attempts. Without him to help space the floor with Trevor Ariza, the Wizards (9-13), who already are without Bradley Beal, get bogged down in half-court sets. 

There's no reason to believe his ankle, which he began taping for the first time in his career to prevent a recurrence, is the reason. Webster has played 39 and 33 minutes and could be seen battling for rebounds in traffic. 

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"I think his ankle is fine. Sometimes you lose a rhythm. He missed a game," coach Randy Wittman said. "You get in a routine, it's sometimes hard to get back in it. He'll be alright. He's fine physically."

Webster's diagnosis of how to fix what's broken in the NBA's 19th-ranked scoring offense going into Monday's game at the New York Knicks:

"The most important for us is just getting back to the basics of the game. When we play great defense it gives us a great rhythm on offense and allows us to run out in transition. But after that, once we take a way the transitions, its back to the basics. That's setting screens, taking your guy in a couple steps and then coming off the screen, getting yourself open, then making the right reads. The A-B pass. Not the A-Z pass. When we do that we get the defense on their heels, we're able to attack and get open jump shots."