Hanrahan: Back to the drawing board

Hanrahan: Back to the drawing board
January 6, 2011, 7:45 pm
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Thursday January 6, 2011 3:15 p.m.

By Frank Hanrahan

"We're frustrated," Wizards guard Nick Young said following practice Thursday, less than 24 hours after his team folded in the fourth quarter yet again, losing at Philadelphia 109-97. The Sixers outscored the Wizards 33-22 in the final quarter and extended the Wizards road losing streak to 17 straight losses.

"It ain't hard to tell we're frustrated but we're trying to get back together and take care of one win," Young said. The Wizards have a ripe opportunity for that win with the 10-25 Nets in town Friday night. "They are not a slouch team and we can't relax on any team given the way that we have been playing," Young said.

New Jersey snapped a 5 game losing slide by edging Chicago 96-94 on Wednesday night. "They've got (Brook) Lopez who has given us some problems because of his size," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said about New Jersey. "Previously we have played well at home and we will have to come out with energy and try to establish and play a solid 48 minutes," Saunders said.

Even though rookie guard John Wall scored 18 points and dished out 14 assists and just one turnover in the Sixers loss, Saunders wasn't that impressed with the performance. "He is still not shooting the ball very well," Saunders said. "The big thing with guards is you determine how good you are with how your team plays down the stretch and we didn't play very good down the stretch and that's where his learning curve is going to have to be to take those games over."
Notes: Wizards forward Josh Howard sat out practice with a sore knee and is doubtful for tomorrow night's game according to Saunders. Howard had to sit out the second half of the Sixers game because of the knee issue and for now is day to day.

Saunders said the team has no plans right now to sign another player after a roster spot was left open after the team cut back up guard Lester Hudson on Wednesday.

Wizards center JaVale McGee spent a few minutes after practice working on some dunks as he prepares to be a participant in the All-Star Weekend event. "I got a lot of exciting stuff that has never been done in the dunk contest before," McGee said. "It should be good, it should be better than last year."