The Wizards had a turbulent first half of the season, losing 26 of their first 33 games and with former coach Flip Saunders getting canned in the process. But Coach Randy Wittman told his players not to look back on their struggles and try to make the most of what is in front of them, beginning on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
“This is a new set of games for us,” Wittman said. “The first 33 are over. We’re at the halfway point. Those games are past. I challenged them, let’s see what we can do, to [be] better the next 33 as a whole. Let’s strive for that, improving as a team, and say, we’re made some strides compared to what the first 33 games were.”
Ronny Turiaf visited a hand specialist in New York on Tuesday and was not with the team. Wittman said he hopes Turiaf can get his final clearance so that he can begin practicing on Thursday. He wouldn’t speculate on his return, saying that would depend on his conditioning and preparedness. Turiaf has missed nearly eight weeks after breaking his hand on Jan. 1 against Boston.
The Bucks defeated the Wizards, 102-81, when the teams met on Dec. 30 in Milwaukee. In that loss, Roger Mason Jr. was accidentally left off the active roster and the Wizards received a technical when Mason entered the game and scored. Mason and the other 13 players were all on the master roster this time around. Milwaukee has struggled at home lately, losing its past six games at Bradley Center.
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