Jordan Shrugs Off Troubles vs. Heat

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 9, 2006

MIAMI, March 8 -- The Wizards came into Wednesday night's game having lost 14 consecutive games to the Heat. According to Coach Eddie Jordan, however, the streak did not put any extra pressure on his team.

"I don't think that they spend much time worrying about it," Jordan said to a crowd of reporters before the game. "Not unless they read about it or it's brought up by reporters -- thanks, guys -- but it's always added motivation. It shouldn't be a monkey on your back or a demon on your shoulders. If we improve as far as executing our offense, not getting sloppy, not trying to do it all by ourselves, we can have a chance at it."

Washington's last win over Miami came on April 11, 2003. Jared Jeffries, Brendan Haywood and Etan Thomas are the only current Wizards who were on that team. The Wizards and Heat meet once more this season, April 8 at Verizon Center.

That '70s Show

The Wizards and Heat each wore throwback uniforms. For the fourth time this season, the Wizards wore uniforms based on the 1972-73 Baltimore Bullets, and the Heat wore uniforms modeled after the 1971 Miami Floridians of the old ABA.

It was the second straight game wearing the old duds for the Wizards, who wore them with very little fanfare in Tuesday's home game against Boston. Miami, by contrast, went all out with the throwback theme. The Wizards were listed as "Baltimore" on the scoreboard, the teams were referred to as the "Bullets" and "Floridians" by the public-address announcer and '70s music was played throughout the game.

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