Weary Team Gets Some Film Study

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

MILWAUKEE, April 11 -- With his team coming off a tough loss at Philadelphia and with Caron Butler (sprained right thumb) and Etan Thomas (lower back strain) unable to practice, Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan opted for a film session in preparation for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

The Wizards have played nine of their last 11 games away from Verizon Center. The Wizards are 14-24 on the road this season, which compares favorably to the other teams battling it out for the last four spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Jordan's message to his short-handed squad following Monday's 107-95 loss at Philadelphia was a positive one.

"I told the team, going 2-1 on a road trip isn't bad," Jordan said. "We just have to correct some mistakes, wipe it off and look forward to Milwaukee. We can win Wednesday and win Friday and then go home happy. You can't get your head down."

The Wizards have lost three straight for the first time since late February and early March, when they lost at Memphis, at home to Indiana and at Philadelphia.

Arenas Plays On

Guard Gilbert Arenas continues to play through lower back pain but said he doesn't plan to miss any games until the Wizards lock up a playoff spot, preferably the fifth seed.

"We need to get some wins and get in that fifth spot so I can get some rest for the playoffs," Arenas said. "That's when you have to be at your best."

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