By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 6, 2006
Washington Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan was happy to come away from Saturday night's home opener with a 124-117 win over the Boston Celtics, but he was not satisfied with his team's defense and rebounding.
The Celtics shot 52.9 percent and held a 43-28 rebounding advantage. In two games, the Wizards have been outrebounded, 93-61.
"Who are we?" Jordan said after practice yesterday before answering his own question. "Our formula the last two years has been what you saw [Saturday night]: Don't turn the ball over, our three scorers score, we turn people over -- they had 23 turnovers -- but, I told the team today, that formula gets you the fifth seed."
Jordan's main concern was seeing several Celtics, including Paul Pierce, Sebastian Telfair and Tony Allen, get to the rim for easy layups.
"Open jump shots you can live with if you are cutting off penetration, but you can't give up layups and open shots," Jordan said. "You can't give up 12 layups in one quarter. You just can't do it."Thomas Off to Good Start
Jordan is getting exactly what he hoped he would when he named Etan Thomas the starting center. In two games, Thomas has 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in 42 minutes.
"He's a force, he is active down there and he earned his spot for just those reasons," Jordan said. "He shows a lot of passion, he tries his best to defend the rim and I like him in a starting position."