WIZARDS INSIDER

Playoff Hopefuls Struggling So Far

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Washington Wizards have noticed that two of their Eastern Conference rivals, the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, are off to rough starts, but they aren't exactly celebrating.

Miami is 0-4 after losing to San Antonio last night, while Chicago dropped to 0-4 with a home loss to the Clippers on Tuesday and hosts Detroit tonight. The Wizards, Heat and Bulls made the playoffs last season and were projected to do so again this season in most preseason predictions.

"To see those teams and some other teams struggle, it just lets you know that it's still early in the season," forward Antawn Jamison said. "It just shows that we're not the only team that is trying to get on track. But we just have to take care of what we do and realize that it's important to starting playing better."

Jefferson Leads Nets

Vince Carter hasn't been his usual high-scoring self for the Nets so far this season, but Richard Jefferson has more than picked up the slack.

Jefferson, who scored 25 points in an 87-82 win over the Hawks on Tuesday, has led the Nets in scoring in all four games and appears to finally be over the ankle injuries that limited him the last two seasons.

Carter has been bothered by an injured right thumb (his shooting hand) and is averaging 15.3 points on 32.7 percent shooting. In four games against the Wizards last season, Carter averaged a team-high 34.5 points.

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