For Mason, Routine Paying Dividends Lately
Monday, December 10, 2007
Wizards guard Roger Mason Jr. entered last night's game against the New Jersey Nets having totaled 38 points in the previous three games on 15-of-29 shooting.
During the season's first 16 games, Mason totaled 35 points on 14-of-45 shooting. One factor is that Mason has played more in recent games but another key, according to the Washington native and former University of Virginia star, has been a consistent approach he's maintained since training camp.
Mason sticks to the same daily routine, one that has him on the court well before tip-off. His regimen requires him to make shots at each of seven spots around the perimeter. Mason follows that with a weightlifting session and finally, some quiet time spent at his locker thinking about that night's opponent.
Not surprisingly, Mason made his first shot -- a three-pointer -- upon checking into last night's game against the Nets. He finished with nine points on 2-of-3 shooting.
"I just try to stay consistent," said Mason, who averages 4.6 points in 12.6 minutes per game. "That's the main thing, just keeping myself ready at all times so that when I'm called upon, I'm prepared."
Coach Eddie Jordan appreciates Mason's steady approach and professional attitude.
"He's turned into a quiet assassin for us," Jordan said. "He's got this calm demeanor out there. He doesn't get rattled. He's almost like a throwback, a guy who comes off the bench looking to change the game and that's what he can do.
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