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Mason Replaces Young as Starter

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 22, 2007

After starting rookie guard Nick Young in place of the injured Antonio Daniels against Sacramento and Chicago, Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan made a change for last night's game against Atlanta by replacing Young with Roger Mason Jr.

Young was slowed by early foul trouble in Saturday's win over Sacramento and finished with seven points on 3-of-6 shooting in just more than 14 minutes. In Wednesday's loss to Chicago, Young finished with three points on 1-of-10 shooting in just more than 24 minutes.

It was the fourth start of Mason's NBA career and first since the 2003-04 season, when he played with Toronto. The decision wasn't formally announced until shortly before tip-off, but Jordan did talk generally about the situation beforehand.

"The first thing you look at is past performances, and it's just not about making shots," Jordan said. "It's about how you perform and how you execute, how hard you work, if you're trying, giving effort. We knew that Nick was going to have some bumps along the way. Now, do those bumps warrant a move to the bench, or is it he's making progress and you don't want to hurt his confidence? So several things factor into it."

Mason did not fly with the team to Indianapolis for tonight's game against the Pacers because he will be attending the funeral of his grandfather, Frank Mason, who passed away on Tuesday. Mason said he will fly in later today and be available for the game.

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