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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 7, 2008

The Wizards cruised to a 108-86 win over Seattle yesterday, but that didn't stop Coach Eddie Jordan from expressing some concerns afterward.

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"The bench has to get better," Jordan said. "Our last two games, I'm not pleased with our intensity, our concentration level, especially from our younger guys. Roger [Mason Jr.] has been pretty solid. Darius [Songaila], we've been waiting for him to get some more lively legs and [yesterday] was a good sign but the rest of our bench, our younger guys, they have to get better. They have to get better."

After the game, veterans Antonio Daniels, DeShawn Stevenson and Antawn Jamison said they are in the process of re-arranging the locker room. The idea is to separate Andray Blatche and rookies Nick Young and Dominic McGuire to create a more serious pregame environment.

Said Stevenson: "We've got too much joking and playing around going on in here before games."

Jamison said his main goal is to make the young players understand how valuable their contributions will be as the season plays out.

"When you're young, you need as little distraction as possible," Jamison said. "We're just going to get them seated by some professional guys. When I first got in the league it was about being surrounded by veteran guys and learning from them and that's what we want to create in here. So far, we're not satisfied with the growth in that area because this is a veteran team. This is not a young team where you can just go out there and just play. You've got to do it a certain way."

UP NEXT: Tomorrow vs. Houston 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

Friday at Atlanta 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

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