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Balance Brings A Steadier Offense

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Defensive breakdowns have been a major issue as the Wizards have lost six of 10 games, but Coach Eddie Jordan's team has experienced offensive issues as well.

Indeed, one of the biggest indicators of success this season has been balanced scoring. The Wizards are 6-1 when all five starters score in double figures and are 8-1 when they shoot better than 50 percent as a team.

It didn't help that all-star Caron Butler recently missed three games with a strained left hip flexor, but even with Butler in the lineup for Sunday's 103-91 home loss to the Lakers, balance was an issue as Butler (15 points) and Antawn Jamison (21 points, 11 rebounds) were the only starters to score in double figures.

"Everyone has to play at a high level for 48 minutes," Jordan said.

A Lot of Fight in Philly

When the Wizards visited Philadelphia on Nov. 30, they left with an 85-84 loss. Rookie Nick Young had a chance to win it but missed on a three-pointer as time expired. The Wizards previously beat Philadelphia, 116-101, at Verizon Center.

Entering last night's game at Atlanta, the 76ers were 18-29 and had dropped six of their last 10 games.

Still, as the Wizards found out in their last trip to Philadelphia, the 76ers can be dangerous. "They are a young team and don't quit," Wizards guard Roger Mason Jr. said. "They play hard every night and because they do, they stay in a lot of games."

UP NEXT: Today at 76ers 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Plus, WTEM-980

Wednesday vs. Spurs 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

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