WIZARDS INSIDER

Can Washington Buck Early Trend?

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Washington Wizards wouldn't have needed a late comeback in Saturday's 100-97 loss to Charlotte if they had they gotten off to a better start in the first place.

The Wizards gave up a season-high 35 first-quarter points to the sometimes offensively challenged Bobcats and looked like a fatigued team throughout the first three quarters. Coach Eddie Jordan made it clear that he would like to see more energy at both ends of the floor in the early going tonight when the Wizards host Milwaukee.

"We need to be aggressive right from the beginning," Jordan said. "We're going to see changing defenses, and I don't want to get to a bad place where we're turning the ball over and are confused and disorganized offensively. That leads to a lot of breakouts and that sort of thing at the other end. We have to be organized offensively and we have to lock some people down."

Redd Hot

The Wizards split a pair of meetings with the Bucks in Milwaukee this season, winning 101-77 on Jan. 4 and losing 105-102 in overtime on Jan. 27. The teams meet once more after tonight, April 2 at Verizon Center.

Bucks leading scorer Michael Redd did not play in the first two games against the Wizards this season but has been on a roll of late and is averaging 25.7 points on 48.4 percent shooting in the last 10 games.

However, Milwaukee (23-40) has lost five of its past six, including a 119-97 home loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.

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