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Wizards Showing Defensive Growth

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"We are really trying to get better at individually containing our own man," Jordan said. "And I think Randy Ayers mentioned this, that we've been talking so much about help that maybe that's in a defender's mind. That our help defense is there. What we talked about in our morning meeting is that when you are closing out on your man, when you are playing one-on-one, you've got to get your job done, not to just rely on the help to be there."

Players are buying into that approach.

"It's an area where we can all improve," said forward Antawn Jamison, who participated Monday evening after missing 2 1/2 practices with a right hip flexor strain. "It's a matter of doing your best to keep your man in front of you so he doesn't break the defense down and create driving lanes and wide-open shots elsewhere once that help comes over. If we can do a better job of that, then we'll play better defense as a unit throughout every possession."

Wizards Notes: Forward Dominic McGuire was held out of both workouts with a strained groin, as was rookie Taj McCullough, who has a sprained right ankle. . . .

Jordan said he likes what he's seeing from second-year shooting guard Nick Young.

"He looks more comfortable on the floor," Jordan said. "A lot more comfortable on the floor. He knows what the offense will give him and what he can do in the open floor. He's not thinking so much. So, he's showing me a lot of comfort level while still being aggressive." . . .

Single-game tickets for all 41 home games will be available Wednesday at 10 a.m. by calling (202) 397-SEAT, or on the Wizards' official Web site.


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