By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 2, 2008
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 1 -- With the exception of a preseason victory over the San Antonio Spurs, the Wizards had not played with what Coach Eddie Jordan likes to call a "rhythm and flow" since last season.
Much to Jordan's appreciation, his team appeared to find its way during the second quarter of Saturday night's 117-109 loss to the Detroit Pistons. After the Pistons jumped out to a 17-point first quarter lead, the Wizards got rolling with a 16-0 second quarter run that was inspired by excellent defense and timely shot making.
The Wizards forced eight turnovers in the quarter while using traps and aggressive rotations to take the Pistons out of the offensive groove they had established in the first quarter. Offensively, Nick Young, Antawn Jamison, Juan Dixon, Caron Butler and Darius Songaila turned good defense into points.
"We really defended well, we were organized and aggressive with our traps and our rotations and we were organized and aggressive offensively," Jordan said. "It's not just about playing hard, you have stay organized and play smart and I felt we did that. That is something we can build on."Tough Times
The nation's economic woes already have had an impact on professional sports. The Wizards needed a strong walk-up presence to sell out their home opener, and in Michigan, where the auto industry is in a major slump, the Pistons and NHL's Red Wings are having to be creative in their efforts to keep their buildings full.
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