By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The Wizards allowed the Detroit Pistons to shoot 53.2 percent and score 117 points in Saturday night's loss but they also turned 17 Detroit turnovers into 23 points and had some success by mixing in a variety of defenses.
With that in mind, Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan was emphasizing defense when the team practiced yesterday after getting a day off on Sunday.
"We wanted to continue the philosophy of being disruptive defensively," Jordan said. "Pressure, traps, rotations and some zone defenses. It seems that's always sort of our underlying state: causing turnovers and get them out of an offensive rhythm and get out into the open floor."
The Wizards only managed six fast-break points Saturday night and Jordan wants to see his team take advantage of opportunities in transition that are usually created by solid defensive possessions.
The running game can't be generated however, without effective defensive rebounding and that was an area where the Pistons hurt the Wizards with 16 offensive rebounds and 28 second-chance points.
If good defense starts with containing the basketball, rotating to the open man and closing out on shooters, it has to end with grabbing rebounds after forcing missed shots. Before Saturday's game, Jordan wrote on the locker room dry erase board "all five rebound" and he continued to stress rebounding yesterday.
"That's a message we sent out today," Jordan said. "That we're going to be in rotations and sometimes you're going to have a small boxing out a big or a big being aware that he needs to box out a small from the perimeter."
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