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No Explanation for Free Throw Woes

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Wizards are shooting just as many free throws in practice as they have in the past and they shot a solid 78.2 percent as a team last season. So Coach Eddie Jordan did not have any simple explanations for why his team missed 10 free throws in the season-opening 95-85 loss to New Jersey and 17 during Wednesday's 112-104 overtime loss at Milwaukee.

The Wizards entered last night's home game against the Knicks shooting 72.6 percent from the line as a team.

"We're doing the same things this year as we did last year and last year we were a good free throw shooting team," Jordan said before the game. "It's the fourth game and it was one game where it was very, very glaring that we were a bad free throw shooting team so, I don't think that's going to happen a lot."

ยท A LOOK AT THE MAGIC: The Wizards will face Orlando tonight for the first of four times this season. The Magic (3-2) took last year's season series 3-1. Orlando is coming off a 98-88 home win over Philadelphia Thursday night and has won three straight overall.

Center Dwight Howard and forward Rashard Lewis are each averaging 20.2 points per game and all five starters are averaging in double figures. Magic opponents are averaging only 93.8 points per game on 43.4 percent shooting. Tonight's contest will be the fourth of five straight at home for the Magic.

Forward Hedo Turkoglu averaged 21.8 points on 54.7 percent shooting (55.6 percent from three-point range) in four games against the Wizards last season and went for a career-high 39 points on March 19. The Wizards are 29-9 all-time in Orlando.

UP NEXT: Saturday at Orlando 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet

Wednesday vs. Utah 8 p.m. Comcast SportsNet

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