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Conditioning Is Still An Issue for Blatche

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wizards forward Andray Blatche is in his fourth NBA season, yet the team continues to stress that he needs to get into better physical condition. Prior to last night's game, Coach Eddie Jordan was asked about Blatche's up-and-down play through the season's first seven games.

"We call it a dash and a flash but he's certainly not consistent right now," Jordan said. "From the time he got into the league, we've talked about his conditioning improving and he hasn't gotten to the point where it's where it should be, where he can sustain a high level of intensity and a high level of concentration."

Jordan said the team has created a modified workout program that has Blatche arriving for practice long before his teammates, in addition to added work in the weight room.

"We're working on it," Jordan said.

ยท HAWKS NEXT: The Wizards get their first look at Southeast Division rival Atlanta tonight when the teams meet at Philips Arena. After opening the season with six straight wins, the Hawks had lost three straight entering last night's game at Indiana.

Forward Josh Smith is out with an ankle sprain, so that leaves much of the scoring and playmaking duties to forward Joe Johnson, who averaged 23.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting in four games against the Wizards last season.

Entering last night's games, the Hawks led the NBA in three-point shooting percentage (43.6).

Last season, the teams split the four-game series, with the Wizards winning twice in Atlanta.

Up Next: Wednesday at Atlanta 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

Friday vs. Houston 7 p.m. ESPN, CSN+, WTEM-980

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