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Wizards' Tapscott Will Keep Playbook, Shorten Rotation

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

After holding a team meeting in which he laid out his goals and philosophies, Ed Tapscott put the Wizards through a long practice session with an emphasis on defensive fundamentals.

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Tapscott said he won't make drastic changes to the playbook at either end of the floor and will lean heavily on assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr., who puts together the team's scouting reports.

"We're better than 1-10," Tapscott said. "We know it and we all are responsible. So, we're going to preach accountability and unity on this team. We're all accountable and we want to have greater unity. I really believe we have to get better defensively. Our numbers say that and our performance says that. We have to play with a greater physical presence, guard the lane and be a more physical team. At the same time, we're not going to try and turn greyhounds into Clydesdales, but we have not been a very physical team."

Tapscott said he would likely go with a starting lineup consisting of Dee Brown, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and rookie JaVale McGee tonight against Golden State and also wants to narrow the rotation to eight or nine players.

"Get your best players on the floor," Tapscott said. "If that's young guys, it's young guys. If it's older guys, it's older guys. When you're struggling, it's all about improving your performance and you've got to go with the people who will allow you to do that most efficiently."

Up Next Tonight vs. Golden State 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980 Thursday vs. Orlando 8 p.m. TNT, WTEM-980

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