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All-Stars Emphasized in Wizards' Offense Under Ed Tapscott

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 28, 2008

Since taking over for Eddie Jordan as head coach, Ed Tapscott repeatedly has stressed that the team's offense will run through all-stars Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.

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Butler and Jamison combined to score 60 points during Tuesday's win over Golden State and entered last night's game against the Orlando Magic as the highest-scoring forward tandem in the league (42.1 points per game combined).

"I told [point guard] Dee Brown, 'You are never wrong if you throw it to Caron or Antawn,' " Tapscott said before the game. "Let me make the game simple for you: Run the offense, call the defense, you have all of those responsibilities but you are never wrong if you throw it to one of those two."

From One Coach to Another

Richie Adubato, a color commentator on the Magic's radio broadcasts, was a longtime NBA assistant and head coach who replaced a fired coach during a season three times during his career, so he understands what Tapscott is going through.

"The most challenging part is going from being an assistant and the good guy to being the head guy, the guy who decides on who plays and who doesn't," Adubato said.

Ayers Misses Second Game

Randy Ayers, who was promoted to be Tapscott's top assistant, missed his second straight game after undergoing a minor medical procedure on Tuesday. Ayers is expected to return to the team in the next few days.

Up Next : Friday vs. Atlanta 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

Tuesday at New Jersey 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet+, WTEM-980


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