Tapscott: Pecherov Must Stay Prepared

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 30, 2008

Oleksiy Pecherov was inactive again last night and has seen only spot duty in four games, but Coach Ed Tapscott is preaching patience to the second-year forward, who is the odd man out in a front-court rotation that includes rookie JaVale McGee and veterans Antawn Jamison, Etan Thomas and Darius Songaila.

Still, Tapscott took the time to rebound while Pecherov did some extra shooting after practice on Friday and wants to keep him focused.

"He's working hard and he's going to get his chance," said Tapscott, who wants to maintain a consistent eight- or nine-man rotation. "I told him to stay ready because he's going to get his chance. So, stay ready, stay prepared and keep coming to practice to show that you are making progress."

Hawks a Man Down

The Hawks played without multi-talented forward Josh Smith again last night, but facing a team without one of its best players was nothing new for the Wizards.

Smith and forward Al Horford missed a 91-87 win over the Wizards in Atlanta on Nov. 19. Washington has also faced the Magic when they were without guard Jameer Nelson and Keith Bogans, a short-handed Knicks team that dressed only eight players after making a major trade, the Jazz without center Mehmet Okur and a Bucks squad without Michael Redd.

The Wizards, who know something about being without key players (Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood) managed to win only one of those games.

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