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Wizards' Tapscott Says He'll Stick With Stevenson

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 13, 2008

Interim coach Ed Tapscott doesn't have any easy solutions for the shooting slump guard DeShawn Stevenson is mired in, but Tapscott doesn't plan to make any changes.

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Stevenson, who missed all four of his shot attempts Thursday night, is shooting a career-low 30.9 percent and has connected on only 28 percent of his three-point attempts.

"DeShawn's a trusted veteran, and trusted veterans get all due respect and deference," Tapscott said. "He plays hard, he defends, so if his shooting's off, I'll live with that. He'll take good shots, he'll take the right shots and he'll help us in so many intangible ways. So, you can't define a player simply by his shooting."

Sixers Also Struggling

The addition of forward Elton Brand was supposed to give the Philadelphia 76ers a low-post scoring presence that was lacking last season when Coach Mo Cheeks's team used a wide-open, run-and-gun style to make the playoffs.

The problem is that in adapting to Brand -- who has been bothered by a hamstring injury and is averaging a modest 16.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting -- the 76ers have seemingly lost the edge that made them one of the hottest teams in the league late last season.

The 76ers entered last night's game at Cleveland with a record of 9-13, which is the same mark the team had through 22 games last season. They are shooting 43.4 percent and 31.4 percent from three-point range. The Wizards split the season series with Philadelphia 2-2 last season.

Up Next: Sunday at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

Monday vs. Indiana 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

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