In Next 'Segment,' Lineup May Change

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 10, 2009

CHICAGO, Jan. 9 -- Before Friday's game against the Bulls, interim coach Ed Tapscott indicated that he would likely alter his playing rotation. Tapscott likes to break the season into seven-game segments and the Wizards completed the last one with Wednesday's home loss to Toronto.

During the last segment, the Wizards went 3-4 and guard Juan Dixon and rookie center JaVale McGee saw little or no action, but Tapscott indicated that would change before facing the Bulls.

"This is one of those times where I'll take a look at another guy or two," Tapscott said. "Because you have to have a successful segment to stand pat. We had a chance for a winning segment, but we didn't so you have to look for other answers. I told some of the guys who haven't a had chance in a while to be ready."

Tapscott wasn't pleased with some of the shots McGee took in a loss at Boston on Jan. 2.

"Take good shots," Tapscott said of his message to McGee. "I don't want him to feel like he can't shoot. Just take good shots. Play the game intelligently and play the game with passion. Do that, and we'll be fine."

Hughes on the Move?

Larry Hughes has made it known that he'd welcome a trade, and the Bulls have been open to moving the veteran since last summer but aren't willing to take on bad contracts.

Earlier this season, the Wizards and Bulls had a deal in the works that would've brought Hughes back to Washington. But the deal fell apart when Hughes injured his shoulder.

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