By Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 11, 2009
One night after Wizards guard Nick Young scored a career-high 28 points off the bench in a 98-86 loss to Chicago, interim coach Ed Tapscott said that he recognized the second-year player was hot and he would "leave him alone," but that there would be no changes to the starting lineup for last night's game against Charlotte.
"There's a great story about a guy who scored a lot of points in a game [and] got taken out," Tapscott said. "His response to his coach was, 'Hey Pinocchio, don't ever take me out when I'm sizzling.' So I guess [meaning] puppet master. I know when a guy's sizzling so I'll leave him alone. Just let Nick play the way he's been playing, certainly like he played [Friday] night. I'd love to see that again."
Tapscott said Young, who was 12 of 15 from the field, would continue to come off the bench against Charlotte, however, emphasizing consistency and continuity and saying he wanted to avoid making "knee-jerk reactions to things, in terms of changing the starting lineup."
· SECOND TIME NO CHARM: Entering last night's game, the Wizards were 0-7 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season, and Tapscott said the team emphasized the fundamentals during a lengthy walk-through before the game in hopes of ending that streak.
"Basic principles: defend, rebound, play efficiently on offense with execution," Tapscott said. "We have to do those things to keep ourselves in the game and give us a chance to win. We don't do those things and we struggle. I think you have enough success, however minimal, to amplify that point. And we should have enough failure to show the other side. So at some point we've got to get it."