Coach: Relying On Jump Shots Is 'Fool's Gold'

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Interim coach Ed Tapscott continues to emphasize to his players that they can't become overly reliant on jump shots. It's a message he has relentlessly repeated, with mixed results, since taking over for Eddie Jordan on Nov. 24.

According to 82Games.com, a Web site that tracks statistical trends, 66 percent of the team's attempts are jump shots, 29 percent are close to the rim, 3 percent are dunks and 1 percent are tip-ins.

Tapscott said he feels the same way whether the team's outside shots are going in or not.

"Even if they are going in I do because there's gold and there's fool's gold," Tapscott said. "You've got to stay balanced. The key is can we establish more of a grind-it-out game early so that later on, when we have to shoot some jump shots, they're a little bit easier and they're in the flow of what we're doing?"

A reliance on outside shooting can also contribute to the kinds of scoring droughts the Wizards have battled all season long.

"Either we hit a flat spot early in the game or we're playing along and have one late," Tapscott said. "But there's always a flat spot for us where the flow leaves us. That's something we have to get fixed."

ยท NO CHANCES: Center Andray Blatche has recently taken to wearing protective braces over both ankles. Blatche rolled his left ankle in a loss at Boston on Jan. 2 and had to leave that game, but has not missed a game the last two seasons.

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