Wizards Still Struggling to Find Consistency

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 1, 2009

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 28 -- Consistency.

It's a word that has been thrown around by Wizards veterans and head coaches -- first Eddie Jordan and then Ed Tapscott when he replaced Jordan on an interim basis -- all season, yet the Wizards have been anything but consistent.

As evidence, Saturday night's 109-93 loss at Milwaukee dropped the Wizards to 2-10 in games immediately following a victory and to 1-12 in the second of back-to-back games.

That wasn't a surprise. As good as the Wizards looked during Friday's 113-90 home win over Chicago, Tapscott and some of his players were as curious as anyone as to how the team would respond in Milwaukee.

Forward Antawn Jamison, when asked the key to carrying something over from Friday's balanced effort, shrugged.

"If I had an answer to that question, believe me, it would've been solved by now," Jamison said before Saturday's loss.

Added Caron Butler, "It's been something I've been screaming all season: consistency."

Before Saturday's game, Tapscott emphasized that to his team.

"It's about consistency," he said. "Consistency of effort, focus and concentration. That has been something that has been a challenge for us all season, but we continue to try to answer that challenge. It's an important part to growing into an NBA player, not just a player with NBA talent. It's like I tell the young fellas: When you are an NBA player, you can give a consistent effort both mentally and physically in what is the toughest league in the world. If not, then you're just a player with NBA talent."

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