The streaking Washington Bullets play the Kansas City Chiefs tonight at Capital Centre at 7:35 in their last game before going on their longest road trip of the season, a crucial seven-game, 15-day trip out west.
The Bullets, who played at Indiana last night, beat the Kings, 104-100, in December at Capital Centre. They needed 45 points from Elvin Hayes to do it, however. Hayes made 20 of 32 field-goal attempts.
Washington has been on a hot streak the last couple of weeks, winning 12 or 14 games and six in a row going into last night's contest.
Washington's road trip will begin in Denver Wednesday and then take the Bullets to Seattle, Portland, Golden State, Phoenix and Kansas City. There will be a three-day break for the all-star game in Milwaukee, Feb. 13, and then the Bullets will travel to Buffalo for a game Feb. 15. They will return to Capital Centre Feb. 16 to play Boston.
On the Bullets' first West Coast swing in November, they lost five in a row.
The Kings are led by their back-court pair of Ron Boone and Brian Taylor. Rookie forward Richard Washington from UCLA gives them some much-needed scoring and rebounding up front. The other forward, Scott Redman, is perhpas their steadiest player.
Bullet coach Dick Motta's plan for his guards is an interesting one. There are 96 minutes a game to be split up among them. Ideally, he would like to have Phil Chenier, Larry Wright and Tom Henderson playing about 32 minutes each. He can then call on Bob Weiss late in the game, as he has been doing, and he also has Dave Bing available should he need some help along the way.
Since Leonard Robinson has been gone, Kevin Grevey has played 74 minutes and Leonard Gray 66 in Robinson's small-forward spot.
Motta said he's not going to let either Grevey or Gray "inherit" the position but will maintain flexibility on the use of both players. Grevey and Gray accept that strategy.