This probably would be a good time for Milwaukee forward Dave Meyers to renegotiate his contract.
Meyers had been considered a better-than-average, but hardly invaluable, power forward who nicely complimented standout front-court man Marques Johnson.
But with Meyers sidelined with an injury since the beginning of the season, the Bucks have stumbled and are off to a very disappointing start.
Milwaukee brings a 6-11 record into tonight's 8:05 meeting with the Bullets at Capital Centre. And the only major change since last year is the absence of Meyers.
Coach Don Nelson has tried to fill the big forward position with John Gianelli and Kevin Bestani. When Gianelli is moved from center, second-year man Kent Bensen takes his place.
The Bucks, who had been expected to challenge for the Midwest Division lead, probably would be in worse shape were it not for Johnson, who is averaging 25 points a game and has been among the league's premier players insthe first month of the season.
Johnson possesses some of the NBA's best moves and is especially hard to stop around the basket, where he has the strength and quickness to get off some spectacular shots. And this season, he has strengthened his offensive repertoire with improved outside shooting.
Guard Brian Winters shares the scoring burden with Johnson. He is one of the league's more accurate long range gunners and has been particularly difficult for the Bullets to control over the last few years.
Milwaukee will have problems matching up with Washington's front line tonight. Meyers usually guards Elvin Hayes, and that assignment could fall to Giannelli, who is not nearly as quick as the Bullet forward.
This is the first of two home games this week for the Bullets. They play Denver here Saturday after a game Friday in New Jersey.