Coash Dick Motta said he was pleased enough with the Bullets' first exhibition game Sunday that he won't make any cuts, at least until three more exhibition games this weekend.
The Bullets, who lost to the Nets, 111-101, Sunday in New Haven, play Philadelphia, the Detroit Pistons Saturday night at Madison Square Garden and the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday in Wheeling, W. Va.. The first two are first games of doubleheaders.
"No one is under the gun," Motta said of the four Bullets newcomers who played Sunday. "Everyone did well. All of the rookies played about as well as I expected them to."
Forward Charlie Floyd got the longest look of the newcomers, playing 22 minutes. He had nine points and two rebounds.
"He did all right," Motta said. "He teamed with Greg (Ballard) for awhile and with E (Elvin Hayes) a lot. He played more than the other new people because he is in a position where we don't have a lot of people to look at."
Despite the defeat, Motta said he accomplished what he set out to do.
"We got to see the new kids, the veterans got to run, we saw how two refs work and we got to see New Haven," he said. "We had a lot of nervous people and we needed a game to get that out of their systems. Now we have four days of practice before we play again and everyone knows what to do."
With Bob Dandridge left home because he wasn't feeling well after taking a spill in practice Friday night, Hayes provided much of the scoring. He made 15 of 25 shots and scored a game high 30 points in 31 minutes.
"He played so much because we had to use him some at center to protect Wes (Unseld) and Dave (Corzine) who were in foul trouble," Motta said.
New Jersey used a zone press against the Bullets and Motta said he hadn't gotten around to working against it in traffic yet. As a result, the Nets "forced us out of a lot of things."
The Bullets haven't even talked about the three-point field goal, either, Motta said, but Charles Johnson launched a successful one at the end of the first half.
"We've ignored the three-point goal so far," Motta said. "That's a special situation type thing like an out-of-bounds play. We'll work on them later."
The team was scheduled to work out at Fort Meade last night and resume two-a-day practices today.
Not counting Mitch Kupchak, Phil Chenier and Steve Malovic, all sidelined with back ailments, the Bullets still have 14 players. The NBA roster limit is 11, but the league is considering an increase to 12 before the season starts.