The Washington Bullets will attempt to end a four-game losing streak when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight (WTOP-1500) at 8 o'clock in Richfield, Ohio. The Bullets (20-25) have dropped three in a row on the road.
During this dismal road swing, the Bullet guard woes have become more evident opposing guards outscored Bullet guards, 70-43 in San Antonio, 74-38 in Houston and 52-38 in Detroit.
The two teams have split this season, with the Bullets winning, 115-113, in overtime in Richfield, and the Cavs taking a 122-103 victory at Capital Centre.
The play of forwards Elvin Hayes and Greg Ballard has been the bright spot for the Bullets in an otherwise disappointing road trip. The two have combined to carry the team. In the three road games against the Spurs, Rockets and Pistons, Ballard has scored a total of 64 points while grabbing 26 rebounds and Hayes contributed 69 points and 24 rebounds.
The Bullets have had problems scoring in the third period. They managed only 22 third-quarter points in San Antonio only 19 at Houston.
Coach Dick Motta started guard Roger Phegley in favor of Larry Wright against the big Spur guards, but the second-year guard out of Bradley was unable to contain George Gervin, who scored a game-high 42 points.