The Washington Bullets are experiencing winter's version of baseball's dog days. They are weary, away from home and traveling -- but going nowhere.
With their 107-98 loss at Los Angeles Tuesday night, the Bullets struggled to the midpoint of the season with three games remaining on their longest road trip yet. The Bullets have lost four straight games, five in a row away from home. Their last victory away from Cap Centre came more than a month ago when the beat the Celtics in Hartford. On the road they are 3-16.
Tonight, the Bullets will be in Kansas City to play the Kings (WDCA-TV-20, 8 o'clock), another team looking for answers. In their only meeting this year, Dec. 2 at Capital Centre, the Bullets won, 107-103.
Kings guard Otis Birdsong scored 39 points in that game. Birdsong is questionable tonight. The four-year veteran and two-time NBA all-star was not expected to play last night at Houston, and had missed two games before that. Among the league scoring leaders, he is averaging 27.9 points per game. Forward Scott Wedman has flu, but will play.
Without Birdson and Wedman, the Kings beat the Jazz at home last Friday, getting 63 points from the bench.
The Bullets expect Kevin Grevey to return to the lineup after serving his one-game suspension Tuesday for shoving an official. The 6-foot-5 guard will play with a bruised hand that forced him to miss the Cleveland game last Saturday.
Grevey is one of the few producers on offense for the Bullets, averaging 24.7 points and shooting 52.7 percent overa three-game span. He had also converted four of 13 three-point attempts and ranks sixth in the league with a three-point percentage of .318.
Center Wes Unseld has a sore knee that limited his mobility against the Lakers. He too, missed the Cleveland game, but is expected to play tonight. lHe managed to score 15 points, shooting seven of 10, against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers. He also had nine rebounds.
The brightest light for the Bullets was forward Mitch Kupchak, who in 20 minutes, scored 17 points on eight for 11 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.
The Bullets trailed for most of the game, but could have cut the margin to one point when Greg Ballard missed a baseline jumper with 2:45 remaining.Jabbar got the rebound made a shot at the other end and the Bullets never got closer.