"Hey, Lally," John Lucas yelled at John Lally, the Bullets trainer. "Call my house and tell my legs to come over. I must have lost them."
"This is worse than training camp," said rookie Frank Johnson, who quickly was reminded that he missed half of camp because of high blood pressure.
It was back to training camp drills yesterday for the struggling Bullets, who are facing one of their most important weekends of the season. They have three games against playoff rivals, starting with Indiana tonight at Capital Centre (8:05, WTOP-1500).
Saturday night the Bullets will play a televised game against the Knicks in New York, then return for a Sunday afternoon game with Atlanta. All four teams are contending for playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.
The race for the last three spots behind Boston, Philadelphia and Milwaukee is extremely close. New Jersey is 33-30; Washington 28-31; Indiana 29-34; Atlanta 27-32; New York 29-35, and Detroit 27-35.
"Yes, it was back to training camp today," Coach Gene Shue said after a grueling two-hour workout at Bowie State. "This is the first time we've done it this season, but we've got to get back in the proper habits.
"We try to emphasize fundamentals all the time, but when you're traveling as much as we have lately and playing a lot of games, sometimes things are forgotten. This was a little reminder."
The refresher course included basic passing drills, running the lines, two-on-two offensive drills and the killer, one-on-one full-court games.
In losing 11 of 17 since the All-Star break, the Bullets' biggest problem has been defense. They built a 22-20 record through January by playing patiently on offense and stressing defense.
In their first 45 games, the Bullets held their opponents to 100 points or less 25 times and to 90 or fewer 11 times. Since then, they have allowed fewer than 100 points twice.
"We're giving up more points because we're running more and scoring more ourselves," said guard Kevin Grevey, who had averaged 20.6 points over a five-game span before cooling off in Tuesday night's lackluster 103-95 loss to Phoenix. "If you're playing at a faster pace, you'