After losing to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-82, Saturday night in Richfield, Ohio, Bullets Coach Gene Shue said yesterday he will probably add a player to the roster today--most likely a shooting gaurd.
He said he has considered a number of players, but said that whoever the Bullets sign won't be a big name, partly because there are no such players available for a price the Bullets are willing to pay.
Six games ago, after it was learned that Don Collins had a stress fracture in his left foot, Shue said he hoped to be able to get by without signing any new players. Now, with virtually no offensive punch from the back court, Shue said the team has been practically forced into making a move.
Frank Johnson, sidelined the last nine games with a chip fracture of his right elbow, is expected to start working out with the team today, but it is uncertain when he will be activated from the injured list.
"I'll just have to see what I can do," said Johnson.
The Bullets' next game is Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons in the Silverdome.
Saturday's defeat to the Cavaliers was the Bullets' second straight and third in the last four games, dropping them to 17-16. They shot 40 percent from the field and shot only nine free throws, making six.
"I hate to keep saying the same thing, but we can't score," said Shue. "I keep saying it over and over, because it's true. It's the same story every single game. We just can't score enough points."
The Bullets haven't scored 100 points in the last nine games and in that span they have averaged only 86.7 points and shot 42 percent. "We're playing great defense, but we still have to score some points," Shue said.
Kevin Grevey has been starting for Collins at shooting guard, but has been inconsistent. He went two for 11 Saturday and one for 10 two games before that. Shue said he isn't satisfied with Grevey's productivity.
Rookie Bryan Warrick, Johnson's replacement, has improved each game, but he isn't a scorer. In the nine games he has started for Johnson he is averaging 5.7 points and shooting 37 percent.
Forward Spencer Haywood still is recovering from an eye injury and has missed two of the last four games. He scored a total of four points in the two games.
"We're working Spencer harder at practice trying to get him ready," said Shue. "His conditioning and timing are still off and he isn't giving us much right now."
Another rookie, Dave Batton, has been starting for Haywood. He had his best offensive game against the Cavaliers, scoring 15 points.
Cleveland's victory was only the fifth in 33 games this season and initiated the Bullets into an exclusive club with Indiana, Kansas City and Golden State, the only other teams having lost to the Cavaliers. The Pacers have done it twice.