Kevin Grevey has played many roles in his eight seasons with the Bullets, but the one he says he's playing now is his most difficult.

Grevey, 29, is no longer a star, not even a starter, but instead, is a high-priced spot player who is hanging on for his basketball life.

Beginning the season on the injured list because of an abdominal muscle injury incurred late last year, Grevey missed the first 15 games. He regained his starting position Dec. 27, after a stress fracture sidelined Don Collins, who has missed 17 games and is expected to resume practicing today.

His return to NBA play is uncertain.

After Collins' injury, Grevey started 11 games before he was replaced by converted forward Charles Davis.

Ricky Sobers, signed last week, is the starter now, with Frank Johnson. When Collins returns, Coach Gene Shue said he will use a three guard rotation of Collins, Sobers and Johnson.

He said Grevey would be used only in special situations.

Grevey got a taste of what that is like the past two games. He played only eight minutes against Seattle Thursday, scoring one point, and 16 minutes Saturday in the Bullets' 88-82 victory over Phoenix, scoring nine points.

"This whole season has been an adjustment for me, so this is just another one I'll have to make," said Grevey.

"I'll contribute any way I can.

"The toughest thing to do in basketball, though, is to come off the bench shooting. If I hit a few, I'll stay and if I don't, I'll sit."

There has been more sitting than hitting for Grevey, so far.

In the last six games he has averaged only 5.2 points and shot 37 percent.

For the season he is averaging 8.7 points and shooting 39 percent in 22 minutes a game.

He is averaging 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Grevey is in the second year of a four-year contract worth about $350,000 annually, making him one of the highest paid Bullets ever. Grevey was signed to an offer sheet for that price by the Indiana Pacers before the 1981-82 season. When a trade couldn't be worked out, Washington matched the offer and kept him.

"Kevin came in and gave us a lift against Phoenix and hopefully he can keep doing that," said Shue.

Saturday's victory was the Bullets' second in a row and third in the last four games.

It improved their overall record to 20-24.

It was also the second of seven straight home games. The Bullets will play Kansas City Wednesday, San Diego Friday and then have games against Indiana, Boston and Houston.

After that there is a break for the All-Star Game, before the Bullets embark on a six-game Western trip.

"The way I see it, if we can play good basketball at home and get close to .500 by the all-star break, we'll have the confidence we need for that long road trip," said Shue.

"We have a new attitude now and we'e going out to win the rest of these home games and get a good streak going," said Jeff Ruland, who has rebounded in double figures the last eight games.