After the struggling Houston Rockets snapped the Wizards' three-game winning streak Thursday night with a 105-89 victory, Washington Coach Gar Heard stated the obvious.
"We gave up 105 points and when we do that, it's going to be hard for us to win any ballgames," Heard said.
The assessment was twofold: The Wizards (9-18) have won just once when they have allowed more than 100 points and have scored 100 or more points only six times, winning two of those (including a 108-104 win over New Jersey to start their streak).
In their two other victories, against New York and Detroit, Washington won convincingly by holding each team to no better than 83 points and 38 percent shooting. The Rockets (9-18), whom the Wizards play again Sunday afternoon at MCI Center, made 44 percent of their attempts Thursday, including eight three-pointers that were rarely contested.
"We have to play with energy," Heard said after the loss to Houston. "Our energy level wasn't up like it was the past four or five games."
Hamilton Almost Ready
Rookie shooting guard Richard Hamilton, who has missed the past six games because of a sprained right (shooting hand) pinkie finger, might be activated off the injured list for Sunday's game. Heard said he will make his decision after a short workout Sunday morning, but added he is apprehensive to break up the rotation that has won three of four games.
Defensive specialist Reggie Jordan has been backing up starter Mitch Richmond in Hamilton's place. Rookie guard Laron Profit, who has played sparingly, was removed from the injured list to make room for Hamilton.
Hamilton said he is ready to play but said that because he injured his shooting hand, he might struggle with his ballhandling and shooting. Hamilton cannot fully bend his injured finger, which is slightly immobilized with a tape splint.
"It really affected me at the beginning," Hamilton said of the injury, which he suffered at practice in Phoenix. ". . . Any time you mess with your fingers on your shooting hand, or your wrist, it affects your shot."