The Washington Wizards averaged 100.5 points per game last season, but the ball didn't always move around the floor like it could have.
This season, the Wizards have shown a willingness to pass to the open man rather than taking the first good shot available.
Unselfishness was a major reason Washington jumped all over the New York Knicks during the first quarter of Friday night's victory at Madison Square Garden and Coach Eddie Jordan hopes that trend continues.
"We had a little bit of trouble with that last year, but with Chucky [Atkins], Antonio [Daniels] and Caron [Butler], it's spreading," Jordan said. "It's contagious."
Daniels, who racked up 10 assists in the first two games, said the team expects all-stars Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison to take most of the shots, but also believes that ball movement will benefit everyone.
"We understand who our top guns are and other teams do as well," Daniels said. "But when we move that ball hand to hand like we did [against the Knicks] and make the defense move, we're a very tough team to beat. Everybody's playing, everybody's involved and we're flowing."
Butler Out Again
Butler (left thigh bruise) missed his second straight game but could be back Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers at MCI Center. Forward Awvee Storey was activated for the second straight game.
Jordan, who gave the players today off, said Butler will be further evaluated during practice tomorrow and Tuesday.