Undrafted rookie guard Donell Taylor saw his first regular season action in Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Taylor, who showed flashes of being a solid player during the preseason, played almost four minutes at the start of the second quarter before he was replaced by Gilbert Arenas. Taylor didn't register on the stat sheet.

"I wanted to give the rookie a taste," Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said. "I think they had a rookie [Daniel Ewing] in there, so they didn't have a veteran in there that was going to take advantage of him. I thought it would be good to get him something at home. He was what I expected from a rookie with his energy and his quickness."

Jordan has a similar attitude about all of his players, as evidenced by his explanation for going with reserve center Calvin Booth during an important stretch of Saturday's win over the Orlando Magic. Booth had not played in the first two games and did not play Wednesday night.

"I don't like players, especially veteran guys, sitting over there not playing for a stretch of games," Jordan said. "I think it's important to keep guys involved."

Slumping Sonics

Seattle (1-3) is in the midst of a six-game road trip and enters tonight's game at MCI Center fresh off a pair of bad losses at Memphis (94-69) and at Cleveland (112-85). Forward Rashard Lewis injured his shoulder at the start of Wednesday night's game in Cleveland and missed the remainder of the game but could be in the lineup tonight. The Wizards won both meetings with the SuperSonics last season.