Coach Eddie Jordan continues to rotate the bottom of his roster for the nightly 12-man active roster. Last night, rookie forward Andray Blatche was active for the second consecutive game, while second-year forward Awvee Storey was active for the second time this season.
Forward Michael Ruffin, who was providing strong play off the bench, is suffering from the flu and was deactivated along with second-year center Peter John Ramos and rookie guard Donell Taylor, who played four minutes against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
Many times, the decision on who will be active and inactive is made only an hour or so before tip-off.
"I have 11 guys whose name I will put a blue dot by and they will be active always if they are healthy and then we have four guys who will rotate," Jordan said. "They will play according to a number of factors: one, how they are practicing and where they are with what we are running and, two, we'll rotate them based on the matchup with the other team."
Jordan said Ramos, Blatche and Taylor will be candidates for being sent down to the team's NBA Development League affiliate in Roanoke. The Roanoke Dazzle opens its season Nov. 18.
Players in their first or second NBA season can be assigned to the D-League up to three times per season with no set limit for how long they can be there each time.
No Rest for Spurs, Either
Like the Wizards, the San Antonio Spurs will be in a back-to-back situation when the teams meet tonight at MCI Center. San Antonio played at Boston last night. The Wizards split their two-game series with the defending champions last season, losing 101-73 at San Antonio and winning 95-87 at MCI Center.