Poor free throw shooting continues to hamper the Washington Wizards, who have made 69.8 percent from the line this season. The Wizards (5-4) might have cost themselves a victory at New Jersey on Saturday night by making only 17 of 31 free throws in an 89-83 loss to the Nets.
"I'm getting a lot of mail from shooting coaches around the country," Coach Eddie Jordan said. "They are banging the door down to come in and work with our guys and talk to our guys, so maybe I'm going to have to interview some people. No, I don't know. It's been our main guys missing. One game, everybody missed them. They're working on it. It's a long season and you hope that eventually we'll catch ourselves and improve."
Nuggets Get Defensive
Denver (6-5) has won three straight games, including Sunday's 99-83 win over Memphis. The Nuggets have held their last four opponents below 86 points and opponents are shooting 42.3 percent against Coach George Karl's team.
Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony leads the team in scoring, averaging 20.6 points per game on 45 percent shooting.
The Nuggets may be without forward Kenyon Martin, who has missed four of the past five games with left knee tendinitis. Martin, who was Denver's second-leading scorer and rebounder last season, played for Jordan when he was an assistant coach with the Nets.
"Either he's going to be in uniform doing some damage or he's going to be on the sidelines calling out our plays like he did when we played them in the preseason," Jordan said. "I'm hoping that he's not anywhere to be seen. He's a heck of a player and I hope that he takes another day off."
Denver won both meetings with the Wizards last season.