The Washington Wizards have no immediate plans to send rookie forward Andray Blatche to the Roanoke Dazzle, their NBA Development League affiliate. Blatche, who missed training camp and the preseason with wounds he suffered in a Sept. 25 shooting, has appeared in one game for the Wizards and continues to work on his conditioning and strength.
"You always want to play, but it's good for me to be out there practicing with these guys, too," said Blatche, who was inactive for last night's game against Denver. "I'm learning a lot."
The team has assigned second-year center Peter John Ramos to Roanoke, which is 1-1. In two games, Ramos has played 20 minutes, scored 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds.
NBA rules allow teams to assign first- or second-year players to the D-League up to three times per season. There is no limit to how long a player can remain with an affiliate.
The Orlando Magic (3-6) tonight will attempt to avenge an 87-79 loss to the Wizards on Nov. 5 at MCI Center. The Magic is 1-4 at home this season but is 5-1 against the Wizards in the last six meetings in Orlando and 26-6 all-time against the Wizards at home.
Steve Francis leads the Magic in scoring (20.1 points per game) and assists (5.8 per game), while second-year post player Dwight Howard is averaging 15.7 points and 12.7 rebounds. . . .
Tonight's game will be the third back-to-back situation for the Wizards this season. Washington is 2-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.