It's one of the basic plays in basketball, a staple of most offenses and something opponents have used to attack the Wizards. Teams have repeatedly used the pick-and-roll to create open shots, particularly for their power forward and centers.
Clippers forward Elton Brand, Denver center Marcus Camby, Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace and Charlotte center Primoz Brezec are among the big men who have caused the Wizards problems with their ability to screen a Washington guard and then roll to the perimeter, and get the ball back for open shots.
The tactic often forces Wizards center Brendan Haywood to come away from the basket, which in turn has made it more difficult for Washington on the defensive rebounds.
"It's such a luxury in the NBA to have a four man or five man who can step out and make those long shots," Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said. "If you cannot contain the ball, which we've had some trouble with, those type of big men are going to step up and either score on dunks or they are going to draw and kick to another big guy who can knock down that shot."
Second-year center Peter John Ramos, who has been assigned to Washington's NBA Development League affiliate in Roanoke, had his strongest game Saturday in the Dazzle's 99-91 win over the Florida Flame. Ramos scored 11 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots in 35 minutes.