Tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks (7-6) will be the first of six straight against Eastern Conference opponents, a stretch that should give the Wizards an opportunity to gain some ground that was lost during their up-and-down November. The Wizards are 4-4 against the East. The next six opponents (Milwaukee, Toronto, Indiana, Chicago, Miami and New Jersey) are a combined 40-46, and four of the games will be at MCI Center. The stretch is particularly interesting because the Wizards could be fighting for playoff position with several of those teams come April.
"Those are teams that are looking like playoff-caliber teams, so for us, it's going to be a good test," said forward Antawn Jamison. "We'll have the opportunity to distance ourselves or put ourselves in a hole. They're going to have the same mind frame facing us."
Desperate Measures for Daniels
It seems that guard Antonio Daniels will try anything to break out of his recent slump. Daniels was 0-for-5 shooting in Wednesday night's win over Portland and has gone without a field goal in four of the last five games. Daniels is shooting 32.4 percent on the season, has made 2 of 18 three-point attempts and appears to be pressing on offense.
Daniels pulled up his socks to just below his knees Wednesday night, something he did a few seasons back when he played with San Antonio, and at one point during the game, he whipped off a wrist band as if it were infested with bad karma and chucked it behind the bench.
"Man, I'm willing to do anything that will help," Daniels said. "I haven't been through something like this my whole career."
Coach Eddie Jordan is taking a patient approach with Daniels, knowing that it's only a matter of time before the veteran finds his groove.
"He's still contributing even though he's not making shots," Jordan said. "I said, 'Go ahead and keep going. Be more aggressive.' I think that's a good message for him."