Following Friday's crushing 105-102 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, which ended on a game-winning three-pointer by Maurice Williams at the buzzer, Washington Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan emphasized the importance of staying positive. To that end, he changed up the normal practice routine on Saturday and Monday.
"After a game like the other night, you try to bring some life back to your team with some shooting games and things like that," Jordan said. "You still work on your stuff but you try to bring them back by making basketball fun. You work on your [fast] breaks so they play in the open floor, you work on some three-on-three where they can be creative about the offense. You keep it competitive, yet you want to make sure that they love basketball, that it doesn't get them down. They have to forget about a last-second shot that beat you."
Forward Michael Ruffin missed his third consecutive game with right knee tendinitis. Ruffin's status for tomorrow night's game at Indiana is unknown and he is listed as day-to-day.
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Toronto Raptors rookie forward Charlie Villanueva, who has alopecia areata, an autoimmune skin disease resulting in hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere, met with several Washington area youths who have the same disease prior to the game. Villanueva is a spokesman for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.