Second-year forward Andray Blatche played so well in last Wednesday's win at Philadelphia, he was rewarded with another starting assignment last night against Minnesota.
Blatche finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks in the 92-85 win over the 76ers and has steadily carved out a role for himself during forward Antawn Jamison's absence. Jamison missed his seventh game last night and is expected to be out from two to four more weeks because of a sprained left knee.
Blatche's confidence appears to be growing as his playing time increases, and Coach Eddie Jordan has challenged him to improve in all areas.
"We need him to play defense and not look to score first, hit the boards at both ends and just be active," Jordan said. "Just play the hustle game, and that's going to help his skill level. He can't break down and worry about what happened at one end. If something happens that didn't go well at one end, he needs to get back and focus on the next possession."
Deep Bench For the second straight game -- both of them victories -- Jordan went deep into his bench. During last night's 112-100 win over Minnesota, 10 players saw action, after 11 players got into Wednesday's victory at Philadelphia.
"Tonight was another solid effort and we got contributions from everybody that played," Jordan said. "We've talked about giving guys a chance to come in and help and, lately, that's what we've been getting."
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