He benched banged up, high-price players with scorers’ mentalities in Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis and decided to go with energetic, low-cost players more willing to do the dirty work in Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton. . . .
Saunders ended the Jordan Crawford-as-backup-point-guard experiment that had worked out horribly for everybody involved — specially Crawford. He also called on Shelvin Mack to spell [John] Wall sooner, and gave Jan Vesely the opportunity to get more meaningful minutes.
Saunders will keep the same rotation going as no-longer-winless Washington (1-8) faces a Chicago Bulls team that won’t have Derrick Rose, Richard Hamilton or combo guard C.J. Watson. Rose developed sprained left big toe while scoring 31 points with 11 assists in Chicago’s 111-100 win over Minnesota on Tuesday.
The Bulls are playing their third game in three nights and John Lucas III will get the start in place of the reigning league most valuable player. They signed former Wizard Mike James, who hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2009-10 season, on Wednesday and he will be available if he arrives to the arena on time.
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