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Gametime in The Palace

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Your Washington Wizards are about to take on the Detroit Pistons in just a few minutes, and Eddie Jordan will trot out the same starting lineup as he did in the season opener: Antonio Daniels and DeShawn Stevenson at guard, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison the forwards, and Etan Thomas at center. As was the case on Wednesday, Oleksiy Pecherov is the odd man out, joining the injured Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood as the inactives.



Jordan normally doesn’t like not dressing guys for a string of games, but for tonight, it makes sense given that he liked the sparks that both Dee Brown, Juan Dixon and JaVale McGee gave the team on Wednesday, although all of their minutes were all limited. Jordan said yesterday that he wanted to get Dixon more minutes. And he’s counting on Nick Young and Andray Blatche for rotation minutes, and Dominic McGuire gives the team that hustle and strong rebounding, and before the game he again spoke highly of McGee.


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“He’s a special type of player, even though he’s young,” Jordan said of McGee. “He works hard, he’s not afraid, he’s athletic, he’s got good hands, good touch. He’s got a good feel defensively, he really can cover the rim, so we’re not shy about putting him in if we have to.”

 

So, the only person to sit was Pech, who’s kind of in a tough spot given that he’s not the strongest defender, isn’t very versatile being that although he’s 7 feet tall, he is primarilya 3-point shooter.

 

It’ll be interesting to see how this continues to play out if McGee continues to improve and earn more of Jordan’s confidence.

 

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