The Wizards are coming off of a quality win last night at New Jersey and hope to build on it, but are aware that the task gets much more dificult tonight against Tim Duncan & Co.
“We’ve got to do all the tings that we need to do to win and we’ve got to do it with the most minimal of gaps,” Wizards coach Ed Tapscott said. “Every game there are gaps. You saw last night early in the fourth we had a little lapse and then we were able to ramp it back up. Against a team like San Antonio, a lapse of that long, of that period, you probably won’t be able to return to form.”
The Wizards face a familiar face in Roger Mason Jr., who is having a career year for the Spurs, and San Antonio coach Greg Popovich said “I’ve got to give a lot of the credit to the Wizards for playing him last year. All the time he got really built up his confidence and made him feel like he was somebody who can play in this league for a good while. And when he came to us, he’s been a quick study, caught on to the system quickly. He’s obviously a good teammate, so he blended in well with everyone else, and he’s been shooting very well.”
The Wizards will stick with the lineup of Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison and Darius Songaila. Tapscott pointed out that the lineup (which they have used the last 10 games) seems to be working for his team and Wizards are 4-6 with that lineup — their hottest stretch of the season.