Shorthanded Wizards will try to dictate tempo against Pistons

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The Wizards will face the Pistons tonight at Verizon Center, and the injuries are continuing to mount. During morning shootaround, forward Rashard Lewis joked that it might be a good game if the injured guys played against the healthy guys.

The injury roster would look something like this:

F- Josh Howard –left knee tendinitis

F- Rashard Lewis –right knee tendinitis

G - Nick Young – sore left knee, possible bone bruise

F – Trevor Booker – fractured sesamoid bone in his right foot

F- Cartier Martin - strained right patella tendon

C – Hamaday Ndiaye – strained right patella tendon

Saunders is not expecting any members of the injury roster to return for the remainder of the season.

“We’ve got six guys out, we’re playing with nine. So, we’re undermanned but our guys have been competing,” Saunders said.

“That’s one of the reasons that we’ve been able to win a couple of games in a row is because of how competitive and how hard we’ve been playing. At home I think our fans have really responded to our players and the effort that they’ve given,” Saunders said.

The Wizards will bring a two game winning streak into tonight’s game against the Pistons after defeating the Cavaliers at home on Friday, and the Bobcats on the road on Sunday. If they can pick up their third win tonight, it will be their first three-game winning streak since April of 2008.

While the Pistons (26-50) don’t appear to a be a team anyone should be afraid of, Saunders cautioned that there are potential matchup problems with the Pistons, the team he coached from 2005-2008.

“For some reason, we seem to not match up very well against them. Our strength is their strength and their strength is veteran strength. They are long and really give us problems on the perimeter,” Saunders said.

“They are a team that a lot of people thought would be better than what they are. They are a very capable team, but we can’t worry about them,” Saunders said.

“I told our guys over the last couple of weeks we just have to worry about ourselves and what we have to do and play hard and dictate how the tempo is played.”

The Wizards and Pistons tip off tonight at 7 at Verizon Center.

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