The Washington Times - March 12, 2011, 06:11PM

It’s been a strange couple of days for Wizards rookie forward Trevor Booker. Coach Flip Saunders revealed a few days ago that he considered sending Booker to the Wizards Development –League team, the Dakota Wizards, then reconsidered his decision when Booker followed his advice to play hard every time he takes the court.

Tonight, Trevor Booker has a chance to show Saunders just how smart he was to keep him here, as he takes on the challenge of guarding the Clippers all-star forward Blake Griffin as the two teams face off tonight at Verizon Center.


“It’s going to be a tough matchup. He’s a good player, athletic, strong. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m definitely up to it, always,” Booker said. As for stopping a few of those monster dunks Griffin is known for, Booker isn’t worried.

“I’m going to try to, and I’m going to get a couple of my own,” Booker said.

Saunders said he’s not overly confident in anyone going one-on-one against Griffin who Saunders described as “playing like a monster,” but he likes the attitude of his rookie.

“Trevor’s going to have a heck of a challenge. One, he’s undersized. Griffin is six-ten; Book is about six-six, six-six and a half. But Book will compete, I know that. If Griffin scores, it’s not going to be because of a lack of effort on Book’s part. It’s going to be a team effort. One thing we can’t do is we can’t get Griffin’s confidence going by turning the ball over and letting him jump off his trampoline and be dunking over everybody,” Saunders said.

The Wizards will be without forwards Rashard Lewis (knee) and Andray Blatche (shoulder), swingman Cartier Martin (knee). Guard Nick Young is questionable (knee.)