The Washington Times - March 7, 2012, 06:18PM

As usual, Wizards’ coach Randy Wittman was reluctant to talk too much about the Wizards opponents on Wednesday – Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, but he did offer one bit of game strategy.

“We’re going to have to play in transition,” Wittman said.


“We can’t make this a five-on-five, walk it up the court game.”

Asked how to avoid getting off to a slow start, Wittman replied “I’d like to know that answer.”

“We talk about it, we’ll continue to do that. You have your mindset ready to go from the beginning.”

The Wizards (8-29) may catch a break against the Lakers (23-15), who are on the second night of a back-to-back, an overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons, and could be facing the fatigue factor.

“Obviously traveling and rest play and all that ply into it, but these guys have been doing this for a long time. That’s what this league is all about. You don’t talk about that, that’s what this business is.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown didn’t reveal a lot about his game plan against the Wizards, but did have a complement for JohnWall.

“Baseline to baseline, he is one of the fastest guys in the league.”