- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 26, 2003


Seen and heard last night at Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.:
EXPOSED Looking for something good to come out of the losing? Wizards coach Doug Collins says don't knock it until you've tried it.
"It's a barometer of what you have to do to get better," Collins said. "Some teams will make a little push for next year, and then they'll get all of this hope and sometimes it puts a Band-Aid over their weakness. I don't want there to be any Band-Aid over our weaknesses. I want for them to be exposed so that when we sit down in the offseason we can do things to address those things.
KILLING THREE SOFTLY Going into the game against the Blazers, the Wizards' 3-point shooting has been, to put it mildly, horrendous.
Washington entered the game having been outscored from the arc 147-27 over the last six games, four of which have been losses.
"Oh, it's killed us," Collins said about the gigantic discrepancy. "What it brings out in us is that ever since training camp we've tried to be a team that makes the other team make the extra pass, make the extra rotation, and we have not done a good job of that. You could see that the other night late in the game [against Golden State]. You could see that we were not making the other guys make the extra pass. And it's been the difference between winning and losing."
IT'S OAKLESS Power forward Charles Oakley missed his third consecutive game with what the team is calling a swollen knee. The Wizards will probably be Oakless in Seattle today, too.
John N. Mitchell

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