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That was the sentiment of DeShawn Stevenson, mired in a shooting slump that goes back to last season.

“We have to move the ball,” Stevenson said. “We have to pass the ball. If we don’t pass the ball, we’re not going to win.”

Suns point guard Steve Nash finished with 17 assists, two more than the Wizards.

“When you shoot 39 percent, you’re not going to get assists,” Saunders said.

And you’re destined to shoot 39 percent if all too many of your shot attempts come about with a hand in the face.

The Wizards found it necessary to dwell on the offensive tenets of the game because, defensively, they actually were fairly solid. The Suns fell nine points short of their scoring average, induced in part by their 20 turnovers and the nine blocked shots of the Wizards.

“I told our guys that holding them to 102 points is not that bad,” Saunders said.

Otherwise, the Wizards are left to wait on the recovery of Antawn Jamison and Mike Miller. That seems to be the lot of the Wizards, always waiting on the injured.

“We had pretty good team chemistry,” Stevenson said. “Then we lost Mike.”

Miller has what Foye does not - a 6-foot-8 body that discourages shooting guards from trying to post him up. If Arenas and Foye are on the floor together, one or the other sometimes finds himself being backed down to the basket by a taller opponent.

Blatche delivered another solid performance before becoming fatigued late in the game. He dismissed the notion that the Wizards are in desperate trouble, reminiscent of the disaster last season.

“This is nothing like last year,” he said. “We just have to keep pushing, keep fighting. We’re going to get there. There’s no doubt in my mind. And once Mike and Antawn get back…”

Until then, the Wizards might want to spend part of their next practice being reintroduced to each other.

For they are playing as if they were picked off the street hours before the tipoff.