The Wizards just wrapped up practice, and in a little while they’ll depart for New Jersey where tomorrow they’ll face the Nets as the first of a four-game stretch in five days.
Antonio Daniels again went through a full practice, but Coach Ed Tapscott said he doesn’t plan to make any changes to the starting lineup right away. Daniels has told the coach he doesn’t mind coming off the bench with the second unit and Tap said given this rigorous run that includes two back-to-backs, Daniels’s knee might cause him trouble starting and maintaining a high level of play.
“I certainly don’t mind him coming off the bench, but I do prefer to have him on the court at the end of games,” Tapscott said of Daniels, who on Saturday came off the bench but had 10 points and three assists in 38 minutes, including an extended stretch late in the 102-98 loss to Atlanta.
DeShawn Stevenson talked about his continued struggles saying he’s trying everything he can, both preparation, technique and routine, to get his swagger back. Stevenson is shooting 30 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from 3-point range.
He said he’s been getting alot of phone calls from friends and family offering advice.
“My mom said I need to grow my beard back,” said Stevenson, who sported a couple of days of growth. “Someone in Orlando said I needed to grow my beard back, and someone said I need to do my [I-can’t-feel-my-face] hand motion more, but to do that, I’ve got to make shots. So, we’ll see.”