The Washington Wizards already were expecting to see a new-look Detroit Pistons squad tomorrow night at Verizon Center, since Allen Iverson is now wearing No. 1 for Detroit instead of Chauncey Billups. But they continue to brace for more change as the Pistons continue to try to find their identity.
Word is that Detroit, who yesterday with a loss to New York fell to 7-8 since the Billups-Iverson trade, will trot out a different starting lineup tomorrow night. Going small, Detroit will move Allen Iverson to shooting guard, Rodney Stuckey will start at the point, Richard Hamilton will drop down to small forward, and Tayshaun Prince slides over to power forward alongside Rasheed Wallace.
The Wizards believe that they shouldn’t have any additional trouble because of the chance because they have the ability to matchup with bigger or smaller lineups.
“If we’re playing a team that’s big, we can matchup big, if we’re playing a team that’s small, we can matchup small,” Antawn Jamison said. “We’ve got myself at the four, and Caron at the three and so forth.”
The main problem is defensive execution regardless of the size of the lineup.
“Chicago gave us problems witht heir dribble penetration,” Jamison said. “We watched film and a guy would get the ball and he has nothing but the paint, guys are hugged up on their man on each side. We just have to do a better job with that because if I’m a guard and I see a four or five guarding me and I see all that red, I’m going straight to the paint. We can ill afford to do that because there are so many talented guys in this league to let them do that.”
With the Pistons still struggling to find their chemistry, Ed Tapscott said the Wizards will try to throw a few things at them to disorient them, but he didn’t want to go into detail, perferring to keep those tricks up his sleeve until the game is in play.