- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 3, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD AT IZOD CENTER

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. After cracking the starting lineup six games ago, rookie center JaVale McGee struggled in two outings against stronger, more experienced counterparts in Dwight Howard and Al Horford.

And after averaging 8.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first 12 games, McGee put up a combined eight points and seven rebounds while being hampered by foul trouble against Orlando and Atlanta. Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott said there’s no cause for concern, that it’s just a matter of McGee taking his lumps while acclimating to the NBA.

“That’s what happens with young players. You’re going to have some peak moments and a few valley moments,” Tapscott said. “And so you just play through it until they get the rhythms of the game and get that experience. There are no shortcuts. If I could give him some sort of magical drink that would give him experience, I certainly would have done so by now.”

McGee got a break Tuesday by facing 2008 draft classmate Brook Lopez. McGee took the opportunity to measure his skills against his 7-foot counterpart; he fared well, posting eight points and five rebounds while Lopez had 10 points and nine rebounds.



BY THE NUMBERS

51.8 Percent shooting from the field for the Wizards on Tuesday, their second-best mark of the season.

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