- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 8, 2008


Wizards coach Eddie Jordan and the team’s veterans said during the preseason that they needed someone to provide scoring off the bench. So far, Nick Young has answered the call.

Entering Friday, the second-year shooting guard ranked fourth in the league in scoring off the bench with an average of 15.7 points a game.

Chicago’s Ben Gordon (17.6), San Antonio’s Roger Mason Jr. and New York’s Nate Robinson (both at 15.8) were the top three.

Mike Jones


Wizards at Magic

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Amway Arena, Orlando, Fla.

TV/radio: CSN; ESPN 980

Probable starters: Magic — F Hedo Turkoglu, F Rashard Lewis, C Dwight Howard, G Mickael Pietrus, G Jameer Nelson. Wizards — F Caron Butler, F Antawn Jamison, C Etan Thomas, G DeShawn Stevenson, G Antonio Daniels.

Injuries: Magic — none reported. Wizards — Out: C Brendan Haywood (wrist), G Gilbert Arenas (knee).

Outlook: Orlando is 48-28 all-time against Washington, including 29-9 at home. The Magic went 3-1 against the Wizards last season. Howard is averaging 20.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 4.2 blocks. Lewis, after a moderate slump last season, has returned to the form that earned him a $117 million contract in 2007. He’s averaging 20.2 points and 7.3 rebounds.

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