Pregame warmup: Wittman keeps Booker as starter

Pregame warmup: Wittman keeps Booker as starter
October 17, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Randy Wittman reflects on when he played in Baltimore

(Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Randy Wittman has been here before.

He played in a game at Baltimore Arena years ago.

"Hasn't changed much, has it?" he said before tipoff of Thursday's preseason matchup with the New York Knicks.

Will anything change with the Wizards this season on the court?

They had a familiar trend during last year's 29-win season: Beating elite opponents such as the Miami Heat at home but then losing to the likes of the Charlotte Bobcats.

It's just the preseason, but the Wizards defeated the Heat 100-82 on Tuesday. And the Heat played to win.

In the Knicks, they're another top team in the East. 

How Wittman toys with his lineup isn't that important, or so he says. He started Jan Vesely for the first two games but Trevor Booker has gotten the nod in the last two. 

Nene was in uniform but seemed unlikely to play vs. New York. He returned from Brazil on Wednesday, didn't practice Thursday morning

Eric Maynor, who sat out the last game because of soreness in his left Achilles, is playing.

"The strategy is so different for me coaching a (preseason) game than it is than if I'm coaching regular game," Wittman said. "It might be a situation where I do something totally different in a regular season game that I'm not doing now. It might not help us win a game. I don't want them focusing on that, although winning is important."

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