Age isn't the issue for Andre Miller, Al Harrington and Drew Gooden as much as inactivity, and it's evident. None of them has the legs to hit shots beyond the paint. Gooden, in fact, hasn't made anything even inside the paint.
"As you see, a little rubbery," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said after Tuesday's practice, following Monday's 110-104 loss vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. "It's a process they're working though. They're working every day extra."
Miller, 37, had 23 points in his first five games with the Wizards (31-29) but only has scored two points in his last two outings. As a result of the backup point guard's play, the second unit hasn't looked good lately. Harrington, 34, has been able to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, but his three-point shooting has been off. He's 0-for-7 and has five turnovers in the last three games.
"You can tell, Andre's balance and stuff, coming off pick-and-rolls, isn't quite there yet. They've missed a lot of time. We've got to be patient," Wittman said. "We've got to push them and they've got to continue doing what they've been doing."
Gooden, 32, has averaged almost seven minutes in each of the last two games but is 0-for-4. He missed a chip shot at the rim vs. Memphis. The Wizards play the Utah Jazz at Verizon Center on Wednesday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).
"He didn't play all year, training camp or anything," Wittman said of Gooden, who was signed to a 10-day contract last week.
With Martell Webster (back), Kevin Seraphin (right knee) and Nene (left knee) out with injuries, there's a spot for each to earn more playing time if they can get into form. If not, the starters will have to play extended minutes which isn't ideal going into the final month of the season.