Wizards notebook: Finding a third wind

Wizards notebook: Finding a third wind
July 15, 2012, 10:06 pm
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LAS VEGAS -- The truncated 2011-12 season led to circumstances where NBA teams played a grueling three games in three nights. The Wizards dealt with the unfortunate scheduling hat trick twice. With the leagues labor situation squared away, no more of that during the regular season. The summer league, thats a different story. Having already played twice during the first two days of the Las Vegas showcase, Washington closes out the Sunday night session inside the Cox Pavilion againsta NBA D-League Select team.Itll be tough for us, said Wizards summer league coach Sam Cassell following Saturdays 76-70 win over Houston. Three games in a row, these guys got to get their rest. At least its not until (7:00 PT).Cassell gave four of his five primary players rest in the second half after said players actively built up a 25-point second-half lead. Chris Singleton and Beal played 26 and 24 minutes respectively, but both had seats on the bench for the fourth quarter along with Jan Vesely and Shelvin Mack. Only Mack received fewer than 30 minutes in the opener against Atlanta. Tomas Satoransky played 22 minutes and directed traffic during the entire final quarter against Houston.On the flip side the D-League squad is making its 2012 debut on Sunday. Familiar names include former Wizards summer league player Mardy Collins, ex-Texas Tech guard Andre Emmett and Phil Hubbard, a one-time Wizards assistant coach in the same role with the D-League team.Against Houston, Washington'sstarters expended plenty of energy building up that lead, not wanting another lackluster startafter turning in oneon Friday, and kept it rolling into the second half. Beal produced as a rebounder, passer and scorer during the third quarter, coming up with nine of his team-best 14 points. Two came on a baseline jam, but the worn-out feeling almost prevented what proved to be an uplifting play."I almost missed because I was kind of tired and stuff, but yea that got me going a little bit," Beal said. Perhaps tired legs and a compacted schedule - the Wizards arrived later than expected Thursday night and then played the first game of Friday's session - explain the team'sfree throw woes. In two games, Washington is shooting 63.6 percent (42 of 66) from the line. Beal missed half of his 10 attempts against the Rockets and Singleton is 9 of 17 (53 percent) combined. All 14 players on the Wizards summer league roster have received playing time. Former Gonzaga star Steven Gray contributedduringa second quarter run playintg alongside the starters. Typically capable from distance, the guard finished with six points and four assists, but missed all five of his3-point attempts. The Wizards will have a day off Monday before playing consecutive games on Tuesday (Grizzlies, 6:00 pm ET) and Wednesday (Bucks, 4:00 pm ET). The final two games will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.