Hanrahan: What Wizards Team Will Appear?

Hanrahan: What Wizards Team Will Appear?
November 21, 2010, 7:51 pm
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Sunday November 21, 2010 3:10 p.m.
By Frank HanrahanCSNwashington.com

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So what Wizards team will show up tonight in Detroit? It's anyone's guess. Will it be the one that actually played good defense and showed hustle in the win over Memphis on Friday night or will it be the team that got pasted by 31 points at Boston on Wednesday? The loss at Boston actually came a day after the Wizards blew out Toronto at Verizon Center. So just when you think the Wizards may be turning that corner they predictably go out and lay an egg like they did against the Celtics.

Wizards coach Flip Saunders blames youth and inexperience for his Jekyll and Hyde team that has a 4-7 record. "It is part of the maturation process of being able to find ways to win at home and then hope it carries over and find ways to win on the road," Saunders said.

Last week, the John Wall less Wizards defended their home court with impressive wins over lower tier teams like Toronto and Memphis but in between went to the NBA finalist Celtics and got hammered. "At Boston we had no energy, we had a back to back and our young guys have not become accustomed to playing that, Saunders said."

It not just the young players that are struggling with the hectic schedule. Veteran guard Gilbert Arenas, trying to find his old all-star form, played well at home with 20 points against Toronto and 24 versus Memphis but like the rest of the team was wretched with only 9 points at Boston. So what gives? I dont know," Arenas said. "Its a completely different night. The good thing about the NBA is when you play badly you have another game right around the corner to get the bad taste out of your mouth," Arenas said.

As basic as it seems, Saunders continually points to energy as the main key for his young squad to thrive. "All teams have a spurt and when they have that spurt you got be able to match it with energy." Speaking of basics, Saunders also wants his team to forget about the flair and get it done with the fundamentals. "With young teams you find out that young players thinks sometimes that the spectacular play shows that they are established so its one of those things we are fighting with on a nightly basis," Saunders said.

Flip a coin because who really knows what Wizards team will show up.