Jor­dan Plans to Go Deep Into His Bench

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports - By Ivan Carter

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N. J., April 7 — The sched­ule isn’t do­ing the in­jury- de­pleted Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards any fa­vors as the reg­u­lar sea­son winds down. Satur­day night’s game at New Jer­sey was their fifth in seven days, and this week isn’t any lighter, with a home game against the Nets on Tues­day and a road game at Mi­ami on Wed­nes­day.

The team has strug­gled with back- to- back sets all sea­son, and a thin ro­ta­tion will be fur­ther tested by the grind of play­ing on short rest. Af­ter ask­ing his starters and re­serve for­ward Dar­ius Son­gaila to carry heavy min­utes dur­ing Fri­day’s home loss to Cleve­land, Coach Ed­die Jor­dan en­tered Satur­day’s game plan­ning to play re­serves such as Donell Tay­lor, Mike Hall and Roger Ma­son.

Tay­lor had ap­peared in just 40 games en­ter­ing Satur­day night and hadn’t played since a March 26 loss at Utah. Hall saw his lone NBA ac­tion in a brief stint at Char­lotte on Tues­day and Ma­son mostly had seen spot duty all sea­son.

“ Maybe their en­ergy will help us,” Jor­dan said. “ We know there will be some mis­takes, hope­fully not 23 of them [ turnovers] like last night, but we’ll see.”

Tay­lor, Hall and Ma­son were on the court get­ting in some ex­tra work prior to Fri­day and Satur­day night’s games just in case. All three will be free agents this sum­mer, so the fi­nal games and the play­offs could have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact.

“ Just try­ing to stay ready,” Tay­lor said. “ If you get in there, you want to make the most of it. We don’t have any­thing to lose.”

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