Cedric Jackson doesn’t know the plays and Flip Saunders hasn’t exactly seen what he is able to do, the Wizards have yet to have a practice since Jackson has joined the team, but expect the rookie to be on the court against the Chicago Bulls tonight.
Before the game, Saunders said that he’ll probably play both of his new players a little bit, Cartier Martin along with Jackson, to “see what they can do.” The coach also mentioned that his guys know they have to play well because the team they’re going against certainly have a sense of urgency right now. Currently the Bulls are two games behind Toronto Raptors for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
In the meantime, Jackson, having previously spent time with Cleveland and San Antonio this season, said he’s just looking to find a home and show the coaches what he can do.
But much less a home, Jackson has been looking for a jersey. Tonight he gets to don the #9 jersey which was originally planned for him. After waking up at 4 am to catch a flight from his D-League home of Erie to Detroit to New Orleans on Tuesday, the Wizards were only able to get him a nameless #88 jersey to wear on the bench against the Hornets. So, maybe it’s a good thing he didn’t make his debut with the Wiz on Tuesday.
And even though the Cavaliers and the Spurs are in vastly different situations, Jackson said his time with the Wizards is a “great opportunity” for him because he’s getting a chance to learn a new NBA system. “The Cavs and the Spurs have somewhat of a similar system, so just coming here it’s different to learn the plays when I get out there to run the team,” said Jackson before tonight’s game.
Jackson may not know a lot of plays now, or any of them, but sounding like a student of the game, he said he paid a lot of attention while on the bench in New Orleans. And on the potential of him guarding the explosive Derrick Rose, Jackson said he doesn’t know a lot about him but he knows Rose can get hot at any time and he’s going to “pay attention to a lot of detail,” while he’s on the bench watching him in person.
Either way, bet that player #27 on the season will make an appearance in a Washington Wizards uniform tonight.
Note: Flip said that he doesn’t believe the confidence of his team is any different than what it was before beating New Orleans to end a 16-game losing streak, and that even though the month of March was pretty lousy, the guys have enjoyed playing with each other.
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