Briefing: Does this look like the face of a coach dealing with distractions?

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Can't find the focus - Craig Stouffer, Washington Examiner

[S}omething else [...] was ominous: the way Wizards head coach Flip Saunders answered when I asked him if the last few days of disruptions were to blame. "I don’t want to blame it on that because we might have a lot of those days here over the next month," he said. "You can’t have a built-in excuse." It sounds like there may not be any choice.

Jamison thrives despite distractions - Michael Lee, Wizards Insider

Jamison has scored at least 26 points in five consecutive games, including 32 on 13-for-21 shooting in Sunday's 115-110 loss to New Orleans. With the Wizards depleted because of suspension (Arenas) and injury (Mike Miller) and Caron Butler continuing to play uneven basketball, Jamison figures to have to carry the team for the immediate future and perhaps beyond. "It's just that way, but we get Andray back tomorrow," Jamison said. "Caron is going to get back in the thick of things. Randy [Foye] has been doing a tremendous job here as of late, so when Mike gets back, I think I'll be pretty much back to normal.

Pistons Top Wizards, End 13-Game Slide - Dave Johnson, CSN Washington

"We have to learn to win as a team," said Antawn Jamison who once again led the Wizards with a game-high 31 points and 11 rebounds. "Right now all our guys need to bring energy every night and tonight for whatever reason we didn’t." Whether it was lack of proper preparation or just poor execution, the Wizards allowed a reeling and injured Pistons team to seize control of the game in the second quarter and then build enough confidence to close the game in the fourth.

Washington Wizards fall to Detroit Pistons, 99-90 - Michael Lee, Washington Post

Butler missed 10 of 17 shots, was 0 for 2 from three-point range and failed to get to the foul line. The two-time all-star spent Monday night and Tuesday morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where an uncle was being treated for a serious eye injury stemming from an accident with a nail gun.

Instant Analysis: Pistons-Wizards - Brian Jackson, CSN Washington

After a first quarter in which the Wizards had a 25-12 run, shot 50 percent and had seven assists on 10 made baskets they reminded everyone why they are 12-24 on the season.  To put the second quarter in perspective, the Wizards had more turnovers (6) then field goals (4).  The Wizards were void of any energy and it led to them being outscored 27-11 in the quarter.  Those 11 points gave the Wizards a new season low for points in a quarter--the previous low was 13 points.

Wizards fall to Pistons; more players meet with grand jury - Craig Stouffer, Washington Examiner

Making his third start at point guard in the absence of Arenas, Randy Foye (20 points, 10 assists) scored nine straight points to erase an early first-quarter deficit, giving the Wizards their first lead of the night, 16-15, with a 19-foot jumper. Foye became the first Washington guard aside from Arenas to have at least 20 points and 10 assists in a game since Larry Hughes in 2004.

About Last Night: Ball movement and perimeter shooting help Detroit Pistons end nightmarish losing streak - Justin Rogers, Full Court Press

After allowing each of their past three opponents to shoot better than 57 percent from the floor, the Pistons did an admirable job by holding the Wizards to 44.2 percent on Tuesday.   Detroit was particularly impressive in the second quarter, forcing Washington to miss 17 of 21 shots.

Best of Twitterville

Twitter / Jack Kogod
They pulled McGee out of practice to meet with investigators. Couldn't they just wait and do it during his free time? Like during a game.

Twitter / Mike Prada
Wizards are shooting 17% in the quarter. In a related story, Earl Boykins has played the entire quarter.

Twitter / Craig Stouffer
No pre-Chipotle video (starring Blatche) tonight. Only the burrito dance.

Twitter / wizznutzz
any1 remember his "ROD ROD ROD ROD ROD, OHHHHHHHH ROD" calls?RT @Truth_About_It: Poor Wiz radio guy Dave Johnson

Twitter / Wizards Extreme
Some of the worst basketball I have ever seen. I see why this team needs to be blown up now.

Twitter / Truth_About_It
Nothing much from Wizards' locker room. It's they know they're bad & that anyone could get traded, so proceed w 'go thru motions' b-ball.

Twitter / George V. Panagakos
Atlanta tomorrow, then Chicago on Friday. Flip still looking for win #600.

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