More breaks due? Not so fast BULLETS NOTEBOOK


BOWIE -- When Chris Webber was with the Golden State Warriors, he'd walk into the locker room before every game and see the same number scribbled on the team's chalkboard: 115.

"Our goal was to try to score 115 points," Webber said. "We wanted to catch people off guard. People aren't ready to play defense when they're back on their heels."

The Warriors put opponents on the defensive with their break, a style totally different from the half-court set that has been the norm for the Washington Bullets in recent years. In Tuesday's loss to the New York Knicks, Washington used the break to come back from an 18-point deficit.

"I think the personnel on the court had a lot to do with it -- they had more quickness," said coach Jim Lynam, referring to a unit that included Webber, Juwan Howard, Calbert Cheaney, Mitchell Butler and Rex Chapman.

But don't expect the Bullets immediately to turn into a fast-break, West Coast-style team.

"If I got the rebound and didn't dribble to lead the break, [Golden State coach Don Nelson] would yell at me," Webber said. "I feel more comfortable with the [break] in transition. But I also feel comfortable with a set offense because it puts us in position to expose a team's weakness."

Butler does it

It was no coincidence that the Bullets went to their running game when Butler was on the court. The explosive second-year guard only played nine minutes -- all in the second half -- but his eight points and two steals probably earned him more playing time.

"That Butler has to be a part of this, there's no question about that," Lynam said. "Juwan and Chris flow in that kind of game. And Mitchell's a part of making that happen. So somehow, some way, I have to make time for him."

Butler is averaging 17.4 minutes through 11 games, but his time has been cut as Lynam has attempted to fit Webber and Howard in the lineup.

Will he get a ham?

Webber will be making an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" tonight.

"I'm just going to go out there and tell some jokes," said Webber, who twice had appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show." "I've never liked doing stuff like that, so I don't know if I'm nervous or whatever. It's good for the organization."

Injury update

Cheaney sat out yesterday's practice with a mild sprain of his right ankle, and may miss practice today. But he'll likely play in tomorrow's game against the Detroit Pistons.

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