Webber: Give Howard ball Bullet questions offense after Wednesday loss


Reprinted from yesterday's late editions

PHOENIX -- When the Washington Bullets ran their winning streak to four games earlier this week, Chris Webber spoke about the team being on the road and bonding. But after that streak ended, their were signs of dissension in the Bullets' locker room.

Prefacing his remarks by saying, "Please don't make anything negative, because it's not," Webber questioned why Juwan Howard did not have the ball during crunch time in Wednesday night's 114-107 loss to the Phoenix Suns. It was the 17th straight loss to Phoenix for the Bullets, whose last win against the Suns came in 1988.

Webber, with his strong play all season, would have been the logical first option down the stretch, but he fouled out with 3: 59 left, ending with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Howard had just two shots in the fourth quarter, missing both. After scoring 16 points in the first half on 7-for-8 shooting, he was 1-for-8 from the field in the second half. The Bullets went the final 3: 46 without scoring.

"I wonder how many shots Juwan took in the second half?" Webber asked. "I wonder how many in the fourth quarter and crunch time?

"The point is I think he should have gotten more, that's my point," Webber added. "I don't want to get anything started. The ball should be in [Rod Strickland's] hands. Not that anybody's taking the shots. But there are enough shots to go around, too many shots to go around."

Said Strickland, who finished with 20 points and 11 assists: "We just missed some shots. I think we had some pretty decent looks, but we missed some shots."

Howard said: "Truly, I was upset about what went on in the fourth quarter. I feel the ball should be in my hands more."

Pub Date: 12/20/96

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