Help the Wizards

Are things so bad for the Washington Wizards (7-16) that they need coaching help from fans? is conducting a contest that asks readers to submit a diagram of an inbounds play that the "Wizards will try to use during a game." The deadline for submissions is Dec. 23.

Team spokesman Scott Hall referred questions about the contest to Washington coach Flip Saunders.

Wizards forward Antawn Jamison said this is a fun way for fans to get involved.

"If we run the play and it works, good," Jamison said. "If it doesn't work, I'm going to be looking at Coach and seeing his reaction. I don't think Flip will be too happy."

Blazers add Tolliver

The Portland Trail Blazers called up forward Anthony Tolliver from their NBA Development League affiliate.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward out of Creighton averaged 20.7 points and 9.9 rebounds in seven starts with the Idaho Stampede.

The banged-up Blazers were awarded a hardship exemption by the NBA to temporarily add a 16th player to their roster.

Billups hurting

Point guard Chauncey Billups might miss the Denver Nuggets' game at New Orleans tonight because of a strained left groin.

- Associated Press