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Gil's Post-All-Star Funk

Official Wizards Beat Writer Ivan Carter's been unusually active over in WizInsider land, so I'd recommend you check him out. Things sound unpleasant. Ivan seemed especially taken by this Gilbert quote:

It's on us because we have to actually go out there and do it. It's like what I was telling the team: we have to go out there and score. At the end of the day, for the last 10 games, everyone's scoring 100. [The Blazers] only scored 94 and they average 93. They still shot 50 percent and that's on us. I'm just saying: we have to go out there and play defense. That's what we're supposed to do.

I guess what he's saying is the key for the Wizards is to do well on offense, and also on defense.

Personally, I liked this quote, which we knew but is still interesting. Eddie Jordan is talking about Jamison's ability to lead.

It's very special, very special and Antawn has it. That's why he's the only captain on the team. I've tried to have main guys the last couple of years to be captains, and it doesn't work because they don't have the qualities.

Love is definitely in the air this week. Anyhow, in the interest of possibly meaningless statistical analysis, let's look at Gilbert's stats, pre-all-star-game-announcement-and-rented-blimp-dreams, and post-all-star-game-announcement-and-rented-blimp-dreams. You could argue this comparison is unfair, because the post-all-star stuff happened to coincide with Jamison's injury, but I'd say three things in response:

1) Caron's numbers haven't suffered in the same way;

2) Gil's shooting slump started before Jamison got hurt (but after the all-star announcement; and

3) Blogs are supposed to advance specious statistical arguments.

So, onward.

Minutes per game: 40.6 before all-star announcement, 41.25 after

Made shots per game: 9.7 before, 7.5 after

Shooting percentage: 43.5 before, 36.6 after

Made threes per game: 3.2 before, 2.1 after

Three-point percentage: 40.1 before, 24.6 after

Points per game: 30.2 before, 25.3 after

Thus, the question. How do you motivate a man who lives for disrespect but is now universally respected? Maybe he's intentionally tanking for a few weeks so people will write things like this, from MSNBC, and the motivation meter will be replenished:

If you say you're going to do something and then you do it, it's not bragging. But if you fail miserably and then explain what happened by blaming someone else, you're nothing but a whiney weasel.

And so...we bring you Gilbert Arenas, star player for the Washington Wizards, extraordinary scoring machine, and - you guessed it - whiney weasel of the week.

See, he's creating a backlash that he can now lashback against. Genius.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2007; 10:17 AM ET
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Posted by: Unsilent Majority | February 12, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Agent Steinberg,

I think we are all in agreement that you must work extra extremely hard today to get the inside scoop on what's going on with the Wizards. On behalf of the Bog readership,

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: AV | February 12, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

This was actually my theory too when I first thought of yesterday. He's pulling a tank job to get more doubters, only to prove them wrong again.

Posted by: Pradamaster | February 12, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

And in the process tanking the season ...

Posted by: Colin | February 12, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

you cant triple stamp a double stamp

Posted by: CreditZard | February 12, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I think the slump goes back to around the beginning of the new year. The 3 straight 30+ point games to start January and the 51 vs Utah are misleading. Take them out and Arenas shot 38.2% and 24.5 points for the other 11 games in the month of January.

Is it coincidence that his FG% started to drop when they went back to the old balls?

Posted by: Prophet | February 12, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

there is no middle ground when gilbert plays in this all star game. he's either going to have the touch, score a bunch of threes or perform like he has in the past, further spiraling downward with his shot. or maybe tanking the allstar game would be the ultimate underdog status for gil? this is what makes the team and gil in particular hard to predict and makes them entertaining as w(h)ell.

Posted by: CreditZard | February 12, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Agent Stein, thank you for the silver lining! Yes, the best thing we can do for Gilbert now is attack him! LOL.

Man, Gilbert definitely made me feel sorry for Coach Eddie Jordan. Whatever they're paying Eddie, it's not enough.

Love is definitely in the air this week. It's all about the love.

Posted by: Nancy | February 12, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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