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Larry Hughes Play-Stealing Update

[First, your Brendan Haywood playing time udpate. Will it change in Game 2, Eddie Jordan was asked?

"There could be a change," Jordan said. "I don't know yet. I'm hoping that Etan can start off really well, and that we can go with a normal rotation. And Brendan's been the first big off the bench. Now, what he does with that is up to him."]

Anyhow, scurrying media types scurried today to ask the Wizards how emotionally devastated they were by Larry Hughes's blatant play-stealing on Sunday. From Michael Lee's WaPo story today:

Hughes chuckled after the game as he shared a story about how he shouted out a play as Wizards point guard Antonio Daniels dribbled up the court. Daniels, perplexed, looked to the Wizards' bench, hoping for Jordan to call another play. "I have fun playing those guys," Hughes said. "It's not anything heated. It's no animosity for me leaving. It's all fun. Nothing personal."

Barring a Caron Butler miraculous return, a parade I rained on below, the most interesting story line of the day was how the Wizards would deal with this infidelity.

Etan Thomas offers feedback to those who would steal plays. Of course, this photo is from last year, but still.

"Be more discrete, be more discrete in our play calling and our sets," Jarvis Hayes said. "I mean, we haven't figured it out yet. Maybe we have to whisper it while they're on the free throw line or something, or lay out some cards or something."

"Disguise our play calling," seconded DeShawn Stevenson. "I think Antonio did a good job with that sometimes, but every time coach gives us a play, Larry's putting it to the bench, so it's tough."

I asked how one would disguise the play calling.

"Actually call a play that he knows, and run it a different way," Stevenson said. "There's many different ways. We've got so many plays, but Larry, he knows all the plays. He's cheating on all the plays."

Others were not worried about that.

"Man, I'm not worried about that," Antonio Daniels said. "We've gto to play. We've got to play. I know y'all looking for the game within the game, but we've got to play basketball. We can't afford to worry about that. He played here for a while, he knows what's going on, so we've got to play, we've got to counter it."

"How," he was asked, yielding one of the greatest responses of the season.

"By countering it," Daniels explained. "If they take something away on the floor, the Princeton offense is set up for counters. So if there's something that we're running and they take it away, we have to go to something else."

And the boss agreed with A.D.

"We're calling out their plays, too, so that's nothing different," Eddie Jordan said. "When we hear a call, we know exactly what they're doing. And can you stop it? That's the second part of it....Larry Hughes knows some of the counters of what we do, and that's probably the more important thing. We understand that people know what we're going to do, we have counters for it, but Larry's been in our system so that he knows the counters. So sometimes you have to coach around that. But that's no different than what we know about what they do."

I would love for Ron Jaworski to break this down for me. What I'm gathering is, everyone on every team knows the opponents' plays, but not everyone knows the counters. What I'm wondering is why aren't there counters for those who know the counters?

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 23, 2007; 2:14 PM ET
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Stealing what play's? If that had plays who would run them? Thomas, he'll forget what's called. The team just SUCKS!

Posted by: doug | April 23, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

So, is Eddie really running the counter or only letting Larry think that they're running the counter while really running the original play? And which cup did the iocane powder end up in anyway?

Posted by: DevilGrad | April 23, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Well maybe if you had better coaching Larry Hughes wouldnt be able to figure out what you guys are calling. Oh and dont worry about the Cavs fans(which you talked about in your article). Why dont you worry about your fickle DC fans? I have a friend that lives in DC and she admits your fans are horrible.

Posted by: Ummm | April 23, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Its not in the call, but the execution.

Execute Wiz, Execute.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | April 23, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Cleveland. The land that irony forgot.

Posted by: DevilGrad | April 23, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

how can you make such a dumb comment that the team sucks when they are missing two of their top scorers and teams. don't get me wrong i hope the put up a better showing but let's be realistic, they are playing backups and the backups backups and to say they suck is just dumb!

Posted by: wizfan | April 23, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Amen. I motion to remove "Doug" from any further commenting on the wizards. You have no right to say this team sucks. sure, the first amendment blah blah blah, but as a sports fan, you have zero credibility when you make a comment like that. none.

Posted by: Bethesda | April 23, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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