Wizards Win, Get Ready to Nap

CHARLOTTE -- My inclination that this early morning game would lead to a record number of turnovers - what with the lack of sleep, the dragging of feet - didn't exactly come to fruition, although both teams combined to fumble the ball 40 times in the Wizards' 100-91 victory. The Wizards, however, did commit 26 of those turnovers, with Donell Taylor leading the way with eight - which almost negated his 12 points off the bench, given that several of them led to points for the Bobcats. DeShawn Stevenson also had a little trouble with the ball as he turned over the ball five times in just over 14 minutes.
The Bobcats had fewer turnovers, but they certainly had the more entertaining variety. Early in the first quarter, Bobcats guard Raymond Felton zipped a no-look, cross-court pass that . . . went directly to Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan. Without thinking, Jordan took off, dribbling the ball past halfcourt before he finally realized that he was in an expensive suit and not shorts and sneakers, and handed the ball over to an official. A few possessions later, Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace attempted a pass and the ball just rolled right out of his hands and much to the surprise of Antawn Jamison, it plopped right into his hands.
Wallace had an impressive line with 22 points and six steals. Jamison led the Wizards with 22.
Once again, the Wizards second unit played solidly, as forwards Andray Blatche and James Lang both had eight points and Michael Ruffin matched starting center Etan Thomas's output with seven rebounds. Brendan Haywood played just 10 minutes - all in the first half - backing up Thomas, who only played 14. Jordan said Haywood "didn't exactly tear it up" against the Bobcats (Haywood finished with one rebound and three turnovers) but that he was fine and would get the start tomorrow in Chapel Hill, N.C.

By Michael Lee |  October 16, 2006; 1:28 PM ET
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After hearing all pre-season long about how good and healthy Jarvis Hayes looks, he sprains his ankle and sits out this game. Go figure. Sure, he can shoot the rock but can you really count on a guy that can't even play half a season since he's been in the L? He's the second coming of Grant Hill...Grant Hill in Orlando that is.

Posted by: danityK | October 16, 2006 2:55 PM

Haywood is the softest big man in the league, who constantly whines and cries about plays...there's a reason we call him "The Big Baby"

Posted by: DC Luv | October 16, 2006 3:09 PM

St. Olaf College 49, Concordia College 14. Improving the record to 6-1.

Ivan, I was expecting weekly updates on this here on the Wizards blog.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2006 3:25 PM

Is there any chance that the lack of ball control was due to the new slippery Spalding basketballs they're all complaining about?

Posted by: g5 | October 16, 2006 3:56 PM


Observations on Haywood? Was he doing the 'pouting thing' that I did when I got taken out of games in 7th grade?

Posted by: Bernard King | October 16, 2006 3:59 PM

Hey guys,

This is my first post with you. I wanted to say "thanks" for the updates, I really enjoy reading what's going on with the Wiz. I'm really looking foward to this season and reading these makes me feel "closer" to the team for the lack of a better term.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Ray Caswell | October 16, 2006 4:30 PM

I prefer "Baby Hay"

Posted by: g | October 16, 2006 8:59 PM

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