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Wizards and Bucks is about to tip-off and I just wanted to drop in with a couple of pre-game notes:

-Eddie Jordan that DeShawn Stevenson will draw Bucks guard Michael Redd tonight.
-Former Maryland guard Chris McCray, who made the Bucks roster as an undrafted free agent after a spectacular training camp, is inactive. He has yet to play in regular season game.
-Gilbert Arenas ranks 2nd in the NBA in points per game (28.8) and Redd ranks 3rd (28.4). Allen Iverson is first (31.4).
-Calvin Booth, James Lang and Darius Songaila are inactive for the Wiz.
-The Bucks are sporting their new road uniforms. They are forest green with red piping. I kind of like 'em.

By Ivan Carter  |  November 10, 2006; 6:56 PM ET
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We had a combined score of 11 pts and 8 bds from our 5's.

I put Etan and Brendan into the EWSPN trade calculator and it spit back a 1986 Sentra with the hatchback and one headlight broken. Sounds fair.

Posted by: Tony | November 10, 2006 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Two words CARON BUTLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: PamelaBrandly | November 10, 2006 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, I am ready to read an entire article about Etan Thomas, I'm sure you are already working on it :)

Posted by: Takia Hawkins (sigmakia3) | November 10, 2006 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Why on earth does Jordan continue to play Michael Ruffin at center? He did so towards the end of the second quarter and again predictably coughed up a large lead. During the time that Ruffin has played center this season, here are his game by game +/- statistics:
Milwaukee: -8
Indiana: +2 (he played one minute as center)
Orlando: DNP as center that game
Boston: -7
Cleveland: -6

In other words, in every game in which Ruffin played a chunk of minutes at center, his best showing was -6. By contrast, when either Haywood or Thomas are on the floor, the Wizards outscore the competition by a significant margin. Jordan can't continue to just give the other team points like this.
Ruffin is not having a good season so far, but he does far better in terms of +/- when he plays as a PF replacing Jamison. I don't know whether to blame Ruffin for his poor play or Jordan for putting him in a bad position. If Jordan for whatever reason feels a need to go with a third center (I think Haywood and Thomas are in good enough shape to split 48 minutes), maybe Booth should get a look.

Posted by: Henry | November 11, 2006 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, don't let Booth rot on the bench. Don't hate him 'cause he's ugly!

Posted by: Zonker | November 11, 2006 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Still giving up too mnay layups...

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | November 11, 2006 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I was just looking over the stats for the last few seasons. Most of you probably know this, but this was surprising to me: Brendan, despite starting 70 games last year, only managed 7.3 ppg and 5.9 rpg.

That's just plain awful for a 7-foot center, particularly the rebounding. Just for some perspective, here are some other 05-06 rebounding totals:

Caron: 6.2 rpg
Juwan Howard: 6.7 rpg
Donyell Marshall (the jumpshooter): 6.1
Andrew Nocioni: 6.1 (he's 6-foot-7)
KWAME!!: 6.6
Brendan: 5.9

I'm not a Brendan-hater, but that's pathetic. He certainly has no right to expect a life-long starting position. No disrespect to Etan, but could you imagine the Wiz with a legit top-line rebounder to play C?

Posted by: Andrew | November 11, 2006 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Brendan Haywood to Indiana for Jeff Foster- straight up. It seems like a pretty fair trade for all involved. Indiana gets a younger 7 footer to complement O'Neal- Wizards get a strong rebounder to come off the bench (and start when necessary). Thoughts?

Posted by: Just Saying... | November 12, 2006 4:47 AM | Report abuse

And what makes you think that Indiana would give up a hustling, over-achieving rebounder for a sulking, under-achieving fall-away jump shooter?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 12, 2006 10:05 AM | Report abuse

And what makes you think that Indiana would give up a hustling, over-achieving rebounder for a sulking, under-achieving fall-away jump shooter?

Posted by: Rook | November 12, 2006 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see the Wiz pick up a strong rebounder that thinks about defense and gets his points on the offensive glass - and only have to give up Haywood to get him.

Posted by: Rook | November 12, 2006 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I decided to watch Stevenson a bit during the game on Friday to see how he did defensively against Redd. It seems he did a pretty good job, usually in position, taking away certain options. Redd's game last night (57 points) suggests that Stevenson was doing something right.

Posted by: K | November 12, 2006 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Can't comment on the Nets game because I didn't watch it, but as for Milwaukee Friday night, I quote and paraphrase the great Chris Rock:


I'm not saying they have to be dominating on the boards. But seems like too many times the Wiz are putting up shots with no one under the basket, and the rebound gets the other team off to the races.

Or when the Wizards are on D, the rebound somehow winds up in the hands of the offensive team for a putback or short jumper in the lane.

There are 76 games left in the season, but this rebounding problem is getting old. And it's driving me crazy!

Posted by: iceberg | November 13, 2006 9:31 AM | Report abuse

That Nets loss was so bad. Unreal. No way should that happen. Also, we gave up 111 to Milwaukee. I'm back to my doom and gloom.

I still like Jamison, but I am kind of fed up with him right now. Or, at least in how he is being used. He does not want to go inside at all and is content to jack up jumpers with 0 conscious. Its great when he's hot but all too often (like last night), he's not hot and he cannot hit water if he fell out of a boat. I do not need my power forward taking 2 shots in the paint in an Eastern Conference matchup with one of the teams we are trying to compete with for one of the top spots.

They didn't have Jefferson last night. Ridiculous that we did not win that game. That's the difference between the 2 or 3 (the Nets) and the 7 or 8 (us). You don't give away games like that one if you want to be an elite team.

Posted by: Bernard King | November 13, 2006 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Would it hurt to try a lineup of Arenas, Butler, Jamison, Thomas and Haywood once in a while? Or even just once? Just try to go big once and see how it works. It will allow Jamison to play SF for a few minutes, which should help the issues BK raises above, plus allow for better rebounding and interior defense.

Posted by: George | November 13, 2006 11:28 AM | Report abuse

How on EARTH do the Wizards not switch on every screen and defend the three point line at all costs on that last possession of regulation. Let them catch the ball in the paint, under the basket, wherever. But how can the they leave Carter that wide open. That's on the coach, no?

Oh and no way that shot drops on off the back rim with the old ball...

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