Need some D in Big D
The Wizards will play an interesting set of back to backs in the next five days. First, it's tonight against Dallas followed by a quick turnaround at Houston tomorrow night and then, after getting Thanksgiving off, it's at Memphis on Friday followed by a home game against the Pistons.
It's a tough little stretch and will tell us a lot about this team. How will the depth be if Jarvis Hayes can't go? Jarvis is listed as day-to-day after that nasty fall the other night but I don't expect to see him tonight. That means we'll see some Donell Taylor and Roger Mason Jr. at some point over the next two nights.
Much has betten written about the Wiz and that ugly 0-4 mark on the road and to me, it all starts with Gilbert Arenas. He's looked like a totally different player at Verizon Center and his stats back that up. As I detailed in today's Post, Gilbert is averaging 36.6 point and shooting 51.1 percent at home and averaging 18.3 points while shooting 28.2 percent on the road. Tonight will be interesting because in Jason Terry and Devin Harris, the Mavs have a pair of quick-footed guards to throw at Arenas plus a veteran like Anthony Johnson to bring in if needed.
The Wizards better bring some defense tonight against Dirk Nowitzki and the boys. Dirty Dirk was named the Western Conference player of the week yesterday after he had double doubles in all three of Dallas' wins last week.
I watched the Mavs win at Charlotte last night and have seen a few of their games overall and the general impression is that they are team that is still hung over from blowing the finals in June. I don't see a ton of passion or extra defensive energy and Dirk Nowitzki has appeared to pick his spots while fitting in with a few new pieces like Johnson, Austin Croshere and Devean George.
The Mavs have won six straight games after opening 0-4 but players seem to sense that they aren't playing anything close to great basketball.
From today's Dallas Morning news
An interesting quote from former Wizard Jerry Stackhouse after last night's 93-85 road win over the scrappy Charlotte Bobcats: "Early in the season, we should have all the enthusiasm to play, but it's still kind of hard getting up for teams like that," Stackhouse said. "We felt we could wear them down as the game went along. They're still trying to figure out how to win."
The Mavs could be short-handed: George could be out with a sore knee, Josh Howard has been out with sprained left ankle and Stackhouse hs been slowed by a strained groin that forced him to miss the Mavs' previous game.
One key for the Wizards during this road stretch will be laying off the zebras and concentrating on playing basketball. Several players talked about how they've allowed themselves to be distracted by calls, particularly down the stretch of close games.
Caron Butler on the issue following yesterday's workout at Verizon Center: "That's what we worked on in practice today. We had Harvey Grant (former Bullet and director of player development) calling practice today and he's terrible. I mean, he's terrible but guys didn't even look in his direction after some of those calls. Just kept playing. Did I say he's terrible? Write that. You can quote me on that."
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