New night, different town, different story

Well, if you were one of those cynical Wiz fans who thought your team would come out a little flat tonight against the Carmelo-less Nuggets following Sunday night's thriller in Los Angeles, you were right. The first quarter told the story of this one: Denver 36, Wizards 16. The Wiz nearly erased a 30-point point deficit but couldn't come up with the big shot when they needed it and had no answers - as usual - for little Earl Boykins who just kills this team every time he sees it.

Boykins had 29 points, 7 rebounds (Brendan Haywood had 6) and 6 assists in 30 minutes off the bench and basically got into the Wiz paint whenever he wanted too. He did most of his damage at the free throw line where he made 14-of-15 attempts and also hit some huge shots down the stretch. Marcus Camby was even more of a force He finished with 25 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and seven blocks. The Wiz basically stopped going to the rim once he started swatting shots. They fellas threw up 33 three-pointers and attempted a whopping 112 shots overall.

In many ways, this was utterly predictable. Sunday's game was so wild, so energetic, I could sense they would come out flat. The Pepsi Center was almost as dead as Atlanta's Philips Arena and the Wiz never woke up. Heck, I almost didn't wake up.

Gilbert on playing the Nuggets without Carmelo: "When Melo is in there, they play iso basketball. They make sure they give him all his touches. As soon as he's out of the game, they run. So we knew they gonna come out and play that type of game. I told Coach Karl every time I watch you, you guys play better without him. The ball moves and everybody goes."

By Ivan Carter |  December 19, 2006; 12:29 AM ET
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The starters were fatigued - nothing unexpected about that. So why wasn't the bench prepared to play, and why weren't they played more? And by the way, I'm getting tired of Hayes going solo court to court, not even passing once and then launching his three pointer which never goes in.

Posted by: rgz | December 19, 2006 3:21 AM

Someone once said the best teams beat the teams they should beat. The Wizrds have played two of the worst basketball games ever in their loss this year to the Knicks at Madison Square garden and last night. While watching a bit of the first loss I thought "this is the most lifeless basketball game I have ever seen, including middle school games." I do not think the really great teams ever play games that horribly. So what if the Wizarda beat the Lakers in Los Angles. They still are 1-1 over the last two days. Big deal that Gilbert scored all those points. Do you think West, Russell, Robertson (when he was on a real team with the Bucks), Magic, Bird, Jordan or even now Nash would ever have let their team follow up a big win with such a horrible "predictable" loss. The good teams have too much pride to play like bums. If a game like that is "predictable," then we know just how bad the Wizards are. The would stand no chance of evn making the plyoffs if they were in the West.

Posted by: Roger Prine | December 19, 2006 4:37 AM

Interesting the observation that Gilbert makes about Carmelo and the Nuggets playing better team ball without him - that's why I think whoever gets Iverson will regret it. He'll demand his "touches" and put up 30 shots a game - putting an offense completely out of sync. There's no "I" in team.

Posted by: Bullets Fan in L.A. | December 19, 2006 5:18 AM

Eddie Jordon is a fool, he should have pulled the starters when it was obvious that they were wiped-out from the previous night. How are we going to get up for the SAC & PHX back-to-back?

The fact that we don't really have an offense is always on display when our bench is out there flopping around. Last night would have been a good chance to let the bench get some valuable playing time.

Posted by: Wizzy | December 19, 2006 7:54 AM

What a disappointment. What happened to Haywood?? Back to the ol' fadeaway jumpers and being schooled and outrebounded by boykins!

Agreed about Hayes, rgz. The man is talented but KILLING us when he (and others) hoist up threes before our big men can even attempt to fight for position under the basket. Although it seems that the extra time for our big men may not even help, as in several instances I watched as Haywood would stand and watch the ball sail over his head towards the basket and subsequently get rebounded by one of the three nuggets defenders who had smartly established position on the boards. Where the heck is the box out? That's fundamental basketball!

Man, does that leave a sour taste. We better split the next two games at least, or it's back to the ol' Lez Boulez stigma that we've been trying to fight off the entire season.

Caron and Gil (and sometimes Daniels) shouldn't be the only ones playing with heart every game. Why can't that attitude rub off on the rest of the team?

Big props to Caron for hustling his butt every second on the court. That's how all of our players should act. But if you're not hustling then it's Coach Eddie's responsibility to take you out. Where was Eddie when Donnell Taylor was dragging his feet for a good five minutes?? No wonder guys like Boykins light us up. We can't even get our reserves to play with some hustle!

Posted by: Nick | December 19, 2006 8:49 AM

Everybody knows the Wizards are not a great team. Not yet. But they are a pretty good team when everything is clicking. Sure they lost last night but that was after playing a highly emotional game a little over 9 hours prior. Add in travel time and all those press interviews, I am sure they were all fatigue. The only negative from the loss to Denver is our lack of experienced bench players (save for Antonio Daniels). I have noticed anytime the wizards bench get in the game, we lose leads. Maybe Darius getting back will help.

Posted by: Bart | December 19, 2006 8:50 AM

As I mentioned before the first Denver game, if you don't take advantage of Boykins on the defensive end, he'll just kill you on offense. I didn't see one time when the Wizards posted him up. That's bad coaching.
This loss points to the fact that the Wizards don't have one fiery guy who commands respect in the locker room and who would not allow a letdown after a game like the Lakers win. Gilbert won't ever be that guy, and neither will Jamison. Butler is the only hope on the current roster, but even he seems to be somewhat carefree on a team of nice guys.

Posted by: Henry | December 19, 2006 10:56 AM

Haywood needs to be cut some slack re his rebounding, particularly last night. The Wizards took a lot of perimeter shots which led to long rebounds. That's why our perimeter players and Boykins and Miller were able to snag so many caroms. I noticed that Haywood was frequently fighting for rebound position against 2-3 Nuggets with nary a Wizard in sight.

His offensive game is another story. He looks as if he's regressed. He needs to learn to stay tall and keep the ball above his head, especially for stick backs.

Posted by: Learned Hand | December 19, 2006 11:12 AM

Being fatigued from the other game isn't an excuse. EJ needs to give his bench players more playing time while early in the season to remedy this back to back game fatigue that the starters can't cope with. I can't believe Boykins had his away around these wizards small ball line-up!
Great teams know how to win back to back and I don't think the Wizards are in that level yet. I noticed that Hayes seems a little slow esp. on defense. Haywood needs to work on his offense.

Posted by: JB | December 19, 2006 11:21 AM

You can give Gil a pass for being off last night. It happens. What killed us last night, once again, was Jamison playing around the world on the perimeter and throwing up shots. Huge game on Sunday, playing on a back-to-back, you're not going to have your jump-shooting definitely stay out of the paint and shoot jumpers all night. So frustrating.

Posted by: Bernard King | December 19, 2006 11:23 AM

Yes they were fatigued. In the 3rd they were hot and came within 3 thanks to Stevenson & Butler, and Gill, unfortunatly they couldnt seal the deal.

I agree that EJ should have let the bench play more. I didnt see the first half, but saw the stats. If he rested the starters, may be, just may be we would have had enough juice in the 4rd to win. If the bench does not get solid playing time now, we are going to suffer later in the season. It's like EJ doesnt trust them, he puts in the reserves and if he does not see magic in 2 min, he takes them out. I also noticed that when the reserves do go in, they just run up and down the court, they will play d, rebound, may steal, but if they dont get a pass from a teammate, how are they supposed to score? In the preseason game against Detroit, Mason got to play, got the ball and scored 22 points. Observation, RMJ and AD seem to mesh well together.

I also agree that we need that one guy who is more of a leader. And if Caron won't step up, not sure who will. As of now it is up to EJ. Yikes!

Posted by: "O" | December 19, 2006 11:44 AM

Agree with all the comments on EJ...he better wake up or find himself back on the bench with Lawrence Frank and the Nets

Posted by: Jo Jo White | December 19, 2006 11:51 AM

Why on earth is the league scheduling the 2nd night of a road back to back in the high altitude of Denver? I mean, at that point, why even bother playing at all? It's absurd. There are plenty of 3 to 4 night breaks in the season - there's no need for a back to back as cruel as this.

Posted by: Dellis | December 19, 2006 11:53 AM

i am not surprised at all, i knew it was going to happen.

agree with learned hand about haywood. lots of long shots and long rebounds. haywood was often alone underneath surrounded by 4 nuggets. wizards were all standing around the perimeter. especially jamison.

time and time again boykins would drive and kick, no anticipation or reaction by the defense. slow and uninspired.

Posted by: poptart | December 19, 2006 12:13 PM

Sit Brandon down, he is a liability...outrebounded by Boykins! Shameful! It was clear when the threes weren't going in that he needed to make some room under the basket...but he let Camby push him around like a rag doll...when he went into the paint. With Etan out he is back to his lazy complacent self...either bench him or find a way to light a fire under his 7 ft lazy self. And Gilbert...when the threes aren't falling try something else...get others involved...move the ball...THINK!

Posted by: crash | December 19, 2006 12:13 PM

I knew we were going to lose this game but I was hoping the non-big three guys would step up. This was a game that Hayes or Daniels should have been ready for. I know it was on the road and after a long/big win but a nuggets team without its top two scorers should not beat the wizards.

Posted by: Jake | December 19, 2006 12:36 PM

Yes, it was a bad loss -- and totally predictable, as Ivan said. The Wiz have been playing good basketball lately. One off game isn't a trend, people. Relax. Just about every team has these kinds of games ocassionally. Sometimes you're just flat, and can't ever get it going. Until I see evidence otherwise, I'm chalking it up to that.

Posted by: Keithinator | December 19, 2006 12:49 PM

No surprise they came out flat, but they fought hard to get back in it. Give Denver credit for slamming the door on the Wiz. When it was down to two, the Nuggets got a stop and scored.

And posting up Boykins is not an easy answer. Camby is going to rotate from his man so he is available to help.

It was comical to watch Arenas and Stevenson squat down to guard Boykins. A few times I thought I had switched to TNT and was watching Elf or LOTR.

At one point, Buckhantz said that the key for the WIz was to keep Boykins out of the lane. He was right, but how ridiculous is it that your key strategy is to keep a 5-4 guy away from the basket? Hats off to him.

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | December 19, 2006 12:51 PM

I can't say I'm surprised. Think about that trip -- end overtime game in LA at 1030 PST. Bus to airport, 1130, fly EAST losing one hour on two hour flight arriving 230 MST, bus to hotel (and remember DEN airport way the heck out there, makes Dulles look close). Bed around 400 MST. Very tough trip. Add to that a fired up home team that's had a night of sleep in their own beds, not about to roll over, where the bench players at the 2 and 3 positions know they've now got a month of opportunities....

Did anyone notice that a very good Utah team, also playing on the 2d night of a back-to-back, lost to the also-depleted but-got-one-night-of sleep-in-their-own-beds New York Knicks in NYC last night?

This is a very tough league, folks, with great ballplayers on every team. Stuff like this happens, and it doesn't mean your players are doggin' it.

Posted by: OutsideTheLaw | December 19, 2006 2:10 PM

The geniuses blaming this loss on Haywood didn't watch the game.
Jake's comment above about the bench guys being ready to play is absolutely correct. All the bench guys should have known going in that after that exciting OT game and with the game at altitude, they would likely be called upon and had to go into the game with some energy. Jordan did the right thing when his starters stumbled out of the gate by pulling all the starters but Butler, but the bench continued to lose ground through the end of the first quarter. Right now it doesn't seem like the bench has the right mix of guys or any identity.

Posted by: Sean | December 19, 2006 3:15 PM

Yeah, I see everyone's point on Haywood. I guess it ain't easy to play the post when your 4-man is sitting out on the perimeter chucking up threes instead of helping out with the boards down low.

Let's see how we bounce back in the next couple of games. I'm hoping for tenacity from caron, gil, and haywood to get us going.

Question: At what point does the organization look at the coaching and make the assessment that it's just not working? What overall record would it take to have Eddie be shown the door? Not saying I have any personal dislike of him, but wondering what the threshold level of poor coaching is and how the org could justify a staffing change.

Posted by: Nick | December 19, 2006 3:16 PM

eddie gotten the wiz to 2 consecutive
playofff appearances...he should get a meddle for that..the team had only been to
the playoffs twice before that...

agains nights happens to teams going back to back on the road...see dallas vs. wiz two weeks ago...

if they go 2-2 on the road trip (win in Sac...lose in utah..) it will be a success ful road trip

Posted by: Anonymous | December 19, 2006 3:26 PM

Personally I blame Antawn Jamison for this loss. He totally got outplayed by EDUARDO NAJERA of all people! Najera took Antawn to school, then took him out to the playground at recess time and whooped his butt! Jamison came out of the gate slow, and basically stood at the 3pt line all game with his hand in the air. When he got the ball he'd chuck up a 3pt attempt that clanked off the rim. No attempt to drive, NO boxing out whatsoever! Najera just pushed Jamison aside at will. Denver dominated the boards, and I blame that on ANTAWN JAMISON! Why don't you play your position? I thought Gil, Caron, DeShawn and Brendan all did ok.

Also agree the bench let us down big time! Hayes has been a big disapointment, and didn't get much from AD either. Blatche has been a total bust so far, and he also plays entirely on the perimeter acting like he's a SG at 6-11! He must be spending all his bench time watching Antawn. Mason has done good, and I wish he'd play more. We definately could of used Etan and even Ruffin last night, and Songaila...

Note to Andray: when on the bench DO NOT watch Jamison to learn how to play. Please watch whoever is playing PF for the OTHER TEAM! You might learn something.

Posted by: Darnell | December 19, 2006 4:08 PM

Zards laid a big fat egg in the first quarter yesterday, they should be ashamed of themselves and the fans have a right to be angry. I hate to say this, especially after last nights exciting win, but it looks like this team has no heart (besides Caron).

Posted by: Zonker | December 19, 2006 4:22 PM

that game was sad. to lose to denver without carmelo anthony is just unexcusable. even with him they should still beat that team! one bad sign i noticed, i don't think we dunked the ball one time the entire game.

Posted by: poptart | December 19, 2006 5:18 PM

Process this one a bit:
- Jerry Stackhouse and the #5 pick for Antawn Jamison.
- A decent point guard, cap filler and two picks in the 20s for Allen Iverson.

Posted by: Henry | December 19, 2006 5:26 PM

The Wiz had dead legs last night, you could tell. Every shot they took was short. It happens on those back to back nights, look at the Nuggets just last week when they came to DC.

Did they even run any plays?

The Wiz has no bench really, so like "poptart" said you could kind of see it coming. I'm glad I'm not the only one upset at Hayes right now.

Jordan STILL should have rode his starters into the ground. Booth isn't the answer, the Nuggets just kept going around that guy.

Boykins is 5 foot nothing, there's no way he should be shooting like he does against the Wiz. They should have fouled him real hard, then he'll stop doing that crap.

Saying that, they still needed to win last night and should have. The Nuggets had three of thier starters out. No excuses on that one.

The Wiz still has some work to do if they want to take that next step.

I was talking with a friend of mine and he compared Jamison to Glen Rice. I think that's a very accurate comparison, they even shoot at the same spots.

Oh well, we'll see later in the week.

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Posted by: Ray | December 19, 2006 5:28 PM

You guys are such NEGATIVE people! I get so tired of the negativity in this city. The Wiz have been playing much better of late and the game against the Lakers was exhilirating. Yes, they lost last night but they were down by 30 and game back to within 2. The Wiz had dead legs after a late and long OT game and the depleted Nuggets were playing with bench guys who were rested and wanted to show what they could do. Same thing happened with the Knicks and Jazz....who would have thought the Knicks would beat the Jazz?

Please...try to find something positive to say....the Wiz have been to the playoffs the past two seasons....before that they were horrid. Give them a break.

Posted by: Lisa | December 19, 2006 8:10 PM

I've been following the team since the 70's. Even though I don't think the Wizards are a top tier team, they're GREAT compared to the teams in the 80's and 90's. Fun to watch, engaging personalities, and they win a few games as well.

Like I said, I don't think they can compete past the first round of the playoffs THIS year, but if Ernie G. can add a couple critical pieces, perhaps we'll be looking at a contender next year.

Posted by: Rook | December 19, 2006 8:38 PM

Please stop comparing Wizard/Nuggets to Knicks/Jazz. It was a tough loss for the Wizards under difficult circumstances. Let's leave it at that. But the Knicks were not "depleted." None of the Knicks' starters was suspended and certainly not their two leading scorers.

Let's see what the Wiz do with the Kings who may be without their leading scorer due to injury.

Posted by: Learned Hand | December 19, 2006 11:15 PM

The one things I've said before on other posts I think I need to say again here...I have faith in Ernie G. He will right this ship and can do it better than me. That said, I doubt he'll do much until Darius is healthy.

Posted by: Jo Jo White | December 20, 2006 10:32 AM

Okay, so the Knicks weren't "depleted" so much. But they are a "terrible team". I mean really. Much worse than the Wizards. Much. Much. Worse.

Plus they're stuck with Isiah Thomas coaching them! I mean, Eddie Jordan may not exactly be Phil Jackson, but at least he's not Isiah Thomas either, right...?

Posted by: Josh | December 20, 2006 11:21 AM


I know the people that run Love nightclub and heard that Gilbert has thrown down $1,000,000 dollars to rent Love on January 5th. The invitations are in process of going out, its going to be very formal black tie event. Will I be seeing you there?

Posted by: D-Bonics | December 20, 2006 11:38 AM

Sometimes I wonder if I missed the point in the last 15 years where the Wiz were a dynasty with a strict culture of winning that is now being embarrassed by such "flat" appearances as this last game.

All I remember was being a perrennial doormat with as many DUIs as highlight dunks and more drug arrests than playoff appearances.

You people need to wake up and watch more of the NBA, teams lose. Jeesh.

Posted by: Jumpy | December 20, 2006 11:44 AM

Jumpy you are absolutely correct. Teams do in fact lose. That does not mean that certain of those losses are not disappointments. Teams that fashion themselves as playoff-caliber should not lose to a team that is without its two leading scorers and one of its top bench players. Blogs are where fans go to express their disappointment, especially when they have high expectations for their favorite team (the past 20 years notwithstanding).

Posted by: H.R.T. Feelins | December 20, 2006 12:24 PM

Time and time again, coach Jordan fails to develop his bench. This one is squarely in his corner because he needs to manage his entire team and not just his starters. He could have used his bench a lot more effectively. He certainly doesn't demonstrate any confidence in his reserves beyond the 8th player. Perhaps, he should learn to methodically develop his reserves by giving them more meaningful minutes. Other coaches around the NBA seem to rest their starters a lot more than the Wizards. With regard to the younger reserves, there are points in a youngster's development where you can either crush their confidence or allow them to blossom. In fact, I think he destroys them. If he isn't trusting his youngsters (Lang, Blatche, Taylor) to play, then ship them out to the development league and let them grow enough so he can trust them. Bottom line is I don't believe he knows how to cultivate or develop young promising players. Championship teams consistently have meaningful contributors from 1 to 12. Can you say the same about the Wizards?

Posted by: dk | December 20, 2006 1:47 PM

It's cool to voice your disappointment or displeasure, but for supposedly fans, I don't feel too much support for the home team which is why I don't blog very much anymore. I mean some of the bloggers rip them apart! Especially Jamison which I don't understand because he came through in a big way on some of those wins. He was the one that pretty much sealed the deal with a play at the cruial time. Even when they win, there is negativity about something they could have done better or should not have done. I mean they get no respect from any of the sports media, I would have hoped the "fans" could at least show them a little respect and support. No, they are not perfect but I have been follwing them for quite some time and I truly believe they are going to get there. There are still a few pieces to put into place. Namely inserting Songalia and getting Etan back so Brendan won't have to play as much.

Posted by: AvidWizFan | December 20, 2006 1:53 PM

Jumpy and Lisa, it's fans like you that lead Susan OMalley and Ernie Grunfeld to believe we are happy to sit and watch other team's "Stars", and watch an "entertaining" team! You are happy to watch the uptempo fast break, and lot's of offense and 3pt attempts! It is very entertaining for you to spend your evening to watch THE NBA! OOOOH! IT's sooo exciting!

They keep selling us this garbarge because people like you keep buying it! It's supply and demand doughboy, and you're eatin all the garbage they can dish out! Why don't you go watch some Arena Football? All I am asking for is for some heart, some defense, and some players not afraid to go inside. And somehow I am being "negative"?

I suppose you are a Redskin fan that is happy they brought in a fancy offensive coordinator in Al Saunders and lose because they are "fun" to watch, and you get to see other good teams come to town? I guess fans that want the Old School Joe Gibbs power game of fundamental football to return are "negative"? The old school game might be boring, but that's what works and that's what wins!

Why don't you get out of that trash can you've been living in and stop eating that rotten garbage?? I think that stuff is making you delirious!! I'm sick of this trash they're trying to feed us! Luckily this season we've only gotten to the appetizers... we gotta change this menu before it's main course time! I'm ready for some meat and potatoes!!

Posted by: Darnell | December 20, 2006 2:06 PM

DK makes a very good point above: "Bottom line is I don't believe [Jordan] knows how to cultivate or develop young promising players." I'm not sure I can think of a young player he has developed since he's been in DC. Some would argue Arenas or Butler, but did they improve because of Jordan or with no real causal connection? Kwame didn't develop under Jordan, and in fact was a mental nightmare when he left. Jeffries didn't make the jump and got frustrated with the way he was used. (It's interesting that so many big guys were/are unhappy with Jordan.) Neither Thomas or Hayes have made the jump, although injuries could be a big part of that. Dixon and Blake were cast aside, but neither really grew that much while they were here. It seems all the young guys under Jordan develop at a constant, mediocre pace. No one really takes off. And I don't think you can lay all of that on Jordan -- the assistant coaches/development coaches share in that, too. I have some concerns about Jordan's staff, but don't know enough to offer any real criticism.
It's funny, but the one player who has developed pretty well under Jordan is his best buddy Brendan Haywood. Haywood statistically improved every year of his career (pre-Jordan and during Jordan's tenure) until last year. This year, he is clearly the team's best defensive player (his rotations to help, etc., are fantastic, and so much better than last year). He has developed moves on offense that he didn't have years ago. But other than that, I'm not sure who you can point to.

Posted by: Henry | December 20, 2006 2:14 PM

lol darnell! hey i bet james lang will bring the bbq!

i gotta ask, you remember "the beef brothers"?? i bet you'd love for us to get a couple guys like that! haha!

Posted by: poptart | December 20, 2006 2:40 PM


I am not a huge wizards fan. Watched them for years before Michael Jordan came to town and literally resucitatied a dead team, generating life & lots of money for them so much so they built a new arena. For that, Abe Polin & Co. dismissed him disgracefully not to be heard of much PR wise since. Oh yes, Polin blacklisted him from any NBA ownership as well.

I've had a poor opinion of the organization since.

That aside, I do watch as a resident but what can you say about a team whose franchise player & 7'1 Center is out rebounded by a 5'5 pg. To quote Coach John Thompson, "Enough of making excuses about tired legs, jet lag, back to back & all.
If they want to be a competitor, they got to play thru that. Enough of the excuses. When the Wiz make up their minds to play competitive ball & not let a 5 ft midget run circles around them then they'll get the notariety. Thats why everything else got more attention than Arenas 60."
They need to establish themselves as true contenders not a copy of the Sixers. One man ballin..

Posted by: Pete | December 20, 2006 5:13 PM

See, Ivan, this is what you get when you mention that Boykins got more rebounds than Haywood -- dopey postings by the like of Pete. First, the downtown arena was built long before Michael Jordan arrived. Second, I don't know if Pete was saying that the Wizards franchise player is Haywood or that both Haywood and Arenas were outrebounded by Boykins, but in either case, that's wrong (Arenas had 8 rebounds to Boykins 7). And finally, when you see a 5'5" guy getting 7 rebounds and a 7' guy getting 6 rebounds, do you think that the 5'5" guy was skying and ripping rebounds away from the center? No, it probably means that lots of jump shots were being taken and rebounding out further from the basket, which allowed both Arenas, Miller (9 rebounds) and Boykins to get a lot of rebounds. You might also notice that both Camby and Reggie Evans had a total of one offensive rebound the whole night, so someone down below must have done a good job boxing out.

Posted by: Sam | December 20, 2006 6:18 PM

Actually, Darnell, I think you need drugs...or maybe you are taking them already.

I said nothing about uptempo games being exciting....and I'm a HUGE Redskins fan who loves Joe Gibbs style football. All I said is that lots of people on this blog are so negative. At least we have made it to the playoffs the past two seasons - before that the team was awful. Do we need changes? Yes, indeed - as do many of the NBA (and NFL) team. But screaming negativity is not the answer.

Get YOUR head out of the TRASH!!!

Posted by: Lisa | December 20, 2006 6:31 PM

lol...some weird points made in this thread. Haywood was not outrebounded by Boykins. That implies he was playing him one or one. This game was one where a better coach would have won and I like Eddie a lot. Look at Coach Karl's scrubs in there. They played with purpose and looked well coached. The Wiz subs sometimes look like they are running around like a chicken with it's head cut off.
EJ, how about playing a compact zone in this situation? Let Boykins and CO beat you from the outside while stopping the penetration and it rests those tired legs, but what the hell do I know? Also, I am sick and tired of the other coach dictating mismatches. I saw some promise when Haywood and Blatche were playing together in the second period. Lots of balls kept alive and it was causing Denver problems. Where was that the rest of the game? Finally, late in the game Caron had a layup attempt blocked by Camby that would have tied the game and perhaps gotten them over the hump. IT WAS A FOUL!!! Clean up top, but he body blocked him to the ground and almost landed on top of him. Watching these games on NBA package it's comical how bad many team's announcers are or at least how biased they are. The guy from Boston has to be the worst. Chenier and Buckhantz are the most objective I've heard perhaps bc Buchhantz is a former official.

PS I died laughing at the post of the guy claiming Arenas posted 1 million to rent a club in DC. There is no club in the country that cost that much. Your telling me Love makes 100 million a year for it's owners. NOT!!!

Posted by: Rob P | December 20, 2006 10:03 PM

"He certainly doesn't demonstrate any confidence in his reserves beyond the 8th player."

Exactly my point on Jordan, DK & Henry.

Injuries have forced him to use his bench with mixed results. Haywood is getting more minutes, which is a good thing. But it's also exposed the Wiz's bench because they have none.

Jordan's rotations stink. They need Etan back, but not Ruffin so much because they will return to "small ball" if he does.

As far as Lisa & Darnell, can't we all just get along? ;)

Lol! We're all Wiz fans here, we just want them to be championship quality which is why we're so hard on them. It's definately better then the late 80's/90's versions of the franchise that's for sure.

All I've ever said is I would love to have a team to be able to compete here. I'm happy to have that chance to see them play, but I still would like a championship as I'm sure they would also.

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