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Haywood playing, Gilbert up in the air

Just got back from the lockeroom and here's your update: Brendan Haywood will start against the Bucks tonight. He said that sore right ankle feels better. Eddie Jordan said Gilbert and his sore right shoulder will be a game-time decision but I caught Gilbert on his way to the trainer's room and he said he was playing. "I just have to work on my shoulder a little bit."

I'd bet Mike Lee's next paycheck that Gilbert starts. I'll check back later with an update.

By Ivan Carter  |  January 3, 2007; 6:20 PM ET
 
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Let's go Wizards!

Posted by: Will Mui | January 3, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, do you have an "Arenas Express Card"? Where can I get one?

Posted by: juandixonformvp | January 3, 2007 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Refs want Milwaukee to win tonight!!!

Posted by: Rob P | January 3, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

WOW!

Posted by: Lisa | January 3, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert has to be the leagues first half MVP(if they had that).

He's just an amazing player to watch, I'm so happy he's in Washington. :)

Please go vote for all the Wizards for the 2007 NBA All Star game NOW at:

http://www.nba.com/allstar2007/asb/eng/ballot.html?from=sweeps

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 3, 2007 9:26 PM | Report abuse

He's money!!! I don't take another player over Gilbert in the league right now, period.

Posted by: Rob P | January 3, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

As a longtime Bullets/Wizards fan, it's hard to believe that we have someone as good as Gilbert sometimes.

Tonight was one of those times. What a great ending!

Posted by: Joe M | January 3, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Insane shot! Like you thought Michael Redd was the Eastern Conference MVP, Stein.

Food for thought:

The Bucks are to the Wizards as the Wizards are to the Cavs.

Discuss.

-Pradamaster
Bullets Forever
www.bulletsforever.com

Posted by: Pradamaster | January 3, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The best part is he is a good person as well. He has stated he does not even want a max contract if it's going to keep the team from fielding a championship team. The Wiz are getting a lot of value from Jamison, Butler, and Gilbert. All making "just" 60 million on their contracts. Gilbert and Caron are worth much more. Plus, guys like Haywood and Stevenson are a real bargain. Anyone missing the oft injured overpayed Hughes now??? The second he rejected the first offer I said let him go. If our Euro guys develop and Blatche continues to improve and gets bigger we're looking pretty good for the future. I predict the conference finals next year and the finals the year after.

Anyone had a Lebron sighting recently? Wade is human without Shaq but still really good. The only truly great player in the league right now is ...............Gilbert Arenas!!!!

Go Wiz!!!

Posted by: Rob P | January 3, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Dagger!

Posted by: Rook | January 3, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

""Anyone missing the oft injured overpayed Hughes now???""

Lol, yeah I am. :) If you're making me choose between him and Stevenson I'm taking Larry every time.

Now if you're making me choose between him and Caron, that's entirely different!

Blatche seems to be improving every night, that's a really good sign.

"The Bucks are to the Wizards as the Wizards are to the Cavs."

Very evenly matched teams, but I like the Bucks big men a hair more. Let's put it this way, if the playoffs started tonight I wouldn't want the Wiz to face them. The last two games heavily reminded me of the Wiz/Cavs playoff series last year.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 3, 2007 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Stein must secretly love Gil and just picked Redd to give Gil the extra motivation he needed to hit the game winner...

Man, I wish I could have seen the game. Caught the highlights on ESPNEWS in the hotel room and hearing Buck's "DAGGER!!!!" on the replay is hilarious.

Posted by: Gack | January 3, 2007 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Can someone 'splain to me why Jarvis Hayes is on the court? Ever? Seriously, even if you only had 5 guys, wouldn't you be better off playing 4 on 5, and giving Gil/Antawn/Caron more shots?

I swear Calvin Booth's jumper looks better that JH's ...

Posted by: Burke | January 3, 2007 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Took this off of ESPN's take on tonights game, thought it was amusing:

"The Wizards took a lighthearted approach to the return of the old ball. A video montage shown between the first and second quarters showed the microfiber ball exploding like the Death Star -- accompanied by the "Star Wars" theme music. Then the leather ball was shown getting out of bed, crossing a street, getting into a cab, punching some meat in a meat locker and victoriously climbing the steps of the Lincoln Memorial -- all to the theme from "Rocky.""

Gotta love ESPN's priorities. :)

"Can someone 'splain to me why Jarvis Hayes is on the court?"

I honestly think something's up with EG. AD's minutes are going down and Hayes going up. That alone makes no sense to me. Blatche is seeing more playing time as well and EG is hyping him up. You never know with that guy. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 3, 2007 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Ivan: Can you shed some light on what is going on with Daniels? He played only 9 minutes tonight when it seems he played well, and didn't he get just a couple minutes in another recent game? It seems he could be getting some of Hayes minutes if not giving the starters a little more of a breather.

Posted by: Henry | January 3, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Arvis' shot looks great on the way up. It's when it comes down and misses everything that it gets ugly in a hurry.

Hey, in addition to voting for Gil for MVP, hit up the MSNBC MVP tracker and vote for Gil!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4401763/

Posted by: Gack | January 3, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Do I take a Stevenson over Hughes, hell no. The idea is that this team the way it is constructed now is better than the way it would have been had we signed Hughes. 70 something million for a player that plays 50 games a year and spends 20 of those getting reacclimated to playing again is not worth it at all.

Booth's mechanics suck! It only looks better because it is going in the one or two times he shoots a game. Hayes shot is just not falling and I can't tell you why, but he is playing himself into a cheap contract for next season whether it is with the Wiz or not. I would bench Hayes in favor of Mason depending on the matchup. See what some PT has done for Blatche! How about some Blatche, Haywood, Jamison/Butler, Stevenson/Butler, Arenas in the lineup at the same time? I say go tall not small!!!!!

Posted by: Rob P | January 3, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I meant to ask about Daniels too. He is not driving or scoring much, but he will not hurt you while he is on the court either. I wonder if he is nursing some sort of injury or is just gassed for some reason. He is 32/33??

Ivan, can you get us some insight into the Daniels/Hayes slumps???

Posted by: Rob P | January 3, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

This game changed when one thing happened: Blatche came in. His defensive energy seemed to lift the other players, and they picked it up on D as well. The Bucks shot lights out in the first half, but the Wiz really shut them down in the second. Glad to see Eddie's giving the kid real PT. Let's hope it continues when Etan/Darius come back. Andray NEEDS to be on the court.

BTW, I thought the game was fairly well reffed. They were really letting them play, but it was on both sides. Yeah, they missed some Bucks fouls, but Redd was fouled several times that weren't called.

And I agree with everyone here: Jarvis Hayes is a waste of space. Antonio needs to be getting his minutes.

Brendan didn't play much, I think because a) his ankle still isn't there yet, and b) because Blatche was terrific.

Posted by: Keithinator | January 3, 2007 10:35 PM | Report abuse

The refs let a lot go granted, but the foul on Caron and subsequent fastbreak still very easily could have cost us the game. It was about as obvious as a foul can get!!! If you could grab somebody's arm and rip the ball out nobody would ever score.

Again, Hayes seems like a good dude, but another thing about his game I don't like right now besides the obvious is he is not playing with any intensity. His fouled layup at the end should have been a dunk!!!

Posted by: Rob P | January 3, 2007 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Gotta like Blatche on offense, but watch his D before you get crazy about him. His two blocked shots are like Hughes' steals --- they mask some real weaknesses on defense.

Jarvis may never become what some of us think he should. He certainly is going through a long, slow comeback; but, if he does get his shot back, he's big, fast, a leaper who can slash. The question is whether he can justify the coach's commitment to his recovery. At some point, he's gonna have to produce his potential or sit or be traded. Meanwhile, EJ's getting by without his Bigs...Ruffin, Thomas, Songaila, and a whole Heywood. Pretty amazing.

Posted by: joe c | January 3, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Forget a crappy contract, Jarvis is playing his way into the NBDL the way this season is going. His defense is atrocious also. I think he gives up more and-1's than anyone on our team. Between Eddie's use of Jarvis, Antonio Daniels, and some of Eddie Jordan's other questionable decisions, Eddie has cost us 2-3 games on his coaching alone.

Forget all of that though, Arenas is the MAN!! on top of how far away the shot was, he had a hand on his face too!

Posted by: Ray C. | January 3, 2007 11:13 PM | Report abuse

DS > LH. Why? LH never is on the court long enough & DS is still developing ala LH did in his early 20's.
Plus DS isn't asked to carry the team & plays his role perfectly.
LH is a #2 option & a fragile 1 @ that.

Back on topic:
Concerns are AD's lack of playing time recently (gotta think he's hurt somewhere) & JH aweful play so far. But gotta remember he's been out of action for the better part of 2 years!

Positives are definitely AB & CB.
Man contribution from the bench is always welcomed!

Posted by: Victor | January 3, 2007 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Man-I only got home in time to see the last shot by Milwaukee and then Gilbert's shot to win it. Incredible! I was screaming at the TV wondering why he was taking his time walking the ball up the court. He has no conscious does he Kobe? I can't name one player that would have walked the ball up and shot that shot from that deep- Not even Jordan during his prime. The funy thing is, we have seen him to that like 7 times this year, so I should not have been shocked.

Posted by: PTP23 | January 3, 2007 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure about the games prior to these last two, but it seemed like AD's effectiveness is not as high going against Milwaukee's zone defense all game long. He seems to be lacking a lot of confidence on his outside shot and unlike Arvis, has not been pulling the trigger much. You need good shooters to make them pay for playing the zone, right now AD does not want to shoot and it was never one of his strengths in the first place.

Posted by: Going G.A. G.A. over Gilbert | January 3, 2007 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Saw the highlights on Blanche. As I said yesterday, if this kid gets confidence, it's over in the east. There is no player that can match up with him.

Posted by: PTP23 | January 3, 2007 11:43 PM | Report abuse

DDDDDDDDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGEEEEERRRRRRR!

Posted by: Bernard King | January 4, 2007 12:14 AM | Report abuse

DDDDDAAAAAAAGGGGEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!!

Posted by: Bernard King | January 4, 2007 12:15 AM | Report abuse

The Takeover

Posted by: PTP23 | January 4, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Watching him send the Phoenix game into OT - watching him drill a 35-footer tonight - is there anyone more CLUTCH than Zero? Right now, he's the best player in the league.

Posted by: Bullets Fan in L.A. | January 4, 2007 4:23 AM | Report abuse

GILBERT IS GOD

Hey, Ivan, could you take a tapemeasure with you to the locker room tomorrow and measure Bulletproof's wingspan? It's gotta be more than 8 feet!

Posted by: Zonker | January 4, 2007 7:11 AM | Report abuse

DAGGER!

Posted by: Rage | January 4, 2007 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Another great game, amazing shot by Arenas. 9-1 now with Haywood starting. No, I would not rather have Stevenson than Larry Hughes, not in a heartbeat. Hughes' contract demands were not much more than Stevenson, AD, and Jarvis combined, and Hughes is way better than all three. Why is AD not playing much? Simple, because he stinks. If you can't shoot and you're under 6-8, you aren't going to get on the court in the NBA.

Posted by: Mike | January 4, 2007 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Mike - you can't compare Hughes' contract to those three. You need those bodies. If the Wiz had signed Hughes, they wouldn't be able to afford Butler. EG has done a fantastic job filling in this roster (assuming the big guys get healthy).

Posted by: Tim | January 4, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"Why is AD not playing much? Simple, because he stinks."

I think AD is solid.

He's most effective at the end of the game when he can drive to the hole and draw the foul.

Again, it's senseless to me to have Hayes take his minutes when AD can be more effective in the 4th quarter.

Hayes shouldn't even be on the floor in the 4th quarter of any game. At least play Mason or Taylor.

"Man-I only got home in time to see the last shot by Milwaukee and then Gilbert's shot to win it."

You saw the whole game then. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 4, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

In response to Mike, Stevenson ($.9), Hayes ($2.6) and Daniels ($5.4) are making $8.9 million this year, and because Stevenson and Hayes are not guaranteed next year, $5.8 next year. Hughes is making $13.3 mill this year, $12 mill next, $12.8 the year after, and $13.6 the year after that. Tim is right that with Hughes (who I think was a great backcourt partner with Arenas), you can't have Butler.

Posted by: Sean | January 4, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I liked Mike Wise's "Stay the Course" column this morning about how the Wizards shouldn't trade anyone, especially in light of him pushing for a trade for Kenyon Martin last summer. Thank god he's not the g.m.

Posted by: John | January 4, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

How long till Wilbon jumps all over the Arenas story that's developing right now?

The guy has a fascination with Kobe, Lebron, Carmelo and Wade, chasing NBA stars... and all the while a superstar was budding right here under his nose.

Fine with me, I like Wise, the guy understands sports. Great article today, no need for a trade considering Songaila, Etan and Ruffin haven't even been available during this streak.

Posted by: Wei | January 4, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

A game of H-O-R-S-E?

Nah.

More like a game of H-I-B-A-C-H-I. And Charlie Bell got burned!

Oh BABY!

Posted by: iceberg | January 4, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"Why is AD not playing much? Simple, because he stinks."

Also, while not shooting lights out, AD has one of the best assist to turnover ratios.

Posted by: steiner1 | January 4, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

wei, wilbon did a column about arenas like 2 weeks ago i think..

gil article

Posted by: hmmmmm | January 4, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow...what a finish last night!

It is good to see some talk about defense from Jordan isn't it! Ivan, keep on asking the coach the question. Our offense is championship quality but our D must improve. Maybe EJ reads the blog!

I loved Wise's column today. If EG gets serious offers for Garnett for Jamison and throw-ins, he MUST listen. Great chemistry can take us a little further than we have been, but it can't get us the trophy. I think that Garnett is a leader also and would quickly blend with Gilbert. He would get better shots (15 footers) here with this mix than he does out their in Minnesota. My feelings about Antwan are the same. You don't give him away because he has value. But for KG? Ernie...make it happen, please!

Posted by: BmoreRev | January 4, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

How long till Wilbon jumps all over the Arenas story that's developing right now?

Wilbon has allready written Arenas up big time - see his great column of 12/29 in the Post. "Still, all of these elements revolve around Arenas, who is in the midst of the greatest scoring binge of his career..." per Wilbon - think he is getting his props, don't you?

Posted by: Bridgewater, VA | January 4, 2007 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Re: Wilbon

That article was published a few days ago. Arenas has had stardom written on him for the past couple years. Everyone knows about Arenas now, but who knew first? Wilbon is more concerned about chasing the "hot" stars all around the country, he needs to recognize legit talent right here in DC.

Check out his chats: The guy will talk about Kobe, Lebron, Wade any time of the day. You ask him a question about the Wizards and he's basically like, don't know, ask me latter when they actually matter.

Posted by: Wei | January 4, 2007 11:00 AM | Report abuse

My first post here - had to chime in after last night. I'm a fireman and I got a call about a month ago regarding an emergency situation. Got to the scene and see some guy on a basketball court engulfed in flames yelling "Hibachi" at the top of his lungs. Took my extinguisher and sprayed him to put out the flames....realized the extinguisher was filled with gas. My bad.

Is it just me, or does anyone else have Courtney Alexander flashbacks whenever they see Jarvis on the court?

Posted by: DDub | January 4, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

You cannot fault Wilbon. He's a writer who's trying to have his stuff read. You write about guys that will make people read. From his perspective, what has gilbert ever won? We have one playoff series win. That's it. Wade has a title and lebron is lebron.

I'm tired of reading about the other guys but 99% of American sports fans are not. We have to remember that Wilbon is a national columnist who writes for the Post. He is all over ESPN on PTI and covering games as an analyst so he has to cater to that.

With a bit of a playoff run, Le Wiz might start to get that kind of attention and Gilbert might have those trypes of stories written about him with much higher frequency. I love Gilbert like I love meals, good scotch and Baxter here...but it takes a little time to get that recognition if you're not already pre-anointed when you come into the league.

Posted by: Bernard King | January 4, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I love Wilbon, but I DO blame him for not writing about Gilbert and the Wizards.

He's a local columnist (albeit with a national following); if there's a good local story, he should be writing about that, and not the Suns/Heat/et al.

And Gil has been a good local story for a while now.

Posted by: Burke | January 4, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Especially how does Bell feel after missing that WIDE OPEN three right before Gil's shot? Like they say, some just have IT and some just don't...

Posted by: Going G.A.G.A. over Gilbert | January 4, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I agree on Wilbon needing to write more about Gil regardless of his national audience. Look at David Dupree's articles on Gil...

Posted by: Going G.A.G.A. over Gilbert | January 4, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Re Larry Hughes: Has he earned a penny of that hank Cleveland gave him? He is not a $13 mill a yr basketball player, especially not at the 15 ppg he's avg'd with the Cavs. Dude is 27, injury prone and his numbers are declining.

Posted by: Learned Hand | January 4, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

EXACTLY Learned Hand. LH apologists keep forgetting that reliability & salary cap plays into how a team is madeup.

We got 3 guys playing & contributing.

Posted by: Victor | January 4, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I have to ask dude, 9-1 with Haymania starting, but dude played just 20 minutes! I mean, seriously, if Hay took the jump ball at tipoff and then sat the whole game, Hibachi-time goes for 60 and we win, do you really expect anyone to buy into the "start Hay and we win" argument?

And yeah, Wilbon needs to just do a mea culpa and ask Gil for forgiveness. His problem is, he's so jaded and bitter by years of bad Skins and Wiz teams that he's afraid to cheer because he thinks the teams are just going to fold sooner or later.

I don't care what market you cover, you can't deny or ignore Hibachi Zero any longer. Jump on board the bandwagon, guys.

Posted by: Mike | January 4, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Whatever you feel about B Hay, you gotta love his quotes in today's bit about what he's wearing to Gil's party and the party's $1 mill price tag.

"I don't get into all that, man," Brendan Haywood said. "Hey, I'm gonna look nice, and I'm gonna pick it out 30 minutes before I go. C'mon man, that's female stuff, sitting around for two or three weeks, trying to decide the perfect outfit. Are you serious?"

"I've never actually spent money on a birthday party, nor will I ever," Haywood said. "Me, I can't spend a lot of money on something I'm not gonna be able to have touch or see, or that's gonna make me some money the next day."

Posted by: Learned Hand | January 4, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Ivan:
Do you know what the rules are in terms of resigning Stevenson next season? Can the Wizards exceed the salary cap (Bird rights), or can they use a mid-level exception, etc.? Thanks.

Posted by: Geo | January 4, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I think that JH will be a solid player once he gets it together. Looking at his previous seasons he was decent. I think he plays will no confidence and has been set back a lot due to 2 years of injury. He needs to step up because we are in need of more scoring off the bench!

Posted by: Jason | January 7, 2007 12:31 AM | Report abuse

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