Butler starting

Just checking from Verizon Center with the official word that Caron Butler will start tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers. I watched Butler warm up for about 20 minutes during pregame and he looks good. He also has an extremely focused look on his face. It looks like Tough Juice is back and it could't come at a better time. To quote on Wiz assistant: "We need this one. We need all but we really need this one."

By Ivan Carter |  March 28, 2007; 6:18 PM ET
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Caron Butler makes the shot of the game! =D

Posted by: Will | March 28, 2007 9:57 PM

"To quote [a] Wiz assistant." What's up with the unnamed source, Ivan? The person was unwilling to go on record with such a strong statement like, "We need this one"? I didn't know Scooter Libby worked for the Wizards now.

Posted by: Sean | March 28, 2007 10:06 PM

Glad for the win, but... a blown 17-point lead? Arrrrrrrrrrrgh.

Posted by: iceberg | March 28, 2007 10:08 PM

By the way, DCDude (you all know who I'm talking about) was on the Redskins blog today calling them names because they like Clinton Portis.....seems he can't stand Arenas OR Portis. Guess he has a problem with big personalities.

What a shot by Caron! They just showed it again on Sports Center.

Posted by: Lisa | March 28, 2007 11:35 PM

The Wiz needed a 78 foot shot by Caron to beat the 76's ??? Not good

Posted by: Rob P | March 28, 2007 11:45 PM

Rob P, you underestimate the Sixers, they are not the bad team from earlier this season. In fact, I understand they came back from 19 points down to beat Miami at home.

The Wiz got off to a slow start tonight...then got up by 15 or so and let it slide. That was not good.

Posted by: Lisa | March 29, 2007 12:11 AM

one of the reasons Caron broke down after the all star game was that he was logging such heavy minutes. his first game back after an injury and he gets 40 minutes? that makes no sense to me, but then again, EJ's substitution patterns rarely do so it shouldn't come as a surprise.

Posted by: Charlie32 | March 29, 2007 1:16 AM

I know they won, but why was the only hot hand in the game in Stevenson on the bench for most of the fourth quarter, while Arenas forced bad shot after bad shot? He came through with the free throws, but he also helped kill their lead in the first place.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 29, 2007 6:10 AM

STAGGEEEEEERRR!!!!! BACK INTO FIRST PLACE!
Wasn't the easiest win, but an important one. Tough Juice brings a mentality to the floor that this team sorely misses when he is out.
Each of the big three bring different things to this team, and we do need them all to function as a whole. Big step in the right direction last night. Big improvements in defense and toughness with Caron back.
Good to see the Wiz get a win on a night when Gil was really limited by foul trouble. Jarvis is really starting to give this club some good minutes at 2 & 3. His jumper finally started to come around on the road trip. And he's not always spotting up, good to see his game coming back. EJ, please don't use him at the 4.
I'm wondering if Shaq is wearing down trying to carry the load for the Heat. They seem to be staggering right now, has anyone heard if D Wade is talking about playing any in the regular season? Or is he going to give it as much time as he can and just come out for the playoffs?
Looking more and more like we may get them in the 1st round, hope we can get home court.

Posted by: GM | March 29, 2007 7:18 AM

Very good point by Charlie, above.

Posted by: Joe | March 29, 2007 7:28 AM

Caron for MVP, at least for this team.

PS. Souf-east Lisa, it wasn't me on the Skins blog. In fact, I didn't know, nor do I care, that there's a Skins blog. Too early to talk about or care about Skins, so stop obsessing over me.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 29, 2007 7:29 AM

Good win by Les BouleS last night, but nothing to get overly excited about. They announced a sellout crowd, but there seemed to be many empty seats.

It's worthy to note that the Sixers were without Joe "Sweet Pea" Smith last night, so it doesn't matter if they are rising. They are still very bad at 28-43. Huge free throw discrepancy in favor of Les BouleS. Les BouleS had more than double Sixers' attempts.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 29, 2007 7:35 AM

Is Blatche day to day?

Posted by: GM | March 29, 2007 7:52 AM

There certainly have been no more games when Gil has imposed his will on the team or the other team. He has won games but really only as a good player doing it when given a chance. He has not been great for some time. Also, coaching has been tenative in its treatment of him - I know, I know, you don't make your star mad. But in the Utah game he did not even take a shot until the first quarter was almost over. Ridiculous!! Stars insist on being the leader - now if he wants to be Mr. Point Guard, let him announce that and then we can react. But he did not make the all star team by letting others lead the way. I am disappointed in him and wonder if he has become scared to produce.

Posted by: Bridgewater, VA | March 29, 2007 9:23 AM

I have to reiterate an important unnamed poster said above: Stevenson had 26 pts. through 3 quarters and then sat the bench for most of the fourth quarter. Huh??? Wiz couldn't get a bucket for five minutes, and the coach keeps the player with the hottest hand on the bench? That makes no sense to me.

Someone who understands basketball better than me, please explain what E.J. is doing.

Posted by: M.E.G. | March 29, 2007 9:33 AM

Smart move! I wouldn't admit to busting on Portis either, those "Boys From the U" stick together! Somebody could call out a Posse.
It worries me that first game back Caron logged 40 minutes. But it also tells me how bad the Wizards needed to stop the bleeding. We really missed Caron's toughness on the boards on this road trip. As I've said before, it's not a good thing when your best box out defensive rebounder came into the league as a shooting gaurd.
EG really needs to address looking for a defensive minded forward with a postup game. Doesn't have to be a starter, but we need to be able to show that look to keep teams honest. We need to be able to give an inside outside look sometimes.

Posted by: GM | March 29, 2007 9:35 AM

"Gilbert Arenas and Stephenson are the only players to appear in all games this season."

DARNIT IVAN! DON'T JINX US!!!!!

Posted by: Zonker | March 29, 2007 9:40 AM

I think it's really ridiculous that someone would somehow try to associate you with another poster on another blog which is sometimes on a totally different website. Talk about get a f'n life.

"oh, I gotcha.....I know it's you..."

I took a look at the Skins blog after Souf-East Lisa mentioned it, and after having a hard time initially even finding it, as it's buried under La Canforna's link, I found it. Loser Lisa couldn't stop talking about me on the Skins blog on one of the topics, as she somehow associates DC Man88 with someone called Dman, while gladly telling everyone I called her a c$nt and a moron. I can't blame her for being giddy for being acknowledged for at least something in her life, but this is borderline infatuation.

I can honestly say that I've never made one blog entry on the skins blog, nevermind the fact that I've never made an entry on the ESPN blog either. Someone tried to associate my name with Cleviston 88.

Hey, I have a letter "a" in DC Man88, which makes me Michael Lee now, cuz we both share that common "a"!!!

Even if I had a problem with Portis, I wouldn't be hesitant to say it, but talking about skins right now is ridiculous. Not only is the draft 1 month away, but camp is at least several months away.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 29, 2007 10:17 AM

Good to get a win. Good to see Caron back. Good to see Stevenson playing well.

Bad to see yet another blown double-digit 4th quarter lead and close shave of a finish. At least this time they managed to approximate a few seconds of defense at the end to stave off a loss.

Really bad to see another stark demonstration of how weak the frontcourt is. Dalembert and Hunter are nice players, but come on. They all but dominated the interior. And you'd think against a team starting two long-armed 7-footers that Booth might get a couple minutes of run. But no.

Ah well. A win is a win, I guess.

Posted by: kalorama | March 29, 2007 10:17 AM

I haven't been on the "let's kill EJ" bandwagon, but after last night, I might just have to purchase a ticket. M.E.G. made a great point about how DeShawn was hot, but sat for most of the 4th.

Also, both Brendan and Etan were horribly ineffective defensively, so why didn't Booth get any minutes? Is he hurt?

EJ also waits WAY too long to call timeouts when the other team gets on a run. EJ was much better at that last year, but this year he waits about 1-2 possessions too long. Soooo frustrating.

And one more point, and I'm not being sarcastic or rhetorical, but when Blatche returns healthy, is there any reason WHATSOEVER that he shouldn't start at Center over both Haywood and Thomas? His production is so much more consistent. Aside from Shaq, there isn't a low-post player that Blatche can't be as effective against defensively as Thomas and Haywood, and offensively and rebounding he gives the Wiz WAY more than Brendan or Etan.

Posted by: Tuna | March 29, 2007 10:27 AM

They can't play Blatche at C. He isn't strong enough physically to absorb the pounding he'll get. He'll either end up getting hurt or getting so worn down that he won't have the energy to be effective in the other phases of the game.

Posted by: kalorama | March 29, 2007 10:36 AM

C'mon...Blatche starting at Center? He'll be broken like a twig. Guy plays face to the basket, not back to the basket.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 29, 2007 10:37 AM

Caron for MVP, & me for LVP.

What the common thread between Portis & Arenas & me? We are all d!cks apparently.

But they ain't bald & round like me.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 29, 2007 11:32 AM

GM I know Arvis was ok last night (3-6) and had two decent games on the trip, but I think there is no reason to be believe his shot will ever come around (39.6 percent). I didn't see the game, like everyone else I am glad they won, but I agree with previous posters about 40 minutes for Caron after his long injury layoff. I hope the Wizards don't empty the tank in these 12 games and then have zip left for the playoffs.

Posted by: George Templeton | March 29, 2007 12:11 PM

One of THE funniest things happened during last night's game. Carney had the ball around the FT line with two Wizards in front of him. Carney then proceed to do a move, and ended up elevating above both Wizards defenders for a monster one hand 1/2 windmill/tomahawk dunk. The ONLY thing Steve Buckhantz could muster was "Carney with the shot...." Hilarious!

Then with a bit over 2 minutes left, Kyle Korver drops a 26 ft. bomb to tie it up at 101, and Bucky calmly says "backbreaker" after that. I think Bucky has been so accustomed to opponents just pulling away from Les BouleS that he's been desensitized to Les BouleS' follies as time winds down.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 29, 2007 12:29 PM

Anyone notice that since Blatche went out with the knee, Buckhantz has been pronouncing his name differently whenever he refers to him? He used to pronounce it like "watch" but since he's been out, Buck has been pronouncing it like "batch."

Posted by: kalorama | March 29, 2007 12:40 PM

I admit that whenever a Les BouleS game is on Comcast and it's shown also on ESPN, I defitely switch to ESPN. I like Buck a lot, but he's a bit of a homer, but Phil, he's still too old school.

A few seasons ago, I think they tried to have him analyze the plays by drawing diagrams on the screen. Phil wasn't comfortable, and they haven't done it since. Comcast really offers second/third rate sports coverage. Bmitch is the only guy worth watching and listening to, cuz he's a nut.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 29, 2007 12:45 PM

Ok, Butler hit a long shot. But did you notice they showed a 7th grader doing same thing only further. I guess you guys are desperate. Searching for any reason to hope.

Ok keep hopin. this team is still strugglin to get past average to loser teams. If I read IC's article correctly..this is as good as it gets.

gone from hibatchi grill to rocks & rubbin sticks together..

Posted by: Anonymous | March 29, 2007 3:04 PM

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