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Charlotte will be key

It's interesting when you consider that the Charlotte Bobcats could have as much to do with the race for the Southeast Division title as the Wizards and Miami Heat. The Win, in town to play the Bocats tonight, host Charlotte tomorrow night in one of those weird, back-to-back sets and Miami will play the Bobcats twice between now and the end of the regular season. The Heat host the Cats next Sunday and play here two days later.

The Jordan-cats (28-4) have always been competitive against the Wizards and really gave them a game down here earlier in the season when Gerald Wallace looked like a young Charles Barkley. He finished with 40 points, 14 boards, six steals and four blocks but the Wiz pulled out a 114-107 win behind Gilbert's 39 points. By the way, Caron Butler had 25 points and six boards in that game.

One player to watch out for on the Bobcats is forward Walter Hermann, who was the East's rookie of the month in March and has recently outplayed fellow rookie Adam "the next Larry Bird" Morrison.

Jarvis Hayes gets the start for the Wiz tonight and he'll need to continue shooting like he did during Sunday's win at Milwaukee to keep the team afloat. The good news is that Darius Songaila has been rock solid in the last 10 or 11 games and that bench has been pretty good overall.

By Ivan Carter  |  April 3, 2007; 4:10 PM ET
 
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bring on the wiz win streak, the only way we can psychologically pay attention to a team like charlotte is if we're missing tough juice - otherwise we overlook them and lose

Posted by: numero tres | April 3, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Wait, I made a mistake up there. Gerald Wallace did go off in that game down here on Dec. 17 - he finished with 40 points, 14 rebounds, six steals and four blocks - but the Wiz won 114-107. My bad on that.

Posted by: Ivan | April 3, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

They'd better not look past the Bobcats. Charlotte is 5-5 over the last 10, but two of the wins came by 8 (CLE and BOS) and 14 (ATL), all teams we've had our share of struggles against this season.

BTW -- IC, why does the NBA schedule these WAS/CHA home-and-home back-to-backs? Is it because they're trying to create a new rivalry in the Southeast Division (to make up for moving us out of the Atlantic a few years back), and if they are, how successful has it been thus far?

Posted by: iceberg | April 3, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, any word on Blatche's availability? And do you think Brendan gets another DNP tonight?

Posted by: C.Bell | April 3, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

There are no "key games" for the Wizards at this point. I'm assuming that the Wizards, sans Butler, cannot catch Toronto or Chicago who are 2 and 3-1/2 games ahead of us respectively. All that matters now is for Toronto to beat out Miami. That gives Toronto the 3rd seed.

Assuming Toronto beats Miami, if we beat Miami, we'll be the 4th seed and face Chicago. If we lose out to Miami, we're the 6th seed and face Toronto. I don't much care either way. As long as we don't face Miami, we have a chance. If Miami beats out Toronto, we're going to be stuck playing them as the 6th seed.

Indeed, it might be better if we lose ALL of our remaining games. We'd still make the playoffs because NY or Indy won't go 8-2. But by tanking, there's a good chance that either NJ or Orlando might pass us (they'd have to go 6-4 to do so) and knock us down to 7th where we'd face Cleveland. Cleveland is a good matchup for us because they can't shoot from the perimeter and Haywood owns Z.

A side benefit of tanking the next 10 games is that we'd rest Arenas and Jamison, while giving Blatche and Songaila some more time to gel.

Finally, by tanking, we'd end up picking around #16 in the draft, rather than #21 where we are currently slotted.

We must embrace the wisdom of Michael Ruffin. Tank games in whatever way possible to ensure future success!

Posted by: nate33 | April 3, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

80% of the comments on this blog are usually negative. People come on here and just like ripping the Wizards.

Posted by: anonymous | April 3, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

And 80% of that 80% is coming from the same computor!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I love the Wizards. I hope they win all of their games by a margin of 30 points. Gilbert Arenas is the most effective offensive player in this league...


...does that help?

Posted by: Nick | April 3, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Throw yer hands in the ay-yer and wave'em like ya just dern't cay-yer. And if you like fish and grits and all that pimp s**t then let me here ya scream oh-yay-yer!

Go Wiz!

Posted by: Jumpy | April 3, 2007 7:06 PM | Report abuse

At least the ones who make the negative comments have the Balls to put they're name next to it

Posted by: C.Bell | April 3, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

ok so i just watched charlotte go on 5 minute, 17-3 run that involved hot shooting and several total defensive lapses by the wiz. No timeout by Eddie the whole time until 4:11 which, of course, is eleven seconds before the tv timeout.

i don't know how eddie can be defended. one incident sure - but very emblematic of a much bigger problem in multiple coaching areas.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

sorry that was me above - forgot to sign it.

Posted by: charles jones | April 3, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

True fans that love their team are not afraid to be objective. We want them to play better and believe that they can. That's not hatin. Most of us try to temper our comments with a sense of realism and perspective. It is no fun to just watch the team with blinders on.

The problems on this team are so blatent that it is hard to see how anyone can miss it. Just watch other games every now and then and you will never see teams give up so many dunks and layups. This formula is exciting to watrch. It has us more excited about Washingtom hoops than we have been in many years. I personally have been pulling for this franchise for 41 years. It hasn't been this good for so long since the late 70's when we won it all. But anyone who knows the league can see that this formula is not going to take us where we want to go without some basic adjustments.

I am not home and see that Bobcats are far ahead. Surprised? no. Upset? yes. When I go home and watch the tape I am sure I will see lots of dunks and matador defense. Turn out the lights, the party, sorry to say it, is over. And again, I hope I am wrong.

Posted by: BmoreRev | April 3, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Here's the headline in the paper tomorrow if Les BouleS lose to Charlotte, who's up by 10 in the 4th quarter:

LES BOULES LOSE TO CHARLOTTE BY THE POWER OF AIR JESUS!

Who the F is Walter Herrmann? He's torching Les BouleS!!!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=4207

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse

My god. With Arvis in there and no CB3 or Blatche, we're getting absolutely manhandled by the Bobcats. That's hilarious.

EJ didn't waste any time going with the smallest possible lineup he could find, did he?

Jamison 3 for 14 (!!!) That's how basketball games are lost, gentlemen! THREE FOR FOURTEEN!

Posted by: Gack | April 3, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, how could I forget???

Jarvis Hayes -- 30 minutes, 2 points.

Posted by: Gack | April 3, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

To whoever anonymous is, why should we be positive about this team all the time when it's so evident -- unless you're blind -- that this team is just not very good? No need wo wear my rose-colored glasses and I blow sunshine up everyone's a**. (Did I use enough cliches there?) Look, the Wizards are a mediocre team at best, which is quite sad considering the talent they have. They have regressed since 2004, when they reached the second round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, look at teams like the Bulls and the Cavs, they've actually improved since that time. Detroit has stayed steady. The Raptors have really stepped up their game. The Wizards, meanwhile, continue to fall. The EC was for the taking this season. Absolutely for the taking. And the Wizards blew their opportunities by losing to several teams missing their big stars and by refusing to play any kind of defense. (Not to mention EJ's complete and utter ineptitude.)

Posted by: Colin | April 3, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ivan, are the Wizards tanking these games to get a better draft spot? They can certainly beat Charlotte, but seem extremely uninspired, unwilling, unable to even bring the lead below 10. Also, does anyone know how to play perimeter defense? Why oh why does no one cut off the baseline on defense when the opponent is driving? It's common sense.

Posted by: Tim | April 3, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, it should've read, "No need for me to wear my rose-colored glasses while I blow sunshine up everyone's ..."

I really should proof my comments before I post them. Sorry about that.

Posted by: Colin | April 3, 2007 9:08 PM | Report abuse

As I predicted, as always, it didn't matter that EJ benched BTH, because HE'S F'N BACK FOR THIS GAME!!!! EJ can't afford to keep dude on the pine. I don't know if EJ brought him back for this game b/c BTH had family watching, but he did.

Oh, oooppss...I just saw AJ give up a basket to G.Wall 2 feet from the basket with a turnaround move layup off the glass. Where is the D from this leader?

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Ooops, AJ just gave up an untouched layup to Raymond Felton....Dont' forget, AJ is 6-9, RF is 6-2.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

At one time, I thought it was Les BouleS vs. the All Aryan Team. Krazy..........

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

season is over

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2007 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Jamison, Hayes, and Mason combined for:

4-25 shooting in 71 minutes, for 8 points of offense.

This is what happens when you're a soft jump-shooting team with no shooters.

Gilbert had a very Arenas-like line, nothing unusual there. Interestingly Songaila and The Poet were the only ones to balance out the horrid shooting, with those two going 15-19 in 45 minutes for 33 points.

Of course, Ruffin didn't play tonight, so EJ will probably figure that's why we lost.

Posted by: Gack | April 3, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

well that was painful to watch, but probably even more horrible for the team to experience. Hope not, but I'm afraid the Wiz will go 3-7. I hope they get it together for the 1st round and play team ball.

Posted by: rickgonz | April 3, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

wow - i'm stunned my prediction didn't come through. but what great defense! hey, i just hope we draft another jumpshooter, we need some more of them.

Posted by: numero tres | April 3, 2007 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Let me ask a survey question to all:

Does it matter that Gilby still scored 33 pts and got decent numbers if his team got blown out by a lottery bound team (29-46) where Gilby got his shots, but did nothing to elevate his team or did nothing to get in their faces and tell them to step it up? Did he lead by example by knocking a Bobcat on their @ss when they drove down the lane for an easy layup?

Did he show you fire in his eyes? These are all characteristics that would be shown by an elite MVP player who can elevate his game and other's in time of crisis. If not, does his numbers really matter since we got blown out by a team currently ranked 29th worst in the league out of 30 teams? Please answer truthfully.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/powerranking?season=2007&page=2&order=false

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

yeah it'd be nice to see that fire from gilberto, i think it'll still take some more losing to get there though...the quote that was incredibly telling to me was after he and EJ's big fight when gilbert said he knew he wasn't the type of guy to be a leader. well, ok great gil, get used to going out in the first round.at some point i assume he'll get sick of it and start to act like a vet, but i'm not surprised he's not there yet

Posted by: numero tres | April 3, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

In November 38.95%
In December 47.62%
In January 41.12%
In February 34.73%
In March 43.51%


Well, I finally stopped being lazy. Here are Arenas' percentages by month. If you discount his slow start he definitely cooled off after the ball change in Jan. I combine that with his own comments and that's why I believe it did have an effect on him. From Dec to Jan he dropped 6%, granted this is not absolute statistical proof.

As far as all the GM's out there, the one person I believe in is EG. I don't think we are going to see any major trades to alter this roster though. I believe we will see our former picks next year and, hopefully, he can find a late round stud/steal. At least someone who provides rebouding, D, and toughness. I dream too of the perfect big man to replace Etan or H'wood, but it just ain't going to happen. The rest of the NBA minus 2/3 clubs are looking for the same. Will this make us appreciably better next year, probably not.
If we remain one player away, perhaps that player will fall in our lap eventually.

Finally, we did lose to Charlotte tonight by 20!!! I like the hardcore fans here, but you can stick a fork in this team.

What does it mean for EJ?

Who would not trade rosters with Toronto at this point???

Posted by: Rob P | April 3, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Rob, I definitely think the ball change affected him, but only because I believe he's especially susceptible to head games (and this is pretty easy to catalogue). I don't think there's any real evidence that the ball is really affecting the league as a whole in any meaningful way.

On the other hand, he's averaging 41% shooting over those 5 months you listed, so one could make the case that he just had a really hot December and a pretty cold February, with January and March being pretty much standard Arenas fare.

This is going to sound like fairweatherism, but there are a lot of young teams stacked with talent but with crummy records who I think have huge potential. Charlotte is one of those teams, so is New Orleans. And Toronto has been scary for a while.

We have a legitimate star in Gilbert, an underrated workhorse in Caron, a situational gem in Songaila, and a bona fide sky's-the-limit talent in Blatche. The rest are role players at best, IMO. We are certainly not stacked 3-4 deep with young budding stars.

Posted by: Gack | April 3, 2007 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see the game so I might be speaking out of turn, but I think blaming Gilbert only for a 20-point loss to the Bobcats is taking an overly narrow view isn't it?

Posted by: George Templeton | April 3, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, I love the Wiz but tonight kind of said it all....our season is over.

Posted by: Lisa | April 3, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

This loss isn't on Gilbert. If you can't claim the Wiz played relatively good team D when they gave up 100 points (as in the Toronto game), then you can't claim Arenas is responsible for this loss when he chipped in 30 points.

His +/- is still more than twice as good as the next best guy on the squad and better than 4 of the other 5 players on this team with positive +/- COMBINED.

Look at the sobering shooting numbers I posted above George. That, and we let the Bobcats shoot 57% for the game including 46% from behind the arc.

Posted by: Gack | April 3, 2007 10:29 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Trivia question -- name the Wiz player with the 2nd best +/- on the squad right now? The answer may surprise you.

And don't look it up!!

Posted by: Gack | April 3, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

George,

I think the entire team from the players to the coaches down to maybe even the mascot deserves blame. But, given that, the face of this franchise is Gilby and he put that on himself. This team wins and loses with him, and based on that, it's his job to will this team to a win if he wants to be considered one of the best in this league. I posed this question to Michael Lee, and he totally agreed with me.

Also, Gilbert needs to set the tone for this team. Even if he does well on the offensive end, he needs to step up his game on the defensive end. If he can't defend, then he needs to knock someone on their @ss if they drive down the lane or blow by him. That doesn't take coaching. That takes will, gut, and nerve.

If instead of Gilby, it was Isiah, Kobe, Bird, Magic, or MJ on this team, for sure, they would not be content with just going home with some nice stats after getting blown out by a bad team. They'd be seething. All you Gilby lovers out there, Gilbert owes it to you guys because you guys have stuck with him throughout the season despite his quirks, his personal agenda, etc. He owes it to you guys to give you guys a product to be proud of. Being blasted by a lottery bound, 29th in power ranking, sorry team is inexcusable!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's not get caught up with personal stats. The only stat that matters is win or lose, and tonight, they lost to a sorry lottery bound team coached by someone who's out of a job at the end of the season, and managed by a GM who's MIA.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

DC Dude, can you please answer a question for me: why are you so jealous of Gilbert? Because that is what your problem is plain and simple. If he played amazing defense, and shot 50 points per game, you would still say something bad about him. You know this is true so don't bother denying it. So what if he is quirky? So what if he had a big birthday party? So what he was voted as an All Star? Your jealously might make a little sense if you were an NBA player...his teammate, etc. but you are not on that level.

We already know your thoughts about Gil ad nauseum! And we don't care.

Posted by: Lisa | April 3, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Souf East Lisa, I'm not going to dignify your Lorena Bobbitt personal attack banter with a response, but can you please stick to basketball and exclude me from the discussion? Let's talk about why our self proclaimed superstar let his team get BLOWN the f#ck out by a sorry @ss lottery bound team. As the Bobcats were whuppin' their @sses, Gilby stood by and just kept doing his thing like it was just another game. That is your assignment for the night to figure out why Les BouleS are choking as we speak.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

+/- points scored/allowed, season to date

T.Duncan +659
D.Nowitzki +645
S.Nash +598
G.Arenas +391
L.James +345
K.Garnett +270
K.Bryant +249
D.Wade +256

Other notables:

C.Billups +372
B.Davis +320
M.Redd +313
C.Bosh +249
C.Boozer +186
M.Yao +146
D.Williams +144
V.Carter +70
C.Anthony +17
M.Ellis -26
D.Howard -26
C.Paul -49

Posted by: Gack | April 3, 2007 10:57 PM | Report abuse

That's a pretty easy assignment.

Jamison: 3-16, 6 pts.
Hayes: 1-6, 2 pts.
Bench (other than Songaila): 4-12, 10 pts

Posted by: kalorama | April 3, 2007 11:04 PM | Report abuse

defense is the hard thing to play in the NBA. and players will only play defense when they finally get sick and tired of just making the playoffs - see the dallas mavs. if you go 3-16 from the field you MUST do something else to be a leader antawn. and gilbert is the face of the team, he decides how they do, and if he played defense so would his teammates. i love gil, i think he's great and fun and i root for him, but right now it's all just silliness. this year he got the personal attention he wanted, so maybe next year he'll relent on trying to just score and decide to play d. but until he and antawn decide to play d the only way they get out of the first round is if they get hot or lucky (wow, hot and lucky, sounds good), and neither will happen this year.

Posted by: numero tres | April 3, 2007 11:05 PM | Report abuse

D.C.: Gilbert, who placed himself on a pedestal, is essentially the face of this franchise. All wins and losses point to him, whether he's anointed the leader or not. If the Cavs lose, do they blame LeBron or Eric Snow? If the Lakers lose, do they blame Turiaf or Kobe? If the Rockets lose, do they blame Juwan or TMac? If Gilbert is going to put himself out there and have his "coming out party," then he'd better be ready to take his lashes too.

Michael Lee: That's right, D.C.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Gack, please tell me the answer isn't BTH... That would suck.

As for Blatche having "sky is the limit" talent, let's not go overboard. I seem to remember a time when we'd say the same about Kwame. I like Blatche a lot more than Kwame and I hope he'll have an awesome carreer, but I wouldn't pin our future hopes on him.

Posted by: aspats | April 3, 2007 11:12 PM | Report abuse

So it's Gilbert's fault Jamison and Hayes couldn't hit the ocean standing on the deck of an aircraft carrier? It's Gilbert's fault Gerald Wallace used Hayes as a foot stool on his way to the basket? It's Gilbert's fault that whoever was supposed to be guarding Walter Hermann wasn't? No, of couse it wasn't.

Posted by: kalorama | April 3, 2007 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Good Lord, is this a typo?!?!?! Box score says Les Boules got 17 total assists, while the Bobcats got 36. Les Boules with 15 turnovers!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I heard Grunfield say today they hope to have Blatche back in 5-6 games....5-6 games????

Posted by: Lisa | April 3, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I think his point is that a superstar is supposed to set the tone.

I missed tonight's game, but when was the last time you saw Gilbert take a charge? What about commit a hard foul to avoid an easy layup? He's just not that type of guy--yet. If he's set the tone defensively then other guys would have to follow.

Posted by: aspats | April 3, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, I can sympathize with your point. I understand it completely. You can't always blame Gilbert for losses. Certainly tonight's isn't on him. However, with that said, he needs to mature exponentially to lead this team. He's mentally pretty weak, when you come right down to it. And he doesn't do what he has to get this team to win games. He only seems to be concerned about his hype and his rep in and outside the league. It also appears sometimes he'd rather lead the team in scoring than lead the team to a championship. This became evident last offseason when he said he would sabotage the organization if it didn't renew EJ. Gilbert wanted EJ to return because EJ is such a cushy, player-friendly coach, and Gilbert likes that because then he's never held accountable. I love Gilbert. I usually like his game. But he has a lot of growing up to do.

Posted by: Colin | April 3, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Kalorama,

From what I saw in the game, there was a lot of one on one play and bomb dropping. No cohesiveness whatsoever. This is Gilby's team, and Gilby is responsible for doing whatever he can, whether it's with his own hands, or whether it's with getting in people's faces and chewing their @sses out.

We've seen many, many times where Bird, MJ, Isiah, Magic, Kobe, etc., the leader of their respective franchises, got in their teammates faces and lead by example. Players will tune out a coach when they are playing, but they won't tune out a teammates who's on the court. If Gilby wants to be a superstar, he needs to do that. If he does not accept these responsibilities, then I don't want to hear his "Agent Zero" bullsh#t about not getting recognition for his ability. Gilby is an early version of MeShawn or TO right now.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

aspats:

No, it isn't BTH. It's none other than Cal Booth, who despite logging just 10% of total team minutes, has a +/- of 7.1, 2nd on the team (Jamison is +6.5).

And re: Blatche being "sky's the limit", I just mean that he has the tools to become a great player, and has shown flashes of that this season. Kwame famously just never "got it" and I think there's been a couple of games this season where you could see Blatche starting to turn that corner. The injury thing could very well derail the whole thing, who knows. And of course, it's all at the whim of EJ, who may decide to go small for the final 17 games and doom us all.

Posted by: Gack | April 3, 2007 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Survey Part 2:

Just by watching tonight's game, which team has the better upside? Les BouleS or Bobcats? And, they didn't even have Sean May, Derek Anderson, or Othella Harrington available. Shocker!

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=270403030

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Conservatively speaking, the jury isn't out on Andray Blatche yet. The truth is that jury hasn't even left the hotel yet.

Examining AB's output is with a canister of salt because when he started, he started with Gilby and AJ, the primary gunners on the team. Therefore, less defensive focus was on AB, so he could pretty much roam free without any pressure. Let's see him in some pressure situations and in lineups without some of the big gunners before he can be properly evaluated. Sure, he's got skills, but it's still way too early.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2007 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Colin:

"I usually like his game. But he has a lot of growing up to do."

I can agree with this, and I defer to someone who posted earlier this season that it would take a little bit of hardship and this team not advancing deep into the playoffs for him to understand that he has to do more than score a bunch of points. A lot of great players had to make this same leap, and no matter what anyone thinks of Gilbert, his work ethic can't really be disputed, so I think he will rise to the occasion.


"And he doesn't do what he has to get this team to win games. "

If you're saying he doesn't play tough D, then okay, but who else on this team does? Is that coaching or player? I don't remember him at Arizona. Otherwise, I'm hard pressed to come up with what he doesn't do to win games. He's gotten much better at clutch FT's, and how many game-winners has he hit this year? It's easy to focus on the ones he didn't hit, but he's bailed this team out of many, many games this year.

"He only seems to be concerned about his hype and his rep in and outside the league. "

See, I think this is just people reading too much into his blog and persona. I think he's having fun with his career and doing it in a very public way that a lot of people read things into that aren't there. I mean, Tim Duncan might think that we should all wear tin foil hats and eat bugs. But we'll never really know because he's just that kind of guy. Gilbert's an outgoing twenty-something NBA star who definitely broke the mold. Some people don't like it, that's fine. Lots and lots and lots of people do. *shrug*

"It also appears sometimes he'd rather lead the team in scoring than lead the team to a championship."

Well, he's on record with his desires to win a championship and not just be a guy like KG who has been a star but never could get over the hump. So I don't think it's anything that overt. And this *IS* the NBA, so we can hardly claim that as a mad bomber, he's a rare commodity. I think it's just extremely difficult to win an NBA championship, and more often than not, it's the GM who shoulders the burden of getting there. Few players in this day and age actually carry their teams singularly to a championship.

Posted by: Gack | April 3, 2007 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Colin, my comments were made for one person and one person only. While I love Gilbert and think he has brought excitement to a long dormant franchise, I would prefer that he revert back to the (somewhat) humble Gilbert of old. Does he act childish at times? Yes. Does he need to improve on several levels? Definitely yes. That being said, I'm not going to sit here and read one extremely jealous persons attacks on him for MONTHS and MONTHS without responding. That one person obviously does not even like the team. He just wants to put Gilbert down -and the rest of us if we disagree with him. He has called me a c$nt and moron and others on here homosexual names. It's sickening. When you all agree with him, it just feeds his obsession even more.

So for now, I'm just going to read Ivan's and Michael's remarks and not read the bloggers comments. It's mostly negativity anyway.

Posted by: Lisa | April 3, 2007 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Ok, time to play the blame game. And of course our first contestant is Eddie Jordan. Did anybody notice that when the Wiz took an early lead of 13-8 in the 1st, Bickerstaff qucikly called a timeout to stop the momentum. But when they came out of that timeout and proceeded to go on a 20-4 run, Eddie sat there and watched while his team got pick and rolled to death? He was holding his timeouts like they were the last ones he had all season! Ok, our next contestant is Antawn Jamison. Am I the only one who has the guts to say anything bad about our "team leader"? It seems as if everybody gives him a free pass because of that title (Ivan and Mike included). The man hasn't had a decent shooting game in the last 5 games. He was 3 for 16 for pete's sake! And when Gerald Wallace signs a ridiculous contract in the 70 mil range next year, he damn sure better send a thank you card to the Jamison residence for making him look good!

Posted by: C.Bell | April 3, 2007 11:50 PM | Report abuse

PS, Candace Parker (go lady Vols!) is HAWT. And she can dunk. Let's get her on the Wiz, maybe she could start at center? Would probably increase ticket sales.

Posted by: Gack | April 3, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

DCMan88, I think you had a few drinks tonight. Did you say upside AND Derek Anderson AND Othella Harrington in the same sentence? You can't be serious. Please tell me you're not serious. And Sean May? Dawg, he ain't nothing but a poor man's Lonnie Baxter. And Lonnie Baxter wasn't even a poor man's Lonnie Baxter. So what that say about Sean May?

Posted by: C.Bell | April 3, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I hate Jarvis Hayes with the strength of 1000 fiery suns.

Nice to see Cal Booth rewarded for his 11pt, 11 rebound game with 4 minutes tonight.

Posted by: ineedpoon | April 3, 2007 11:57 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree Gack. Do you think she can be that one star that the women's game been missing? Beauty and talented? And i'm not being sexist, but hey...look at how many men flip through the channels and stop on a tennis match at 11:30 pm as long as Serena is playing. I'm just saying...

Posted by: C.Bell | April 4, 2007 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Alright, I just got back in so I'm just reading up on the blog. But were we watching the same game here? Yeah Gil had 33, but who else stepped up? How the hell can you blame Gil for going out there and scoring when Jamison stunk up the buildind and let Gerald Wallace and some bama named Herrman put up mvp numbers? Was that Gil's fault? Hell Naw!! Gil did everything he could hoping someone would catch fire. And when no one else stepped up, that's when he went into gunning mode. And he wasn't even jacking up shots then either! He was attacking the rim trying to foul out Okafor (which he did)! So I don't wanna hear that "Gil is selfish" crap. Tell Jarvis to make a basket. Tell Jamison to use the backboard. Other than Etan and Darius, Gil was a one man band tonight.

Posted by: C.Bell | April 4, 2007 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Hell, Lonnie hit up the White House! The only thing Sean May hits on a regular basis is the Golden Corral buffet, baby!

And hey, I'm guilty as hell of stopping on tennis matches... ain't my fault ESPN HD is showing women's tennis instead of Pro Hoops! And of course the Deuce is always putting CHEERLEADING on my 2nd HD channel... NOT MY FAULT!!!

Posted by: Gack | April 4, 2007 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Ok, DCMan88, I'm not trying to pile it on but, DAMN (as Ron Simmons would say)! I'm trying to make sense of your Andray Blatche post but i'm having trouble. If Gil resigns at the end of 08, that means we will have Gil and Caron til 2010. Name me one moment when Blatche will be put into a "pressure situation". He should never be put in that position. He is not the franchise. Gil is. He' not even the second option. That's Caron. And even when Jamison retires and he takes his place amongst the Big 3, he's still only the 3rd option. And so far this year, he's shown that if you do ignore him, he'll sneak in and put up a double double. And as fans, that's all we ask

Posted by: C.Bell | April 4, 2007 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Gack, ain't nothing like a weekday night with HDTV and Serena in some short shorts. To qoute Ice Cube off Friday, "She know what she doin wit dem lil ass shorts on"!

Posted by: C.Bell | April 4, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

34 minutes for Hayes, 4 minutes for Booth. Simply ridiculous coach Jordan.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 4, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Not only that George, but 10 minutes for BTH. I don't care how mad you are at him, he deserves more than 10 minutes. And if they wasn't in Charlotte and he had is mama in the crowd, I think Eddie would've given him his second DNP-coach's decision of the season.

Posted by: C.Bell | April 4, 2007 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a whole lot of small ball tonight, man I am glad I didn't watch it. Can they win even 3 games the rest of this regular season?

Posted by: George Templeton | April 4, 2007 12:28 AM | Report abuse

By the way, did anybody else notice The Poet rewarding EJ for starting him by dropping a double double and hitting 7-10 shots, including at least twice wrestling a rebound away from a Charlotte defender and flushing down a 2-handed dunk *AND*, inexplicably, hitting a 16-foot jumper in the 4th?

A Wizards big man hitting a 16-footer? Somebody call the president!!

I eagerly look forward to tomorrow's game, wherein we can expect 4 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes.

Posted by: Gack | April 4, 2007 12:29 AM | Report abuse

See George, that's the funny thing about tonight's game. Can you really call it small ball with Darius out there? He is 6'9. It's like Eddie found his loop hole when people start complaining about BTH's minutes. Or Blatche's when he gets healthy. I can hear EJ now making up excuses.

Posted by: C.Bell | April 4, 2007 12:38 AM | Report abuse

I still say BTH and The Poet should both play in the same lineup. Guaranteed they'd both go after rebounds harder than you've ever seen either of them.

Same phenomenon as when guys on the same squad are feuding in a pick-up game and end up getting more aggressive every trip down the court because of it.

Posted by: Gack | April 4, 2007 12:43 AM | Report abuse

I felt the same way Gack. But that'll only justify Eddie giving Ruffin more minutes since there's no one other than Booth backing those 2 up. And how bout this lineup for next year; Gil, Deshawn, Caron, Darius, and a center to be named later. Off the bench is AD, Jamison, Blatche, Etan/BTH, Pecherov, and Navarro. Scary...

Posted by: C.bell | April 4, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it wasn't small ball, but I see that many minutes for Arvis and that few for Brendan and Booth, I can't help but think that. And not to get on Songaila but with his knees how big does he really play out there.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 4, 2007 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Etan at least held his own with 17 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks and a high shooting percentage, all in just 26 minutes. if we could get that kind of production every night our center situation would be in okay shape for the remaining games. Etan gave up points but he also was productive, which is a lot better than we were getting from Brenda Todette. All we got from Brenda the last few weeks was zero points, few rebounds, vey few blocks, and a whole lotta smilin and laughin when we lost.

The fact that Brenda played just shows what a bunch of wimps we have making decisions. He should have been deactivated for the rest of the season. What a sorry sack of slack.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 4, 2007 1:01 AM | Report abuse

BTH and The Poet in the same lineup? What?! We're not flashing back to the Ewing/Cartwright days, or even the Duncan/Robinson days. Neither of them guards anyone, they're about as mobile as Mel Turpin and they shoot like Ben Wallace. BTH is gone after this year, gone and I'm glad he's gone - if he's gonna be a baby and wine and sulk on the bench at least he better be able to play.

Posted by: numero tres | April 4, 2007 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Lets not get too excited about the Poet. Good numbers mask the fact that he got lit like a christmas tree by Okafur and Jake 'the snake' Voskul. That is just horrendous. Anyone blaming Gil for this did not watch the game. Gil had 20 of our first 35 points. He was single handedly keeping us in the game while AJ and Hayes tried to get us blown out. I am growing tired of AJ's defense and jump shooting. He's a great teammate but he is better suited in a 6th man role because he cannot guard a lamp post. Hermann lit him up...Carroll drove around him like he was standing still and he couldn't hit a shot. Ditto for Hayes. And playing BTH is just embarrassing. The guy is a cancer and I hope we ship him out of here during the offseason. Maybe we can over up a few spots in the draft. Surely some team will fall for the idea that BTH is not as bad as he looks on tape.

Posted by: Chad | April 4, 2007 2:04 AM | Report abuse

I never said anything about the rest of the league. Gilby loved the synthetic. Besides, if he had just a really hot december then this team is not nearly as good nor is Gilby nearly as good as we think. And I think this team is swiss cheese.

Too many problems to be serious contenders and, yes, it starts with Gilby. NO defense from him is pathetic. In fact, he is below average and he has the tools to play D, but just doesn't. AJ is too small, does not have great lateral movement, and can't jump. So, at least, he has an excuse to suck on D.

Sorry, but DCMANN although a little to overboard on the Gilby bashing is often right. He has a LONG way to go to be a superstar. Primarily, Gilby does not make his teammatest better whatsoever. Don't point to players who were coming into their own despite Gilby as proof. No D, No leadership, No playmaking is a BIG problem.
I can't be ignored!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rob P | April 4, 2007 2:39 AM | Report abuse

edit - It can't be ignored

Kenny and Charles were saying as much back in December if you don't believe me.

Posted by: Rob P | April 4, 2007 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Another tough night.

DCMan88, you are incredibly annoying. Your agenda is tired and obvious. I don't read your posts anymore.

Arenas is not even close to the problem, and anyone who thinks he's not making those around him better are way off as well. He is averaging a good number of assists. And further, he is a legit superstar, although he needs to continue to learn how to play when being constantly double and triple teamed.

Eddie Jordan remains the problem. BTH wouldn't be crying like a baby if Jordan hadn't mishandled his playing time (BTH is correct to be upset, although he is being a baby about it). Someone else said it, Booth has a high +/- and had a great last game with a double double yet played less than Mike Hall tonight. And playing someone for 30 minutes who contributes 2 points is absurd.

The team has no chemistry and no confidence and all of that points to the coach.

Posted by: JJ | April 4, 2007 3:49 AM | Report abuse

Calling me jealous because I predicted that this team would tank towards the end of the season and that Gilby, although a great player, is way too much hype is ridiculous. That's like saying all the Jarvis haters on this board are jealous of Jarvis. Pure and utter stupidity.

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DCMan88, I think you had a few drinks tonight. Did you say upside AND Derek Anderson AND Othella Harrington in the same sentence? You can't be serious. Please tell me you're not serious. And Sean May? Dawg, he ain't nothing but a poor man's Lonnie Baxter. And Lonnie Baxter wasn't even a poor man's Lonnie Baxter. So what that say about Sean May?

Posted by: C.Bell | April 3, 2007 11:56 PM

Nope, I said the Warriors were missing Derek Anderson, Othella Harrington, and Sean May and STILL CRUSHED LES BOULES!!!! A bunch of rookies/young players without their veterans crushing a veteran playoff team.

I saw some seriously good teammwork, hustle, and playmaking coming from Felton, Wallace, Herrmann, and Morrison etc. You can agree or disagree about upside, but irregardless, this team CRUSHED Les BouleS!!!!!!! CRUSHED! Who was Walter Herrmann? Did Wes Unseld Jr., the pregame scout, miss the boat on Herrmann? He looked like Air Jesus out there. A lottery bound team that had nothing to play for CRUSHED a team that's FIGHTING FOR HOME COURT ADVANTAGE IN THE PLAYOFFS AND TO BUILD MOMENTUM!!! CRUSHED!!!!

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Ok, DCMan88, I'm not trying to pile it on but, DAMN (as Ron Simmons would say)! I'm trying to make sense of your Andray Blatche post but i'm having trouble. If Gil resigns at the end of 08, that means we will have Gil and Caron til 2010. Name me one moment when Blatche will be put into a "pressure situation". He should never be put in that position. He is not the franchise. Gil is. He' not even the second option. That's Caron. And even when Jamison retires and he takes his place amongst the Big 3, he's still only the 3rd option. And so far this year, he's shown that if you do ignore him, he'll sneak in and put up a double double. And as fans, that's all we ask

Posted by: C.Bell | April 4, 2007 12:17 AM


I think it's great that AB is getting some PT with the first team, but given that, I think he needs even more PT as part of the second unit to see what he's got. When he played KG well during their first meeting, everybody went GAGA. Then KG shut him out during the second game.

AB's got a lot of potential, but if Gilby shared the ball with him more, we'd be able to see more. Most of AB's success has been based on individual play. Yes, Caron is the second option, but if AB is part of the future, he's the only guy Les BouleS have up front that's a serious scoring and athletic threat.

You also admit that Gilby's the franchise. Given that, he should be shouldering the blame for this second half meltdown, regardless of how many points he jacks up. If you are the franchise, you need to shoulder this responsibility.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 7:43 AM | Report abuse

DCMan88, you are incredibly annoying. Your agenda is tired and obvious. I don't read your posts anymore.

Posted by: JJ | April 4, 2007 03:49 AM

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jj, good, because I do not care if you read my posts or not.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Went to a funeral viewing for a long time employee of our company last night.
Came home and got to catch the end of the second quarter when the Bobcats went on 17 to 4 run buried the Wizards season.
Yes, you'd have to have blinders on to not see that this team is really struggling right now. I think I've posted several times before during our win streaks,"you're never as good as you look when you're winning, and never as bad as you look when you lose".
You'd have to be on crack to ignore the the holes in this roster, but you'd have to be a fool to not see how EG has been working peice by peice to build a winner.
When MJ drove away after two 30 something win seasons with a roster in shambles, and some big name coaches used us to drive up their price to go elsewhere, I thought it would be years before we'd be respectable.
I'm not going to start trashing on Gilbert Arenas, where would we be if he hadn't came here? I deal with hundreds of people in my business, Gilbert doesn't have a patent on quirky. He's not even seriously odd compared to many poeple I deal with. And I'm not even going to start into some that post on this site.
Maybe we have had success too quickly. Building a championship roster isn't done overnight. Every move EG has made has gotten us a step closer to where we need to be.
We've had some obvious bad luck with injuries lately, well all year. Anybody that has ever managed to step on a court and play with guys that know the game will tell you, team defense is much harder to play than offense. When your roster is in flux from injuries and rotations are out of wack the first thing to suffer is defense. It is really tough to play help D if you don't have an almost sixth sense about how your teammate is going to react to a guy's move.
Like George and B-Rev I've been rooting for this team for a long time. Watched alot of NBA ball in my life. I'm not about to turn on my team when the chips are down.
Now some will make fun of me for that, call me names, or make some remarks about my wife, my age, my stupidity, etc. I can never quite figure it out, this is a site for Wizard's fan's and people make fun of you for going to Wizard's games? How twisted is that?

Posted by: GM | April 4, 2007 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Chad said:

"BTH and The Poet in the same lineup? What?! We're not flashing back to the Ewing/Cartwright days, or even the Duncan/Robinson days. Neither of them guards anyone, they're about as mobile as Mel Turpin and they shoot like Ben Wallace."

LOL, no doubt. I'm half kidding with my Poet enthusiasm, but seriously, I'd rather have BTH and The Poet on the floor simultaneously than, say, Ruffin and Hayes. At least BTH and The Poet can dunk 50-60% of the time they get chances! We all know what happens when Muffin gets the ball -- he throws it as far away from himself as he can get it -- and Arvis, well, 'nuff said... :)


Rob Said:

"Besides, if he had just a really hot december then this team is not nearly as good nor is Gilby nearly as good as we think."

No argument there at all. I don't think anyone here will dispute that December distorted what this team was really capable of. It's like Eddie made a Faustian bargain to coach one All-Star game in exchange for the team's soul or something...

"Too many problems to be serious contenders and, yes, it starts with Gilby. "

Oh, you've jumped on that wagon. Sorry to hear that, I did enjoy rapping and debating you. I won't waste either of our time anymore in that case.

Posted by: Gack | April 4, 2007 9:14 AM | Report abuse

GM Said:

" I can never quite figure it out, this is a site for Wizard's fan's and people make fun of you for going to Wizard's games? How twisted is that? "

Nah, it's just the Intarweb, GM. I can guarantee you that you can find any online community on the web, and there are going to be some people who do this just because it gets a rise out of them. In the gaming industry, we call these people "griefers". Archaic old internet newsgroup lingo identified them as "trolls".

They've been around as long as the Internet, probably as long as anonymized communication afforded people the opportunity to snipe.

The solution, as I've said many times, is simply to ignore them. It's tough, but attention is their oxygen.

Posted by: Gack | April 4, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

c.bell - i saw exactly what you saw - in fact i was so annoyed i went to blog during commercial after timeout finally taken and wrote (as above):

"ok so i just watched charlotte go on 5 minute, 17-3 run that involved hot shooting and several total defensive lapses by the wiz. No timeout by Eddie the whole time until 4:11 which, of course, is eleven seconds before the tv timeout.

i don't know how eddie can be defended. one incident sure - but very emblematic of a much bigger problem in multiple coaching areas."

This was the game right here. The Wiz never recovered from it. The worst thing was during the course of it the Wiz never slowed down, never stopped the ball, and never seemed to run a play on offense. Just inexcusable.

And Eddie had that expression on his face, the scary one where the lip is slightly curled upward, his eyes look (but aren't) just a bit cross-eyed, and his hands are clenching and unclenching. Kind of the same expression/look that a gazelle has on its face when the cheetah finally gets it on a Discovery channel documentary. When I see that look, I know we are in trouble.

Posted by: charles jones | April 4, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Good post GM. I agree with you all the way. Longtime Bullets/Wiz fan since 1977 as a knee-high youngster. EG is building this thing piece by piece and I am in there for the long haul.

I think we are going to really look good next year when OPEC (spelling?? this year's 1st rounder) gets here and we use our 1st rounder on a Euro "5" and our 2nd rounder on a "high energy" defensive player.

Blatche will be allowed to play then because they will then have him locked up into a long-term deal. My personal opinion is the Wiz did not want Blatche getting to much run this season (last year of contract) flashing to much of those "serious skills" he has to other teams.

Abe does not want to go over the luxury tax and EG has Blatche and Stevenson he has to resign without going over. Someone might throw some crazy dinero at Blatche and the Wiz will have to match, thus throwing their whole cap plans out of order.

Lastly, I have to disagree with DC Man on his analysis of Gilbert last night. There have been games where I was pissed with Gil because all he did was "jack" up "j's" and was not running the offense as he should plus also not playing any "d".

However, last night he decided to become the old Gil that got him where he is today. That was "taking it to the rack" with authority and then taking his "j". You could not ask for more, seeing that AJ was still off and there is no Butler.

DC Man - Yes Gil is the "face" of the team and everything should fall on him be it in good times or bad times, but you have to remember this is still a "big man's game". Superstar guards and off guards need "help" (i.e. MJ and the Bulls).

However when you have someone like Shaq, all you have to do is put average and one above average player around him and the beat never stops.

So, give Gil some slack on this past game, he wasn't the one guarding Wallace or their "5".

Posted by: mikie | April 4, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

SWADAGGGGGGERRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!

"you're never as good as you look when you're winning, and never as bad as you look when you lose".

I agree.. The people who were cheering MVP for Arenas before the all star game were clearly on crack.

"to be a fool to not see how EG has been working peice by peice to build a winner."

The last I checked, this team has regressed these past 3 years. The worst part of this is that this year, the East Division has never been more mediocre, and Les BouleS have failed to capitalize on it.

"When MJ drove away after two 30 something win seasons with a roster in shambles, and some big name coaches used us to drive up their price to go elsewhere, I thought it would be years before we'd be respectable."

As many faults that MJ had in managing this team, you have to look at what he was presented with. This team's downfall was started by Dishonest Abe's penny pinching ways which tied John Nash's hands. Nash eventually left and then Abe tried to remake the NBA market for free agents, which bit him in the butt with Juwan Howard. MJ had to undo that, and the biggest thing he did was get rid of Juwan's contract.

"I'm not going to start trashing on Gilbert Arenas, where would we be if he hadn't came here?"

Where are Les BouleS now? Les BouleS made the playoffs before Gilby with a team comprised of CWebb, Juwan, Rod, etc., but the team spiraled out of control.

"Maybe we have had success too quickly."

I guess success is defined differently by different people. I know one peson defines it as getting his picture on the side of a building, making the all star game, having people trample each other to get to a jersey he tossed on the ground, getting his story with a shoe company, etc., nevermind beating teams they're supposed to beat who have bad records and are lottery bound.

"Every move EG has made has gotten us a step closer to where we need to be."

Again, the last I checked, this team has regressed these past 3 years, especially this year where the East is very mediocre.

"We've had some obvious bad luck with injuries lately, well all year."

Who and which team hasn't had bad luck? DWade hurt, Detroit losing Big Ben, Toronto losing Bargnani and Calderon, Suns lost Amare last year, Shaq out most of the 1st half of the season, Sonics losing Ray Allen, Jersey losing Richard Jefferson, etc. Seems like Les BouleS always lose to teams with worse bad luck, and or lose to teams with some of their starters out (ie. Blazers, Hawks, Golden State, Knicks, etc.).

"Anybody that has ever managed to step on a court and play with guys that know the game will tell you, team defense is much harder to play than offense. When your roster is in flux from injuries and rotations are out of wack the first thing to suffer is defense. It is really tough to play help D if you don't have an almost sixth sense about how your teammate is going to react to a guy's move."

What the fans have seen is a total lack of individual effort, not necessarily team D. Dwallace shooting a 2 ft. layup off the glass with AJ standing in front of him, or Felton shooting a 2 ft. jumpshot in front of AJ? Don't make excuses. If you can't play D, then at least foul someone hard so that they will think twice about driving on you again. This team isn't just lacking in defense, they're mostly lacking in heart.

"Like George and B-Rev I've been rooting for this team for a long time. Watched alot of NBA ball in my life. I'm not about to turn on my team when the chips are down."

I've been watching almost, if not just as long, way back to the Jeff Malone days.

"Now some will make fun of me for that, call me names, or make some remarks about my wife, my age, my stupidity, etc."

Yeah, as if you have never done the same, making up stupid stories about me living in my mother's basement. Don't try to act innocent, because you're not.

"I can never quite figure it out, this is a site for Wizard's fan's and people make fun of you for going to Wizard's games? How twisted is that?"

What's funny is that you're throwing good money at a team that plays half hearted basketball but are still trying to convince yourself that we're all witness to some sort of greatness on the court and should be proud of it, if not giddy over Gilby. That's what's silly. How happy were you when Les BouleS got crushed by the Bobcats last night, or when they let the Toronto game slip away?

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Charles, I was helping a guy coach a Y Allstar team one time. We were in this game and the kids were up by about a dozen points. The other team goes on a run, I say to the guy, get a time out. He tells me, I think they need to learn to play through it.
Team blows lead, and collapses, he turns to me and say's, somebody(the players) needs to do something! I said to him, that sombody should have been you! About five minutes ago.
Sometimes watching Eddie coach reminds me of that guy!
Gack, I know that there are some here that just do it to get a fight going, because they sure don't have a clue when it comes to basketball. Some incredible stuff gets posted here that borders on the insane, what I really love is when all the regulars ignore it. And the boys show up and debate themself!

Posted by: GM | April 4, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse

"DC Man - Yes Gil is the "face" of the team and everything should fall on him be it in good times or bad times, but you have to remember this is still a "big man's game". Superstar guards and off guards need "help" (i.e. MJ and the Bulls)."

Mikie, go back to the old saying that you have to keep your big men happy. Now if you're big men never touch the ball because you never pass it to them, then don't expect them to be happy. I don't have a problem with Gilby shooting a lot of smart shots, and there's bound to be a few questionable ones, but he needs to step up his individual D and get other people involved in rotating the ball. You hardly see Gilby hustle by diving for loose balls or making someone regret trying to drive by him.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

If any of you watched the NBA Around the League program last nite, you would have heard Greg Anthony, Tim Legler and the host all said the Wizards don't have playoff mental toughness AND they did not excuse Mr. Arenas either. to quote:
"An unnecessary loss"

They said: "If Gilbert wasn't so busy focusing on his stats and thought more about getting his teammates involved - this team would not have struggled as badly as they have. This was a wasteful loss and an UNNECESSARY loss because the Wiz have very capable players - they ALL need to be incorporated." Arenas is NOT a team player unless forced.

I don't think DCman88 was on that panel of NBA experts either. And to be clear: DCman88 did not type this - I did. A 57 yr old female of Silver Spring Md.

Posted by: NBAwatcher | April 4, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I guess when the Wiz do go to the title, and they will, and everyone is wearing Swadaggerr.. T shirts I'll have to chuckle cause I came up with that one.
I think it's actually starting to catch on, cause it keeps popping up on this Site. People must just love it! Someday it's gonna be big! Keep getting out it there, Tee Shirts, hell I think I see a shoe line!
I've got to get busy, the royalties alone, I may not have to scrape by on Social Security!

Posted by: GM | April 4, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I think we just have to chalk this season up as a learning experience. Hopefully next year Jarvis and Ruff will be gone and we won't have to worry about EJ being a moron and playing them too much.

I still can't get over the fact that EJ refuses to play Booth. He's the only big man on this team that has shown anything. He certainly deserves 100% of BTH's minutes.

Posted by: ineedpoon | April 4, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I love this statement

Where are Les BouleS now? Les BouleS made the playoffs before Gilby with a team comprised of CWebb, Juwan, Rod, etc., but the team spiraled out of control.

THAT WAS IN 1997 AND THEY GOT SWEPT!

Do you despise Gilbert so much that you are going to say that one playoff appearance with 0 wins equates to the first playoff series win in 23 years, a first-round loss that should have been a first-round win, and what will be a third-consecutive playoff appearance (for the first time since the mid 80s).
Am I frustrated that they have blown an opportunity with the state of the East this year, yes. But regression, I am not sure how you can say that given that this team hasn't had a full deck to play with since the turn of the year (coincidentally when they stopped playing well). I would bet (although I am not sure) the Wizards are among the leaders in games missed due to injury (Etan Thomas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler have all missed significant chunks of time).

My biggest problem debating the Wizards with you DCMan is the fact that nearly every comment about the Wizards is filtered through a prism of withering criticism of Gilbert. You barely criticize anyone else on this team and just lance Gilbert every chance you get. For God sakes you have even done the equivalent of defending the indefensible on this blog (Defending Arvis!). And no matter how many times you shout it, this team's problems are more than just Gilbert's inability to play defense.
And there are lot of us here who have recognized that and put forward (sometimes) constructive thoughts on how to fix these problems. I hope DCMan you decide join us in that, instead of engaging in the continual bash Gilbert fests.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 4, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Wait, let me get this straight -- the same Tim Legler and Greg Anthony who have been hating on Le Wiz the entire season, were taking shots at the team last night after the loss? SAY IT ISN'T SO!

Next you're going to tell me that Barkley wasn't his normally complimentary self!

Posted by: Gack | April 4, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"Love is like oxygen.... get too much you get too high... not enough and you're gonna die..."

Posted by: Gack | April 4, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Is it mathematically possible for the Wiz to miss the playoffs?

Because I totally see them going 0-for from here on out.

Posted by: pfunk | April 4, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

George,

Check one of my most recent posts and you'll see that I blasted AJ for giving up 2 layups while standing there like a statue. I've also blasted DS for not playing any defense by "olaying Luke Ridnour." I've also had many positive things to say about Songaila's contributions, along with AB. Without criticism though, you'll get complacency, and this team surely seems complacent. They've been spoiled by the lovefest that fans here and at the arenas have showered them with.

There is absolutely no excuse to lose to lottery bound teams and teams without some of their critical players, especially if you're supposed to build year to year on the success from previous years. Gilby, as Michael Lee agreed, has become the face of this franchise. He craved, wanted, and got all the glory. Now, he must step up and elevate not only his game, but also the team's game. Everyone on this team follows his lead whether he wants to be the leader or not. That's the truth, whether people want to accept it or not.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

GM,

Did you scream SWADAGGGGERRRRR!!! After the Toronto, Bobcats, Blazers, Warriors, Jersey, Miami, Knicks, Jazz, or Atlanta game? If you didn't, then it must not be as popular as you think.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

George, you forgot that Songalia was out for 45 games and is playing at only about 75% even now. If the Wiz would have known that he was going to miss time with his back EG would have also brought Pechy over which hurt even more.
And I know many would say we'd be better off if he missed the season, but Ruffin has missed 40 some games as well.
I don't consider it making excuses, but to say the GM is an MIA is just not looking at facts.
And gee, NBAwatcher for all we know DCman88 could be a 57 yr old female from Silver Spring and I could be a homeless crack addict that just comes to the public library to get off the street. And Al Gore called this the World Wide Information Highway!

Posted by: GM | April 4, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"I don't consider it making excuses, but to say the GM is an MIA is just not looking at facts. "

I meant the GM of the Bobcats, MJ, not Grunfeld.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

IT'S ALIVVVVVEEEE!!! IT'S ALIVVVVVEEEEE!!!!

"Arenas, before last night's game in Charlotte, told The Post' s Ivan Carter, "It hurts but we can't use excuses anymore."

While that's exactly what you want to hear from your star player, truth is it's hard to see the Wizards, without Butler, doing anything more than getting to the playoffs. Late last season Butler missed five games and the Wizards lost all five. It's like a trip back to Kornheiser's Curse o' lez Boulez days........"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/03/AR2007040302070.html

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Gack - yes it was them. I saw the same show. Anthony and Legler were "on them" pretty hard. Anthony said "the Wiz lack mental toughness" and Legler said "their whole front line is "soft".

Anthony also said "if you are playoff bound team, there is no way you should be letting a team like the Bobcats score 122 points on you, Caron or no Caron".

I hate to agree with him, but it is true. Anthony has been saying all year their lack of playing defense is going to "kill them" come playoff time when they are not "hot" shooting. Man, is that coming true now.

I still believe that if EJ just starts playing "straight man to man defense" vs. having our "5" flashing at the top of the key and then trying to double back down to the paint (Haywood, Thomas, and Booth) and everyone switching all over the place; "stops" would come more often. Ruffin is the only "Big" capable of "showing" at the top of the key and getting back because he has the lateral foot speed to do so.

However, EJ tends to keep Ruffin in way to long at the "5" which ends up hurting us. If EJ wants to give him extended minutes like that he should pair him with Haywood or Booth and let him play the 4.

We do not have the personnel to play that type of switching defense. You have to want to run "through screens" sometimes (i.e. Kobe running through one of ours in LA when MJ was playing with the Wiz) vs. meeting your man on the other side (Gilbert??) where he stops and doubles back and either gets a wide open look for a 3 or causes a switch which then makes our defensive side of the court unbalanced because everyone has to switch to cover the open man Gilbert was checking.

Now I am not saying this to call Gilbert out because I am a big Gilbert fan, but I know the only reason Gilbert does not play all out man defense like he did in his first year in Golden State is because he is "saving" himself for offense on the other end. Not to say that this is right, but it is the truth. Gilbert stillis in the beginning stages of his maturation process as a superstar player.

Gilbert has built on his game every year. Give the man a "minute" and you will see him take his game to the next level next year when it comes to defense.

Gilbert wanted to get his name out "there" and he found out through his USA Team basketball experience just playing defense only was not going to get him his due "props". He sacrificed his whole offensive game to make the team and to him that is what got him "cut".

There are not to many MJ's and Kobe's out there who are able to "man up" the best player night in night out and still have "juice" for the offensive end of the floor. Gilbert has to find that balance, and I am sure he will. Are LeBron. Melo, Nash, Dirk, or DWade considered great defensive players.

Nope....!!! They don't play "d" either, but the difference between them and Gilbert is they have supporting casts that can play "D" or a coach (not a EJ basher, but I hate his rotation calls, lack of calling timeouts to stop runs from the opposing teams, love of small ball,love of giving Jarvis "way to many minutes", and his usage or lack there of Haywood)who knows how to teach playing "D".

Don't get me wrong, but once I would like to see the Wiz play straight up "man defense" and see what happens after that.

Posted by: mikie | April 4, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

All I know is this, Les BouleS better give some SERIOUS payback tonight at Verizon Center even without Caron in the game. If Les BouleS lose tonight again, then it'd be a pure and utter tragedy. Fans better rain down a storm of boos.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Ivan & Wilbon put it in "black & white" for you folks w/blinders on.

If any of you ever took a moment to actually read or step outside of your tiny "Wizard's World" - take off your rose colored glasses you might see & hear what Ivan, Wilbon,Mike Lee and NBA experts - scouts have to say about the Wizards.

It ain't all Eddie Jordan..read folks..

It doesn't matter WHAT Ivan nor Michael write...besides a couple of you - you all walk around in blinders to the truth repeating your wizards mantra bumpin into doors like a blind man. Read,listen and observe. Any of coached, played, scouted wrote a sports column for an NBA team?

Those drinkin the Gilbert Arenas Kook-aid..there's some land in the middle of the atlantic for you to buy.

Contrary to popular discussion on this blog..Franchise players are and do step it up for their teams and lead the way...
Opps my bad..not on the Wizards - Arenas doesn't have to cuz what did you all say? "He's bailed this team out so many times before - oh & hit a game winner.Oh!! when was that December? Its cool to be loyal but really...how does that sound?

Posted by: NBA watcher | April 4, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

DC, first off how can you get the Warriors and Bobcats confused. And second, after further review, you still said upside AND Derek Anderson AND Othella Harrington in the same sentence. I kinda get where you was going with that but I still disagree with you. If David Stern came knocking on your door and offered you a franchise to run but it had to be either the Wiz or Cats, would you really choose the Cats? Lets look at this closely. Gil and Caron are all stars in their prime right now and are still 26 yrs old. We have assests to make moves and young talent to boot. All Charlotte have is money. And as Chicago proved a few years back, money can't buy you a future. So give me a playoff (championship potential) team over a 30-35 win team any day.

Posted by: C.Bell | April 4, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"DC, first off how can you get the Warriors and Bobcats confused."

Don't you recall the most recent west coast road trip where the Warriors beat Les Boules, and that's after Stephen Jackson got tossed? During the West coast road trip, out of 5 teams, only 1, Utah, was above .500. Les BouleS went 1-4, including losses to a Zachless Blazers and a Cassellless/Livingstonless Clips. The only beat the Sonics, who were without Ray Allen, and they beat the Sonics with a last second layup by Gilby.

"And second, after further review, you still said upside AND Derek Anderson AND Othella Harrington in the same sentence."

May be, but what I meant was this team has some more upside and the team was missing Derek, Othella, and Sean May and they still beat Les BouleS. Didn't mean the first two were part of the upside.

"If David Stern came knocking on your door and offered you a franchise to run but it had to be either the Wiz or Cats, would you really choose the Cats? Lets look at this closely. Gil and Caron are all stars in their prime right now and are still 26 yrs old."

I see your argument, but the last I checked, Les BouleS got crushed by a lottery bound team. As tough as tough juice is, I don't see an upside to his game. He's just going to be consistent in what he's doing from year to year.

Charlotte has the 3rd worst record right now, and is poised to get much better via the lottery this year. If they hold at 3, they will get at least Corey Brewer, if not Roy Hibbert or Jeff Green. Les BouleS will make it into the playoffs but will msot likely be 1 and done. Now, what do you think?

"We have assests to make moves and young talent to boot. All Charlotte have is money."

What assets to move? Who's going to take Etan's 45 million dollar contract?

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

NBA Watcher, I've watched the Lakers go on a 7 game losing streak with Kobe in the lineup. Does that mean he's not a franchise player? Yeah, he scored 50 five times straight and they won each game, but little did they know, everybody was healthy during that win streak. During the 7 game streak, they were missing Walton, Kwame, and Odom. My point is, wether you love Gil or you hate him, he can't do it all by himself. You can't blame Gil if he can't turn Jarvis Hayes into Steve Kerr. Just like Kobe can't turn Smush Parker into anything.

Posted by: C.Bell | April 4, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

A few more disturbing things:

Suns projected to get the 5th pick in the lottery via Atlanta. How much better can these guys get?

Chicago (via NY) could also squeak into the lottery if NY takes a nosedive and doesn't make the playoffs.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

You forget that Ernie Grunfield would be your gm. Who would you rather have, MJ or EG? EG is THE single reason this team is good. He got Gil, He STOLE Caron, He turned a 5 pick in the draft into a 20 and 8 all star AND got rid of 2 cancers in the process (Stack and Laettner), he replaced an underacheiving Jared Jefferies into an underpaid Stevenson (who might be the lowest paid starter in the league). Need any more examples? And still, upside and Derek Anderson and Othella Harrington might be the funniest statement of the season. I've been laughing all day!!

Posted by: C.Bell | April 4, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Obviously I'd take EG in a one for one comparison with MJ, but given that, when Bernie leaves at the end of the year, and MJ is able to lure Larry Brown to coach Le Bobcats, who's got the edge now? Don't forget also, if MJ wants someone, he'll get it. If EG wants someone, Abe will ask EG how much money will he donate out of his personal bank account.

Last I checked, MJ and Larry combined have at least 7 NBA championships and 2 NCAA championships. What about EG/EJ? Larry might give the Bobcats a slight edge by cancelling out MJ and still being a hair better than EG/EJ. Both Dishonest Abe and Bob Johnson are tighwads, but MJ has a vested interest, and Bobby is much richer than Abe.

"And still, upside and Derek Anderson and Othella Harrington might be the funniest statement of the season. I've been laughing all day!!"

Honestly, to me, the funniest thing these last COUPLE of days has been the Toronto debacle AT HOME, and then being trounced by a lottery bound team, nevermind the 1-4 west coast road trip. That's way more funny on a grander scale than this lil' blog."

If only I had a camera to take a picture of each individual player and some select fans when Mo Pete hit that 3 pointer. It wasn't even close in OT as Gilby missed all 4 of his shots.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

c.Bell - Here we go again..Obviously a Kobe hater..(Oh well...your loss but I bet ya love to watch...LOL)

You haven't heard Kobe whinnin. Is he playin with the same caliber players as Arenas or some of these other teams?
Don't think so.

He's got a bunch of Rookies & a 18 yr old center who were and are still on the injured list. I don't have to say much cuz the media & his game speak volumes. He can play team ball...they start losing..he has the ability to step it up when asked by Phil Jackson, his coach.

sorry - Jordan can't say that about Arenas or hardly anybody on the Wiz..according to your beat writer.

Posted by: nbaWATCHER | April 4, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

DC..I told ya, you make us laugh..

Honestly, Bob Johnson better get somebody else in there to manage the Bobcats. MJ is not a manager. He's gonna kill em..

Posted by: Robin | April 4, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Too bad for Bobby that MJ got rid of Ed Tapscott when he bought a share in the team. Ed should have a job somewhere. MJ is too busy livin' it up now that he's a bachelor.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 4, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. Sam Smith in Chicago recently wrote: How can you manage a team in Charlotte, NC but live & hang out in Chitown? Where is Tapscott these days besides our post-game broadcast? BTW, he's the one that said Lez Boulez play "matador defense." He's a pretty smart guy..

DC, I agree w/you. I understand you're not "hatin" on GA.- You want him to wear the hat he advertised, fought and demanded to wear..now, he's comin up shaky when his team needs him. I feel ya.

Too bad we can't get Garnett...who is now officially very unhappy in Mini.

Posted by: Robin | April 4, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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