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Daniels to Start

Antonio Daniels will be in the starting lineup tonight against Orlando. I saw Daniels in the lockeroom not too long ago and he said that while the back is sore and his movements are still a little stiff he wants to give it go. The rest of the starting lineup will be the same. Two things to watch for tonight according to chatter I picked up today: watch for the DeShawn/Jarvis combo in the backcourt with Darius at the 3, Antawn at the 4 and Brendan at the 5.

I'm hearing that Brendan is going to get a chance to play himself out of Eddie Jordan's doghouse. He was sharp at Miami last week so it's interesting that he's seen limited action in the last two games. That could change. If these guys are serious about staying in the six hole and avoiding either Chicago or Detroit, they'd better get this one tonight.

By Ivan Carter  |  April 17, 2007; 6:15 PM ET
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No sweat, I'm sure the lads will bring their "A" game tonight. (And hopefully the "A" won't stand for agony).

Posted by: Mitch | April 17, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

EJ continues to hypnotize...Hayes and Stevenson, neither of which would be characterized as having good ball handling skills for a 2 in the backcourt together? Has Songalia been working on his point forward skills behind the scenes??? None of this makes sense, AS USUAL - Get this clown out of town ASAP!

Posted by: Goofus | April 17, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Arvis find such depths of Eddie Jordan's doghouse?

Ivan, I'd classify Brendan's limited action lately as a little more than "interesting". More like perplexing and mindboggling.

We'll need Brendan playing his butt off to help slow down Dwight Howard tonite. Dude has been playing out of his mind recently. Etan also better bring his "A" game. I'm sure Howard will be looking for payback from the beginning of the season where Etan outplayed him.

Posted by: Dat2U | April 17, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I have not been able to watch the whole game, but the 21-6 advantage in second-chance points through 3 quarters tells me the Wizards frontcourt is really playing there tails off tonight. Hope they don't run out of gas in the fourth like they have been doing.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 17, 2007 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Another bad 4th quarter and the Wizards look to be going down again. Have to hand it to the Magic they were able to muzzle Jamison enough when it counted. Here come the damn Bulls!

Posted by: George Templeton | April 17, 2007 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Defense on Jamison (or anyone else) didn't win this game for Orlando, unless they've somehow found a way to defend Washington at the FT line. No team has any business winning a game where they miss 19 FTs.

Posted by: kalorama | April 17, 2007 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Les BouleS had another chance to make their lives easier during the playoffs. Unfortunately, another one bites the dust.

The much ballyhooed Antonion Daniels. 0-10, 6 assists, 2 points. Deshawn Stevenson, 2-14, 9 pts. Blatche, 12 minutes, 0-1. As great a game AJ had, he shot 62.5% from the charity stripe.

Below .500.


note: Orlando had 9 more TO's.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 17, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

so. . . our two best players are out.

three things clear -

we can't win without them.

stevenson is not a starting two guard

either we have no talent aside from the big three or our coach doesn't cut it - there is no excuse for this kind of free for all, regardless.

Posted by: charles jones | April 17, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

This continues to make me laugh....the dude claims to be a "man" but continually types "BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! And he says Gilbert is a nutcase....who is the real nutcase??? He uses nicknames for everything and copies and pastes from ESPN. Also he likes the reporters when they are dissing Gil and dislikes them when they support him. Get real. Going back to the thread where he claimed Larry Hughes was let go because of Gilbert's I'm crying I'm laughing so hard. Gil and Larry are the best of friends (they have both stated this recently).

Also, Antonio Daniels was hurt and barely able to walk just two days ago and got banged up badly again tonight. Before you diss him, I would love to see you try to play when you've hit the wood that hard.

Posted by: Lisa | April 17, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Great effort by AJ. Amazing that we almost won with DS and AD going a combined 2 for 24!!!! Ultimately the 18 or so missed free throws killed them. Chicago must be licking their chops.

Posted by: Mitch | April 17, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

"we can't win without them."

Can't win with them, and can't win without them. Note 1-4 West Coast trip with Arenas and AJ healthy, then lost to Raptors at home (Arenas 0-4 in OT), blowout in Charlotte. Les BouleS have a better chance of winning if CBut is in the game.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 17, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, no matter what I say or do, it's over baby. Save your breath. It's over. Get over it. Start planning for next season. Go type something up on Les Skins blog. Go take a nap. Go have a drink. Go break out your pocket rocket.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 17, 2007 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I forgot:


Posted by: DC Man88 | April 17, 2007 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I know that it's was over the minute that Gil and Caron went down. If we had one or the other of them - different story. Coulda, shoulda, woulda. But without them we would never have won all those games early on. That's the plain and simple truth.

Posted by: Lisa | April 17, 2007 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Attta girl.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 17, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

unless this team learns, or figures out a way to protect a lead, it's not going to matter who's in the line up Butler, Arenas, or Jaimeson, due to the simple fact that this is a team, that can't rely on their defense, to get the lead back so until this team becomes more consistent, on the defensive side of the ball, they are not going to be an elite, tean as far as wins for the simple fact that this is a team that is a capable, of winning 55 games easy if they develop, nasty attitude on defense, and yes they had a shot to win the southeast, division but they blew it here is one more thing, this is a streaky team they go on winning streaks, and losing streaks but after one or two losses they don't jump back into the winning side.

Posted by: armen | April 18, 2007 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what a great game - with a terrible finish. The Wiz showed a lot of fight, and Donell Taylor looked geared up (i.e. reverse lay up, scrapping for boards, "smothering" D).

There were a few daggers, like Brenda coughing up a rebound, one he had in his hands, while the Wiz were only down two with under 1:30 left. AJ missing a put back lay in, that was on the rim when D. Howard grabbed it. Almost every time Jarvis Airballed a 3 - though when he hit that one, the place errupted.

The bottom line, they played their tails off, but you can't miss that many free throws. The back house kicker was Hedo Turkoglu, that guy couldn't miss.

I love you Wiz, and hope you can keep it up, and maybe steal one in the playoffs or buck up and "pop somebody in the mouth" in the first round.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | April 18, 2007 9:18 AM | Report abuse

"No team has any business winning a game where they miss 19 FTs".

Kalorama - Hit the nail right on the head. That number (19) is "unbelievable". That is what cost them.

Man, am I "really" noticing what life is like without Gilbert. I also felt the same when AJ was out. As the saying goes, "you just don't know what you have, until it gone".

For all the folks "hating" on Gilbert, you can not deny what he brings to the floor and the offense as far as spacing and closing games is concerned. Man did the dude make things look easy.

Ivan - As usual, thanks for the "inside stuff" on Haywood and the questions we had yesterday. Haywood did not bring it tonight, but at least he got a "fair" amount of minutes. I am cool with how Eddie used Etan and Haywood "this" game. However, I am still miffed at why they can not be used together sometimes.

Etan was having a good game, so I have to give him some credit. EJ allowed Haywood to backup Etan and give him decent minutes so I applaud EJ for putting the "personal stuff" aside and making "basketball decisions" instead of "emotional decisions".

However, I was wondering why Mason got "no run" at all? The dude has a nice "outside J" but never got on the floor? It looks like Jarvis stayed in the entire 1st half and most of the 3rd and a lot of the 4th. I guess he took Mason's minutes??????

Posted by: mikie | April 18, 2007 9:24 AM | Report abuse

And thank God Jordan kept Jarvis in. He's starting to play fairly well. But from what I understand he'll be gone.

Mason and Hall need to go. The guys he had on the floor gave best effort considering only they lost. Now the 19 free throws - as Kal & others said are part of what killed them AND as Eddie Jordan stated:his mismanagement of the last few minutes of the game. He said there were some things he should have done in those crucial minutes but didn't. Admitted it again publically. wish I woulda, coulda thing.

Sadly, he keeps having "second thoughts" and thus they lose. but they gave an all out effort and as someone said Taylor showed if at no other time..they should consider keeping him. Prob won't but he hussled.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

As much as I hate on Jamison defense and how much injuries have depleted his lateral movement I must applauded his sheer effort last night. He showed me a ton of heart last night.

Posted by: dc | April 18, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"Man, am I "really" noticing what life is like without Gilbert. I also felt the same when AJ was out. As the saying goes, "you just don't know what you have, until it gone".

For all the folks "hating" on Gilbert, you can not deny what he brings to the floor and the offense as far as spacing and closing games is concerned. Man did the dude make things look easy."

C'mon Mikie. What you mean is "life is tough without Caron." Towards the latter 1/3 of this season, Les BouleS were nearing rock bottom even with Gilby on the court, when Caron was out with his bad back.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"C'mon Mikie. What you mean is "life is tough without Caron." Towards the latter 1/3 of this season, Les BouleS were nearing rock bottom even with Gilby on the court, when Caron was out with his bad back".

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2007 11:48 AM

DC Man88. That is true, but every team needs at least "one gunslinger". You have to remember Gil is just 25 and is still a work in progress. Gunslingers never run out of bullets.

That is what you need when you are in close games at the end of the 4th quarter. Gil opens everything up for the rest of the team. True, Caron is the glue; but without Gil he would not have the "space" to work with like he has had this year (Just ask Larry Hughes).

EJ had to take Gil to Net's game to teach the young dude how to be a NBA PG. That was only about two years ago. The dude is a SG in a PG's body. He might would be called a "tweener" by most NBA types, but unlike a lot of SG's the boy has a serious "handle" so he is a legit PG.

Gil just has the mentality of a "2" guard. With maturity and a chance to "watch" the game from the sideline like he has to do now, he will in due time become better at managing a game (shot selection, playing "D" and etc).

As much as you distain his antics off of the court, you can not say anything about the man's work ethic. He is always working on his game physicaly.

Now the time will come when he has to work on the mental aspect of the game including leadership and leading by example, however he covers that part of the physical side because all of the team knows how he practices and they know they cannot argue with his results. So, that is a form of leadership that he does indirectly.

He also has a father who is trying to steer him in the right direction. For me, I do not mind any of the stuff he does off of the court, because I can tell it is all in fun. However, I still know he is a work in process, so he should be allowed some rope.

Posted by: mikie | April 18, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Can we get through ONE DAY without the Gilbert debates?

Ok, the Wiz are better off because he's here. Are you happy?

Quite frankly - he is so controversial on this site that all it does is generate division,arguments & debates.In case you never noticed, once you start those debates - people leave the site.
Its really tiresome.

Michael has written some great thought provoking stuff. It was great - We'd ask questions and Mike responded back.

Then..the dreaded Gilbert Arenas debates. It'd be different if you said something NEW but you don't - same crap dif day.

the earlier posts were so much more positive or progressive.

Posted by: peterss2 | April 18, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

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