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Scrimmage ends camp

The Wizards put an end to a week of training camp with a scrimmage at VCU this evening. Coach Eddie Jordan missed the scrimmage to attend the funeral of a family member while Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison were held out so this one felt like Wizards light. A few notes/observations:

-I touched on this the other day and it looks like it will continue to be something to follow as the preseason goes along. Andray Blatche and Oleksiy Pecherov started together on the "white" team with Blatche at center against Brendan Haywood and Pesh matched up against Darius Songaila at power forward. Blatche held his own physically and wound up leading his team with 10 points thus capping a real strong week. There were a couple of occassions when Haywood was able to pin Blatche behind him or shield him off and receive a lob pass but for the most part, that was evened out by Blatche's ability to draw Haywood away from the basket where he squared the taller man up and knocked down jumpers. Haywood capped a good week with 14 points for the black team.

-Dominic McGuire looked good in his first real taste of live action. He had at least six offensive rebound including one that turned into a dunk. I'll say it right now: if teams don't box this kid out, he'll be a beast on the boards. He plays bigger than his list height of 6-9. Word is that the coaching staff is digging the kid. If he keeps it up once the preseason starts, don't be surprised if Eddie finds some kind of roll for him. Maybe as that change-the-pace, energy guy who comes in handy on the back end of a back-to-back or near the end of a long road trip.

-Roger Mason had a rough shooting night after making shots all week. So did Pesh, who swung wide open on several pick and pops. Nick Young nailed his first two shots - both jumpers - and flashed nice moves off the dribble but also dribbled himself into trouble a couple of times. Still haven't had a chance to see him where I think he'd really be effective: in the open court.

-Antonio Daniels and Songaila have picked up right where they left off after the playoffs in terms of their chemistry in the pick and roll and pick and pop game. Sometimes it looks as though they've played together for years. Those two plus Blatche give this team a potentiallly strong bench. As for Daniels, he's in great shape and it's showing. He had a play on the fastbreak where he swooped in and threw down a dunk with authority, something he did a lot as a younger player but not so much in recent seasons. And yes, he did hit the deck extremely hard on a drive tonight. Pesh laid the wood er, sent A.D. to the wood.

Practice tomorrow at 11 at Verizon Center so I'll check back with any news/notes etc. Word is that the team could have an announcement regarding the status of Etan Thomas soon. It doesn't sound good in terms of playing anytime soon.

By Ivan Carter  |  October 6, 2007; 8:17 PM ET
 
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