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Gilbert Arenas will be in the starting lineup today against the Atlanta Hawks. I spoke with Eddie Jordan before the game and he said he stressed to his team the need to play the way they did early on in New Jersey the other night: move the ball, set good screens, cut hard and knock down some open looks.

The Hawks are coming off a bad loss to Boston but have beaten Dallas and Phoenix here so this is something of a strange game for them: they are supposed to beat a struggling team like the Wizards but the only player on this team who has been in that spot is Joe Johnson and that goes back to his days with the Suns.

By Ivan Carter  |  November 11, 2007; 1:37 PM ET
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Go Wizards!!! It would be a big relief to get a win today!

Posted by: Darnell | November 11, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I guarantee a loss today!!!!!

Posted by: Me | November 11, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

If anything, we will see what this team is made of today.

If the Wiz lose, but show some fight, I'm almost fine with that.

But you know, I think they will take care of business and get 'er dun.

Posted by: | November 11, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

We won, we won we won, we won.......lets call everybody back!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Fenty | November 11, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Caron Butler has the heart of a dragon!!!!

Posted by: Native | November 11, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Atlanta stinks.

Posted by: Joe | November 11, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Haywood had 11 points in the first quarter, and clearly was a bad matchup for the Hawks. So why did the Wizards not postup Haywood one time in the 2nd quarter? That's just horrendous coaching and floor leadership from the guards. Even in a win, this team makes you scratch your head.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 11, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Haywood's moves inside kind of suck. Yeah, they should feed him the ball occasionally to keep him happy, but he's best when he's grabbing offensive boards and putting them back up.

I missed the first quarter though, so maybe his points came on some nice moves.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 11, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I am not complaining... a double digit road win against an increasingly decent young team... all starters (even DS) in double figures... effective offensive / defensive rotation of Songaila and Haywood in final minutes... appropriate use of Blatche... Arenas under control... and big games from Butler and Jamison...

As they say in the South, it is better than getting poked in the eye witha sharp stick.

Posted by: khrabb | November 11, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Finally a good game.

So with about 3 min left, I thought - gee - when the Wiz are down by 9 with 3 min left, I always know we will lose, but when they are up by 9 I have no confidence we will win.

Great win. Big difference in this one in my opinion is that Caron really was playing and effective.

Posted by: charles jones | November 11, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

well folks, you got your wish: lots of "tall ball" this afternoon with Butler at the 2 with Haywood, Jamison, Arenas, and Blatche or Songaila alternating in. Great game for Haywood!

Posted by: rgz | November 11, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Eddie, Eddie, Eddie....!!!! Now that was a coaching game done by you I can work with. Not because we won, but because you finally showed a little bit of creativity and humbleness with your substitution calls.

I was flipping back and forth between the Wiz game and the Redskins game. I knew the Skins were going to lose when Daddy Joe decided to go conservative in the red zone instead of going for the kill. Daddy Joe will never change his ways.

On the bright side, it looks like our boy Eddie might be willing to change a little. Love the way he was making his rotation calls. Eddie, please try to stick to this script and trust AB and Haywood.

Lastly, everyone will not be calling for your head if you can just learn to try some "different combinations" more often; which by the way you finally did this afternoon.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 11, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Nice execution at both ends today. Gil's shot was off again but he played a smart game, distributing the ball and running the Princeton instead of forcing a lot of outside js. I was happy to see that when he did choose to turn it on, he was able to blow away his man and finish at the rim. I'm thinking that if he doesn't have to carry the offense all the time, the knee is going to get stronger.

I did expect the Hawks to be better than they showed. They've got some nice scorers--Marvin Williams has really improved, especially. But except for those three blocks by Josh Smith, they really looked awful on D. Breakdowns all over the place, which is why Caron was getting all those layups.They must have caught Phoenix on a bad night.

Posted by: John Brisker | November 11, 2007 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Nice game! Haywood played great, Blatche played good too. The end of the game Arenas penetrated and showed his ability to explode through the lane for layups, the first time I have seen him this year look like his old self, so that was great to see. Caron played well too, DS had his best game this season.

I loved the tall ball... Antawn at the 3 and Caron at 2 for long stretches. During those times they looked good defensively and on the boards, their size and strength were too much for the young and athletic ATL. We scored in the paint, moved the ball. Alot of Haywood, Blatche, Jamison front court, Haywood, Songaila and Jamison and Blatche, Songaila Jamison. Even a stretch of Haywood, Songaila and Blatche all together. It was amazing! Alot of Caron at 2 with either Gil or AD at point.

Effort was great, played physical, played D, played team ball, defended the paint, took good shots. On the road against a talented and deep young team. Good win!

Posted by: Darnell | November 11, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta missed a lot of open shots in the second half. Had they been hot, this one could have been an L too.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 11, 2007 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes Haywood had points in the first. How many came from called plays and how many came from put backs? I've seen Ben Wallace have similar quarters. That doesn't mean you come out and dump the ball to him in the post. BH will get his touches as a reward for his hard work. but his points will still come primarily from put backs.

Posted by: Monte | November 13, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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