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Live from Dallas

Sorry for the lack of blog updates the last two days. Something went wrong with the blogging network we use and I wasn't able to post over the weekend. I just arrived here at AA Arena in Dallas for tonight's game. The Wiz are coming off a couple of rough losses to Golden State and Memphis in which their defense was ripped apart. That's not a good thing considering that they face the Mavs tonight in a place where they haven't won in six years.

The Mavs are coming off a loss at Milwaukee in which they gave up 35 fourth quarter points so they'll be looking to play better defense as well. The loss the Bucks was the first time the Mavs lost this season when holding a lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Wiz played hard in the losses to the Warriors and Grizz but looked like they were playing with heavy legs. Having games in four of five nights will do that to you. Dribble penetration was a huge problem going back to the win at Charlotte Wednesday night. Raymond Felton, Baron Davis and then the elusive Juan Carlos Navarro and Kyle Lowry pretty much broke the Wiz down at will and kicked out to open shooters.

Antawn Jamison averaged 29.3 points on 60.8 percent shooting with 10.5 rebounds in four games last week.

The Wiz will also wear the black and gold alternate uniforms again tonight. They are 8-8 all time in the uniforms.

By Ivan Carter  |  November 26, 2007; 6:02 PM ET
 
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Ivan. Can you ask Eddie why he is not using TALLBALL (i.e. Haywood and AB) anymore in games? Also, are he and Haywood still on good terms?

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

In light of the news about Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, I'm not really sure what to say about this basketball game tonight -- except to wish him and his family all the very best and a full recovery.

This news has considerably dampened our spirits here in Washington, DC but life, difficult as it frequently can be, must go on. There's not much else we can do.

Most of the time, we take the pro athletes who represent our home teams for granted and frequently criticize them for human failings on and off the field, often forgetting as fans that we should value their contributions while they represent our cities.

As a long-time Washington Bullets/Wizards fan, this is my very first posting here and I'm grateful for the updates from Ivan and the effort put forth by this Wizards team.

That's all I have to say for now. Thanks.

Posted by: JekyllnHyde | November 26, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

maybe because eddie doesnt have another true C to backup when blatche and haywood get tired.

Posted by: i | November 26, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

can you ask ernie why he overpaid for debrick stevenson after he went 1-30 in the playoffs?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

" The Wiz will also wear the black and gold alternate uniforms again tonight. They are 8-8 all time in the uniforms.

By Ivan Carter | November 26, 2007; 6:02 PM ET
Previous: Haywood looks good to go | "

These need to be burned.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

maybe because eddie doesnt have another true C to backup when blatche and haywood get tired.

Posted by: i | November 26, 2007 06:55 PM

i - that is why I suggested doing it at the 5:00 minute mark in the 2nd and 4th quarters only.

Haywood is the one who does not get tired it is AB. But that is only the case with AB because when he got shot I believe he had a collapsed lung and he might be still trying to get that right.

Suggestion:

Take Haywood out around 5:00 minute mark in the 1st quarter. Sub in AB for him. Bring Haywood back in for AB at the 8:00 minute mark in the 2nd. Then bring AB (3 minute break) back in the game at 5:00 mark in the 2nd quarter to play along Haywood.

You move CB back to the 2 spot and sit DS. It is not that hard to figure out, only if you are willing to (hint to EJ).....

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE IGNORE DC MAN88, HE IS AN IDIOT.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Sucks that the team is undermanned. They could get burned out before the all star break. I think EJ is trying to pace BTH to avoid this, but BTH is a workhorse that needs PT to be effective. I doubt if Opech is going to heal up as fast as they think he can.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the Wizards is that their perimeter guys aren't quick enough laterally to stay in front of drivers long enough to contain their first step or make them change direction. As a result, when they try to run out and force shooters off the line, the dribbler blows by them on the first step and gets into the lane before a big man can rotate into position, often resulting in a layup, a foul, a free throw or (in many cases) all three.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 03:13 PM

On the other hand, against teams like Golden State, who shoot an AVERAGE of 26 three pointers per game, perhaps the Wizards coaches should take that into account and change up the Defense for that game.... Or at least, at Halftime of a game in which Golden State is shooting the lights out at the 3-point line, they should make some kind of strategic change in the Defense. Change it up. Make them drive. Make em do something different!!
Guard them tight at the 3-point line.

If GS shoots only 50% from behind the 3-point line, Washington wins that game.

I mean, we're not talking about teams with an inside-outside game here (like the Spurs for example) - this was the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.

To keep playing the same drop-down defense all game long, against THOSE two teams, leaving the shooters wide open for 3's seems to me to be inviting a loss.

Posted by: Rook | November 26, 2007 8:28 PM | Report abuse

If we wanted a bad shooting guard, we could have re-signed Jarvis Hayes. Does Deshawn do anything better than a replacement-level starter? Unreal.

Posted by: Ben | November 26, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The problem with DS, is not only with his poor shooting, but dude was brought here to be a "defensive stopper." He's supposed to match up against the opponent's best guard. Really.

Baron Davis went ahead and hit 30+ on his way to triple double, and JCN almost hit 30 while showing that irregardless of the fact that he can't play D and looks slow, he can still get his shot off and is a deadly shooter.

As a genius on this blog said recently:

"We have to outscore guys to win."

That's sheer brilliance right there, in a nutshell.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Slurp said it, must be true.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

oooh beautiful assist for songaila...

where was I?

oh yeah, bullets fever, your suggestion is hilariously specific. lol.

keep it up guys.
-g

Posted by: greg | November 26, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The word is regardless...

Posted by: JE | November 26, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Note to Eddie Jordan,

Please never put in Roger Mason ever again.

Thank you

Posted by: ATLwizFAN | November 26, 2007 10:35 PM | Report abuse

"On the other hand, against teams like Golden State, who shoot an AVERAGE of 26 three pointers per game, perhaps the Wizards coaches should take that into account and change up the Defense for that game"

It's not how many you take, it's how many you make. Coming into that game, G.S. wasn't making very many of them. On the season they're shooting 34% from 3 pt range, in the bottom 3rd of the NBA. Given that they're a team that lives and dies by the jumpshot, those numbers go a long way towards explaining their 4-7 record coming into that game.

If you want to make it a numbers game, the numbers on Golden State said you had a better chance to beat them by forcing them to hit jumpshots than you did by encouraging speedy ballhandlers like Baron Davis and monta Ellis to get into the lane. It was just the Wizards bad luck that, after a season long cold spell from outside, they got hot at the right/wrong time

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

It was just the Wizards bad luck that, after a season long cold spell from outside, they got hot at the right/wrong time

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 10:44 PM


The point remains that by halftime, someone on the Wizards coaching staff should have figured out that Golden State WAS hitting their shots - and it was time to change up the D.

Posted by: Rook | November 26, 2007 10:50 PM | Report abuse

four minutes left 20 point lead, perhaps time to put Dmac in?

Posted by: myshkin | November 26, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

After day like today, may I just say, THANK YOU WIZARDS!!! What a pick me up to see this team, given up for dead by many before this season and even more (myself included) after an 0-5 start, come to Dallas and completely outplay the Mavericks for a seventh win in nine games. Absolutely brilliant!

Posted by: George Templeton | November 26, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Once again Eddie goes to smallball with Songalia at the 5 and Jamison at the 4 with 4:02 to play and guess what happens???? He took Haywood out and had to go to that dang smalball again.

What kills me is he was over there getting all ticked off like he did not know why it was happening. Sometimes I truly do not know what EJ is thinking sometime...???

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 26, 2007 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Irregardless isnt a word DCMAN.

Great win though.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Quite a night. Can you believe Caron going 5-5 from 3?! This is the type of game that I knew this unit was capable of.

I have been an advocate for playing Daniels 30-40 min because of the floor balance and good decision-making he brings. Not to mention two nasty dunks...get off Antonio. That does not mean we don't need some help at backup, still waxing for Miles though I know that ship has sailed.

Just a monster effort from everyone. Love NY coming in as the spark in the 4th when we had a lull. Jamison just rolling along. Fantastic game and great encouragement for the season's potential.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | November 26, 2007 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Once again Eddie goes to smallball with Songalia at the 5 and Jamison at the 4 with 4:02 to play and guess what happens???? He took Haywood out and had to go to that dang smalball again.

What kills me is he was over there getting all ticked off like he did not know why it was happening. Sometimes I truly do not know what EJ is thinking sometime...???

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1

My reason for posting exactly. EJ is the most frustrating coach I've ever seen. Sometimes you say, the dude coached great and the next game he looks clueless. His strategy of going small at that stage of the Dallas game is - let's play small and take away a three point barrage bc that is the only way they are going to get back in the game. Ok, great. Well, when the other team has a small guard named Barea getting virtually uncontested layups 5 seconds into the shot clock 2/3 times in a row, you would think he might throw in Haywood or Blatche to guard the rim. We were playing with fire there at the end and it would have been strictly a coaching loss!!!

Posted by: Rob P | November 26, 2007 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Great win! But Bullet Fever is right: Smallball down the stretch almost ruined a great game again. Did anybody notice the look on Haywood's face as he walked off. He couldn't believe it was happening again.

Butler's got silly range now! I am now convinced he should play the 2 unless it is a matchup liability on defense.

CB, AJ and especially AD still play too many minutes. Needs to be addressed, especially at the point guard spot.

Posted by: BmoreRev | November 26, 2007 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Great team game! But dumbass Eddie Jordan sure tried too give the game to the Mavs. No Haywood or Blatche for the last 5-7 mins and Dallas makes a big run on us.
Not sure what the hell he is thinking. If he won't go big cause of the lack of depth at center then why go small with DSong at center. Just excuses for a bad coach. We were up by 19 late in the forth Dallas fans had gone home and Eddie goes small ball. Dallas cuts it to 9 and he makes no changes just stays small. Give me a break. Great job by our guys though. We played good Defense all around for the most part. Great win just keep it going into San Antonio

Posted by: the truth | November 26, 2007 11:15 PM | Report abuse

We may not have the best defensively capable players in the league, but often Eddie just does not know how to match up and/or coach defensive strategy. Every time we have to sit on a lead you just watch it dwindle and hope time runs out. It's like the Redskins playing prevent and/or doing nothing but handing off and going three and out every possession in the fourth quarter. On second thought, make that the whole second half for the Skins.

FRUSTRATING to watch for sure!!!!!

Posted by: Rob P | November 26, 2007 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow! It feels kind of negative on a night where we just handed the Dallas Mavericks their 1st home defeat of the season. C'mon enjoy it a little.

I am only going to do this once, I am going to suggest a rational for Eddie going small tonight in the 4th...up by 19 with 4-5 min left, maybe there was some consideration to not risky injury to either of the only potential centers the team has. Particularly with the Spurs next.

Not saying I was not freaking out as well, just trying to do the hindsight 20-20 thing.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | November 26, 2007 11:25 PM | Report abuse

haywood had 5 fouls, cheer up chuckles we win.

Posted by: greg | November 26, 2007 11:27 PM | Report abuse

A nice win overall though.

One comment to an ongoing sentiment in these threads - these NBA players get played millions of dollars to play basketball for a living. Stop acting like them playing 38/40 mins a game is WAY out of line!!! Ridiculous! Have you been to a game live lately? The first three quarters are like a nice chill spring time pick up game in the park. That is to say, pretty effortless overall! The intensity does not pick up for 90% of the regular season games until then. The only exception I will make is for Daniels bc he is a little older and the PG. Obviously, PG's exert a little more energy than the rest of the team throughout the game generally speaking. Also, do you or did you hear about LeBron or Jordan in his prime playing too much? Maybe shouldering too much burden, but definitely not playing time!

Posted by: Rob P | November 26, 2007 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow! It feels kind of negative on a night where we just handed the Dallas Mavericks their 1st home defeat of the season. C'mon enjoy it a little.

Damn, I'm glad someone said it.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 11:30 PM | Report abuse

haywood had 5 fouls, cheer up chuckles we win.

Posted by: greg

So, did EJ think he fouled out already?

Sorry, I could not resist. Who cares? There were only a few minutes left anyway. Or, where was Blatche?

Hey, I am very happy we won. But, the coaching etc has to be examined and/or improved or we will never get BETTER. The Skins have won a couple of games here and there too, but they are still stuck in mediocrity as well.

Posted by: Rob P | November 26, 2007 11:32 PM | Report abuse

So apparently the Jordan hate train doesn't even pull into the station after a victory.

Posted by: kalorama | November 26, 2007 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I'll say it again: Nevermind Curse of Les BouleS, it's Curse of Les DC, namely Les BouleS, Les Skins, Les Nationals, Les Caps, and Les DC United. All suck. Les BouleS and Les Skins most.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

HALLELUJAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 26, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure everyone here is happy with the victory. After what happened with GS and Memphis I dont think any of us expected to get a win over Dallas so it was a nice surprise.

But the fact remains that Eddie is just frustrating to watch. I too saw that clip of Eddie getting ticked off when Dallas made their little run in the last couple of minutes. Barea lit us up in the end because he had no fear of driving inside as we had no inside presence.

Does Coach really not see that we probably should kept a 7 footer in there for the last 3 minutes? I mean, Jesus, its only 3 more minutes... I think Blatche or Wood can handle that.

Posted by: Drexler | November 26, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Is it hate, or simply exasperation? Just when you think you have this team figured out and they get a losing team they should beat, they take a dive, then when you think they're going to get blown out they show up and turn in an inspired performance. Certainly some of the players' performances have to be a reason for this frustration, but you also have to wonder where the coaches' heads are at.

I really wish I understood this team -- it's probably no more than the simple fact that it plays to the level of its competition.

Posted by: iceberg | November 27, 2007 12:01 AM | Report abuse

So apparently the Jordan hate train doesn't even pull into the station after a victory.

please don't start with that tired crap. criticism is not hate. are we not allowed to point out flawed coaching decisions (at least what some folks think is flawed) in a win? eddie is once again going small at the wrong times. yes, it was a win, but those types of decisions will cost games down the line, as they did numerous times last year. so just stop it.

on a positive note, the D was better than it's been in the last couple games. the wiz got out on shooters much better. not to say there weren't some open looks, but it wasn't nearly the problem it was in the previous two. good hustle, good scrapping. an excellent win on the road against an excellent team.

I'm really liking the spark Young (the big bust, remember?) gives them off the bench. I'm frankly shocked at how quickly he's picked up the pro game after the way he looked in preseason. He's a keeper. Thought DeShawn had a good game, too. Drove to the basket more than anytime I remember; it was effective, too.

Antawn was magnificent, I thought, and just as important as Caron. He played inside most of the night, rather than just spotting up at the 3-pt. line. He never stopped moving on offense, and played Dirk pretty much to a draw, including getting him in foul trouble with all his up and under moves.

As Caron's range improves, so does his game. He'll be even tougher to guard now. He was every bit the scorer tonight that Gil is. If he can play anywhere near tonight's level this season, this team will be OK.

Backup PG is still a serious problem. Mason simply isn't good enough. He should be an end-of-the-bencher, a guy you put in that you hope will get hot for a few minutes and drain some 3s. No more than that.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 27, 2007 12:29 AM | Report abuse

"Wizards Look Bad On Navarro Move"
What blog genius is going to claim absolute stupidity for the coming realizatiion that the JCN trade was wrong, regardless of whether EG seriously wanted to sign him or not.

It is great to be right, even early.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 12:35 AM | Report abuse

please don't start with that tired crap. criticism is not hate. are we not allowed to point out flawed coaching decisions (at least what some folks think is flawed) in a win? eddie is once again going small at the wrong times. yes, it was a win, but those types of decisions will cost games down the line, as they did numerous times last year. so just stop it.

The WAY some criticise it is hate, pure and simple, REGARDLESS of how your Geniousness feels.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 12:38 AM | Report abuse

By the way, I meant to add that I must be the only person on the planet who likes the gold unis. Not likes, actually: loves them. I wish they'd use them for their home jerseys.

Seriously. I think they're great.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 27, 2007 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Great win, inspite of EJ!
Yes I love dthe effort and the play of just about all involved.
The exceptions are obvious.
EJ had me screaming at the TV, with his Songalia led small ball, and please get a replacement shooting guard.
DM should not be let off the bench, and DS is just not a capable big time SG.
Yes I love the win, but to be content with one win, with so many more games, belies the necessity of addressing problems that could prevent furure wins.
EJ is a disaster, and yes I saw the expression on BH's face after the game, it was a refelection of mine.
EG has got to make a coaching change before too long. I know it is difficult with the steaek we are on, and with Honest Abe controlling the purse strings.
Love the main players, and most likely could include DM if EJ would ever let him off the bench in actual competitive situations.

Posted by: mricklen | November 27, 2007 12:40 AM | Report abuse

The WAY some criticise it is hate, pure and simple, REGARDLESS of how your Geniousness feels.

Show me. Give me examples of the criticism/hate. Demonstrate. Otherwise, shut yer pie hole.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 27, 2007 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the wizard envisioned Mason as a back up PG, he is supposed to be more of a spot up shooter.

you know there is more than one facet to coaching. There is X and O coaching, and there is motivation. I think regardless of peoples opinions minute to minute, some credit should be given to EJ at this point for having this team playing like they are without arguably their best player.

No you may have a sweet idea that would really be awesome at the 4 and 5 minute marks of the 1st and 4th quarters respectively, but until you sit on the bench and take a teams temp minute to minute it is hard for you to really speak to what needs to happen real-time. You know one thing I can't stand about sports right now is how you have these coaches who sit up in a box look at film and tell the players what to do. Coaching should happen on the floor in the trenches.

I'm not saying I've never had an opinion, but with a win like tonight, over a contender, I think it might be wise for some armchair QBs to say 'hey, he did alright tonight' good win.

Smoke if you got em, chuckle heads.

Posted by: greg | November 27, 2007 1:38 AM | Report abuse

"please don't start with that tired crap. criticism is not hate. are we not allowed to point out flawed coaching decisions (at least what some folks think is flawed) in a win? eddie is once again going small at the wrong times. yes, it was a win, but those types of decisions will cost games down the line, as they did numerous times last year. so just stop it."

no, YOU stop it. Please. Talk about tired crap.

What did you expect? That they'd blow Dallas out walking away and the Mavs would never make a run? This is the same team that last week came back from 24 down to win in regulation. Of course they were going to make a run. But the Wiz held them off and won the game. And rather than giving Jordan any credit for a game plan that resulted in a 12 point road win against a good team, all you can do is whine about how he almost cost them the game.

A game they won by double-digits.

Christ on a f***ing broomstick.

Posted by: kalorama | November 27, 2007 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Show me. Give me examples of the criticism/hate. Demonstrate. Otherwise, shut yer pie hole.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 27, 2007 12:40 AM
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Ah, Duffus, we were referring to the statements above. They did contain criticism, but the way it was presented also included unnecessary and hateful remarks about Jordan. Anyway it really does not make that much of difference...

Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 2:21 AM | Report abuse

if EJ can keep em playing like that, we'll win more than a few games. Small ball or not.

Posted by: greg | November 27, 2007 4:12 AM | Report abuse

Dallas shot 3-21 on their 3's. These Wiz are hard to read early on after the injury to Gil. Can't believe they went in to Dallas and won after losses to Memphis and the Warriors; though confirmed, the Warriors are hot and on a run with victory over Pheonix tonight.
With the Wiz up by 18 with four minutes left EJ would do well for all concerned to season Dmac by playing him. Dmac may be raw but he'll stay that way if he doesn't play and he showed some potential in the preseason; glad EJ's got Nick Young in the mix.

Posted by: myshkin | November 27, 2007 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Spectacular win. AJ, CBut, AD, DS and NY kept Dallas on their heels by continuing to attack the basket, helped by the fact that Dallas doesn't seem to have a big-time shot blocker. Can't say enough about CBut's level of play, he seems to push himself to a higher level almost daily. AJ has been unbelievable too.

Posted by: Mitch | November 27, 2007 7:37 AM | Report abuse

With the passing of Sean Taylor, seems like these games don't even matter to me anymore. RIP, Sean.

While we've been ripping DS all year, maybe it's the wrong DS we're focusing on. Darius Songaila played 20 minutes last night and had 2 or 3 rebounds and no points, I believe. It's not his fault that EJ likes him so much but he's clearly EJ's crutch now that Etan and Ruffin are gone. I truly believe that we would be better off with another coach. It would be a mistake to let him go right now probably but it's a topic that needs to be discussed. Actually, firing him now might be the best thing for everyone. The season is young enough where a new coach could establish something so that by the end of the year, we might be putting it all together.

Posted by: freedom0125 | November 27, 2007 7:51 AM | Report abuse

RIP SEAN TAYLOR!

Posted by: i | November 27, 2007 8:00 AM | Report abuse

This whole season sucks with Taylor dying. It's hard to get excited about any sports right now.

Posted by: freedom0125 | November 27, 2007 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow, heckuva win by Les BouleS. CBut is proving time and time again that he's really upped his game. If he keeps this up, he's going to be considered a premier player in this league, not b/c he can light it up, but b/c he's hustling on the defensive end too. How many other players in this league can do it on both ends of the court?

Kobe, Duncan, TMac, Bosh, DHoward, DWade?????

Also, AB showed again that he's a big man with skills, and given that, he's got the gift of knowing where his teammates are on the court and being able to anticipate and make that extra pass. Please note also, the heavy, heavy minutes that the starters logged. I hope they don't get burned out because the team is way undermanned.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=271126006

That's what winners do though...they beat good teams on their home court. Great effort from EJ and the team.

On a side note, it's really sad that ST got shot, and a real tragedy that he died. I hope his family can stay strong during this tough time.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 8:15 AM | Report abuse

It's not his fault that EJ likes him so much but he's clearly EJ's crutch now that Etan and Ruffin are gone.

Posted by: freedom0125 | November 27, 2007 07:51 AM

Freedom - This is a very good point that you made, because I was thinking the same thing yesterday. Now I am not calling for EJ to fired, but the man's obsession with "slow smallball (DS at the 5)" has to go and it will down the line cost us some games.

Yea, EJ has the team fired up and playing, but if it was not for CB's 5 for 5 shooting from the 3 point line and his overall great game we would have lost this game.

Yea, Haywood had 5 fouls. Please tell me how many AB had??? Was AB hurt, did he have to go to the bathroom, did he have a headache, inquiring minds want to know.?

That little short guard saw DS at the 5 and immediately started driving the lane. What made it worst was you see EJ cursing on the sideline with the "f" word like he did not have a clue on why Dallas was making a run. Can somebody say "slow smallball...."?????

Then to top the whole thing off, he never changed the lineup? That is what really blew my mind. I was just about to post what a great coaching job Eddie did in that game with his subs until that 4:09 minute came and I saw him insert "slow smallball". I instantly knew Dallas was going to make a run. I just did not know they were going to make THAT BIG OF A RUN.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 27, 2007 8:17 AM | Report abuse

My prayers and my thoughts go out to Sean Taylor's family for their lost today. I feel real bad right now because this guy had turned his life around and was starting to do the right thing and then this happens. Sad....

"Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted".
Matthew 5:4

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 27, 2007 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, JJ Barea had a heckuva game. None of our guards could stay in front of him. He was undrafted, and Dallas gave him a chance, and he showed what he was capable of.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=271126006

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 8:26 AM | Report abuse

I actually think EJ coached an incredible game. Think about it, we were on the road against one of the toughest teams in the league. Our bench was depleted and our all-star PG is out of the lineup. WE WON!

Another point, does anyone care that Jamison is playing like a man on a mission? Seems like just yesterday everyone was screaming to have him traded. Yeah he's a defensive liability but I'll take his offense and motivation any day over his poor defensive play.

If this team can get the same energy up against San Antonio, I see a two game winning streak!

Posted by: DC Juan | November 27, 2007 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Yes, AJ is an incredible offensive player, and a really good rebounder too. I just can't figure out why he's such a poor defender.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Yea, EJ has the team fired up and playing, but if it was not for CB's 5 for 5 shooting from the 3 point line and his overall great game we would have lost this game.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 27, 2007 08:17 AM

A 15 point swing? that could be said about most games, no?

Posted by: Jumpy | November 27, 2007 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Very tragic news about Shawn Taylor this morning. Sometimes it makes you stop and think of all the shootings that we see on the evening news and how sad they all are for the families.

Great unexpected win last night for the Wiz. The expansion of Caron Butler's game is going to really pay dividends for this team when they get back to full health. His increased shooting range and the new found ability to make a jab step and go up for his jumper have made him a much more effective offensive player.

Now teams are going to have to play him honest instead of sagging off and waiting for him to drive and shoot his midrange jumper. That will open up the lane a little more for our drivers.

Nick Young is growing by the game, haven't heard that B word in awhile. He's really working hard at his D, not a good defender yet, but he's working at it now.

Songalia has got to be part of our rotation because that's what we've got right now. Blatche still seems to get winded at times, I think he's still working to get into NBA game shape, I hadn't thought about the punctured lung. That could be a factor in his getting winded sometimes. So it's really not real feasible to go many minutes at all with the big lineup.

I'd agree, Eddie should work to keep the pairing of Jamison and Songalia off the court. Hey but a wins a win! And we haven't won in Big D in six years!

Anybody else catch any of the Golden State /Suns game? GS put up 129 pts. in the win over the Suns, when those guys are hitting that three ball they look like monsters. Live by the three, die by the three!

The Wiz are better at matching up against teams that play a more conventional style of ball right now then teams that are playing the more high octane brand of ball. We just don't have enough D to really slow down those teams and not enough firepower to really run and gun with them.

The good news is that with the development of Blatch and Young and the expansion in Butler's game we're not really offense less like we were at the end of last year.

Mason was meant to be the third option at point and the second or third option at the two. I'm not sure that he's up to being the second point. Looks like Eddie is going to try and steal a few minutes from time to time with Stevenson and Young out there together.

The Suns will be really tough for us, lets just hope the Warriors tired them out a little.

Posted by: GM | November 27, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE IGNORE DC MAN88, HE'S AN IDIOT.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Kal,

When did you turn into DC Man? Go away, if you have nothing more to contribute than that. You did not address what I said at all. Explain how criticism is hate. Do it. Did you miss the point on purpose, or by accident? The point some were making is his infatuation with smallball will continue to cost the Wiz. It's when Dallas made their last-gasp run last night. It didn't work all last year. It hasn't worked this year.

THAT'S THE POINT. Explain to me how that's hate. Please enlighten me. I'm waiting with bated breath for your knowledge to brighten the dark recesses of my mind, O Wise One.

Posted by: Keithinator | November 27, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Keithahater sucks his keithavibrator.

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The Suns will be really tough for us, lets just hope the Warriors tired them out a little.

Posted by: GM | November 27, 2007 08:58 AM

GM - tonight is the Spurs.

We don't play the Suns until December 7th. I think they'll be sufficiently recovered from the Golden State game by then... (grin)

Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"What did you expect? That they'd blow Dallas out walking away and the Mavs would never make a run? This is the same team that last week came back from 24 down to win in regulation. Of course they were going to make a run. But the Wiz held them off and won the game. And rather than giving Jordan any credit for a game plan that resulted in a 12 point road win against a good team, all you can do is whine about how he almost cost them the game".

Posted by: kalorama | November 27, 2007 01:56 AM

Kal - Dallas would not have made that run at the 4:09 mark if EJ would have keep his starting five lineup in the game till the end or at least the 2:00 minute mark. You could clearly see Dallas was beat down because every time they made a push the starting unit responded. The starting five were playing with a good rhythm, so why mess with that and lose momentum?

If EJ was going to do that drastic change it should have been around the 2:00 mark. Smallball is supposed to be used to "out-quick" your opponent. You give up size and rebounds and interior protection of the rim for shooting/scoring and quickness.

Where is the quickness with DS at the 5 and AJ at the 4? Plus, you are slower, can not get rebounds, and can not contest shots coming to your basket.

It is just a dumb and stupid lineup, but EJ keeps trying to play it. That is why a lot of us are bringing this up. Then for EJ to refuse to change it up when they were making their run really takes the cake.

What kind of confidence builder is EJ instilling, or much less relaying, to AB and Haywood when the other team is making a run and he does not put either one of them back in the game to stop it? Let me guess, AB and Haywood just need to "man up" and be professional and just suck it up, right...???

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 27, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

It was a good game! Although Wizards still let Barea penetrate like there was no one guarding him. The little guy played for less than 12 minutes and scored 15 points! (6 for 8 shooting, mostly lay-ups.)

Maybe it is because AD is tired, he played 41 minutes last night, more than Jamison. I think this speaks for getting another PG to back up AD. Someone mentioned that Brian Chase is only 5'11", and maybe a defense liability. But Barea is 1 inch taller at most, which makes it a closer match. In fact, Wizards this season have problem with small quick guard, so Chase may help to defend that. Of course the most important benefit is to spare AD for the long run (at least 3 months), and free up Mason to be a spot shooter. Mason does not shoot well when he has to handle the ball and cannot get his feet set.

Posted by: Sagaliba | November 27, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Varejao wants 10 Million a year.

Cleveland has already said they don't want to "take back inferior players just so Varejao can be overpaid."

Keep in mind: If Cleveland does a sign-and-trade, and signs him for $10 Million Dollars per year, the Wizards will have to trade like value in contracts.

Assuming that Cleveland is not STUPID, and would not trade for an injured player (Thomas, Arenas).....The trades that work, contract wise, are:

  • Butler/Pecherov for Varejao

  • Butler/Blatche for Varejao

  • Daniels/Haywood for Varejao

  • Songaila/Daniels for Varejao

  • Blatche/McGuire/Pecherov/Songaila/Young for Varejao

  • So - DC Man88, which of THOSE deals would you do to get Varejao?


    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

    DCMan, what Wizard would the Cavs take in a sign and trade for Varejao, who I agree surely does bring energy? I am sure they would want Blatche but that's too high a price. Considering that they took Larry Hughes off our hands, maybe Songaila (who is actually a good fit for their half court offense) and the infamous Memphis pick.

    Posted by: khrabb | November 27, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

    EJ has had that small lineup forever at the end of games. You remember Ruffin playing the 5 and not doing anything to help the Wiz in the playoffs a few years ago vs the Cavs? Then he gets Songaila to go with Ruffin and they both play the 5 at critical stretches in the games last year of which many games were lost.

    You play smallball when you've got no great size with skill, you replace that size with quickness/speed with the skills to compensate so you'd have some mismatches. Nelly and D'Antoni are great using this tactic, EJ is a big fake thinking he can play guys like Songaila and Ruffin in the same way.

    BTW, if you're gonna sit Haywood for anextended time b/c of foul trouble, etc, you should at least play AB who on only played 18 minutes and had only 2 personal fouls. So what gives? This is why everyone is frustrated with EJ's coaching...

    Posted by: Takin' a Wiz | November 27, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

    DCMan, what Wizard would the Cavs take in a sign and trade for Varejao, who I agree surely does bring energy? I am sure they would want Blatche but that's too high a price. Considering that they took Larry Hughes off our hands, maybe Songaila (who is actually a good fit for their half court offense) and the infamous Memphis pick.

    Posted by: khrabb | November 27, 2007 10:15 AM


    Except neither of those trades work (Blatche for Varejao OR Songaila for Varejao) salary wise, within the Collective Bargaining Agreement....
    .

    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

    "Dallas would not have made that run at the 4:09 mark if EJ would have keep his starting five lineup in the game till the end or at least the 2:00 minute mark."

    Speculation, pure and simple, born out of the same "I know better than the guys who get paid to do the job" fan dementia that results in people jumping like sharks on chum on any perceived sign of "imperfection."

    They won a game against a team who's had their number for years, one of the best teams in the NBA, on the road, by double digits. Did Eddie game plan a perfect game? No, but name me the last coach he did.

    From where I stand, it's hard to see much daylight between the Jordan-haters and DCMan and his creepy Arenas obsession. Actually, I take that back. There is one difference. DCMan seems, on some level, to know he's being a jerk and plays it for fun (his, if no one else's). The Jordan bashers seem not to have a clue.

    Posted by: kalorama | November 27, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

    "What kind of confidence builder is EJ instilling, or much less relaying, to AB and Haywood when the other team is making a run and he does not put either one of them back in the game to stop it?"

    Because, as we all know, no team has ever, ever made a run on the Wiz with Haywood or Blatche in the game, right?

    Ye gods ...

    Posted by: kalorama | November 27, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

    How about DC MAN88's mom for Varejao?

    Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

    Anon - that doesn't work salary wise.... His mom only charges $10 bucks....

    Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

    "The point some were making is his infatuation with smallball will continue to cost the Wiz."

    Yeah, like it cost them the game against Dallas, right?

    Posted by: kalorama | November 27, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

    What is hard to understand is why Haywood or Blatche isn't on the floor at all times. Like many of you, I love the tallball lineup with both of them in there. But at the very least outside of a minute here or a minute there, one of them should be on the floor. And also want to agree with the poster that wondered why Dominic McGuire wasn't on the floor near the end. And that is curious. With an 18-point lead with 4+ minutes to go, that is the time to get him out there and get him some experience.

    Posted by: George Templeton | November 27, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

    regardless, irregardless we know im not educated.

    Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

    I don't hate EJ BUT it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that small ball is hurting the team. If you have AJ and DS on as 4 and 5, first you don't have shot blocking in there which is very enticing to a very quick PG (i.e. Barea, Lowry, Davis) and second it is a killer for the drive and kick play which is why team such as GS and MG was able to beat us. Then again it brings us back to what he has on the team which is a solid first 8 but after that is all nothing. Why on earth did Dallas ever acquired 3 very good PG (Harris, Terry and Barea). I mentioned it before and I will say it again...3 rookies in a team is asking for trouble. We should have kept 2 and the other one should have been traded for a veteran OR put in the D-league.

    Posted by: Dave, | November 27, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

    In the last for minutes of the game, when Dallas was making their run, the Wizards failed to make any shots. Stevenson, Daniels, Butler, and Jamison all missed long jumpshots, some of them forced against the clock (until Daniels hit that last 3, when the game was pretty much over). The offense stalled and there was no ball movement. Rather than ripping Jordan yet another new one for failing to implement the fan's brilliant plan "all tall, all the time," is it possible that the players on the floor were at fault for not doing the job they were sent out to do do, namely putting the ball in the hole? Because if they had, there wouldn't have been any run.

    Naah. That can't be it. It's gotta be Jordan's fault.

    Posted by: kalorama | November 27, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

    Kalorama - Why do you think team put center in the team? They're not there just to take up space....they are put in to be the last line of DEFENSE. ARe you going to rely that on AJ or Songalia? AGain that is asking for trouble. Have you ever check AB's blocks per game?

    Posted by: D | November 27, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

    regardless, irregardless we know im not educated.

    Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 10:44 AM

    It's not educated - it's edu-ma-cated!

    Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

    Also funny how after we all watched McGuire play summer ball, we said he would be a great player with good defensive and rebounding instincts for the Wiz. Nick Young was super talented offensively but raw and turnover prone. A then now, who actually gets the minutes as rooks? The offensive guy, not the guy who can play defense, rebound, pass, and other intangibles.

    As much as he talks of defense, he really doesn't believe it much. He is obsessed that all the answers lie in his system's offensive execution and all things being equal, that is the end all.

    Sure sure, Arenas' injury has made the team lose some of its offensive punch and NY helps them so much in that respect, but McGuire can at least get some time to acclimate himself to the pro game. EJ just won't give him the PT cause offense is obviously more important to him than defense.

    Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

    "Why do you think team put center in the team?"

    Depends on who the center is, what the team is, who the opponent is, and what the game plan is. Some are there for defense. Some are there for offense. Some are there for rebounding. Some are there for shotblocking. There is no hard and fast rule.

    "They're not there just to take up space...."

    Actually, quite a few of them in the NBA do just that.

    And, none of that alters the fact that if the Wizards had been able to score some points, any points, in the last four minutes, they would have staved off Dallas's run.

    Posted by: kalorama | November 27, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

    folks, don't take offense at kal el, he's a know it all who WILL NEVER admit he's wrong about anything. he's baaaaaaaccccccckkkkkk

    Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

    Varejao = 6'10" 240lbs. 6-ppg 6-rpg Long hair. Undersized center that brings energy and fire.

    I wonder if he writes poetry?

    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

    RIP Sean Taylor......

    I agree that Eddie Jordan does stupid things, like small ball, but we cant fire him, at least not now. A lot of the reason the team is wining without gilbert is because of his offensive mind.

    Posted by: TROB | November 27, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

    "DCMan seems, on some level, to know he's being a jerk and plays it for fun (his, if no one else's).

    Posted by: kalorama | November 27, 2007 10:30 AM "

    I'm glad you noticed that, and it's easy to push the buttons of most of the imbeciles here.

    But beyond all that, what people here can't handle is the truths about Gilby, and my predictions about Gilby that have come true. They can name call me all they want, but the facts remain the facts, and they never could dispute them.

    Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

    Great first we have DCidiot now we've got kal-idiot too! Trying desperately to make excuses for his flawed case.

    Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

    "

    Varejao wants 10 Million a year.

    Cleveland has already said they don't want to "take back inferior players just so Varejao can be overpaid."

    Keep in mind: If Cleveland does a sign-and-trade, and signs him for $10 Million Dollars per year, the Wizards will have to trade like value in contracts.

    Assuming that Cleveland is not STUPID, and would not trade for an injured player (Thomas, Arenas).....The trades that work, contract wise, are:
    # Butler/Pecherov for Varejao

    # Butler/Blatche for Varejao

    # Daniels/Haywood for Varejao

    # Songaila/Daniels for Varejao

    # Blatche/McGuire/Pecherov/Songaila/Young for Varejao


    So - DC Man88, which of THOSE deals would you do to get Varejao?


    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 10:12 AM "

    To me, CBut is untouchable. Dude is too good, and rising.

    I would trade AD & Opech though for Varejao. How about DS & Opech?

    Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

    "And, none of that alters the fact that if the Wizards had been able to score some points, any points, in the last four minutes, they would have staved off Dallas's run."

    In short....just play O and no D :-)

    What I'm saying is if BH or AB was there then "probably" some of the lay-ups were blocked and we shouldn't be in our edge of our seat when leading by 18 points in the last 4 minutes. Heck DAllas even took out their best players.

    "Depends on who the center is, what the team is, who the opponent is, and what the game plan is. Some are there for defense. Some are there for offense. Some are there for rebounding. Some are there for shotblocking. There is no hard and fast rule."

    Don't you think BH and/or AB don't do those?

    Posted by: Dave | November 27, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

    "Great first we have DCidiot now we've got kal-idiot too! Trying desperately to make excuses for his flawed case.

    Posted by: | November 27, 2007 11:19 AM "

    The real idiot is the one who makes comments and throws darts without having a position of their own to stand by.

    Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

    "It was a good game! Although Wizards still let Barea penetrate like there was no one guarding him. The little guy played for less than 12 minutes and scored 15 points! (6 for 8 shooting, mostly lay-ups.)

    Maybe it is because AD is tired, he played 41 minutes last night, more than Jamison. I think this speaks for getting another PG to back up AD. Someone mentioned that Brian Chase is only 5'11", and maybe a defense liability. But Barea is 1 inch taller at most, which makes it a closer match. In fact, Wizards this season have problem with small quick guard, so Chase may help to defend that. Of course the most important benefit is to spare AD for the long run (at least 3 months), and free up Mason to be a spot shooter. Mason does not shoot well when he has to handle the ball and cannot get his feet set.

    Posted by: Sagaliba | November 27, 2007 10:04 AM "

    The main problem with JJ Barea's penetration and scoring was that nobody on the team squashed him like a f'n bug when he drove to the basket. What would have happened if he tried to do that against the Pat Riley Knicks or the Pistons with Isiah?

    I recall the previous game against Memphis where Lowry hammered CBut on the drive to the hole. CBut quickly turned around and was going to get some payback, but Lowry quickly walked away. Les BouleS are way too soft.

    Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

    And of course, the bevy of anon posters with nothing constructive to add...

    About Varejao - the guy made a HUGE mistake turning down the Cav's qualifying offer. If he had accepted it, he would have become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.

    Now, even if he goes overseas to play, he will STILL be a restricted free agent next year.

    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

    Great. Kal and Idiot teaming up. That's all we need.

    Posted by: mark | November 27, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

    "About Varejao - the guy made a HUGE mistake turning down the Cav's qualifying offer. If he had accepted it, he would have become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.

    Now, even if he goes overseas to play, he will STILL be a restricted free agent next year.

    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 11:28 AM "

    Varejao made this decision based on pride. He's not like a typical greedy american only interested in the bottom dollar. He said many times that he felt insulted by Danny Ferry, and doesn't want to play for the Cavs. In the end, he will still make his money.

    Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

    "Great. Kal and Idiot teaming up. That's all we need.

    Posted by: mark | November 27, 2007 11:31 AM "

    Get a life moronic markie. Use your time wisely and keep making braniac statements like: "we have to outscore the other team to win."

    I need a good laugh once in awhile and more reasons to say:

    HALLELUJAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

    Actually there is a difference between slurping and calling for the coach's head, Kal. The people calling for EJ to be fired are not just looking at this year, I don't think. He has a history of using questionable substitution patterns and of not using his bench players. I think it's too early to think about getting rid of him personally but it's something I'd give a long hard look at in the offseason. I hate smallball and think it'll lose more games than it wins. We won last night but at the end of the year, I'd be willing to bet you could attribute more losses to small ball than wins. We disagree on this probably and that's cool.
    On another note, still don't understand why you'd even consider defending SLURP.

    Posted by: mark | November 27, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

    glug...Gilbeeee

    Posted by: mark | November 27, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

    I jump on EJ more than most on this blog and on other message boards, but I'm here to give him his props since Gilbert went down. He's done a nice job of getting the players to play together and stay focused and remain patient within the offense. His substitution patterns are improved. Still not great. But improved. I will mention that he may've lost the Golden State game when he subbed DeShawn back in with four minutes remaining for NY, despite the fact there was no need for a "defensive" player in that game. NY had been scoring easily, yet EJ sat him down. Then DeShawn promptly let Baron Davis drive right by him. But other than that faux pas, I think EJ has done a pretty good job. I can't really jump on him for much the past couple of weeks

    I don't, however, agree with those of you who think Songaila is EJ's crutch. Songaila is adept at knocking down the 18-foot jump shots, and his passing skills from the high post are ridiculous. He's smooth from up there. He can do a lot of things well on the offensive end, and he has a great deal of talent, which is something that was in short supply for Ruffin.

    Posted by: Colin | November 27, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

    Actually, quite a few of them in the NBA do just that.

    And, none of that alters the fact that if the Wizards had been able to score some points, any points, in the last four minutes, they would have staved off Dallas's run.

    Posted by: kalorama | November 27, 2007 11:09 AM

    Kal - Did the unit that was in there with Haywood have trouble scoring points? No they did not. They had trouble scoring points when EJ inserted "slow smallball". You are telling me that is not Eddie's fault? The unit with Haywood was scoring points, right? 19 point lead i think...????

    Dallas put in a ultra-quick rag tag unit that was able to run up and down the court full throttle. So wouldn't you think it is a dumb move to put out your slowest and least best rebounding team out against a unit like that??????? (coaching 101)

    To add on to your arguement about EJ's slow smallball unit just didn't "put it in the hole" excuse, don't you think if you have all "jump shooters" in the game not hitting you would bring in AB who has low post moves and "tip in" ablities to get some "inside scoring opportuties"????

    Now I could have said Eddie should have put Haywood back in there, but I am not because AB would have done the job there too. If EJ would have replaced Haywood with AB at that 4:02 mark and Dallas would have made a run, you would not have heard any complaints from any of us, I guarantee it.

    You are hearing us, not because we are hating on Eddie and want him fired; but because of his ingame decisions he makes or fails to make that a small time AAU coach would know to make.

    As for the DMac thing I agree with the posters on that too. You can not tell me you can not find a few minutes for someone whose forte is DEFENSE on the perimeter any minutes at all???? A 19 point lead and your starters are in, namely DS.

    I think EJ saw that as an opportunity to "slide" his slow smallball unit in the game to validate his belief in them. EJ wants to prove that "slow smallball" works, so he figured it was safe to get them in there with 4 minutes left and a 19 point lead. Well guess what it backfired on him and put his dumb lineup on DISPLAY even more as being a joke lineup.

    Instead of using that time to develop NY and mainly DMac (who gets no run), he instead chose to make a point about his "slow smallball" lineup. EJ is killing DMac's confidence, like he did AB's and Haywood's last year. EJ throw the boy a bone and tone down your fixation with Songalia (your new Ruffin/Etan) clone in smallball at the 5 spot.

    Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 27, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

    Oh, but Kal, EJ has made tons and tons of questionable decisions before this season. So yes, you can blame the players. That's obvious. They play the game. But you also need to look seriously at how EJ coaches, and it hasn't been great all the time. Nothing wrong with criticizing him. I was worried about the end of last night's game, too. Did the players screw up by not making shots? Or did EJ tell them to hold the ball until there were a couple of ticks left and then heave up a jumper? Seems to me they should've kept running through the offense. I don't know who decided what, though, so I won't blame EJ for the mini run Dallas put together. I'm just happy the Wizards got a win.

    Posted by: Colin | November 27, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

    Bullets Fever, I can't agree with your criticism of Songaila because he does add another dimension to this team, notably his ability to knock down open jumpers, something AB has not proven he can do consistently yet, and his great passing from the high post, something you would never get from Haywood and AB. Now, I never think that Songaila and Jamison should be the 4 and 5 in a Wizards lineup. If Songaila is out there, EJ should also be playing AB or Haywood. But Songaila is not a crutch, and he is a valuable part of this team. When EJ asks him to play 5, though, he's put in a position to fail, really.

    Posted by: Colin | November 27, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

    To me, CBut is untouchable. Dude is too good, and rising.

    I would trade AD & Opech though for Varejao. How about DS & Opech?

    Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 11:21 AM

    Neither of those trades work...Assuming Varejao sticks with his demand of $10Mil.

    In my opinion, Cleveland made him a pretty generous offer of $6.5M per year for 5-years (with incentives to drive it to $8M or more per year) - and he REJECTED it. So it looks like he's holding out for his price of $10M.

    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

    Why the obsession with Varajeo? What does he truly give a team that's so valuable you'd be willing to trade a couple of players for him? OP hasn't even played in a game yet, so why trade him before you even get to see him play. (See JCN for more information.) Why would you trade AD considering he's the only PG you have right now? Why trade DS, your best high-post passer and a guy who can knock down an open 18-foot jump shot, something Varajeo can't do?

    Posted by: Colin | November 27, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

    Colin - please don't take my posts incorrectly. I think a trade for Varejao would NOT be in the best interests of the Wizards.

    He is essentially a clone of Etan Thomas - and I've never been a fan of his game. The last thing the Wizards need to do is hamstring the club with ANOTHER bad long term contract for a second string center.

    Some other posters had asked if the Wiz should talk to Cleveland about Varejao. I just wanted to point out the futility of that, based on Varejao's insane contract demands.

    If you look at the possibilities, trading for Varejao would gut the Wizards talent pool.

    The ONLY trades that work are:

  • Butler/Pecherov for Varejao

  • Butler/Blatche for Varejao

  • Daniels/Haywood for Varejao

  • Songaila/Daniels for Varejao

  • Blatche/McGuire/Pecherov/Songaila/Young for Varejao
  • Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

    OK, Rook. I gotcha. I was just posing some questions anyway, though, to those who think Varajeo would be a good fit.

    Posted by: Colin | November 27, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

    Colin - Yes you are right. I really like Songalia's game a lot at the "4" at not at the "5" where EJ keeps putting him. Songalia is great when he is playing the 4 with Haywood or AB, not when he is playing the 5 with AJ at the 4.

    But I am going to have to disagree with you on Eddie not using Songalia as a crutch. With Etan and Ruffin taken away from him, he is unable to field that slow smallball unit he wants to put out there. So to satisfy his "fix" for the unit he inserts Songalia there.

    Is this Songalia's fault he is put in a position where he is not at his best? Heck no. That is the coach. Now I am curious when OPec comes back, I want to see at the end of games will EJ leave THREE 7 footers on the bench while he tries to force Songalia to play that 5 spot.

    Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 27, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

    Actually, everyone.... I AM WRONG!!!

    The Wizards CANNOT trade Blatche (or Stevenson OR Mason) - they are re-signed free agents and there is a trade restriction clause.

    Cannot be traded for three months or until some time in January, or December???.... I don't remember...So that cuts down on the pool of potential trade candidates for Varejao.

    Just wanted to say I WAS WRONG!
    (I know it's sometimes hard to do - but I wanted to show everyone that it can be done)

    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

    Bullets Fever, I can agree with that sentiment because playing Songaila at the 5 is ridiculously stupid. When most teams play small ball, they play five fast guys who can shoot. Songaila can shoot, but he's definitely not fast. That much is true. But, I can't hate on EJ for using Songaila in general because I do think he's a nice piece for this team. Just stop playing him at 5.

    Posted by: Colin | November 27, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

    Bullets Fever / Colin - I agree!

    Posted by: Dave, | November 27, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

    I wanted Blatche in the game down the stretch. That being said, I'm with kal on this one. The wiz did not hit a single basket from the 4:01 mark unti Caron made the last shot of the game. That's why Dallas had a run, no counter-scoring from the wiz.

    Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 27, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

    This board has reach a new level of unreadable badness today.

    Leave us not to make problems whence none exist? Must we?

    Sign, we should trade caron and antawn and gilbert and Andray and Brendan and Etan and Olesky and Roger and Deshawn and Antonio and Nick and Darius and EJ and EG and Abe and washington and the keyboard

    fooooooooooooor...

    cheese, and a mixtape.

    Posted by: greg | November 27, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

    Just wanted to say I WAS WRONG!
    (I know it's sometimes hard to do - but I wanted to show everyone that it can be done)

    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 12:38 PM

    Rook - I agree with you all the way on this statement. AMEN

    Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 27, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

    I wanted Blatche in the game down the stretch. That being said, I'm with kal on this one. The wiz did not hit a single basket from the 4:01 mark unti Caron made the last shot of the game. That's why Dallas had a run, no counter-scoring from the wiz.

    Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 27, 2007 12:56 PM

    2 Cents - Along with no interior defense from the wiz because Eddie was playing slow smallball with Songalia at the 5 and AJ at the 4. The Wiz did not have to score that much with a 19 point lead and 4 minutes left in the game.

    Granted I know this is the NBA and teams make runs, but this was Eddie's fault this run was made because we did not have one of our TWO centers in the game to contest the walkin layup drill Dallas was running on us while Songalia was in at the 5 spot.

    Please tell me how you guys are not seeing this? Not scoring was not the real reason Dallas made that run, having the wrong personel on the floor was the reason for the run...........

    Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | November 27, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

    "On another note, still don't understand why you'd even consider defending SLURP.

    Posted by: mark | November 27, 2007 11:37 AM

    glug...Gilbeeee

    Posted by: mark | November 27, 2007 11:38 AM "


    Apparently, this is the only thing that mark's brain is able to come up with. Mark is like a retard playing with a piece of string for hours.

    He probably maxed out both brain cells with that along with his infamous quote:

    "you have to outscore the other team to win."

    EUREKA!!!!

    Posted by: DC Man88 | November 27, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

    FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY SO MANY OF YOU ARE WRITING NEGATIVE, CRITICAL POSTS TODAY. THIS TEAM FINALLY WON IN DALLAS SINCE 1991. For that, they get criticised for "small ball" and what position they played Songalia.

    I just don't get it.

    I for one am totally devestated over the death of Sean Taylor. I watched Wiz game but had absolutely no emotions or concerns about it one way or the other. Its early. They won early last year as well. See no point to this "nit pickin" club.
    A win is a win. Then they move on. Mavs had lost 4 games prior...so did Spurs and Suns. They know they'll get it together eventually so they keep it movin and so should we. This blog disects every play, player & move. Is it you so anticipate losing-you can't just relax and accept a win?

    As with baby eagles..you gotta push them out of the nest eventually let them fly on their own. Test their wings.

    Wiz won't ever learn to truly fly til you push them out of the nest from the top of a high cliff. Dallas, Arizona(grand canyon)the west will do them a world of good.

    It did Caron. He stated early on - his time in LA w/ Kobe was the best time spent for his foundation and obviously now - he ain't lookin back.

    Sean Taylor's sudden death should remind everyone - tomorrow isn't promised - enjoy today. It has enough trouble of its own.

    Peace.

    Posted by: Dave | November 27, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

    Dave, with all due respect, everyone here is entitled to his or her opinions, and if people want to discuss some things that went well and some things that went wrong, that's perfectly legitimate. In fact, I praised EJ and the general effort of this team. But the small ball discussion has been ongoing for a couple of years now, as it's proven mostly not to be effective for this team. And it's certainly fair game to bring it up, regardless of whether they won or not.

    That said, I think everyone here -- at least I hope this is true -- is pleased with a win at Dallas. That's big time. And it should give most people around these parts some hope that this team is still a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference. I, for one, think they are.

    But I grow tired of people telling other people on this blog that you can't criticize the team, win or lose. I love the Wizards. I think EJ is doing well, for the most part. I think the players are staying focused and disciplined. I've seen signs of defensive improvement. Not necessarily sustained signs, but signs nonetheless. There's a lot to like. But that's not say everything is perfect, so god forbid someone points that out.

    Posted by: Colin | November 27, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

    Bullets Fever ... Dallas scored 10 unanswered points. The wiz missed 8 straight shots during that stretch. If they had hit at least 3 of them, no one would be complaining because it would have never gotten under 12 points. Dallas made a run. Wiz couldn't make a defensive stop ( which is why I would have liked Blatche or Haywood in the game), but I can't blame the coach because his team could buy a bucket, especially, when said team still won by 12 points, under-manned, against a very good, quality opponent, on the road.

    I don't find gratitude when the wiz almost win. So I'm certainly not going to fret over them almost losing (which really didn't happen this time).

    C'mon ... celebrate the win. Maybe you'll get to see more TallBall against San Antonio. Hey ... I like tall ball, too.

    Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 27, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

    Just to clarify, the last post is from ANOTHER poster named Dave.

    I am the first Dave here :-)

    The one that hates small ball :-)

    Posted by: Dave, | November 27, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

    I'm with kal on this one. The wiz did not hit a single basket from the 4:01 mark unti Caron made the last shot of the game. That's why Dallas had a run, no counter-scoring from the wiz.

    Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 27, 2007 12:56 PM

    On the other hand, WHY did the Wizards have trouble scoring in the last 4 minutes?

    AD walked the ball up the court. Either he or Butler held the ball near half court until there were 7 seconds left on the clock - and then tried to make a play.
    In their last 7 possessions, the Wizards waited until the final possible seconds to get into the offense, putting up a shot with 7, 6, 2, 4, 8, 0, and 0 seconds left.
    The players taking those shots? - well, since the Wizards were playing clock management, whoever ended up with the ball at the end of the shot clock... In most instances NOT their best shooters! The final shots were taken by

  • Daniels (3-pointer-missed)
  • Stevenson (Layup-Blocked)

  • Stevenson (jumper-missed)

  • Butler (jumper-missed)

  • Daniels (jumper-missed)

  • Stevenson (jumper-missed)

  • Butler (3-pointer made at the end)...
  • I doubt that strategy was cooked up by the players.

    I normally don't like to criticize coaching decisions - but I really don't like it when a coach is coaching "not to lose" - instead of coaching to win.

    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

    Rook said: "In their last 7 possessions, the Wizards waited until the final possible seconds to get into the offense, putting up a shot with 7, 6, 2, 4, 8, 0, and 0 seconds left."

    That's a valid point Rook, but most teams will slow down the offense with under 5 minutes to go and a 19 point lead. I've seen virtually every coach in the league do this. That's playing smart. Of course, you expect your players to make an occasional basket!

    Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 27, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

    slow down the offense with under 5 minutes to go and a 19 point lead. I've seen virtually every coach in the

    Posted by: 2cents4wiz | November 27, 2007 02:19 PM


    Absolutely! Slow it down. Other coaches do it. They give the ball to Lebron James, or Kobe Bryant, or Jason Kidd, or Gilbert Arenas and say - "Make something happen".

    The Wizards? Give it to Deshawn Stevenson?

    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

    Honestly, I'm not trying to be overly critical - but I don't understand the offensive strategy there.

    Posted by: Rook | November 27, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

    Wow. I am amazed that some people on this board view any critical analysis of the coach as hating. We are not blind. We recognize that EJ has taken us farther than we have been in many years.

    He gets the core players to play hard. The other day in Memphis they never gave up till the horn sounded. He has a good offensive system and he does a good job of keeping key players happy. But it is clear to anyone who watches his substitution patterns that defense is a low priority. We just wish he would make the proper adjustments and marvel at the fact that he doesn't. Hopefully we will continue to play hard and win games with his philosophy. WE WISH WE WERE WRONG. BUT WE HAVE BEEN OBSERVING THIS FOR TOO LONG.

    When the Bulls got rid of Coach Doug Collins I wondered why because he had taken them to several playoff runs and just couldn't get past Detroit. They made the tough decision and brought in the ex-Knick named Phil Jackson and as you all should know the team went to the next level and started their 3 rings plus 3 rings run. Now I am not calling for EJ to get canned at this point. He is doing a fine job in a lot of ways. But Ernie G needs to start pondering the coaching lists for who is that Phil Jackson-type guy out there. And remember, if my memory serves me correct, Jackson had coached in the minors successfully and had only been an assistant in the pros. Da Bulls were his first head coaching gig in the NBA.

    EJ has put us where we are this year without OPech, Etan and Gilbert. He has done a fine job. BUT WE WILL NEVER GET ANY FURTHER THAN WE HAVE BEEN WITH THIS GROUP UNLESS ERNIE FINDS THE COACH TO TAKE US OVER THE TOP. That is not hating. I do not think that being a fan has taken away our ability to objectively see what is happening before our eyes. That is what I see after over 40 years of observing NBA ball and rooting for the Bullets/Wizards franchise.

    I, and probably 99% of the posters on this board, hope I am wrong.

    Posted by: BmoreRev | November 27, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

    Consider that Jordan was hired before Grunfeld. Note the recent actions on assistant coaches. Expect that Grunfeld has another coach in mind. Check out Grunfeld's previous efforts at hiring coaches. I'm a big Grunfeld fan, but I doubt that he's any longer a championship GM.

    Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

    BmoreRev, well said.

    EJ overall is doing a pretty good job and better than most in Washington's history, but as fans, we are entitled to point out weaknesses that are pretty obvious to many of us for 3+ seasons.

    We've seen what great coaching around the league can do and sometimes when we criticize, we are somewhat hoping he'd learn from those other coaches as other coaches say they've learned from his offensive sets.

    As most other leagues, it is a copycat league, but you have to realize what works to copy and vice versa. The question is if EJ knows which is which.

    Posted by: Takin' a Wiz | November 27, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

    It appearing most of you must have absolutely nothing going on in your lives but to sit and "crank" day & nite and I don't mean just the DC person either.

    Its just the same harranging and hand wringing everyday - day in day out about the same things over & over again & again.

    Then you justify your insanity.

    You are all beyond criticism..

    Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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