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Wiz putting up a fight

It's 49-46 Spurs here at halftime and the Wizards are playing solid basketball. If Jamison can get going, the Wiz may have a shot. One quick thing from the pregame chat with Eddie Jordan. Folks have been asking me why he hasn't used the big lineup that had Butler at guard along with Blatche and Jamison at forward and Haywood at center.

Eddie said he will go back to it at some point but wants to create minutes for Roger Mason and Nick Young at guard (Nick didn't play in the first half. \

Eddie: "We've got to get other guys some comfort level like Nick Young and Roger too. We want them to feel a part of it. We can't just play six or seven guys. We want to get everyone involved and keep everyone fresh as we can but Caron will get some opportunities at guard. That's something we'll still look at."

By Ivan Carter  |  November 28, 2007; 9:44 PM ET
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There aren't any other good options, but EJ needs to try replacing DS. He earned a few rotten tomatoes with his D and turnovers in the 3rd quarter.

Posted by: iceberg | November 28, 2007 10:15 PM | Report abuse

How quickly this game can turn. Three possessions to get it down to 6 including an AD layup that looked it would go in and didn't. Instead its 8-0 run, a 16-point lead for the Spurs and a decent effort that will be for naught. I have only watched the fourth, did they give up a lot of open looks to Barry and Bowen tonight?

Posted by: George Templeton | November 28, 2007 10:32 PM | Report abuse

That was a putrid fourth quarter. Embarrassing really. I didn't necessarily expect the Wizards to win this one, but they were competitive early in the fourth, but then they simply choked this one away. And it didn't have too much to do with the defense. There were just careless mistakes. Jamison was forcing shots because he thought he had to, I guess. Butler only shot nine times. Nine?!?! Blatche missed a few jumpers. DeShawn was up and down, per usual. Some of that was because of the Spurs, but the Wizards missed plenty of open shots, too. If not for Haywood, this result would've been worse.

Posted by: Colin | November 28, 2007 10:49 PM | Report abuse

But it's on to Philly now, where the Wizards can even up this road trip at 2-2. I would call that successful, especially considering Monday's win at Dallas.

Posted by: Colin | November 28, 2007 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Considering what you call a choke, I'm really happy to know your definition of successful.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 28, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

DS should come off the bench. Why isn't D-Mac playing more minutes? He's a great defender and would do a better job than DS. BH had a good game; I'd like to see him and AB in there together more often.

Posted by: hero2zero | November 28, 2007 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Will this finally end the "we're better without Gilbert" nonsense? Let's hope so.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 28, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I really think some people around here have a wistful, rose-colored glasses view of how good the Wiz are. They played above their heads hanging with the Spurs as long as they did. A win would have been upset, but there's no shame in losing to a team that anyone who knows anything about basketball realizes is much much better than the Wizards.

Posted by: kalorama | November 29, 2007 12:16 AM | Report abuse

That's a really good answer by Jordan to the question Ivan posed. That answer gives me some hope EJ isn't clueless.

San Antonio plays such great defense. The Wizards couldn't get many good shots.

Posted by: Sean | November 29, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

WHATTTT???? The answer EJ gave makes no sense whatsoever. Ivan asks him a question about playing Haywood and Blatche together at the four and five, and he replies, no I need to give someone else minutes at the two. WHA??????? I don't get the connection at all.

Posted by: Zonker | November 29, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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