Butler out, Songaila to start

The hits just keep on coming for the Wizards. F Caron Butler will be out tonight against Indiana with a sprained right ankle, an injury he suffered during practice on Thursday and aggravated when he landed after taking his first shot last night against Atlanta. Caron was in the trainer's room before the game with a bag of ice strapped to the ankle so I didn't get to talk to him but the team says he's day-to-day. The good news is that the Wiz don't play again until Wednesday at Charlotte.

Darius Songaila will start for Butler and Roger Mason Jr., who flew in this afternoon after attending his grandfather's funeral this morning, will make his second straight start at guard. Judging by my conversation with Coach Eddie Jordan before the game, I wouldn't be surprised if Mike Wilks saw more action at the point. The offense moved pretty well when he was in there last night.

Good news on Antonio Daniels. Barring a setback, he's aiming towards next Saturday's home game against Miami as a return date. He was in practice gear tonight and says the swelling in the knee has reduced to the point that he's ahead of schedule.

By Ivan Carter |  December 22, 2007; 6:25 PM ET
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Man, hopefully we're getting all the injuries out of the way and the second half will be nothing but healthy for the Wiz.

Posted by: Rogers McHornstein | December 22, 2007 6:33 PM


Sure are taking a lot of lumps. Oh well, hopefully it will bring the whole team closer together.

Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | December 22, 2007 7:01 PM

wtf man??

Posted by: LooseCannon | December 22, 2007 7:17 PM

Looking on the bright side of circumstance, at least the Wiz could now field one heck of a wheelchair basketball squad.

G - G. Arenas
G - A. Daniels
F - C. Butler
F - O. Pecherov
C - E. Thomas

Tell me they wouldn't dominate Volunteer Firemen's Local #751 at the Community Rec Center in the Holiday Charity Tournament!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 22, 2007 7:24 PM

Curse of Les BouleS.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 22, 2007 7:48 PM

Ivan - have Ernie and Eddie seen you suit up and run? Get ready!

Posted by: Shotgun | December 22, 2007 8:04 PM

Remarkable they have kept this game so close without Butler and the rest of the wounded... This too shall pass.

Posted by: khrabb | December 22, 2007 9:24 PM

Two trite but applicable thoughts: Injuries are a part of the game and there's no success like failure and failures no success at all. One might complain that the Wiz are paying for their penury in not stocking the bench with serviceable journeymen but hey, what's the point? It's gets a little tired after awhile.
The other side of the penny, can't be too upset about a loss when injuries have racked up three fifths of the starters. Valuable playing time gained for Blatche, McGuire, Young, Mason. Mistakes were made by the manchilds but that's called gaining experience, a valuable commodity. Wiz will be a better team when they start to reassemble the broken components.
Happy solstice wizheads, heading for the light from deep in the darkness.

Posted by: myshkin | December 22, 2007 10:07 PM

All we need to do is hang close to the .500 mark and we'll be both healthy and deep by playoff time. Like myshkin said, the youngs are getting experience. gotta look at the bright side

Posted by: mark | December 22, 2007 10:20 PM

Wow. Who will be out next? Not having AD is really killing them, and to add injury to insult by not having CB is just too much to overcome.

It looks like EJ has a gun with no bullets to put in the chamber. Hopefully we will not get to behind the pack by times all of our folks come back.

The Wiz played a great game for someone who on suited up 9 people. Great job again by EJ to get the best out of what he has left. Good move by putting Mason in the starting lineup last game and this game.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | December 22, 2007 10:35 PM

That which does not kill us, makes us stronger. The only problem is we aren't gathering any nuts right now...and its going to be a cold and snowy winter.

Posted by: oddjob | December 22, 2007 11:38 PM

Before the latest injuries I had naively thought that the wiz might even go 12-1 in December...

Posted by: Anonymous | December 23, 2007 12:21 AM

its definitely too bad the injuries came during a relatively weak december schedule, when we could have gotten a bunch of wins. but still, cb and ad could be back very soon so like many others have said, this will pass..

Posted by: andy | December 23, 2007 1:16 AM

If we had drafted DJ Strawberry, the injuries would have affected the team less. We should have been grooming a 3rd PG for the last 2-3 years.

Posted by: Hindsight | December 23, 2007 3:43 AM

Ouch, we needed Songaila to step up offensively for a game and he goes 3-10 w/8 points.

And Granger, who he was matched up against, gets 25.

Not good.

And Blatche gets 3 points. Okay, he's still young and inconsistent.

Injuries have set Songaila back - and he's had some good moments - but he's been a disappointment.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 23, 2007 12:56 PM

"Ouch, we needed Songaila to step up offensively for a game and he goes 3-10 w/8 points.

And Granger, who he was matched up against, gets 25.

Not good.

And Blatche gets 3 points. Okay, he's still young and inconsistent.

Injuries have set Songaila back - and he's had some good moments - but he's been a disappointment.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 23, 2007 12:56 PM "

I've said it before. DSong is a savvy player and hard nosed. But, he "don't do so good" against players that are more athletic than he is, can jump over him, or are quicker.

If this team is relying on DSong to step up to win some games for them, get ready to be disappointed.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 1:05 PM

"

If we had drafted DJ Strawberry, the injuries would have affected the team less. We should have been grooming a 3rd PG for the last 2-3 years.

Posted by: Hindsight | December 23, 2007 03:43 AM "

DJ is a great scrapper off the bench, but he's no PG, not even a poor man's PG.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 1:06 PM

DJ is a great scrapper off the bench, but he's no PG, not even a poor man's PG.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 01:06 PM

That is your opinion, here are the facts.

DJ Strawberry played the PG position at UMD, and DJ led the 07 Summer League in assists per game at the PG position, besting players with more experience.

2007 Assists Leaders Player APG

DJ Strawberry (PHX) 6.4
Jose Juan Barea (DAL) 6.2
Nate Robinson (NYK) 6.0
Mustafa Shakur (SAC) 6.0
Sergio Rodriguez (POR) 5.4

Posted by: Hindsight | December 23, 2007 2:20 PM

Don't know what happens to Songaila. He seems has lost his shooting touch. And Blatche seems has lost his confidence. Several times last night, Baltche would attempt to drive and then picked up the ball with nowhere to go, and ended up throw the ball away. He seems not sure of what to do.

Posted by: Sagaliba | December 23, 2007 4:11 PM

"DJ is a great scrapper off the bench, but he's no PG, not even a poor man's PG.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 01:06 PM

That is your opinion, here are the facts.

DJ Strawberry played the PG position at UMD, and DJ led the 07 Summer League in assists per game at the PG position, besting players with more experience.

2007 Assists Leaders Player APG

DJ Strawberry (PHX) 6.4
Jose Juan Barea (DAL) 6.2
Nate Robinson (NYK) 6.0
Mustafa Shakur (SAC) 6.0
Sergio Rodriguez (POR) 5.4

Posted by: Hindsight | December 23, 2007 02:20 PM "

The fact is that DJ is an average PG and that's why Ledbetter started as PG during DJ's senior season.

And please, don't print out any stats with the Suns. You can pass to anyone on the Suns and get an assist. All of them are scoring threats.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 6:24 PM

And please, don't print out any stats with the Suns. You can pass to anyone on the Suns and get an assist. All of them are scoring threats.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 06:24 PM

Yeah? Scoring threats on the suns' summer league squad? which scoring threats are you referring to?

Posted by: ATLwizFAN | December 23, 2007 7:51 PM

DJ was sent down to the developemt league by PHO last week. We are missing 50+ points out of our starting line up. Give the guys a break. We should be ok, once we get AD back. This is not the Knicks !

Posted by: Section101 | December 23, 2007 8:09 PM

"Yeah? Scoring threats on the suns' summer league squad? which scoring threats are you referring to?

Posted by: ATLwizFAN | December 23, 2007 07:51 PM "

Let's wait until DJ gets some stats in the pros before you and others start harping over how great a PG he is.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 8:20 PM

Isn't it refreshing to see a bunch of intelligent, witty responses without a rash of perverted and ignorant posts from the village idiot? (Okay, he did post once but it was short and not insane this time).

I hope this kind of interesting exchange of ideas continues. It had gotten so bad, for such a long time, that I was almost ready to give up on this blog and recommend everyone else do the same. Who knows, maybe he's back on his meds and will calm down now.

And if this fool responds to this post that calls him the "village idiot," then that would be pathetic.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 23, 2007 10:18 PM

Oh, actually the village idiot posted more than once, I see. But his posts this time are about basketball instead of hateful insanity, so I didn't notice he'd posted more than once.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 23, 2007 10:20 PM

DSong is a power forward. He can't cover small forwards. We'd have been better off having Blatche cover the small forward, even though he's a 4, too.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 23, 2007 10:22 PM

"And if this fool responds to this post that calls him the "village idiot," then that would be pathetic.

Posted by: | December 23, 2007 10:18 PM "

What's pathetic is you spending time giving everyone a report on whether or not I posted. You need to get a hobby, and that doesn't mean beating off to Teletubby reruns.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 11:07 PM

"What's pathetic is you spending time giving everyone a report on whether or not I posted. You need to get a hobby, and that doesn't mean beating off to Teletubby reruns.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 11:07 PM"

actually, that's not what he did. he said IF you posted in reply to that post. also,

"Let's wait until DJ gets some stats in the pros before you and others start harping over how great a PG he is.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 08:20 PM"

again, you're changing what they said to try and keep yourself from being wrong. they were never "harping" over anything. all the guy said was that drafting DJ would have been good for this team. if you think this is wrong, then that's one thing. but stop twisting everything around please.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 24, 2007 3:51 AM

I see DCBOY88 has been talking out of his a*s again.

Sure, the Suns organization wants to groom "not even a poor man's PG." to replace or back-up one of the greatest PGs of all time.
Your DCIdiot nickname is well-deserved.

Posted by: Charlie | December 24, 2007 8:06 AM

"I see DCBOY88 has been talking out of his a*s again.

Sure, the Suns organization wants to groom "not even a poor man's PG." to replace or back-up one of the greatest PGs of all time.
Your DCIdiot nickname is well-deserved.

Posted by: Charlie | December 24, 2007 08:06 AM "

Ho hum.........

I just hope Gilby doesn't tear his other knee, and then everyone here will be jumping in front of Metro trains.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 24, 2007 9:06 AM

"again, you're changing what they said to try and keep yourself from being wrong. they were never "harping" over anything. all the guy said was that drafting DJ would have been good for this team. if you think this is wrong, then that's one thing. but stop twisting everything around please.

Posted by: | December 24, 2007 03:51 AM "

Heck, drafting Kevin Durant would have been good for this team too!!!! Why not draft Al Horford also? EG should have drafted all of them! Shocker!

Was DJ better than NY or DMac? I think not. Therefore, if you don't have the extra draft picks, then it's stupid to be talking about drafting this or that player also.

EG was gullible in assuming Gilby would ready for this season. Gilby screwed things up by overdoing his idiotic workout plan and setting himself back because his self promotion plans got ahead of his body responding to them.

If EG had known that Gilby wasn't going to be available, I'm sure EG would have drafted a PG.

Therefore, talking about drafting DJ and how well he did in summer league is monday morning quarterbacking and ain't worth sh!t. Get over yourself.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 24, 2007 9:31 AM

DARIUS SONG. NEEDS TO STEP UP AND GET SOME LIFT ON HIS JUMPER IT IS ALWAYS SHORT AND IT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE HE FOLLOWS IT UP.EDDIE JORDAN IS DOING A GREAT JOB OF COACHING,WHAT WITH LITTLE RESOURCES HE HAS TO WORK WITH,WAY TO SABOTAGE YOUR COACH ERNIE G.DOES THE NAME JUAN CARLOS NAVARO COME TO MIND? YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH SHOOTERS IN THE ASSOCIATION.

Posted by: dargregmag@aol.com | December 24, 2007 3:07 PM

And if this fool responds to this post that calls him the "village idiot," then that would be pathetic.

Posted by: | December 23, 2007 10:18 PM "

You need to get a hobby, and that doesn't mean b----- --- to Teletubby reruns.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 23, 2007 11:07 PM

You're sick, DC. You need to see a psychologist. Are you seeing one now? You need to make an appointment ASAP. And he needs to write a prescription so you can refill your meds.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 24, 2007 11:20 PM

DC Man88 responds to posts about the "village idiot." What does that say about his self image?

Posted by: Anonymous | December 24, 2007 11:22 PM

DC Man88 responds to posts about the "village idiot." What does that say about his self image?

Posted by: | December 24, 2007 11:22 PM

It means he hates himself, which is the reason he lashes out at everyone else. A psychologist, and medication, would help DC understand and deal with this problem.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 24, 2007 11:27 PM

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