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Daniels and Shaq out

Checking in from Verizon Center and the word is that Antonio Daniels will not play tonight against the Shaq-less Heat. Daniels, who has been out since spraining a ligament in his right knee at Miami on Dec. 13, went through some pre-game drills and was watched closely by a team doctor and athletic trainers. At that point, the decision was made to hold him out at least one more game.

I think it's a good idea because AD will now have two full days of practice and Wednesday's shootaround before playing Wednesday night against Detroit. Roger Mason Jr starts again tonight.

Miami is without Shaq (hips), Jason Williams (knee), Chris Quinn (ankle) and Smush Parker (knuckleheadedness) tonight. The Heat lost a tought one in OT at home to Orlando last night despite Dwyane Wade going for 48. Not sure how fresh his legs will be tonight. Look for Caron Butler to come out very strong tonight: he was as ticked off as I've ever seen him after last night's loss at New Jersey. He didn't like the loss and he really didn't like seeing Richard Jefferson get off in the second half.


To me, the key to this game will be getting solid nights from Brendan Haywood (by that I mean at least a double-double) and major energy off the bench from Andray Blatche (he had some huge minutes in the win at Miami). This is one the Wiz should be able to get.

By Ivan Carter  |  December 29, 2007; 6:16 PM ET
 
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Comments

Pecherov update? Seems like the guy has had
2 full months of rest.

Posted by: juandixonformvp | December 29, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

From the item in the WaPost this morning Pech has started jogging and says he is 1-2 weeks away from practicing.

I guess this is progress from the usual 2-3 weeks away.

Posted by: Tim | December 29, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Pech was not needed tonight... and happily neither was AD. Wilks contributed a fair bit. And Andray a lot. A needed win.

Posted by: khrabb | December 29, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Andray Blatche with another nice game.

Can Ivan or Michael confirm that his contract is for 5 years at $15 million?

If so, that is an absolute steal.

Anyone still miss Jared Jeffries?

Posted by: Wei | December 29, 2007 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually, AB has been struggling lately on offense, but played well tonight.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 29, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone still miss Jared Jeffries?"

I'd love to have JJ back. What do we need to do to get him?

Posted by: AKA Wiz Fan | December 29, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Jared Jeffries would have to be released before the Wizards would take a shot at getting him. No way EG would want that contract.

Posted by: George Templeton | December 29, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

just back from the game. BH, AJ, CB, RM, DS all came out strong to start the game. But that Miami team is terrible. Wade had no energy, it was evident. AB did play better than he has in quite a while. At times looking like a man-child, with those two missed monster dunks. I think DSong was a good part of the reason, as I noticed him talking to and even grabbing and positioning AB a number of times. Perhaps he is taking him under his wing--that would be a good thing. DSong is a smart player. I also watched EM make a concerted effort to get BH the ball...to much so as he was not open and they became turnovers. Nobody else seems to do that for BH, and they should. They seem to play better when they look for him early. And DS, I just don't get. He plays hard on D but doesn't seem to move well on offense to get his own shot or even get to an open spot on the floor. I really question his level of Bball IQ. AJ is a bonafide allstar, but I hope he is snubbed this year so we have a shot at resigning him. He is the glue that holds this team together even with GA in the line up. And I think some major perenial playoff teams are going to make a run at him to be their 6th man.

Posted by: oddjob | December 29, 2007 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Good win tonight. For the first time this year, I felt sorrier for the team we were playing than for the Wiz. But it does demonstrate the depth we have vs. what Miami has, which is zero.

Really happy with the minutes Blatche and Young provided. Nick's second strong game in a row; hopefully he's pulling out of his two-week funk.

Song may be hitting his stride as well - his second good game in as many nights, too. He moved exceptionally well without the ball tonight.

Mason continues to impress. I'm almost surprised when he misses a shot. Love his calm, almost serene demeanor on the court.

Stevenson is turning into a clone of Bruce Bowen - lock-down defense, nothing on offense but streaky 3-point shooting.

Caron is turning into an outstanding passer. He sees the court so well. His over-the-shoulder backwards pass to Blatche on that break, when he got too far under the basket, was Magic-esque. What a player.

Jamison is incredibly valuable to this team. His long-range shooting is really off this season, though. He's making up for it, however, by playing much closer to the basket than last year. He's constantly driving to the hole and putting up his twisting floaters. I think that's a major reason his rebounds are up -- he's around the basket more than he has been for awhile.

The only real negative on this team right now is McGuire. I can't believe how bad he is. He's totally, completely lost on offense and defense. What a disaster tonight - he almost singlehandedly let Miami creep back in with that run in the 4th. Yikes. I haven't seen any improvement whatsoever from the kid.

Good to let Daniels rest one more game, and let him catch up a bit before Wednesday.

Posted by: Keithinator | December 29, 2007 11:37 PM | Report abuse

What a bore. This is supposed to be a competitive NBA team? Can they actually beat a college team? When will this team play an actual competitive team/ actually play REAL, COMPETITIVE basketball. These games are fools gold. Mere practice for Nick Young, MacGuire, Pech and Mason.(The Wizards bench) Nobody on this team, besides perhaps Jamison, Butler, Daniels, Arenas deserve a salary over the NBA minimum. Take a long hard look at the real NBA - you're living in wonderland.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 30, 2007 12:11 AM | Report abuse

To the poster above...you are an idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 30, 2007 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Does anybody know exactly what smush parker did? What exactly does a "confrontation with a female parking valet" entail? I have a couple guesses...

Posted by: Anonymous | December 30, 2007 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Good game, the Wiz were less fatigued than the Heat who had to lose in an OT game the night before. Teamwork, but still lacking just a little bit of offensive rebounding, specially when Jamison let loose with a 3, there was no one at the basket.

Posted by: rgz | December 30, 2007 4:41 AM | Report abuse

MCGUIRE IS A ROOKIE WHO IS GOING TO LOOK BAD FROM TIME TO TIME,PAITIENCE IS GOING TO BE THE KEY TO ANY FIRST YEAR PLAYER NICK YOUNG WILL HAVE THE SAME ISSUES,BUT HE IS A WONDERFULLY GIFTED PLAYER WHO HAS BENEFITTED FROM A DIFFERENT STYLE WHILE IN COLLEGE GIVE DOMINIC TIME HE HAS A LOT OF POTENTIAL. BIG GAME THIS WEEK AGAINST THE MOTOWN CREW WHO IN MY OPINION ARE MORE LETHAL THAN THE BEANTOWN THREE,WIZ WILL HAVE TO STEP UP BIG TIME TO GET A VICTORY.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | December 30, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

McGuire looks a bit anxious out there, which you would expect from a rookie who hasn't gotten much playing time. He'll get it together eventually. The guy has too much ability and desire not to.

I thought the pivotal moment was when Blatche missed that slam, but then made an astonishingly athletic play to save the ball out of bounds and pass it to a wide-open Nick Young at the 3-pt line. You gotta love a guy who can bounce back instantly from a bonehead move and turn it into a plus.

Posted by: John Brisker | December 30, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

What impresed me about last night's game is how stocked our team is with young talent, especially when compared to the aging Heat. - Mason is turning into a dreadlocked Sleepy Floyd... sound decisions, decent D, quick hands, a consitent outside stroke.
- Young still tries some boneheaded drives, forgetting that he is no longer playing among college boys but quick, stronger NBA men. What a sweet stroke, though, I like his assertiveness and when he figures out when/when not to drive, he will be a BEAST
- For those who bag on Blatch, remember that he is still growing. He still has a High Schoolish body and is just over 20 years of age. He has developed tremendously as a player over the last year. GREAT hands, an improving mid-range shot, good rebounder and tipper, already among the top 20 shot blockers in the league despite limited minutes, great instincts, flow and tenacity. Needs better conditioning, true, but also needs to finish growing into an adult's body. A definite future all-star prospect.
D-Mac - Had a couple forced shots, but gets very few touches and minutes and naturally wanted to hoist a couple up. No problem in a blow-out like tonight, could cost big in a close game. But he plays tenacious D (still a bit foul prone, as many rookies are) and had a couple great passes. He has outstanding court vision, great timing and ambidexterity blocking shots and could develop into the type of second team glue, sweat, open-man finding team player all teams crave

Posted by: glaytham | December 30, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

yes, McGuire hasnt had many minutes at all - nowhere as many as Young so I will wait until he has a little playing time. He's a rookie and he was the 2nd pick, not first.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 30, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice win last night!

Miami is just horrible - with or without the fading Shaq. It's almost painful to see how far this franchise has fallen. I hope our friend, clewiston (aka dc moron), is not near any sharp objects.

Posted by: Wizzz | December 30, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

As anyone who has followed my posts (all two of you) knows that I am a fan of Blatche but, how to say this, his game last night was an average game for him. Nothing special except he scored on a few jumpers which has been missing. He plays D, runs the floor and rebounds well. He is not as strong as he is going to be. Sometime in the future we are going to expect this as a minimum from him every night.

GAR

Posted by: Bridgewater | December 30, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

yes, McGuire hasnt had many minutes at all - nowhere as many as Young so I will wait until he has a little playing time. He's a rookie and he was the 2nd pick, not first.

Posted by: | December 30, 2007 01:01 PM

Annon. You are completely right. DMac does not get the same minutes as NY, so I think it is unfair to say the kid is bad at this stage.

You have to understand he and NY are boys. That right there will make them compete against each other. DMac is sitting on the bench watching NY get his grove on out there and I bet you he wished he could do the same thing.

If Gil and AD were not hurt NY would probably be not getting the minutes he is getting. DMac is behind CB (who never comes out of the game), Song. and AJ. Where will he get minutes there?

He generally sits until the end of the 3rd quarter and then he gets in. If he makes one mistake or the other team makes a run he is yanked out. Wow, what a confidence builder. Eddie did the same with NY, but the difference is with AD and Gil being hurt; NY got a chance to get back in and redeem himself and gain more confidence.

The same can not be said for DMac, because he plays behind AJ, CB and Song. There is no minutes there for him to get. I am starting to think it might do DMac some good to play about 10 D league games to get use to NBA speed. There is a log jam at his spot and he needs to get some minutes playing in the NBA. Any thoughts????

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | December 30, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I think EJ needs to show a little more faith in D-Mac and let him make a few mistakes out there. He needs to get time on an NBA floor to get better.
I know the D-League helps some players but it doesn't ever seem to benefit someone who gets drafted and then sent down. I mean Peter John Ramos played a lot down there and it didn't make him any better.

Posted by: George Templeton | December 30, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Bullets Fever

Right now, the Wiz can't afford to send anyone to the D-League given their depleted roster. D-Mac is getting a lot more run even in practice than he would if everyone were healthy. IMO, he is probably getting a better "education" guarding CB in practice than he would playing against guys in the D-League who may never make it to the big show. Besides, EJ and EG have never been too keen on the D-League...

Give the kid some time. He showed during pre-season that he has good skills and great court sense. He just needs to relax a bit and not try to force things during his limited minutes. The one thing he hasn't shown - which was a big strength during the pre-season, is offensive rebounding, but that will come when he gets more consistent minutes.

Posted by: PK1 | December 30, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Wizzz

Actually, DCMan88 has been quite civil as of late and has made a couple of thoughtful comments. Maybe the Holiday spirit has gotten to him. No need to rile him up with a nasty post...

Posted by: Anonymous | December 30, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I for one was commenting before the season started that 3 rookies in a team is too many. I really feel that D-mac should have been playing in the D-league and built up his confidence and maybe we could have sign another veteran for his place.

Posted by: Dave, | December 30, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree with anon above, let's leave DC Man88 alone. I have appreciated his positive posts of late.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 30, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Echoing what others have said above, the Wiz so far have only used the D-league for real projects like John Peter Ramos.

It is true that AB was sent down briefly his first year, but I believe that was only because he missed training camp, recovering from gunshot wounds.

Last year, his second in the NBA, AB did not play too much most of the year and was never sent down again to the D-league.

I don't really expect the Wiz to send DMac to play in the D-league. I think he is probably capable of contributing now if they can figure a way to get him more minutes. Also, the Wiz are not overly deep at the moment either.

Posted by: Tim | December 30, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"Wizzz

Actually, DCMan88 has been quite civil as of late and has made a couple of thoughtful comments. Maybe the Holiday spirit has gotten to him. No need to rile him up with a nasty post...

Posted by: | December 30, 2007 02:47 PM "

Let me repeat myself that I am not this "clewiston" person.

Go Skins! Go Todd Collins!

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 30, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

1 yard rushing. And they didnt deserve that 1. Overrated bunch of girls.

Posted by: oddjob | December 30, 2007 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, let me tell you something oddjob, if they win next week and then play the Cowboys again, it probably won't be so one sided.

You guys always overreact to one game, instead of looking at the overall or underlying factors.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 30, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

DC Moron88 is what the village idiot should call himself.

He's posting more here because he was banned recently from the ESPN board.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 30, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

"He generally sits until the end of the 3rd quarter and then he gets in. If he makes one mistake or the other team makes a run he is yanked out. Wow, what a confidence builder."

Can you name a coach of a playoff contending team that leaves young guys out there to make mistakes? And I'm talking about a team that may or may not make the playoffs, not locks like the Spurs or Suns.

Not trying to be snarky, I'm genuinely curious about whether that happens in the NBA. As far as I know, confidence building happens in college, not in the pros.

Posted by: amalg | December 30, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

HTTR!

As for DMac, I know he's young and hasn't played much. He can certainly get better - maybe much better. But it worries me a bit, even at this early stage, that I don't see any signs of improvement. He doesn't look any more comfortable on the court than he did in his first minute of action as a pro.

But in the end, this is nitpicking, of course. He's the last player off the bench at this point. Shows how much stronger the Wiz bench is this year.

Skins 24, Seattle 20.

Posted by: Keithinator | December 31, 2007 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Even if they sent McGuire to the D-League, his salary would still count against the salary cap, so they couldn't sign a player to replace him without going over the luxury tax and it's been made clear that that's not going to happen.

That being said, I think too much is being made of McGuire's struggles. He's a rookie. Rookie's struggle. Unlike Young, however, McGuire hasn't gotten the benefit of regular PT and a defined spot in the rotation. That's largely because he plays the same forward positions as Jamison and Butler, so minutes are harder to come by than they are at the guard spots, where injuries have hit hard.

I think the fans may have gotten a bit over-hyped because of his strong, but ultimately meaningless, summer league performances. I seriously doubt anyone in the Wizards organization was expecting him to come in and be an impact player right away. If everyone had been healthy, he probably would never have gotten off the bench except in blowouts. He's been called into action early and he's still making the adjustment. It's way too early to close the book on him, just give him time.

Posted by: kalorama | December 31, 2007 1:35 AM | Report abuse

I second what amalg said. There are times and situations when it makes sense for an NBA coach to let rookies play through mistakes, but Eddie Jordan isn't in one of those situations. It was made clear by everything the coaches and players said coming into this season that this is a make or break year. That means win now, no excuses. If they miss the playoffs by 1 game, Grunfeld won't cut Jordan any slack because he did a nice job stroking McGuire's ego.

Posted by: kalorama | December 31, 2007 1:38 AM | Report abuse

"DC Moron88 is what the village idiot should call himself.

He's posting more here because he was banned recently from the ESPN board.

Posted by: | December 30, 2007 11:09 PM "

Get a life.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 31, 2007 3:44 AM | Report abuse

If EJ was playing DMac any more than he has, he would be fired. Breaking in one rookie per year is tough enough in this league. And once Pech is back, I expect we won't see DMac get any minutes for numerous games.

Posted by: oddjob | December 31, 2007 7:53 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the posters who said Mcguire is "stuck" behind Butler. And because the Wizards are versatile, also behind Jamison, Blatche, Songaila when they play small forward. On a younger team, he would be getting a lot of playing time. Watch the younger teams give their rookies a lot of opportunities to mature. And they are maturing fast, given their teams' confidence in them. Of course, some of those rookies are 27 year old veterans of Euro Leagues - Moon, Scola, Navarro. Durant, Green,Horford, are first round picks. Daequan Cook and Sean Williams were both drafted lower than Nick Young but are seeing significant minutes.

Posted by: rgz | December 31, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I just wanted to point out that Mason got the same erratic, very few minutes until the end of the season last year and he looked very ordinary to below average as a player. Once he got regular playing time late in the season, I saw a player that could contribute. I don't know what the future holds for McGuire, but I don't see him as failing at all at this point. He's barely played! Plus, I don't think he was ever supposed to be an offensive kind of player anyway. If he develops, he seems to me to be an athletic defensive hustle guy who can get some garbage points in the paint and on the break.

Keith, I agree with your post except that I would not call Stevenson a "lock-down" defender. He's a good defender, above average defender, but not in Bowen's class at all. In fact, I just posted recently that Mason may be our best perimeter defender, which I think people overlook about his game. Watch him play D and you don't see many people blow by him - like say Arenas with whom blow bys happened every other possession. I attribute our defense improving to the middle of the pack to this. Let's hope either Arenas gets it when he gets back or someone gets in his ear about playing D.

Posted by: Rob P | December 31, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

By the way, I think Arenas should take less than max to stay here for multiple reasons. One, he said he did not want to hamper the franchise from getting championship caliber "help". Two, signing Jamison, whom I am starting to appreciate more and more particulary since he started playing serviceable defense this year. Three, he has not earned his paycheck this year or last. Four, show some gratitude that this franchise allowed him to a play a brand of basketball that suited his skills and allowed him to become Agent Zero.

Do I think it will happen? Probably not. But, I honestly am not sure Arenas deserves max money to shoot the basketball. We will win anything that way except an occasional first round playoff series!!!

Posted by: Rob P | December 31, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The one thing to remember about McGuire is that he's also changing position to play in the pros. The guy played alot as an undersized college center. He's going to need alot of practice time and another year of summer league play to make the transition.

If Gil wasn't hurt Jordan might be in position to spell Jamison and Butler and TMac might be getting a little more time. As it is the Wiz's scoring at gaurd is so limited at times it's a little hard to take Jamison or Butler out of the lineup for a forward that really doesn't have an NBA offensive game yet.

The potential that Blatche and Young have shown along with what we've yet to see from TMac and "Two or Three Away" Pecherov gives hope that the Wiz are developing a real bench for a change.

Collins play for the Redskins might be pricing him out of the market for what the Skin's can pay to bring him back next year since they already have so much commited in Cambell. Mason could be creating the same problem for Ernie Grunfeld with his play.

Mason is looking more and more like a guy that can make solid contributions to a winning team. He plays solid heady basketball and contributes to winning, he's not just one of those guys that can fill up a stat sheet while his team gets blown out night after night.

In my book Mason would be worth more on the FA market next summer Jaun Carlos Navarro would be. I've watched a few Memphis games and Mason is the more complete NBA player of the two to me.

Overall, these guys are doing a hell of a job to be hanging at 500 ball as short handed as they are. Teams that are this short handed are going to lose a game from time to time to a lessor team on the road.

Happy New Year to All! To good health for the Wizards in 2008, they could use a break after 2007!

Posted by: GM | December 31, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

DMac has gotten a lot of interest because he did so well during the summer leagues. He does have a lot of potential given his athletic ability, defensive ability, and some offensive ability.

Given all that though, the position he plays has not been a position of need right now. Guys who can play a little point or are big enough to play a bit inside have been moved up the depth chart and leap frogged DMac because of injuries to other players on this team.

If DMac is getting PT now, he may get even less when Opech returns. We're lucky that DMac has been stuck behind CBut b/c CBut has played so well this season. Hopefully, he can learn from CBut who's a great role model and leader of this team. Both seem like no nonsense guys when on the court.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 31, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I really hope Collins returns next season, but given all the interest that may be heaped upon him, he probably knows that this is a system that he thrives in, which is why he followed Al Saunders over here. If he were to go to a team that plays in a
different season, success may not be as easy. He may be asked to do things that are not to his strengths.

As I said before on posts to Wilbon (who never replies to questions comparing situations to McNabb or Leftwich) and JaLa, Collins gives the Skins their best chance to win, and win now. This isn't a team put together (look at the payroll) to win 2-3 years from now when JC will know the offense better (assuming Al is still here).

For consistency sake, TC needs to stay here. Also, it would be the worst move Gibbs ever makes (worse than calling 2 timeouts in a row) if he lets JC start the first playoff game. It seems like from all the quotes, TC's teammates support him and want him to continue on this mission.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 31, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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By the way, I think Arenas should take less than max to stay here for multiple reasons. One, he said he did not want to hamper the franchise from getting championship caliber "help". Two, signing Jamison, whom I am starting to appreciate more and more particulary since he started playing serviceable defense this year. Three, he has not earned his paycheck this year or last. Four, show some gratitude that this franchise allowed him to a play a brand of basketball that suited his skills and allowed him to become Agent Zero.

Do I think it will happen? Probably not. But, I honestly am not sure Arenas deserves max money to shoot the basketball. We will win anything that way except an occasional first round playoff series!!!

Posted by: Rob P | December 31, 2007 12:09 PM "

Amen to that, but unfortunately, this league isn't about what's right and what's fair. It will be interesting what EG decides to do given the fact that he can offer Gilby the max contract and the most money.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 31, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

DC Man, when you talk about the game without the sarcasm and the anti-Arenas diatribe, your posts are insightful and good to read. When you go off on Gil or some of the other bloggers you drive people away from this site. I wish you would comment on the game and the team without the anti-Arenas, anti-Abe venom. It is legitimate to be critical of anyone from the owner to the coaches but without comtempt.

Posted by: arnie | December 31, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"Mason is looking more and more like a guy that can make solid contributions to a winning team. He plays solid heady basketball and contributes to winning, he's not just one of those guys that can fill up a stat sheet while his team gets blown out night after night.

In my book Mason would be worth more on the FA market next summer Jaun Carlos Navarro would be. I've watched a few Memphis games and Mason is the more complete NBA player of the two to me."

Yeah, I have similar fears that Mason might be too pricey for us next year. Then again, Jamison is likely getting a pay cut (he's great, but I'm not sure he's worth $16 million a year), we're not sure what's going to happen with Etan, and judging by Gil's blog from a few weeks ago, he's unlikely to turn down a big non-max deal (at least that's what I read into the whole Deng/Iguodala rant). Maybe we'll have enough money for Mason after all.

With a healthy Gil, I think Mason overtakes AD as our 6th man. Provided that he keeps it up, of course.

Posted by: amalg | December 31, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Amen, Arnie.

Posted by: mark | December 31, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Hail to the Redskins.

27-17 Skins over Seattle
27-24 Skins over Dallas
20-16 Skins over Green Bay
31-30 Pats over the Skins in the most exciting SB in history.

We were there for the '72 Dolphins and we'll witness the '07 Pats, too.

Go Wiz !!

Posted by: mark | December 31, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Yo DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM stop SHOUTING you lazy idiot! It only takes a bit more energy to type without the CAPS LOCK on! Thank you!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 31, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Agreed on all the DMac posts. He hasn't played enough, and is playing a different position. I just wish he'd show occasional flashes, which I haven't seen yet. Doesn't mean he won't. I wasn't giving up on the guy, no by any stretch. Just making an observation that I haven't seen any discernible progress yet.

Posted by: Keithinator | December 31, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I'd agree that Collins would be smart to stick with the system that he's been in along with Al Saunders for 10 years. But couldn't blame the guy if a payday came his way at 36 if he took it.

But the only reason I brought him up here was because of the comparison to Mason's playing himself into a payday. Some on here have worried about Jamison leaving after the season, not alot of contending teams with more than the MLE to spend next summer. So if Jamison wants 10-12m per year the Wizards and Charlotte(maybe) might be his choices.

A role on a winner with a bigger payday then he's going to get from another playoff team should be enough to keep AJ on board.

The big question would be, is Mason the kind of guy that the Wiz would invest the MLE(or a big part of it)on?

Posted by: GM | December 31, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I LUV Gilby!

Posted by: Clewiston | December 31, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

If GA can get healthy again, I would love to see him play fewer minutes and oncentrate more on dishing and defense. With CB as a 22 ppg scorer and Mason and hopefully AB putting up more and more points, GA no longer needs to carry the scoring load. If his scoring drops to 24 or 25 ppg but he's getting 8 dimes and consistently keeping his man from getting into the paint, IMHO the Wizards are a way better team. And with more rest, he'd have more left in the tank for the last 7-8 minutes, which is when we really need him to take over.

Posted by: John Brisker | December 31, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

More assists per game won't be hard to imagine with some of the lineups Eddie can insert Gil into on this roster.

Compare the roster now with some of the guys that have been replaced. I wonder how many assists Ruffin has caught in his career? Or last year's edition of Arvis Hayes? Not two guys that Gil could ring up alot of assists to.

Along with Butler's expanded range and his newfound catch and shoot game and Jamison's always dependable offense the Wizards now have a group of other options.

This is a much more balanced team then last year's edition, witness Butler's ability to get assists in this year's offense. There's more guys out there to catch the ball and put it in the hoop.

Assists start with guys that have the ability to help spread the floor and catch the ball and then finish. The Wiz had a noticable lack of those kind of players once you got outside of Jamison and Butler last year.

The balance on offense comes from having five players on the floor that can provide it. It doesn't matter how good the system is if there's not five guys with some offensive ability on the floor the good shooter will end up shooting.

Posted by: GM | December 31, 2007 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I think if Al Saunders is still around, then TC will stick around. I think Snyder will pay if Gibbs says he wants him. Brunnell for sure is gone. Also, the WMA is nearby his home state of MA, where his family lives permanently, so I don't see him going to any team past the Miss. River.

The only scenario that I see TC leaving is if some team throws him serious bonus money. That's the only thing guaranteed with these NFL contracts.

Although the Skins are worse off without Sean Taylor, at least Snyder won't have to pay him megabucks like he would have had Sean not died.

Getting back to Les BouleS, let's hope this break will be good for everyone to get healthy. It'll be interesting to see what happens once Opech returns, and when EG is allowed to sign guys to 10 day contracts.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 31, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Since his offense has now been shown to work for Redskins with a QB who really knows how to use it, I would expect Al Saunders to be back next year.

Hopefully this will also keep TC a Redskin next year as well.

I thought I read that there still may be a cap hit from guarnateed money in Sean Taylor's contract next year, but I am not sure of the details.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 31, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

There is still a cap hit with ST's contract, but he was due for a new contract after the first one expires. Snyder has shown some serious class. He's guaranteed money for ST's daughter's education (~500 - 1 mil) and it's reported that he won't petition to get back ST's bonus money from his original contract.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 31, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

re. Mason's expiring contract: he preferred to take less money ($770K)on a one year contract with the Wiz rather than a 3 year contract for more with another team (over $1.5M? with the Spurs?). I think this is exactly what he was hoping and planning for, to have one good year that will get him a better future contract at $3M or so.

Posted by: rgz | January 1, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

DMac has not played regular minutes has not gotten into any kind of flow. This is understandable given the need for guard play and that he is 3rd option at the 3. He does show the ability to pass, block shots off weak side and run the court. His shot is poor and most surprising to me has been his on the ball defense. I think he needs time and am not sure we can afford to give him time right now. I still hope he can develop into defensive stopper. He has the size and strength to stop some of the tall 2's and 3's who give us fits. But without seasoning that may not happen till next year.

Though Young is getting more PT, I for one though, will not get on EJ for his rotations. My big beef in the past was he would always think offense first. But this year with all the chaos and injuries he has changed his thought pattern enough that we need to get off of him. He has pushed too many right buttons to get on his case for that.

We are on the heels of Atlanta and Toronto in the loss column. And really looks like Orlando may come down to the pack as well. EJ is doing a GREAT job! I must admit that I was wrong about him. He has surprisingly shown the ability to adapt.

Posted by: BmoreRev | January 1, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see what happens once Opech returns...

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 31, 2007 09:00 PM

Hey, DC Racist88, looking forward to the "white" guy returning? (DC Man88: "He's white," referring to DSong playing "smart" ball.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 1, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, DC Racist88, looking forward to the "white" guy returning? (DC Man88: "He's white," referring to DSong playing "smart" ball.

Posted by: | January 1, 2008 08:47 PM "

Who wouldn't be?

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 1, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

happy new year.

it is easy to find hate, when one carries it one's heart.

lighten up, its just a sport blog.

Posted by: oddjob | January 1, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Right on Oddjob. DCMan has been quite well behaved as of late and has posted some thoughtful comments. Shame on those who seem to be trying to rile him up. Let's hope we can look forward to a 2008 of civility on this blog. Happy New year to all.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 1, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

"Right on Oddjob. DCMan has been quite well behaved as of late and has posted some thoughtful comments. Shame on those who seem to be trying to rile him up. Let's hope we can look forward to a 2008 of civility on this blog. Happy New year to all.

Posted by: | January 1, 2008 10:28 PM "

Amen to that.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 2, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

B-Rev made alot of good points, but he almost always does. Another role that I could see McGuire handling is sometimes playing the 5 when teams like the Suns put a guy like Diaw at center and station him at the 3 ball line.

McGuire could be quick enough to help some on D and long and rangy enough to get out and get a hand up on the shooter. But we may not see alot of him until he's had another summer to work on the transition from undersized college center to a small forward.

I'm looking forward to Pecherov's returning too. The guy's the Wiz's number one pick from two Summers ago. He's shown flashes of some real ability in summer league, the coaches have really praised his work ethic, and other players have really seemed to like his game.

So I'll really be glad to get a chance to see hime out there playing instead of modeling for Men's Warehouse at timeouts.
Having another backup on the bench to play the 4 or 5 also might allow Eddie to use Blatche a little more at the 4. We might even see a little more of Haywood and Blatche together at times.

With Blatche's bad habit of drawing quick silly fouls sometimes and the fact that the Wiz are relying on him to be the backup center, Eddie's been reluctant to give the kid many minutes at the 4.

Last summer Grunfeld was really touting Pecherov as the center and Blatche as the 4. Maybe we'll finally get a chance to see them plat together. In two or three weeks...

The Pistons are now maybe the toughest team in the East. It's really going to be a test for a still undermanned Wizards squad. Boston has gotten alot more press with their big three but the Pistons are really deep and talented right now.

I would guess Hayes will be firing away to show Wiz fans that he found that jumper. Lets just hope it was the lighting in Verizon that was throwing him off.

Posted by: GM | January 2, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

In that 'other local paper', EJ is quoted thusly "First of all, you have to give a lot of credit to Randy Ayers for implementing a defensive system," Jordan said. "Two, I think Brendan Haywood has become a lot more passionate about defending at the rim. And Andray is helping us with blocked shots and rebounding."

Though I like EJ, my interpretation is this..
Ayers does not tell his players to dbl down in the post and leave shooters wide open. If that is the 'great system' that Ayers has implemented, then credit needs to go to Ayers and discredit to EJ. It's something we've all been calling for for quite some time. Secondly, BTH is not doing anything different defensively. Even a couple of years ago, Hollinger (as much as I hate to espouse his system) stated that haywood was one of the most underrated defenders in the league in terms of blocked shots and opponent scoring when he's on the floor. Also, having AB on the floor more is another suggestion that we've all had. he has had a knack for blocking shots since day 1.
My bottom line: EJ is doing a pretty good job coaching this year but it's not like he deserves coach of the year for doing basic things that most ppl (even us) could see needed to be done. The credit should all go to the players who were finally put in positions to succeed. Special recognition should go to AJ for increasing his emphasis on rebounding, though. This last series of statements puzzles the heck outta me, too....
"After Etan Thomas (a team-high 1.37 blocks a game last season) was lost indefinitely to open-heart surgery, Jordan wondered where the help was going to come from in terms of blocks.
"That was a huge question for us," Jordan said.

HUH ???

Did you not know that BTH and AB were on the roster? Etan must have been playing like Shaq in practice !

Posted by: mark | January 2, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why Wizars have to cut Wilks right away. Why not keep him around for the Piston game just for insurance. We don't know how well AD's knee will hold up. Does one game salary of Wilks cost that much? Or does the luxury tax threshold is based on the salary of Jan. 2?

Posted by: Sagaliba | January 2, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Luxury tax threshold is calculated after the season is complete so it includes late season pickups.

I think teams are able to begin signing 10 day deals starting on Jan. 5th. Not sure why the Wiz felt a need to cut Wilks before tonight.

Posted by: GM | January 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Wilks family doesn't have a friend affiliated with the NBA & media. Thats why he didn't get to stay on the bench.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 2, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, DC Man88 is such a nice guy. We should all be nice to him. He is so civil.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 2, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Shaquille O'Neal came into the NBA in 1992 and he brought the new-era player of the hip-hop generation with him. The basketball and hip-hop culture fusion (The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America, 1984-Present) was born in 1984. Shaq is a historical figure to this era. His body is aging and his career is coming to an end. The 25th Anniversary of The "Dunkadelic-Era" will be in 2009. Shaq Daddy should call it quits in 2009 and celebrate his career and cultural icon status with all the other ballers and rappers who contributed to the fusion of basketball and hip-hop.

Posted by: Dunkadelic Scholar | January 8, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

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