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Redd out

Earlier today, I wrote that Bucks G Micael Redd would be in the lineup tonight. I was wrong. Turns out that Redd did something to his left knee during a loss at Toronto Friday night and can't go. Royal Ivey will start in Redd's place.

Back on Jan. 4, the Wizards stomped the Bucks 101-77 here at Bradley Center when Redd was out with a thigh bruise. One key to that win was the early defensive energy provided by Brendan Haywood on Andrew Bogut. Haywood basically dominated Bogut and that allowed the Wiz to get rolling. However, Bogut is playing well of late. In the last nine games, he's averaging 18.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

By Ivan Carter  |  January 27, 2008; 5:21 PM ET
 
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Just a comment. I am rather sick of all this talk about if the Wiz are better off with GA. I love CB, AJ and the rest of the team. But people seem to have a short memory. The franchise was pretty much nothing, until GA got here and put us back on the map. People seem to forget that the crowds used to go and be there to root for the other team, not the Wiz in those years. Once GA is 100% healthy, this team will improve even more. Let's just hope we have some good luck with no one getting hurt as we make our way to March and April. Go Wiz !!!!

Posted by: Section101 | January 27, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Opps, shoule be without, not with !! Sorry.

Posted by: Section101 | January 27, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"Just a comment. I am rather sick of all this talk about if the Wiz are better off with GA. I love CB, AJ and the rest of the team. But people seem to have a short memory. The franchise was pretty much nothing, until GA got here and put us back on the map. People seem to forget that the crowds used to go and be there to root for the other team, not the Wiz in those years. Once GA is 100% healthy, this team will improve even more. Let's just hope we have some good luck with no one getting hurt as we make our way to March and April. Go Wiz !!!!

Posted by: Section101 | January 27, 2008 05:44 PM "

Why is someone bringing up this BS argument again? I don't think anyone here wants to revisit this tired @ss subject, whether you agree or disagree.

Let's enjoy the team sans Gilby right now, as they are doing spectacular, the team has great chemistry, they're playing tough D, and they're having fun.

May be the calm before the sh*t storm.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 27, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Some might say the same thing about you, DC Mann88, bringing up the same tired @ss subject again and again and again...

Posted by: Anonymous | January 27, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Some might say the same thing about you, DC Mann88, bringing up the same tired @ss subject again and again and again...

Posted by: | January 27, 2008 06:16 PM "

I don't bring it up unsolicated. I just respond sometimes when the many people here start heaping the much undeserved accolades on Gilby.

Fair and balanced with a bit of comedy.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 27, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

For two years the Wiz drew crowds just to see MJ. After Webber got himself banished from town, those two years were pretty much spent rooting for one of the game's greats on a prolonged farewell tour.

He was never really our guy, and when he drove off it looked like things were going to be pretty sad in the Phone Booth for years. As a longtime Wiz fan I was surprised that Pollin was able to attract Eddie Jordan to come home and coach his team.

By also attracting Grunfeld and then signing Arenas Pollin was able to rapidly put together the early building blocks to recovering from the fine mess that MJ left behind.

Without that early foundation none of the other peices of this team could have been possible. Like Section 101 I'd have a hard time beleiving that Arenas won't fit in with the team that he's been a part of longer then anyone but Haywood and Thomas.

The Wizards are playing well, we can all cheer for that. These guys have done one heck of a job this season, both coaches and players have worked together to produce a better record then expected.

To me nothing old or tired about looking forward to one of our best players returning to health and being part of that effort.

Posted by: GM | January 27, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Well said, GM.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 27, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

That's something we all will have to see to believe. If history is a precursor, we won't be seeing any of this optimism come to fruition.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 27, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

don't call it a comeback.

Posted by: tuff juice | January 27, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I've been here for years...

Posted by: royal ivey | January 27, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

How in the name of all that is reasonable does Mo flipping Williams get left open for 3's twice!!! After all the trouble they have had with him, to leave him open twice in that overtime is inexcusable!
This was a game that the Wizards tossed away and I think we will be regretting this loss when we get to the stretch run for the playoffs. A gutsy comeback and they should've never gotten it to OT, but once they did, the Wizards should've won this game. Damn!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: George Templeton | January 27, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

"How in the name of all that is reasonable does Mo flipping Williams get left open for 3's twice!!! After all the trouble they have had with him, to leave him open twice in that overtime is inexcusable!

Posted by: George Templeton | January 27, 2008 08:53 PM "

It's called Deshawn Stevenson, our premier perimeter defender..

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 27, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

They also have a tough stretch of games between now and the all star break. It would have been nice to have been 6 games over .500 rather than 4.

Posted by: Tim | January 27, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

What a break down in the overtime. Three straight possessions when they needed baskets resulted in an air ball by Butler with the shot clock winding down, a pass to Haywood in the post and an awful 3-point miss from Stevenson. In other words, when they needed baskets, they fumbled away one chance (the Butler air) and then gave shots to their two worst offensive threats. Can't understand that.

Posted by: Colin | January 27, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Don't know if this is accurate (found on Internet), but here it is FYI:

Top NBA consecutive free throw streaks:

97 straight Micheal Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves, 3/24/1993-11/9/1993 (two seasons)
81 straight Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, Denver Nuggets, 1993-11/16/1993 (two seasons)
78 straight Calvin Murphy, Houston Roskets, 12/27/1980-2/28/1981 (one season)
77 straight Mark Price, Cleveland Cavaliers, 1993 (one season)
75 straight Ricky Pierce, Seattle SuperSonics, ends 12/13/1991 (one season)
71 straight Larry Bird, Boston Celtics, 12/19/1989-2/13/1990 (one season)
67 straight Terrell Brandon, Cleveland Cavaliers, 12/8/1995-1/5/1996 (one season)

Posted by: Anonymous | January 27, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

You can blame Stevenson on the first one. On the second is one an idiotic double team of Bogut (!!!!!!) that was unnecessary that led to Williams being open that time. Haywood had it covered and I can't understand why whoever ran over (maybe it was Stevenson in which case blame away) and brought the double team.

Posted by: George Templeton | January 27, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Royal Ivey hit the dagger shot at the end?

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 27, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Mo Williams - 25
Royal Ivey - 17
Charlie Bell - 22

Total damage from guards = 64 pts.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 27, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Ivy hit the dagger at the end, but Mo Williams turned the game from Wizards +4 to Bucks +2 with his two 3s. That guard total is pretty sad reading.

Posted by: George Templeton | January 27, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

George, even Awvee Storey got 8 points.

I didn't see the entire game, but saw the box score and noted that AB got 7 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebs, and no PF's. I hope he's not back in the dog house.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see much of it either, but if you give up that many points to 4 guards and one of them is not Michael Redd then you have a problem.
I would bet the reason AB didn't play much is that Haywood matches up with Bogut better (which still doesn't explain why they though he needed help on that possession in overtime!?!!?!?). I don't see why AB would be back in the doghouse anyway.

Posted by: George Templeton | January 27, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Although AB might have problems guarding Bogut. Maybe, maybe not. I think Milwaukee would have had worse of a problem trying to guard AB. They don't have anyone at his size and quickness and ability. Keep in mind that even with OT, AB only got 7 minutes total.

EJ's substitution patterns may have done us in. He gave quality minutes to Mason and DSong. Mason had 6 pts and DSong laid an egg.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=280127015

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 27, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

And now after a bad loss the Wizards have to deal with their nemesis (Calderon and Bosh) and the Raptors. That's a game that looms large with how bunched up the middle of the East is.

Posted by: George Templeton | January 27, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

'Twas Mo Williams last year with the Raptors that killed us with the dagger shot and of course, he did us in tonight.

Now, Toronto also has Jason Kapono who also routinely killed us in the past.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 27, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

EJ started the 4th with small ball w/ Darius at center. A total disaster!! no rebounding...no interior defense. EJ has 3 7-footers on the bench and he still insists on smallball! UGH!!

This is the kinda of loss the Wiz suffered through last year. Inferior opponent missing its star players. Sound familiar?

How in the world does Caron NOT touch the ball in the closing minutes of OT. What is BTH doing shooting jumpers at the time in the game?!!!!

Posted by: TOM | January 28, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Mo Williams is the second coming of Tim Hardaway (and to a lesser extent Troy Hudson and Earl Boykins) as a mini-Wizard killer.

But let's give the Wiz credit for coming back hard at the end of game they mailed in for 45 minutes. I do agree that this may well be one of those games that we will look at late in the seacon and wish it had been a W.

Posted by: khrabb | January 28, 2008 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Mo Williams + Steve Buckhants =

NOT POSSIBLE...NOT POSSIBLE...NOT POSSIBLE!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 28, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

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