Wiz update

Antonio Daniels, who was limping on a sore left ankle after the game last night, did not practice today but received treatment and is expected to be available tomorrow night against Utah.

Caron Butler, who missed the last two games with a strained left hip flexor, was at home today sick with the flu. I hear he's pretty bad. That, combined with the hip issue, could mean that he doesn't go tomorrow night but they do call the man "Tough Juice" so we'll have to see. The team is calling Butler "day to day."

-No official word on the all-star announcement yet but put it this way: don't be surprised if Butler and Jamison are on the team.

- To clarify something I wrote in Monday's paper. I stated that in the last 10 years, only two players have averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds on a team with a winning record at the season's halfway mark and did not play on all-star team. That's technically correct but Carlos Boozer (last season) and Chris Webber (02-03) did not play because of injury. They were all-stars. I wrote that Monday but wasn't clear enough about it. Sorry for any confusion.


By Ivan Carter |  January 31, 2008; 1:54 PM ET
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Oh boy, time for some 10 day contracts.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 31, 2008 2:35 PM

You forgot the qualifier that they both have first names that start with the letter C . . . so Antwan is a shoo in.

Posted by: Sponsored by the Letter C | January 31, 2008 2:36 PM

Speaking of last night's game, I'm sure everyone saw how active Juan Dixon was on the court. Running around, getting steals, etc. Although Mason had a good scoring night, Juan made him look like he was 2-3 steps slow.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 31, 2008 2:40 PM


The flu? Really? What's next?

C'mon Tuff Juice, you gotta change those mouth straws more often.

Chewing on them during games can't be sanitary.

Thanks for the update Ivan.

Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | January 31, 2008 2:44 PM

LOL!

At least straws don't make you puke like hot dogs from the concession stand (R.Strickland).

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 31, 2008 2:48 PM

R.Mason has looked pretty slow recently -- seems to be hitting a wall -- that in no way suggests that the Wiz made a mistake be getting rid of J.Dixon (or letting him go). Dixon would not be playing if T.J. Ford were healthy and Dixon is still a gunner who too often dribbles for nearly the entire 24-second shot clock and is a below average defender that gambles too often and leaves his man open for wide open looks.

Tough breaks for the Wiz.

Posted by: CM | January 31, 2008 3:05 PM

"R.Mason has looked pretty slow recently -- seems to be hitting a wall -- that in no way suggests that the Wiz made a mistake be getting rid of J.Dixon (or letting him go)."

Exactly. It's amazing how selective people's memories are when it comes to players who aren't around anymore. There's nothing in Dixon's NBA career to suggest that the Wizards fortunes would be drastically better right now if he were still in D.C.

Posted by: kalorama | January 31, 2008 3:10 PM

Nobody said Juan was the second coming of Jordan, but what you will get from Juan is 100% heart and hustle every night. Keep in mind I was comparing Juan to a bench player, Mason, not someone like CBut or AJ.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 31, 2008 3:15 PM

butler and jamison both made it along with bosh, billups, hamilton, johnson, and pierce

Posted by: the real deal | January 31, 2008 3:22 PM

- To clarify something I wrote in Monday's paper. I stated that in the last 10 years, only two players have averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds on a team with a winning record at the season's halfway mark and did not play on all-star team. That's technically correct but Carlos Boozer (last season) and Chris Webber (02-03) did not play because of injury. They were all-stars. I wrote that Monday but wasn't clear enough about it. Sorry for any confusion.


Posted by Ivan Carter

Barno strikes again.

Posted by: barno | January 31, 2008 3:33 PM

The only difference between Mason and Dixon is size. Other than that, they're pretty much the same player: streak shooters who are decent contributors when their shot is falling and of negligible value when it isn't. But the size difference means that Mason has a better shot at defending other like sized SGs than midget Dixon.

Posted by: kalorama | January 31, 2008 3:33 PM

So happy that Juan had a good outing last night, even though the Wiz lost. We were at an earlier Wiz/Raptors game at VC and were quite disappointed that Juan didn't play. Go Terps!

Posted by: Gaithersburg Girl | January 31, 2008 3:45 PM

The only difference between Mason and Dixon is size. Other than that, they're pretty much the same player: streak shooters who are decent contributors when their shot is falling and of negligible value when it isn't. But the size difference means that Mason has a better shot at defending other like sized SGs than midget Dixon.

Posted by: kalorama | January 31, 2008 03:33 PM

Kal- you're obviously a Duke fan. No one else in their right mind would say the only difference between Juan Dixon and Roger "Chucker" Mason is size. How about HEART? DESIRE? Plus the fact that Dixon has shot 4% better from the field in his career than Chuck Mason.

Posted by: Barno | January 31, 2008 3:52 PM

dixon makes around 3 mil and mason about 1

Posted by: mookie | January 31, 2008 4:10 PM

The other thing about Dixon is that he's finally being used more as a point. He's undersized to be used for more then short stretches as a shooting guard.

Since Ford's went down Toronto has been using him as a point and he's been fairly effective in that role. But unless TJ is seriously hurt again Juan is fairly deeply buried on the bench in Toronto.

Wouldn't be surprised to see him on the move again after this season is up, I beleive his contract that he signed when he left the Wiz is up then.

If TJ wasn't hurt I wouldn't be surprised if Juan would have been on the block because before Ford went down he was third on the depth chart at both guard slots. As it stands now he'll probably stay put til this summer.

Posted by: GM | January 31, 2008 4:13 PM

"dixon makes around 3 mil and mason about 1

Posted by: mookie | January 31, 2008 04:10 PM "

Mason will probably get that amount after this season.

Also, Juan is a much better defender.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 31, 2008 4:28 PM

Dixon gets a fair number of steals by gambling in the passing lanes, but his one-on-one defense is close to nonexistent.

Posted by: kalorama | January 31, 2008 4:31 PM

"The other thing about Dixon is that he's finally being used more as a point. He's undersized to be used for more then short stretches as a shooting guard."

Dixon is the prototypical SG in a PGs body. He's undersized at SG, but that's where his skill set is. He doesn't have the ballhandling or playmaking instincts of a PG.

Posted by: kalorama | January 31, 2008 4:34 PM

Juan Dixon is a HORRIBLE defender. Mason is okay.

Posted by: TSW | January 31, 2008 4:47 PM

Man, Rasheed looks pretty good in a Piston's jersey...
Boy, we could've used Devon Harris at point this past week...
Steve Blake too...
Maybe even Tyron Lue... We could run the Princeton Offense for 27 seconds with all 3 of those PG's...
Lets get Wilks and have 4 PG's running the point...
Let Juwan Howard back, he's got a great goat-tee...
I wonder what Rex Chapman is doing?
or Mitch Richmond?
Imagine if we had all these guards back? We'd have a great assist to turnover ratio...

Posted by: JSchon | January 31, 2008 4:54 PM

Dixon is not a natural point, but he has learned to be an a decent playmaker. He's so small he has to play at point because he just gets backed down by twos.

People that complain about the way Jordan used Dixon should really look at his career. He was effective as a high octane guy off of the Wizards bench. He left here because he wanted to be a starter and that hasn't panned out in a couple of stops.

Until Ford went down he was getting alot of DNP's, now he's been getting more minutes as Caldarone's backup. I still love the guy's heart and any Maryland fan will always want to see him do well.

Posted by: GM | January 31, 2008 5:06 PM

JD is only in the NBA because he is gutsy and has heart, he certainly isnt still around because of talent alone.

His size will obvisously hinder him from ever being a starter or having an extended career.

Posted by: JSchon | January 31, 2008 5:18 PM

"Ray, I can't say that the Wizards aren't playing hard since Boston, they don't seem to be playing nearly as well. But I don't see a lack of effort or intensity."

You're right. :)

But other teams are definately playing them harder now, and the Wiz to me don't seem to have that same "urgency" they did against Boston the last few games.

It really reminds me of last year at this very same time. Maybe it's the injuries, maybe it's just focus, maybe just a needed break. But after Dallas "declared them one of the top teams in the East" they seem to have had a let down somewhere.

It just reminds me of last year when they went into a second half slump. Gil hurt his shoulder and they never recovered after that.

I hope it doesn't happen this year.

- Ray

PS - I hope Jamison makes it, I just don't think he will is all I was saying.

Posted by: Ray | January 31, 2008 7:16 PM

Both Jamison and Butler made it.

Posted by: Tim | January 31, 2008 7:54 PM

can we trade gilbert for juan dixon, lonny baxter, and steve blake?

gilbert, the gimpy non defending chucker.

Posted by: justin | January 31, 2008 8:23 PM

hahaha! justin that made me laugh. there are some serious dixon lovers here. i get that the kid overcame a lot in his life and took md to a championship, but geez. what can i say, md never did it for me.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 31, 2008 8:28 PM

can we trade gilbert for juan dixon, lonny baxter, and steve blake?

gilbert, the gimpy non defending chucker.

Posted by: justin | January 31, 2008 08:23 PM
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Thats funny. Blake & Dixon both play in the NBA, but who are we going to trade to the prison league to get Baxter?

Posted by: Dude | January 31, 2008 8:34 PM

Forget Lonny Baxter. How about Chris Wilcox.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 31, 2008 9:49 PM

Dixon, Blake, Baxter (love the Jail League comment), Wilcox.... Next I will be hearing that we should trade Eddie Jordan for Gary Williams.

What we should be concerned about is AD though, because he is definitely hurting. We really need a true point who can give him some rest over the next few weeks (two ten-day contracts) so that AD will be in good shape to be the primary back-up when Gilbert returns. All we need is a player who can protect the ball, keep it moving and hit his free throws... Maybe bring Wilks back, maybe give a D-Leaguer a chance. It is a small thing and it probably will not even win us any more games than we are likely to win anyways during that stretch. But it will give AD some obviously needed rest, and it will keep Stevenson and Mason from having to play out of position, where their mistakes are amplified and they are also at higher risk of the type of injuries that can happen when one has to over-adjust or over-compensate to cover a smaller, more agile ball-handler.

Posted by: khrabb | February 1, 2008 9:37 AM

It seems to me that the injuries are already catching up with the team who have a 10 and sometimes 9 men rotation and 2 players averaging 40 per.

I don't blame EJ as what will you expect on a bench with 3 rookies and if you notice the standing 4th and 14th seeds are separated by just 7 games. You have a long losing streak and you'll be out of the playoff picture. With the brutal schedule that the Wiz have this month anything is possible even a possible lottery pick next season.

Posted by: Dave | February 1, 2008 10:06 AM

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