Saturday update

Neither Caron Butler nor Antonio Daniels practiced today and both players will be game-time decisions for Sunday night's game at Phoenix. Butler has missed two straight games with a strained left hip flexor and Daniels left in the first quarter of last night's loss at Denver with a right ankle injury and did not return.

Butler admitted that he came back too quickly after originally suffering the injury at Milwaukee and said he wants to be sure he doesn't do it again. "I want to be out there healthy. I don't want this to be something that lingers on throughout the course of the season and affects us down the road. I want to come back right."

Daniels said his ankle problem stems from the knee injury he suffered earlier in the season. He feels that he's been compensating for the knee and that has caused bone spurs in the right ankle. He's been playing with it heavily taped and said he can't move like he needs to. However, Daniels sounded determined to suck it up and play if at all possible.
"I can't be out," he said Friday night. "I just can't. This team needs me out there. "

FYI: Shaquille O'Neal will not play Sunday night. He is scheduled to fly from Miami to Phoenix on Sunday and has yet to practice with the Suns. Word is that he may make his first appearance Thursday against Dallas.

From a basketball standpoint, the six-game losing streak is perfectly explainable. This team is missing two big time players in Gilbert Arenas and most recently Bulter. And Daniels is banged up. Without those guys, this is a lottery team. I don't mean that as an insult to the remaining players but the facts are the facts. Without Arenas and Butler late last season, the team went 2-10 (including the playoff sweep) and so far this season, the team is 1-5 without Butler. The team is 3-6 without Daniels (I'm counting Friday night in that number because he played less than seven minutes).

Basically, the all-star break can't get here soon enough. It's so bad that when I got get a pick-up run in later tonight, I'm half expecting to go down myself. Knock on wood baby......

By Ivan Carter |  February 9, 2008; 5:19 PM ET
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Team chemistry when everyone gets back will be more important than ever.

The bench had a good showing in Denver, lets hope they show some progression on the rest of the trip.

Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | February 9, 2008 6:19 PM

The Wiz were overmatched last night and are very fragile right now. The Suns must be salivating even if Shaq won't be ready to play. Melo went off while hardly putting up a sweat. It seemed like a lazy pickup game at a rec center, the way he scored so easily. AI called it the easiest game of his life. These ugly streaks are bound to happen with the top dogs being shelved. I hate saying it, but I think the All-Star break is only going to delay further pain. Whenever Tough Juice and Habachi make it back into the lineup, it may take a while for them to get back to the top of their game.

Posted by: low | February 9, 2008 7:32 PM

As I've asked before, then what is EG's "what if" plan in case Gilby comes back and this team is still mediocre, while Gilby is not the same?

EG can give Gilby and AJ all the money they want, but the core of this team remains the same that fizzled last year, and lost to the Cavs the year before in the playoffs. Nothing we've seen this season so far has indicated that this bench can do much to give the core a spark or pick up the slack.

If Les BouleS were a western conference team, they wouldn't make the playoffs right now. Houston wouldn't make the western playoffs, and they are 9 games above .500, while Les BouleS are now 1 game below .500.

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 9, 2008 9:48 PM

"It's so bad that when I got get a pick-up run in later tonight, I'm half expecting to go down myself. Knock on wood baby......"

lol.

I hear ya Ivan

Posted by: Zonker | February 9, 2008 9:52 PM

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Posted by: DC Man88 | February 9, 2008 11:41 PM

Basically, the all-star break can't get here soon enough. It's so bad that when I got get a pick-up run in later tonight, I'm half expecting to go down myself. Knock on wood baby......

By Ivan Carter | February 9, 2008; 5:19 PM ET
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Team chemistry when everyone gets back will be more important than ever.

The bench had a good showing in Denver, lets hope they show some progression on the rest of the trip.

Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | February 9, 2008 06:19 PM

The Wiz were overmatched last night and are very fragile right now. The Suns must be salivating even if Shaq won't be ready to play. Melo went off while hardly putting up a sweat. It seemed like a lazy pickup game at a rec center, the way he scored so easily. AI called it the easiest game of his life. These ugly streaks are bound to happen with the top dogs being shelved. I hate saying it, but I think the All-Star break is only going to delay further pain. Whenever Tough Juice and Habachi make it back into the lineup, it may take a while for them to get back to the top of their game.

Posted by: low | February 9, 2008 07:32 PM

As I've asked before, then what is EG's "what if" plan in case Gilby comes back and this team is still mediocre, while Gilby is not the same?

EG can give Gilby and AJ all the money they want, but the core of this team remains the same that fizzled last year, and lost to the Cavs the year before in the playoffs. Nothing we've seen this season so far has indicated that this bench can do much to give the core a spark or pick up the slack.

If Les BouleS were a western conference team, they wouldn't make the playoffs right now. Houston wouldn't make the western playoffs, and they are 9 games above .500, while Les BouleS are now 1 game below .500.

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 9, 2008 09:48 PM

"It's so bad that when I got get a pick-up run in later tonight, I'm half expecting to go down myself. Knock on wood baby......"

lol.

I hear ya Ivan

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Posted by: DC Man88 | February 9, 2008 11:42 PM

DC has lost it.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 10, 2008 4:02 AM

Here's what will probably happen:

Daniels will bravely try to play (if not against the Suns then soon thereafter) until it becomes obvious that he can't. He's done for the season.

Gil will eventually come back, probably after the trade deadline, and show just enough to make us re-sign him, then by coincidence, not by plan (I hope not by plan) he'll shut it down for the rest of the season when it is obvious his knee isn't ready. I don't see anything devious here, just that's the way it's shaping up to play out.

That leaves Mason as our only "point guard." We can't win enough games with him as our only point guard to do anything except maybe, maybe, squeak in as a seven or eight seed in the playoffs and then get swept again. And we'd only have a shot at getting a seven or eight seed if Caron comes back healthy soon and everyone else stays heathy.

Will management trade Haywood to get a point guard who is at least minimally competent? No. Will it sign Wilks (or similar) to a couple of 10-day contracts and then sign him to a contract for the rest of the season when it becomes obvious Daniels and Gil are done? No.

We're screwed.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 10, 2008 4:33 AM

The only constant from this team is that guys rush back from injury and either aggravate the injury or cause new ones. It's time for the team to get a better medical staff. Grunfeld shook up the assistant coaches with good results last offseason. Now he needs to clean house on the medical side.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 10, 2008 8:39 AM

I've lost it too.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 10, 2008 8:58 AM

50/50 at this point that the team jells afetr the all-star break or falls apart. EJ over-plays the big three causing injuries. Gilbert blames EJ for his injury. If Etan comes back, chemistry issues with Haywood re-emerge. I hope EG can make a trade to reduce salary before the 18th---offer D-Song for expirings. I assume Etan is untradeable at this point.If this team is one and done again, it may be time to replace the coach and retool. AJ will want a big contract and so will Gilbert. There is not enough dough to get both done. This is the last year for this group!

Posted by: wizfanatic | February 10, 2008 10:35 AM

Yo Ivan. Can you please tell me why the Wiz have not signed any point guards to any 10 day contracts? What is there excuse now? It is now after January, and they can now sign point guards to two 10 day contracts and then let them go.

Then find another guard and do the same thing for two 10 days and by that time Gil should be ready and AD healed up a little better.

Dang, is Abe that cheap where he won't spend on 10 day contracts?

However, I will give Abe his props on what he does for the community as a whole. Him and is wife doing the "score for schools" thing is great, so I don't want to rain on the man to bad........

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