Wednesday update

A rough trip comes to an end tonight in Los Angeles where the Wizards will try to snap an eight-game losing streak. It appears that at least one of the team's wounded - point guard Antonio Daniels - will be back. The other night in Oakland he said the right ankle felt much better and thought that it would allow him to go tonight.

Not sure about Caron Butler. He didn't rule out playing tonight but sounded like a guy preparing to shut it down for a few more days so he could get back healthy for the unofficial second-half. I'll know more about both guys later today and will update accordingly.

If the Wiz play tonight the way they played in Phoenix and Oakland, they should be able to snap this ugly streak and get some relief going into the break. Oh, and Mike Lee will be handling today's chat (2 p.m.) on his own because I will be on a flight.

By Ivan Carter |  February 13, 2008; 12:11 PM ET
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So will Eddie keep Brendan Haywood in at the end of the game if it's close this time?

He is going to need to step it up against the Kamanator.

At least Sam Cassell is old enough....AD shouldn't have too many problems keeping up with him. Then again....

Wiz better watch out for Albert Thornton.

Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | February 13, 2008 12:38 PM

"If the Wiz play tonight the way they played in Phoenix and Oakland, they should be able to snap this ugly streak and get some relief going into the break"

I wouldn't take that for granted at this point, esp. if Caron is still out.

Posted by: kalorama | February 13, 2008 12:41 PM

I hope we win!

Posted by: Darnell | February 13, 2008 1:13 PM

Brendan seems to be really stepping it up as of late.

Posted by: Dante | February 13, 2008 2:16 PM

Look for Nick Young to have a terrible game trying to show off in SoCal.

Posted by: Sebulba Goldberg | February 13, 2008 2:37 PM

FYI, someone ask about BH benching in the 4th. Here is Michael Lee's reply.

D.C.: To my sleepy eyes, Brendan was playing reasonably well against the Warriors. Eddie sat him for almost all of the 4th quarter, and the Warriors attacked the rim time and again. Any insight on this move by Eddie?

Michael Lee: I wish Ivan was here to answer this one, since I wasn't around to ask Eddie. But from what I saw from home, I don't understand why the Wizards didn't ride Brendan a little harder in the second half. He was having one the best games of his career and when he sat with 4:51 left, the Wizards were leading by eight points. It was a bad time to go small.

Posted by: Fortune Teller, | February 13, 2008 2:50 PM

Michael Lee: I wish Ivan was here to answer this one, since I wasn't around to ask Eddie. But from what I saw from home, I don't understand why the Wizards didn't ride Brendan a little harder in the second half. He was having one the best games of his career and when he sat with 4:51 left, the Wizards were leading by eight points. It was a bad time to go small.

Michael Lee

Thanks Mike for answering that question with some honesty and not being afraid to offend EJ since you are on the Wiz beat.

Anybody who has played organized ball at least under the NBA level could clearly see EJ messed up big time when he made that move. EJ did the same thing in the Sixers game. We should not be on this 8 game losing streak. I know you know who is still going to blame it on the players, but anyway......

As I have been noticing since the 6th game, EJ is slowly going back to his old ways with dealing with Haywood. It does not matter how good that dude is playing, EJ is going to find a reason to sit him all of the 2nd quarter and most of the 4th quarters of games.

This is not about basketball when it comes to EJ and Haywood. If Haywood thinks his playing time is bad now, consider what he would be getting if Etan was playing and Randy Ayers was not here? Those are the only reasons he is getting "20 to 25 minutes" a game and he is a STARTER....????!!!!! It would be 10 to 15 if he did not have Ayers there fighting for him and EJ not having ET as an option.

As people have been saying, Songalia is the new Ruffin/Thomas and EJ is going to ride him to the end. Nothing against Songalia (I like him at the 4 with Haywood or AB), but he is not a 5. When will EJ ever see that......?????

Next time EJ wants to go to "smallball" his lineup should be:

1: Wilks/DTaylor or any other ultra quick point guard (all these guys are 10 day contract folks). They break the "D" down and start fast breaks with no problems.

2: Roger Mason - Opens the floor up with his long range shooting.

3: NYoung - Can create his own shot and is very quick with the ball in his hands.

4: DMac - Energy bunny like Jeromone Williams, Darvin Ham, or Rubeun Patterson. Will give you great perimeter defense and hustle points.

5: A/B - Long, can handle the pill, low post pressence on the "D" end and great shot blocker.

This is a "real smallball lineup", not the weak stuff EJ comes out with:

AD at the 1, Mason at the 2, CB at the 3, AJ at the 4 and Songalia at the 5.

Come on EJ, enough with the "slow smallball" already. Trust your starters and let them finish the game (AD, DS, AB, AJ and Haywood). Bring them "ALL" back around the 7 minute mark of the 2nd and 4th quarter and let them win the dang game...!!!!

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | February 13, 2008 3:15 PM

Bullets Fever is sooooo spot on. I couldn't believe how effortlessly they got to the basket once Bwood was out of the game. That shi* was awful. One shining star out of all of this is...Roger Mason. That 3-Ball of his allowed him to make those astounding drives and finishes at the basket. What a sick option at the 2 to relieve DeShawn when Gil comes back. Now thats a deadly backcourt.

Posted by: Burg w/ a U | February 13, 2008 4:04 PM

They need to trade EJ!

Posted by: bdunkadunk | February 13, 2008 4:27 PM

Lesson #1 from Monday night: You can never be up by a safe margin against Golden State, because they can put up a lot of points in a hurry with the style that they play and the talent they have.

Lesson #2: When BTH scores 18 points in the first half, keep him in there in the fourth quarter.

Lesson #3: This was exactly the sort of game for which the Wiz really need Gilbert, because he can take over and match the other team's run point-for-point in the last few minutes, either from downtown or at the FT line. All you GA haters should remember that.

Posted by: John Brisker | February 13, 2008 4:32 PM

Yeah but you gotta admit, EJ makes some great Benz commercials!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 13, 2008 4:34 PM

Haywood is doing everything humanly possible to stay in basketball games. On a per-minute basis, he ranks as the 8th best center in the league (by PER). And that's using PER, which is skewed toward offense. If you factor in that he is a better defender than some of the guys ahead of him (Ilgauskas and Shaq, for example) one can argue that he is the 6TH BEST CENTER IN THE LEAGUE!

I'm not saying stats are everything, but they help put things in perspective. Haywood is clearly an above-average center and it's pretty hard to say that he doesn't belong among the top 10 centers in the league. If you have a guy like that, he should be playing more than 28 minutes a game on a short-handed team.

Furthermore, his on/off differential is now +8.3, which crushes any of the other bigs on the team. The team plays a lot better when he is on the floor. There is simply no way to justify giving his minutes to Songaila, Blatche, DMac, Etan or anybody else. Haywood should play 32-34 minutes a night. Period.

Posted by: nate33 | February 13, 2008 4:40 PM

"Look for Nick Young to have a terrible game trying to show off in SoCal."
Posted by: Sebulba Goldberg | February 13, 2008 02:37 PM


SPOT. ON.

Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | February 13, 2008 4:44 PM

Are y'all trying some reverse psych on NY?

I hope the kid has a great game against the Clips!

Posted by: khrabb | February 13, 2008 5:12 PM

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