Wednesday update

Orlando pulled out a solid home win over Toronto last night (102-87) but the good news for the Wizards is that they are catching the Magic on a back-to-back. A win tonight would put the Wizards back at .500 for the first time since Feb. 6 and it would give them victories in five of their last six games. Not bad under the circumstances.

Should the current seedings hold, the Wizards and Magic would meet in the first round. The interesting thing about the situation is that Orlando wants to hold onto third and avoid a first-round meeting with Cleveland or Toronto while the WIzards want to hold onto sixth and avoid a first-round matchup with Boston or Detroit.

Right now, the biggest threat to the Wizards is Philly, which has won 10 of it last 13 and just completed a successful road trip with wins over the Suns and Clippers. The Wizards lead the Sixers by two games.

The Wiz and Magic play twice more before the end of the regular season, March 19 and April 16 in Orlando and the Wizards should know by then whether they are going to have Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and/or Etan Thomas.

Myself and Michael Lee will be conducting an on-line chat today at 2 so drop in with any questions. Also, I'll be talking Wizards this evening on Washington Post Live.

By Ivan Carter |  March 5, 2008; 10:58 AM ET
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Cool. Thanks Ivan.

Posted by: Darnell | March 5, 2008 11:43 AM

"Myself and Michael Lee will be conducting an on-line chat today"?
You're a professional writer?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 11:49 AM

Ivan, ignore that last post. Some people think they are perfect.

Thanks for the Wednesday update. Us fans are giddy about the news regarding Gilbert's return. Please keep us posted on his status in practice.

Posted by: The AntiDCMan | March 5, 2008 11:53 AM

Questions for EJ:

1) has he seen any development in Blatche, Young and McGuire given their extra minutes in light of all of the injuries?

2) will he curb GA's and CB's minutes for the remainder of the regular season to minimize any reoccurence of injury after they return?

3) will a healthy Wiz in post-season look more like the defense-minded team that beat Boston two straight ealier in the year or more like last year's offensive juggernaut?

Thanks, Ivan.

Posted by: Izman | March 5, 2008 11:58 AM

At least Ivan signs his name and takes ownership of his posts.

Posted by: Anonymous Jerk | March 5, 2008 11:59 AM

Leave I.C. alone. You spend enough time in locker rooms, and you're bound to catch at least a mild case of jock-grammaritis once in a while.

Posted by: burke | March 5, 2008 12:04 PM

Time to get real first anon poster. We love you Ivan.

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Carter/Parachute 2008


Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 12:16 PM

Going to the game tonight, my first one this year. I can't wait. Don't want to see Turkoglu eating us alive from the 3-point like like so many times before.

Posted by: George Templeton | March 5, 2008 12:57 PM

Hey George - you gotta give us a report tomorrow about the atmosphere in the VC.

Much has been written about the apathetic response at the Wizards games. (Perhaps due to ticket prices that keep the real rabid fans from attending; but still allow businessmen to take their clients so they can 'close the deal'.)

Anyway, the last game I actually attended was in the Muresan/Weber/Howard/Strickland era... I'd like your opinion of the crowd noise, how into it they are, etc...

Posted by: Rook | March 5, 2008 1:44 PM

what is the link for the chat?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 1:59 PM

Rook, Try Stub Hub our one of the online resellers. Pricing is reasonable for upper deck seats on week nights. Since we dropped our plan it's cheaper to buy tickets that way. Alot of season ticketholders must resell weeknight games.

My quess is the fans could be jacked up tonight if this game is close. Ivan's right Philly's making a run and playing some nice ball, so the Wiz need to win at home to keep a cushion.

Team's got to be rested and a little pumped knowing help is on the way. Jamison could be due for a big night against these guys. He seems to shoot better with a little rest. But Songaila is going to have to cover sombody in space which could be a problem.

They've got a couple of guys that love the three ball, they love to spread that floor drive and dish to the open guy lurking outside the line. And they've got one of those little points that the Wiz always struggle with. But maybe the Magic will have tired legs and the Wiz can catch them on an off night.

Posted by: GM | March 5, 2008 2:02 PM

Posted by: Rook | March 5, 2008 2:03 PM

"Myself and Michael Lee will be conducting an on-line chat today"?
You're a professional writer?

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 5, 2008 2:35 PM

88 is a professional editor
calls em like he sees em
his posts are perfect

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 3:02 PM

Haiku's are
5 syllables

Posted by: JSchon | March 5, 2008 3:05 PM

I would say that the fans at Verizon Center are often not super noisy, no. I don't really have a problem with that; if you're there to watch the game and enjoy the basketball, that's not necessarily enhanced by yelling at the top of your lungs. And I do think it's probably affected by the lower-level tickets being so expensive nowadays; certainly there aren't many college kids or excitable young folks down there. (I sit in the upper deck myself, and I honestly don't know how much our cheering is even audible in the arena as a whole.)

I've also noticed, the last couple weeks, that it's been quieter because the team's sound effects haven't been used like they were in the past. For example, they almost never had the "defense, [thump thump" effect when the Wizards were on defense, and only maybe 25-50% of the time played one of the "clap along" effects when the Wizards were on offense. Maybe their "get the crowd going" effects are broken or something? Even so, I did hear a good number of fans get into it on their own and start doing the "de-fense" chant without any obvious prompting, at the Hornets game this past Sunday.

Posted by: Josh | March 5, 2008 3:30 PM

re: the crowd noise

The lights are too bright at the phone booth. Watch the loud arena's on TV and the court is lite real brightly like a play and the crowd are spectators, not on display, and feel more inclined to let loose.

Also, selling 4 seats at the end of the players bench... come on ... somebody needs to rethink that one. Bet EJ etc love that action, the "suits" there are so on display they barely clap... nice energy...

Posted by: Plotintelli | March 5, 2008 4:00 PM

Josh, I'd have to agree with your general comments about many of the fans in the lower bowl. Lot of people there cause they got tickets from the office, or just to be seen.

I'm much happier sitting up top, quess I just got used to it years ago. But down below it seems like I've gotten seated behind a row of suits that are running for office or something far too many times. They glad handed everybody coming up and down the aisle.

I've been a life long Oriole fan(or maybe was), in Oriole Park the running joke about the DC crowd always was. They arrive in the 2nd inning, leave in the 7th, and talk on the cell phone the whole time they're there.

Washington is always a different place to watch sports, I think it does have something to do with the people that are rotating through town every 4 years.

The regular fans from this area are as good as any anywhere. But there sure are alot of people in the lower bowl at a Wiz game that couldn't tell a pick n roll from an eggroll.

Posted by: GM | March 5, 2008 5:23 PM

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