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54-44 Cavaliers at the half

You really have to wonder whether Gilbert Arenas should even be on the court right now. He played 15 minutes in the first half, was dragging his left leg around like it's killing him and finished with no points and four turnovers. I'm sitting right next to the Wiz bench and I'm telling you, he just doesn't have it.

Cleveland took control with a huge second quarter as the Wizards went cold. Look for a lot more Antonio Daniels in the second half. The defense wasn't horrible but the poor shooting and turnovers fueled the Cavs, got LeBron James rolling and changed the momentum of the game.

By Ivan Carter  |  April 27, 2008; 2:15 PM ET
 
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The changed call that would have been lebron's 3rd was an embarrassingly obvious fix move. I hope we get this but hard to believe we'll get the call with the game on the line.

Posted by: joe | April 27, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Whether or not we come back to win this game, our lack of effort and composure leads me to doubt whether this team, as currently put together, should return next year. For one, the coach is a problem: no way should he play one-legged, no-production Gilbert for 15 minutes during a playoff game; second, the players (Gilbert and AJ) have an awful habit of throwing up early jumpers without taking time to create ball movement: that's a player discipline problem, and also a coaching problem; third, for the same reasons, they throw around loose passes when things aren't going their way. I'd say Grunfeld is pretty unhappy right now.

Posted by: DC | April 27, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, DC. I'm disgusted with this team. And it does begin with the coach. These guys are disorganized and free-lancing too much on offense, breaking down on defense, slacking off on the boards, and turning the ball over carelessly. Add to that the stupid foul Stevenson pulled on Lebron. And why does Eddie continue to stick with Gil? The guy's got what, 4 turnovers and a couple of ill-advised shots? Get Antonio or Roger in there.

This team is a more talented team than Cleveland, by far. But they just can't get their sh*t together and they deserve to lose. I'm disgusted.

Time for Ernie to get rid of Eddie and Gil.

Posted by: Prazak | April 27, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Well the Wizards have woken up and maybe it won't be too late.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 27, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

DUHshawn is a complete waste of a human.

Posted by: dc | April 27, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe we lost the first two games to this terrible Cavaliers team. They remind me of Jordan's early teams when was the man on the no-talent Bulls.

Posted by: DC | April 27, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Jamison is really struggling here. Missed two FTs when the Wizards could've cut it to one and then take a terrible shot when the Wizards could've tied it. There is enough criticism to go around right here.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 27, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a big LBJ fan, but why does Washington's players keep pissing him off? He is by far the best player on the court and in addition to their sloppy play, they keep pulling his chain and pumping him up. They definitely don't have a high basketball iq. And this will lead to another playoff exit at LBJ's hands.

Posted by: T-Bone | April 27, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

What a killer that is. 16 offensive rebounds through three quarters! I mean they are getting killed by Joe Smith and Devin #@$@#*$#&@$ Brown. What is it going to take for these schmucks to get a damn rebound!

Posted by: George Templeton | April 27, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

We're getting killed on the boards...at the same time Songaila and AJ are our biggest players on the floor...against James, Joe Smith, and Verajou. Cause/effect relationship, anyone???

Posted by: DC | April 27, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'd get rid of Eddie just to be done with small ball forever. You're being outhustled on the boards and killed on second-chance points, and now at the end of the 3rd you've got Songaila at the 5? Where's Blatche?

Posted by: Prazak | April 27, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

We are getting killed on the boards, yet small ball remains!!!!

Posted by: JTS | April 27, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

What's the deal with small ball? This is why we will lose. WTF?

Posted by: DEMJ | April 27, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

jeeeesus christ these wizards are so damn soft! they freaking suck

Posted by: poie4r | April 27, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

How many times did EJ have to watch this team give up offensive rebounds before he put in a big man at the end of the third quarter. Look at what it did--extended the lead from two points to seven going into the fourth quarter. This is ridiculous. Songaila can't play the five, and he can't outjump someone to a rebound. EJ should've gone Haywood-Blatche in the first half, and he definitely should do it now to neutralize the second-chance point advantage. This was a blown opportunity for the Wizards at the end of the third. They only shaved off three points from the halftime deficit, but this thing should be tied or at two points.

Posted by: Colin | April 27, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice rebounding. What a joke.

Posted by: M.E.G. | April 27, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I agree. why would you take haywood out and then put in songaila? Ridiculous.

Posted by: M.E.G. | April 27, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I know you don't want to run Haywood into the ground, but why wasn't he in there in last part of the third quarter.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 27, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Eddie at the post-third quarter interview: "I thought their length hurt us....I thought our small lineup helped us, but in the end, it probably hurt us." Really.

Posted by: DC | April 27, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

All these missed FTs, Butler is even missing a few. That really hurts.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 27, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Alright that is enough of that. Delonte West is hitting that 3 in the corner, you can't keep leaving him open.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 27, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

To whom it may concern (the guy writing this blog):

What happens to the team once this series is over? Does everyone return including the coach?

Posted by: Skip in VA | April 27, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

That Coors Light commercial is really homoerotic. Otherwise, I've got nothing special to say about the Zards -- or their coach -- right now.

Posted by: DC | April 27, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Definitely, the key to this game is the Cavs getting so many offensive rebounds, otherwise it is probably a different story.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Same corner as the Damon Jones 3. How many times does the trap have to not work? EJ used it too much in this game.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 27, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

What a great shot by Gilbert. Proving he'll be back in his old form next year.

Posted by: DC | April 27, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The help on that last LeTravel drive couldn't come from the wings, and yet it did, which is what left West open for a 3-pointer. Terrible defense. Just go one-on-one with LeTravel.

Posted by: Colin | April 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

eddie has got to go

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Amen on that Colin. And Arenas was too close on that last 3. Another first round and out and changes are a comin'.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 27, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was certainly a disappointment.
A few bad choices in the first half cost Washington the game.
Now we need to take two games from Letravel Janes and the Travelaires.

Go Wizards!

Posted by: rgz | April 27, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

This is such a terrible team. They can't even hold home court. What a god awful bunch of friggin' losers with a coach who chokes just as much in the postseason. When the series is on the line, they make the same bad rotation they always do against the Cavs. When they need the 3-pointer, they give it to the guy with the bum knee who hasn't shot well all series long. Meanwhile, a guy like Mason, who's been playing well in the last two games can't get any run. Such is the Wizards every postseason, no matter the talent.

EG is going to have some serious decisions to make, including the one involving Eddie Jordan. I don't know who the Wizards would hire instead, but it seems to me with this kind of talent, any bum can get this team to .500 and lose in the first round of the playoffs. We don't need to watch the same guy do it year after year.

I'm disgusted with this mess because it's always the same mistakes year after year after year. No learns a damn thing, and so the team falls apart. There's no excuse losing to this Cleveland team in the playoffs. This Wizards "basketball team" is a disgrace.

Posted by: Colin | April 27, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I think it would be unbelievably short-sighted to trade a great player like Gil before next season. I'd like to see what a real coach could do with this team. I tell you this: Haywood would be a 15 and 10 player, no doubt.

Posted by: DC | April 27, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

... to even get the 7th game I mean.

Posted by: rgz | April 27, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

@rgz

Love your optimism, but the Wizards will lose in Game 5, probably by about 20 points. If this team couldn't come out this afternoon and win a MUST-WIN, there's no way they take Game 5. They'll roll over and die, like they normally do.

Posted by: Colin | April 27, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

HHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

this team kills me, same thing every year, blow it up

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

No rebounding. Missed free throws. That ain't coaching.

BUT, if Arenas really was "dragging his leg around," why was he in there? That's the coach's fault.

Bottom line: West and Gibson outshot Arenas and Stevenson. No excuse on your home court. Between that and the rebounding/free throws, this game shouldn't have been close. I wasted a lot of time watching these guys this season. That was my coaching mistake.

Posted by: MG | April 27, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Tough loss for the Wizards. Overall they played pretty well, but I agree that you have to wonder why Arenas played so much, and why he took the last shot? Caron was hot; he should have taken the last shot.

The rebounding was a problem, but a bigger issue was defending the 3-point. This team has improved defensively but STILL can not defend the perimeter.

Posted by: Buck Worthy | April 27, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Cavs pummelled Wiz on the glass...Wiz trashin' and yapping after every made shot...like its gonna make a difference
Wiz will be broken up and reassembled..
Butler in the 4th...why the heck does the guy who brought you back stop getting the ball late? (because LBJ was covering him maybe)...so Soulja bonehead can chuck bad threes...you guys in DC can stop making excuses for them...Cavs team beat the pathetically poorly composed Wiz, not just LBJ...I am ready for the moaning and excuses

POst game the Wiz will report some more aches and pains that effected them

Posted by: yikes | April 27, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what they do, trade Gil, aquire a big, etc. they won't ever beat Lebron James...simple as that..you may as well blow it up and start a new...If they resign Jamison and resign Gil they still won't be able to get past cleveland...what a joke...I guess I am just frustrated right now, but what a joke this team really is...Soulja Boy and The Washington wizards...one hit wonders....

Posted by: Skip in VA | April 27, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

this team kills me, same thing every year, blow it up

Posted by: | April 27, 2008 3:51 PM

This is a good point because every year we hear the same thing from EG: He likes this club and its mix of talent. Well, that mix of talent has gotten them zero playoff series wins in the last three seasons (I'm counting this year), so what's the point of keeping them all together. They haven't learned anything. They haven't taken any steps forward. It's the same mistakes, some boneheaded plays, some awful rotations from the coach. What's changed? Nothing really. So EG has some serious decisions to make.

Posted by: Colin | April 27, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

LeSeason Over

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Yikes,

You won't read any excuse from this fan...The team just does not show up when they need to. They blew their load the other night. They will get roasted in game 5 in the Q...Lebron is licking his chops...

Posted by: Skip in VA | April 27, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Caps season starts in five months. Maybe next year I'll get the NHL Center Ice package instead of the NBA League Pass package because I obviously made the wrong choice this season, wasting my time with a bunch of losers.

Posted by: Colin | April 27, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

2 obvious questions:

1. Why wasn't Caron attacking Lebron in the paint every single time after Lebron had 5 fouls? That means Arenas shouldn't be drilling around on one leg, he should feed it to Caron down low.

2. Why is Arenas still playing defense on the most important defensive play of the game? Did no one wearing a suit on the Wizards' bench watch the end of Game 1?

I mean WTF?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Yeah same perplexing decisions from the bench....the small ball was absurd, playing Gil so much especially in the first half was absurd (4 turns, but could have been 8), having gimp take the season's most important shot was stupid, using him as a decoy might have been smart, LeBron had 5 fouls with 3 mins left - how many isolations were there against him? I don't even think he had to defend anybody again

DS's play was actually not too bad (clear attempt at the ball) and considering what LeBaby did a couple of nights ago he kind of had it coming...why no tech on LeBaby for standing over DS and almost starting a fight? But, I think DS has contributed much to our season being over - too many distractions, getting LeBron and the Cavs jacked up, etc etc...

Just a team with a complete lack of DISCIPLINE and any sense on AND off the court at this point...BYE Eddie, I hope your gone....somebody has to get a grip on this team!

As someone said, anybody could coach this team to .500 in the eastern conference and lose in the first round...I've been on Eddie all year and now I am being proven right!!!!! COY my arse!

Posted by: Rob P | April 27, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

A couple of things. The rebounding absolutely killed us today, that's unacceptable with Haywood and Jamison in the game. They still don't rotate well enough to stop corner threes. Thats a coaching issue. Too many possessions they were not held accountable on the defensive end. What about a hack-a-Ben strategy in the 2 or 4Q when Cleveland was making a run? I'm afraid to say it, but its been a cool run, and its over. I think the team has to look for a way to package Blatche, Young, Etan and one of the big three for Brand and Maggette or something similar.

Posted by: Owl | April 27, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

2 obvious questions:

1. Why wasn't Caron attacking Lebron in the paint every single time after Lebron had 5 fouls? That means Arenas shouldn't be drilling around on one leg, he should feed it to Caron down low.

2. Why is Arenas still playing defense on the most important defensive play of the game? Did no one wearing a suit on the Wizards' bench watch the end of Game 1?

I mean WTF?

Posted by: | April 27, 2008 4:02 PM

Goes back to coaching again. Same mistakes. Same terrible decisions. Nothing changes, and EJ never seems to learn. He, in large part, is holding this team back. I've been a major critic of EJ the past couple of years. I gave him his props this season for holding the team together, but he's regressed big time in the playoffs. In fact, that last play of the game was exactly what happened in the Bucks game when Arenas first came back from the injury. The whole time I was saying, the help cannot come from the wings (Arenas and Butler) because they were guarding West and Gibson, two guys who had been nailing 3-pointers during the fourth quarter. But here comes LeTravel, driving to the left, and the help comes from Gil, leaving West wide open. AJ doesn't rotate quickly enough, and Gil doesn't recover. Easiest play to make.

When Washington beat Cleveland in the regular season in the infamous "overrated" game, DeShawn went one-on-one with LeTravel and the Wiz won. EJ said he wanted the one-on-one coverage because of how often the Wizards get burned by at Cavs shooter in the corner. Fast forward to a must-win Game 4, and the defense runs its idiotic rotation that yields a 3-pointer and another loss. (Damon Jones anyone?) Same problems every season.

Posted by: Colin | April 27, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Colin,

You're right on the money. That's the exact thought I had at the end of the game. Let him take an off balance jumper, if he hits hit, tip your hat and get ready for game 5. Of course the half hearted double easy kick out for the simplest shot an NBA guard can take. Bang. Game over, series over.

Posted by: Owl | April 27, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

When Arenas hit that ridiculous shot to tie the game, the Cavs didn't have any timeouts. I wonder if it would've been good for the Wizards to call one anyway so they could set their defense. It's counterintuitive, but there's nothing about the Wizards that screams "defensive competency." Sure, it would've given the Cavs a chance to draw up a play, but what does it matter? Against the Wizards, you simply feign a drive in one direction, draw another man to you, toss to the open shooter and grab the victory. Any team could get open looks against the Wizards.

Posted by: Colin | April 27, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Stevenson needs to shut up and just play basketball. Marginal players should not be calling anyone out.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"No rebounding. Missed free throws. That ain't coaching." - MG

The rebounding was! Songalia against Mop Top and Joe Smith...EJ even admitted he probably should not have done it...so why did he???? Eddie, you that SLOW? 3/4 offensive rebounds at a time is unbelievable and a complete momentum killer!

I'll tell you right now...Arenas, Caron, AJ can't play together....The offense should have been started by Caron the last three minutes and he barely touched it bc gimp thought he was going to be the hero...appreciate the effort GA, but it does not always have to be about YOU...he got bailed out with one of those foul calls to bring it to 97-95, should have been a turnover and his other shot was a complete one-legged lucky bank....again, where was Butler?

Posted by: Rob P | April 27, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Game changer: Stevenson hard foul against Lebron. This set the momentum up for the Cavaliers and got the Wizards head out of the game. Every game Stevenson runs his mouth, this is the result. I saw it coming but hoped it was an illusion. Too many distractions off the court, too many turnovers and missed threes on the court. Team should have driven to the basket because Cavaliers were beginning to get in foul trouble. Love my Wiz to death but I believe they had better start planning their summers. Don't see them winning in Cleveland because Stevenson is going to talk crap before the game again.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick of this team. I've been a season ticket holder for 27 years and this is the best this team can do in nearly 3 decades!! What a joke. We can't rebound, go nearly an entire quarter without a bucket, and turn the ball over like crazy. We need to shut our big FAT mouths because we can't back up our trash talk. This team needs to be dismantled cause it aint going NOWHERE!

Posted by: WeJust Suck | April 27, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Colin, I am pretty sure you have to have the ball or have a stoppage in play for your team to call a timeout.

Why no hack-a-Ben in the fourth? He is the WORST free throw shooter in the history of the NBA. Guarantee San Antonio would do it.

Posted by: Rob P | April 27, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, horrible second chance rebounds. Out rebounded defensively and offensively. Also felt that after that Stevenson commited that hard foul and emotionally they got out of control, Stevenson should have been benched. Someone needs to sit him down and tell him to shut the F up and play ball!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I really don't think DeShawn is accountable at all for this loss. He played damn hard and I appreciated the hard fouls on Lebron.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

CAVS put Wiz to sleep...AGAIN

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, he is accountable alright. He set LeBron off again. LeBron started hitting them threes right after that.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Rob P

I totally agree with your position... agent zero... gone..... let's get some power guys in here who will take it to the rim...

In a zone, rebounding is impacted, and the zone was working for awhile, but still now excuse for that kind of discrepancy...

Everytime someone was open for a 3, it seemed Arenas was supposed to be on him. I don't get... why the love... there's absolutely no way Arenas could make that final shot, and he shouldn't have been playing on defense..

Caron needs to speak up...... he's the future

Posted by: LK | April 27, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

@ We Just Suck

Calm down a little...I would like to see what a discipline minded coach could do with it before we go there...of course, then you gotta to wonder if Arenas, DS and maybe a couple of others will revolt...

I am just sick and tired of stories about haircuts, parties, people running their mouths, telling the world your gonna foul LeBron hard before the first game - how stupid!, personal blogs, etc...what happened to playing good smart basketball? That nonsense carries over onto the court without a doubt...do you see this stuff with SA, Utah, Boston, etc etc? NO!

This is a ship of fools right now! I feel bad for AJ and CB bc they are rarely the culprits.

Did you hear Tirico announcing at the end of the game - "two time all-star passes to two time all-star who hands off to a three time all star" - and we can't get out of the first round?

Posted by: Rob P | April 27, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

So who's going to give Arenas the max now? LMAO.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

So I ask again. This summer Ernie should seriously take a look at Etan/Deshawn/Top 5 protected #1 for Artest.

Artest has already stated this season that he would rather play defense and pass than try to be a scorer. That fits in perfectly with us, he'll actually be the mean defensive presence we need, plus a much better 4th option than Deshawn is now. In this scenario we can resign Gil/Antawn but still completely change the dynamic of this team.

Posted by: Owl | April 27, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

LOL why would ANY TEAM take a package with ETAN THOMAS???? LOL!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This game was lost by EJ. Just bad coaching decisions throughout the entire game. Here are a few things I noticed:

1) Why go with the small lineup? Cavs were killing them on the boards. Those offensive/defensive rebounds just killed them. That small lineup also did them no good on the offensive end.

2) Lebron picked up his 4th foul early in the 4th quarter. Why not let Caron go right at him and make him pick up his 5th. You get Lebron out of the game, and the game is over.

3) Why not go with the Hack-a-Ben? It works for the Spurs. The last time I looked, the Spurs all have several rings on their fingers. You do what it takes to win the game. Put the guy that shoots 40% on the line or make Brown take him out of the game.

4) Why are you going to put the ball in the hands of a guy with bad knees? Gil made an incredible shot to tie the game, but he's not the guy to take that final shot. It should've been Caron. Caron was hot and hit several 3s during the game. The play should've been called for him.

EJ goes. Everyone else stays. With a healthy Gil, this is still a legitimate Eastern conf contender.

Posted by: disremembered | April 27, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

This team is in bad shape for the future. We don't have one guy on the roster who we can put the ball in his hands and guarantee points at the end of a game. The one guy we did have, is coming off two knee surgeries and appears to have leadership/confidence issues. Caron proved today that he's good in spurts, but when Lebron was put on him one on one, he was neutralized. Antawn once again can only score in motion. Deshawn shooting in the crunch is a total joke. Antonio Daniels is an offensive liability. And the one guy who seperated himself from the bench this year is going to sign decent money somewhere else this off season.

Posted by: Owl | April 27, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Nah, Artest would be too disruptive and DS isn't so much the problem as Eddie is. If there were any kind of discipline coming top-down you wouldn't have DS shooting his mouth off or tomahawking Lebron or throwing up long jumpers with 20 seconds on the shot clock. What's so frustrating about this team is that they have all the pieces but don't have the coaching or the discipline.

Posted by: Prazak | April 27, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Sacramento would take Etan's contract just to get rid of Artest. They tried everything to get rid of him this season so why not put that out there? Thats the only reason I included it, plus we need it to offset Artest's contract. If they want we can take back Salmons or Kenny Thomas's horrible contract. I'm just throwing out scenarios.

Posted by: Owl | April 27, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Just what happens after a series with the Cavs. All of the talk focus to "next year".

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

FORGET ARENAS and sign ELTON BRAND!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Ok I just think they could get much better than Etan. Lots of teams were still interested in Artest this year up to the trade deadline. Also Artest himself is overpaid and the biggest nutjob in the NBA, possibly in the NBA/NFL/MLB combined.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Imagine Arenas and Artest on the same team. Abe Pollin would have to hire a psychiatrist to travel with them.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

No PACMAN Jones is

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

So..........What do you all think is going to happen in this Cleveland - Boston series?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Or sign and trade with the Clippers using Deshawn/Mason/Blatche for Maggette/Ross. Swap 1's if you think that would make it more fair. Again we slide Maggette into the starting SG, another great 4th option who would be guaranteed a starting job and 12-15 shots a game here. Gets to the line at will and is a huge SG who would be a beast on the perimeter in the East. Ross is another monster perimeter defender. All of a sudden we have one of the better defensive lineups running with Daniels, Ross, Maggette, Jamison, Haywood. Or you could go small and move Maggette to the 4, Caron to the 3 with Haywood.

Posted by: Owl | April 27, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

@ anon,

The Wiz will give Arenas the max! That's who! Not saying they should, but they will. Have a feeling EJ is back too and guess what?

We'll be talking about the SAME shortcomings of this team next year and then something will happen after next season.

Surprised by the Cavs shooting well from the 3? We were the worst 3 pt defending team all season! We were also one of the worst assist teams in the league. Why? When we penetrate and/or pass and set each other up, we look great. But, that generally happens for about 2 qtrs of basketball at most.

DISCIPLINE and LEADERSHIP are sorely missing on this team. Eddie talks about it, but doesn't impose it so it's just as much his fault! Bench people - DS should have been yanked as soon as he made that momentum changing foul, put GA on the bench every time for offense/defense subs and maybe he'll be embarrassed enough into playing better d...just so much goes unpunished

Posted by: Rob P | April 27, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Two problems with "getting rid of Arenas and signing Brand" as you so eloquently put it. 1. We don't have enough money. 2. Where do you play Brand? He already proved he couldn't get it done at the 5 with the Clippers before they got Kaman. And Antawn can't play the 3 and more importantly Caron would be awful starting at the 2.

Ideally we could sign and trade using Antawn for Brand but as this team has shown they can't play without Jamison for some reason. Plus Arenas would absolutely walk if Antawn leaves. Don't lose two of your chips for nothing.

Posted by: Owl | April 27, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

We should all get together and pay for a WP advertisement demanding a new coach. I'm really sad for Gilbert, Caron, and AJ right now, because they have such talent and have wasted another season of their careers when they could have advanced in the playoffs under different leadership. Grunfeld needs to get them together and ask if they're ready for a tough coach...otherwise, let AJ go and s&t Arenas. I think Caron would be up for it, since he's played for some excellent coaches in his career.

Posted by: DC | April 27, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Here is an idea. Maybe next year, the team should shut up and play basketball and not call teams out saying that they want them on blogs and calling players overrated. No need to light a fire under someones butt.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Ok I just think they could get much better than Etan. Lots of teams were still interested in Artest this year up to the trade deadline. Also Artest himself is overpaid and the biggest nutjob in the NBA, possibly in the NBA/NFL/MLB combined.

Posted by: | April 27, 2008 4:48 PM

Imagine Arenas and Artest on the same team. Abe Pollin would have to hire a psychiatrist to travel with them.

Posted by: | April 27, 2008 4:49 PM


And the Grizzlies could have done much better than Kwame Brown for Gasol. Look this is the NBA, trades like this go down all the time because GM's believe in addition by subtraction more and more.

I don't think Artest on this team would be as bad as some think. He hasn't had any problems since being in Sacramento for the most part, and nothing in the last few years. Plus its not like they don't have characters over there in Sac starting with their playboy coach. But leadership comes from the top, we have an established team and scorers already in place. Artest would know his job and his role, a ROLE THAT HE STATED HE WANTED earlier in the season!!!

Posted by: Owl | April 27, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

@ disremembered

All very valid points. Made them all myself. Your the only other person I've heard talk about hack-a-Ben though. I'm pretty sure he was in there late in the fourth too! Why has nobody brought up this strategy?

Would you rather have LeBron at the top of the key causing havoc and creating for himself or others OR would you rather put Ben at the line? The worst foul shooter ever. Sure it has never crossed EJ's great coaching mind!

Posted by: Rob P | April 27, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so who was playing jr. GM yesterday (you know who you are) and said Les BouleS need Nick Collison, and not a power forward in the draft who can score and rebound and play D because we have DSong, AB, DMac, AJ, and OPech?

I guess this series/game 4 resolved that presumption.

At the half, Les BouleS were outrebounded by 10 boards, and 5 of them being on the offensive side. Even AJ was heard during the screaming at everyone to start rebounding "because that's where they're killing us."

Then Hubie Brown chimed in that all the backcourt does is stay back looking for the break and not helping out on the boards. Also, Hubie said that ball rotation was very bad and guys were resorting to one on one.

THE CAVS OUTREBOUNDED LES BOULES BY 2O BOARDS, 12 MORE ON THE OFFENSIVE END IN GAME 4!!!! Nick Collison isn't going to do squat with helping that average out!

Even in the Game 3 blowout by Les BouleS, the Cavs outrebounded Les BouleS 41-36, with 10 more on the offensive end.

Where is this Jr. GM statsmaster?

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=280427027

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=280424027

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Here is an idea. Maybe next year, the team should shut up and play basketball and not call teams out saying that they want them on blogs and calling players overrated. No need to light a fire under someones butt.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I'm not about to blame Gilby because of this loss. Gilby should have shut it down for the rest of the season early on.

Delonte West, who was killing Les BouleS from the 3, was asked after the game about his DAGGER 3 pointer. He said that he got the ball and the man who was covering him was short and late, and then he busted it and scored.

Who was that man? It was Gilby again, and this time, it wasn't some D-league dude by the name of Sessions.

Get rid of the gimmick in trying to please the fans with Gilby's comeback. Get AD back in the starting lineup so that we can win the next game.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"Would you rather have LeBron at the top of the key causing havoc and creating for himself or others OR would you rather put Ben at the line? The worst foul shooter ever. Sure it has never crossed EJ's great coaching mind!"

Boy Rob P you're setting up for a fire from the pro-EJ club. You might here from the club president soon.

Posted by: Dave, | April 27, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

DCMan, I said draft Nick Collision to put Wiz in a position to package Antonio for a big man. Drafting a big man isn't going to help short-term. Wiz need a veteran banger, not some wispy college kid.

Posted by: Prazak | April 27, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"DCMan, I said draft Nick Collision to put Wiz in a position to package Antonio for a big man. Drafting a big man isn't going to help short-term. Wiz need a veteran banger, not some wispy college kid.

Posted by: Prazak | April 27, 2008 5:17 PM "

Wasn't referring to you. I was referring to "Rook," unless you're him also.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I guess everybody here remembers what happened in the game vs the Bucks except EJ. Also was Mason in the last play? The Wiz were so predictable. And yes, I agree with the Hack a Ben.

Posted by: Dave, | April 27, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"we want the Cavs" said Gilbert Arenas in a blog. "Everyone wants the Cavs right now".

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

@DC Man 88

I agree with you the fact that Gil should not have been defending on that last West 3 pointer. You remember that game a few weeks ago against the Bucks? Bucks had 1.1 sec left, Gil left his man to double Bogut and Sessions daggered them. That one game could've very well caused them to lose home court advantage to the Cavs.

Posted by: disremembered | April 27, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"If I were Les BouleS, I wouldn't draft Hibbert unless they think he can help at the 4. What Les BouleS need is a 4 who can play D, while get his own shot inside once in awhile.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 26, 2008 3:11 PM

It's a good thing that you're not the GM of the Wizards. They already have Jamison, Blatche, Songaila, Pecherov and McGuire who can all play the 4... And then there's Vladimir Veremeenko (6'10") they've stashed over in Russia...

How many 4's do you think the Wizards need?

No - I believe their number one need is a young PG to take over backup duties from Antonio Daniels in two years - or a Center to backup Haywood.

But the LAST thing the Wizards need is another Power Forward... They're stocked at that position!

Posted by: Rook | April 26, 2008 4:34 PM "

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

it dont matter if they had home court, they obviously would have lost it anyway

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

"@DC Man 88

I agree with you the fact that Gil should not have been defending on that last West 3 pointer. You remember that game a few weeks ago against the Bucks? Bucks had 1.1 sec left, Gil left his man to double Bogut and Sessions daggered them. That one game could've very well caused them to lose home court advantage to the Cavs.

Posted by: disremembered | April 27, 2008 5:21 PM "

Yes, I said the same and totally agree.

With Gilby, what you see and what you know is what you get.

If EJ is dumb enough to put him into the game after a timeout by the Cavs and tied, then EJ should be slapped, or fired.

Even still, Gilby had the last shot in the game. EJ gambled to have the ball in his hands. If Gilby was healthy, fine, but he's not, EJ should have called someone else's number.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Gil was sagging off the way he always does, and getting burned the way he always does. West was also getting by him on the dribble, so Gil was a double-liability on defense. Throw in a few turnovers, a couple ill-advised shots, and that stupid iso at the end, and you have a disaster at the PG. Why Eddie stuck with him is beyond me. Where was Roger?

Posted by: Prazak | April 27, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm not about to declare that the trades the Cavs made during the regular season was positively a no-brainer, but the guys they got are contributing and made a big impact in this game. Those dudes include West, Ben, and Joe Smith (who was shockingly boo'ed). Must be G-town and Mason fans in the crowd too.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what this team needs, other than some good health. When healthy, this team is as good as ANY in the east. They overachieved this season considering the injuries.

I've never thought much of EJ as a game coach, but he did keep this team afloat despite some potentially devastating injuries. Besides EJ, the reason this team made the playoffs is that fact that Grunfeld has assembled a team of serious pros like Butler and the underrated Jamison.

The best scenario for this team is to keep the core together and hope it stays healthy. A healthy big 3, with an improved Haywood and Stevenson, is hard to beat.

Posted by: Buck Worthy | April 27, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Everybody is blaming Gil when in effect the game changer was Deshawns' flagrant on Lebron. Instant game changer. Deshawns drama effected the concentration of the Wiz. Anyone that watched this game could see what happened after that foul. The momentum swung to Cleveland and stayed there. Now, I am also faulting EJ for having Gil in there at the end. Gil had been burned before in that same sequence. It was like Ground Hog day. Same day same play all over again! Gil is not the Gil of old right now and the ball should have been in someone elses hand. And also, the Wiz got too few scrappy rebounds and turned the ball over too much. Just my opinion.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the tough guy that DS is supposed to be, he did a tremendous amount of flopping.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Wiz should draft a quality point guard to back up Arenas/Daniels and play 18-20 minutes a game.

Keep the starting 5, Mason, Blatche, Young, Daniels/rookie PG, and you've got 9 quality players.

Posted by: Buck Worthy | April 27, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The point is that good point guards can be had in the second round. Good big men are gone by the first round.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed, too, but let's be constructive here. Some here are talking about blowing the team up. Look, there was a lot wrong with the way the Wiz played, and were coached, (though it's a little easier to coach from the armchair), but West misses that shot and the Wiz make a free throw earlier and the whole tone of today's comments is different. It was that close. The Wiz hung tough and did a lot right also. In your desire to vent, you forget that this team had a rough slog this season because of injuries to key people. Arenas and the rest of the team probably didn't have enough time to gel and determine roles following his return. The Arenas that his detractors describe and the Arenas I see (and remember from years past) are two different players.

Maybe it's true that this team has been too frivolous at times, though that accusation doesn't apply to CB, AJ, BTH, AD, or Mason. And say what you will, I like DS. The thing between LeBron and him hasn't worked out for us, but I believe DS had his reasons for saying what he did, and then the nation's media ran with it, and not in a way that favored DS.

There will be changes following this season, and I have no idea what they will be. I do have complete confidence in EG as GM, and I doubt that he will feel the need to seek counsel from the overly emotional and short-sighted ragers on this page. It's like that movie "28 Days." (Now the Skins, that's a different story.)

Meanwhile, we do feel that the Wiz have a better team than the Cavs. What if the Wiz stole game 5 in Cleveland? Then it's 3-2 with Game 6 back in DC. Do you really think the Wiz CANNOT win Game 5?

GO WIZ!

Posted by: 7snider7 | April 27, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

After the game on Wednesday, The Wiz can start picketing outside of "Love". Maybe DeShawn can go on tour with SouljaBoy. Maybe, just maybe, The media is right about Lebron.....he is KINDA good.

Posted by: Black | April 27, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I think for Game 5, if Gilby isn't going to take a cortisone shot, he should just come off the bench or worse, not play at all. He's got no quickness, can't jump, and can't elevate over a defender for his shot.

Gilby might be in for a shocker during the summer when the doctor tells him that he's got arthritis in his knee and won't be the same player ever again.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

LMAO!!!

DS is lucky he's not getting fined or suspended for Game 5.

I just saw a recording of the first half of the game which I missed, and I saw that Lebron made a goaltending block on DS and DS walked away making a "can't feel my face" gesture and then proceeded to do that "diamond (aka Diamond Dallas Paige)" hand signal that Lebron & JayZ do, and then DS capped it off a few times by doing the throat slit.

Three words. Out of control!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

It's over Wizards fans....It's over.

Posted by: Lenny | April 27, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

how can you extol the virtue of team discipline and allow this off court circus to continue. this is not a basketball team - it's a group of wannabe comedians and media-hungry primadonnas that occasionally play roundball. and often not very well.

Posted by: thickman | April 27, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz have become eerily similar to the Skins: a team that thinks it's better than it is, always has an excuse or three at the ready, is quick to lose its composure and play undisciplined, and succombs to mind-boggling coaching decisions. How does Ernie not mix things up? This core group has been together for awhile now and hasn't shown it can win anything. As "talented" as the team thinks it is, we're getting are butts handed to us (again) by Cleveland. Sorry but that's just fact. It's hard to imagine that anyone who really knows b-ball takes this team seriously.

Posted by: pretenders | April 27, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Turn out the lights!
EJ should be the electrician and not the coach. He is clueless and wil not be back next year...if he is I will not.
Allseason was spent restoring a solid bench. This game the bench contributed 2 field goals, total.
GA is finished as well. Yes he is hurt and somewhat valiant. But he could not miss the limelight more than his committment to winnning.
Small ball is the bane of this team and EJ. With the incredible disparity on the boards this whole series, and in this the biggest game, there is Songalia at the "1" again, insanity!
This team needs some athletic and physical players...too soft across the board, esp between the ears at the coaching level!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mricklen | April 27, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,
I'd be curious to hear your honest take on the future of this team after this game. I know you're as big of a fan as all of us, and during the regular season I will be the first to admit I felt like being a wizards fan was a luxury. We were a team with personality, a group of likeable, fun guys who all seemed to really genuinely get along with each other and care about each other. Then today's game happened. It immediately made me think about the quote larry made when he left cleveland about playing basketball to be happy. And then that got me thinkinging about how much fun the wizards seem to have when losing. I simply don't believe that you can honestly say anymore that the things we all love about the wizards are the same things that make them incapable of winning anything significant. This whole series in general has to be embarassing to real basketball lovers, and it helps me understand some of the reasons why a lot of sports fans don't respect thbe nba. today was sports at its worst: complaining, taunting, flexing, scowling, and no interest from either team in focusing for even 5 minutes without needing attention in some way. When gilbert desperately implored the crowd to get on it's feet for the cavs last possession, I realized that this series is just a bunch of glorified pick up games between attention starved millionaires. My feeling is that Ernie will want to fire eddie and trade gilbert this summer. The fact that Eddie is condoning deshawns behavior after playing what will amount to a horrible series when you consider what an influence he's had on a group of guys who i don't believe would have been nearly as emotionally unfocused without him, tells me all i need to know about eddie's fit with this team. If Deshawn played for scott skiles, there's a decent chance skiles would choked him out like latrell for this garbage. I really hope Ernie doesn't let this team stick together in its current form for much longer.

Posted by: zach | April 27, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I attended today's game and it was clear from the start that Gilbert should not have been on the floor. He was the old guy at the YMCA trying to run with the bucks. Then after 34 ineffective minutes his man hits the game winner and he misses the biggest shot of the season for us.

If we reverse and Daniels plays 34 and Gil gets 15, or better yet 0, we win.

Eddie Jordan is absolutely responsible for this loss. In EJ's mind Gil at 50% is better than anyone else on the squad. The only other option is that he is so emotionally vested in Gil that he cannot make rational basketball decisions. Either way he must go.

I also believe Gil will never be himself again and this franchise will absolutely cripple itself for the next 5-7 yrs if they sign him for max money. Let him go...he is certainly better suited to play for the Nuggets where he can have individual scoring competitions with AI and Carmelo.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | April 27, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Stevenson is a thug and will be suspended. Looking at the replay it is obvious. That foul has nothing to do with basketball in any era. Gilly Zero says those fouls are like golf and he too is an idiot and a routine underperformer under bright lights.

I am awaiting Ivan and Michael to tell us that Stevenson didnt mean it so that makes it OK.

That crap takes away from basketball and away from the Wizards overall. Thats the shame for the real hoops fans of the Wiz.
I feel for you. If they play their O, fast paced and use their bench they can compete.

Posted by: yikes | April 27, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

@Strangelove

I'm inclined to think EJ played Gil too much, too. But remember Game 1? 24 points, wasn't it, in about 20 minutes? He had his shot that day. EJ said he looked good at the shootaround this morning. I think EJ thought Gil could get it done, and he did make that off-balance bank shot and those two free throws, the result of driving to the rim (which the whole team should have been doing instead of settling for 3-attempts).

Is EJ so emotionally vested in Gil? I had the impression that Gil was a huge pain for EJ, and that EJ was always having to message Gil's ego.

Yeah, I would AD had been on the floor more though in Game 1. Hindsight's a b*tch, ya know?

Another point: LeBron's driving to the basket killed us in Games 1 and 2. The Wiz effectively stopped that (most of the time) in Games 3 and 4. Good defense. But today they were beat by a team that couldn't miss 3s. I don't care who you are -- when a team is successfully jacking up 3s, they're going to be tough to beat.

Posted by: 7snider7 | April 27, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

One last point...Delonte West did not just hit the game winner. He was draining 3s from the corner all game off LeBron kicks and there were no defensive changes in the 2nd half, 4th quarter, final 2 minutes to mitigate this.

EJ had his hat handed to him by one of the more inferior coaches in this league.

Props to West for making that shot...yes, he was wide open but that was a money shot in a frenzied arena. LeBron should ask JayZ to drop a ryhme for West.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | April 27, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

This is a team of losers, except AJ and CB. The rest can go and should go. The coach is a terrific guy but he can't coach Arenas. Let everyone go except AJ and CB, and maybe Roger Mason Junior.

Posted by: rod | April 27, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Biggest problem this whole series is that the team completely goes missing for 5 minute stretches in the game when we simply cannot make a shot. We lost this game in the second when they went 23-5 and we went from 10 up to 10 down. At these times they all seem to panic and get 3-point and jump-shot happy. Take out that stretch .... I understand the venting but I would hate to see this unit totally blown up. When on they're a fun team to watch. I'd give it another year....

Posted by: Mr. R. Strickland | April 27, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

7snider7,
Yes, I will not lie...I was crazy excited during that game 1 flurry. Especcially with Antawn egging him one, "Go Ahead Boy!" it was electric.

Since that game Gil has had additional injuries and I simply don't believe EJ that Gil looked good at practice. I think Gil could walk and EJ said, "Looks good!". Gil looked so slow and off balance, actually got bailed on a couple of plays by the refs where I think they just felt bad.

I do wonder if Gil got that shot in his knee of not. Does anyone know? He was moving like he could not feel his leg and was never sure if it was under him. It would explain a lot but even if that was the case and this is a best of intentions situation it was still the wrong decision.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | April 27, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Let me start the point I'm about to make by saying that none of the top guys on the court are 100%. Everyone has nicks, bruises, strains, and broken parts.

As we've watched these four games though, what we've seen is that there's only one clear cut max money worthy superstar on either team who brings it on both ends. Unfortunately, that's Lebron.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

How different is today's blog if Gilbert hits that shot and the Wiz take it in OT?

Posted by: anon | April 27, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

honestly, it's no different. if you think this team has the mental make up to win a single game on the road you're kidding yourself.

Posted by: zach | April 27, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

wiZards should fire Lebron, because right now he OWNS THEM!

Posted by: lol | April 27, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

This series isn't even over yet and all you "fans" can only think about who we should get rid of. You're awful. Stay away from the games.

Posted by: True Zards Fan | April 27, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Anon, if the scenario went as you described, they wouldn't be calling for EJ's head nor the trading of Areneas. Didn't you know, the Wiz has fair weathered fans :-) Win, we are all with you. Lose and it's off with your heads!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

see, i'd argue you obviously don't care as much as the true fans if you really believe that. this isn't a country we're talking about. it's a pro sports team. if negativity is so threatening to you, go try out for the wizards dance team.

Posted by: zach | April 27, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh yea, the KING has spoken. When asked could the Wiz win the next game, Lebron looked dead straight in the camera and without hesitation said NO!

Wizards, if you have any sense of pride, you CAN win in Cleveland. You just have to believe you can AND put a muzzle on Dumb ASS Deshawn! Gil needs to shut it down for the rest of the series and get healthy for next year. That way if we do lose, no one will pen the blame on him. GO WIZARDS! I will cheer you to the bitter end!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Fair weather fans? Please.

What have we seen the last few seasons? One second round appearance, but the rest were one and dones.

And please, don't talk about injuries or "we were worse before these new cast of characters showed up. Those are excuses for losers.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I care and I believe our guys can still take this series. Until it's over, I don't care what happens in the off-season. Is your negativity and hostility contributing anything? I love DeShawn Stevenson for taking it hard to Lebron, and I wish Gilbert wasn't on the floor at the end of the game but I'm 100% certain he's more crushed by this loss than any of us.

Posted by: True Zards Fan | April 27, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

The series is effectively over. There's almost no chance of the Wizards beating the Cavs three games in a row.

The Wizards played pretty well, but you can't give up all of those offensive rebounds and second chance points, esp. on your home court. That was the game. Some major decision to be made in the offseason. My position remains the same: Grunfeld needs to take his time with making those decisions and explore all available options. Don't rush into tying the franchise's future to this group with seriously considering whether it's the best move. But even if he does bring everyone back, changes are required, most notably at C, where they lack a physical, energetic presence. Maybe Etan can fill that role if he's healthy, but they need one badly.

Posted by: kalorama | April 27, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

This was a crushing lost because we were home with the pumped up home crowd. The rebounding differential is what really killed us. It's a wonder, with that disparity, that we didnt get crushed, and that we still had a chance to win or tie at the end. To win wed with that brutal crowd will be tough. Gilbert did the best that he could and I believe he truthfully wanted to help and contribute. He's injured and perhaps he should have been selfish and shut it down and not try to come back (then he would have been bashed for that as well). I didnt see a stellar performance from anyone today...everyone had mental mistakes. Antawn and Brendan have been the healthiest this series and have played hard. Good luck on Wed, that's about all i can say now.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow...out of all the positions, probably the most consistent have been the center position (when given the opportunity) and 4 positions....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/26/AR2008042601932.html

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 27, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Habatchi Habatchi Habathci

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

This loss is squarely on the coaching.

Arenas's 4 first Q turnovers were unacceptable in any game much less the playoffs. Any JV HS coach could see that AD was more effective than GA today. Awful decision to play through GA.

Playing small ball while being dominated on the boards is unforgivable and something we've seen before.

Awful turnovers, missed FT, and all those offensive rebounds add up to a game the Wizards should have won going away.

GA just isn't close to healthy, and CB isn't very healthy either. No need to blow things up in the personnel department (remember, young guys including Blatche are just coming into their own), but numerous coaching blunders put EJ squarely on the hot seat.

Posted by: Ultimate Football Network | April 27, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

"But even if he does bring everyone back, changes are required, most notably at C, where they lack a physical, energetic presence. Maybe Etan can fill that role if he's healthy, but they need one badly"

Etan is an undersized center, more of a PF to me. At best he is a back-up center. If he's the starting center then they are in trouble. There are a lot of cracks in the team I agree, I will consider the center position as not one of them. If it is then there are more glaring weakness than the 5. BTH has proven the whole season that he's a solid player and contributor to the team. Maybe you should look at the coaching instead.

Posted by: Dave, | April 28, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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