Wizards at Bulls

With a playoff spot locked up, the Wizards can now turn their attention to building some momentum over these final six games. Antawn Jamison, who missed last night's win over the Miami D-Leaguers with a sprained right shoulder, is officially listed as doubtful but I'd be shocked if he played given the fact that he couldn't raise his right arm above his head yesterday.

- F Drew Gooden will miss his fourth straight game for the Bulls with a strained abdominal muscle.

- From my seat, Gilbert Arenas played a much better all-around floor game last night than in his return Wednesday in the loss to Milwaukee. He sparked that 16-6 first quarter run by really pushing the ball in transition. He notched four of his eight assists during that span and appeared to be far more comfortable at the defensive end where he moved better and did a better job of getting over and under screens.

It will be interesting to see how he responds to his first back-to-back since Nov 8 and 9. Associate Head Coach Mike O'Koren, who handled the pre and postgame press conferences for Eddie Jordan last night, said the team will continue to hold Arenas to between 20 and 25 minutes a night.

- Some folks have been screaming for an update on Etan Thomas. Thing is, it's hard to really provide much of one. His sternum is still not fully prepared for contact work, he didn't even join the team on the recent five-game road trip and with six games remaining, it's a mystery why he/the team has not just ruled him out but they have not so it's still up in the air.

- Eddie Jordan made the trip but looked miserable when I poked my head into his office after the game last night. He called it some mixture of the flu/sinus headaches and wasn't looking forward to the flight to Chicago.

By Ivan Carter |  April 5, 2008; 3:03 PM ET
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They were +21 or so with Gilbert on the floor. He was moving the ball really well. It's fun to see Gilbert playing with Nick Young.

The Jamison injury is worrisome. Apparently shoulder sprains typically take about 2-10 weeks for a full recovery, depending on the severity. Hope he gets better soon, Jamison is the MVP of this team.

Posted by: satch | April 5, 2008 4:24 PM

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Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2008 4:39 PM

The team doctors (!) should ground Eddie. It is really a bad idea to fly with the kind of flu and sinus congestion he apparently has. No business trip is that important, especially to blustery Chicago for a nothing game in early April.

Mrs Jordan is going to have one sick puppy on her hands. Hope she has a good supply of Vapor Rub and Tylenol Flu.

Posted by: khrabb | April 5, 2008 4:49 PM

Gilbert played MUCH better last night than Wednesday night on the defensive end. It was nice to see such a drastic improvement.

Posted by: Colin | April 5, 2008 5:15 PM

i think Eddie Jordan should stay home, get some rest. Rest Jamison, rest Caron, rest Daniels. Let Gilbert and the young guys run these next 4 games and then the final 2 put the whole team back together for a last minute test. Just my 2 cents......

Posted by: i | April 5, 2008 6:32 PM

That was a great no look alley oop pass from Gilby. I mean, you gotta expect those type of easy buckets when you're playing against a completely depleted team in Miami. As someone noted, Miami is ranked 30th in defense.

It was shocking to me how there were so many uncontested 3 point shots by Miami, where they ended up making 19. That is reedickulous... Did DS not play in the game? Was his ankle still hurting? I thought DS had great perimeter D.

I think as long as this team has Caron in the game, they will be competitive. I didn't know Caron had such hops. On one breakaway, Caron caught the ball below the rim and completed the alleyoop. Then, he had a standing flush from under the basket.

Here's an interesting assessment of Les BouleS by Riley. He makes an interesting point about how a methodical offense, when Gilby was out, is more suitable for AJ and Caron, and even with this methodical approach, they can still run. Also, that the defense really clamps down on people, even though some people think that Caron is a poor defender like Gilby. Not!


"Eddie's done a great job obviously, I think, and he should be a [coach of the year] candidate along with [New Orleans Coach] Byron Scott and a lot of these coaches that have kept their teams abreast," Riley said. "Eddie's done a great job defensively. If you take a look at their numbers without Gilbert, they went to a more methodical approach even though they still run. They're not the kind of running team they were prior to Gilbert's injury. It's a game that's more suited to Jamison and Butler. And I think the one thing they've improved the most is defensively, they really clamp down on people. Big front line, the real deal when it comes to rebounding, second-chance points and stuff like that."


Posted by: DC Man88 | April 5, 2008 6:48 PM

Another interesting quote from Riley about their season:

For the Heat, the game's outcome mattered little because forward Alexander Johnson was injured in a brutal fourth-quarter collision with a teammate and was taken to a hospital where he underwent a CT scan.

"The game is irrelevant," a shaken Heat Coach Pat Riley said. "The guy was hit real hard. He got hit in the temple, and he's just not responding well. He was breathing, but he's not responding to who he is and where he's at. . . . This godforsaken season has got to be over with."

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 5, 2008 6:49 PM

Boy, the Cavaliers are really feeling the heat. The Wizards and 76'ers are both contending for the 4th spot, and Cleveland is playing poorly.

The Cleveland fans are reacting typically - like all fans react when their team loses. Here's some quotes from the Cavalier's blog. Some of these are going to sound REAL FAMILIAR (just substitute names, and Defense for Offense):

Does Mike Brown have ANY idea what he's doing...? Our rotations are awful.
I don't get it. Joe Smith should be playing a lot more than he does.
Where is Damon Jones?? I can't understand why he is getting benched.
Right now, the cavs are in trouble.
Even if lebron is not hurt, our offense looks pretty terrible.
Wally is HORRIBLE!!!
Why does the offense in the 4th quarter solely rely on chucking jumpshots?
(Mike Brosn) is proving to be incompetent as a head coach.
Opposing SG's have been lighting the Cavs up.
I expect the Cavs to bow out in the first round ...
There seems to be a lack of a winning culture on this team.
Lebron's struggles lately .....he realizes this is a lost season and he's better off saving himself for Brooklyn in 2010.


Posted by: Rook | April 5, 2008 9:03 PM

That was a good win over the Bulls. Haywood had perhaps his best game of the year -almost certainly his highest scoring game, anyway. One outstanding stat for BTH in this game was his free-throw shooting: 7 of 7. He was 6 of 6 against the Heat, too. Good to see a center getting to the line and making those shots.

Posted by: satch | April 5, 2008 11:21 PM

Da Bulls are a horribly coached team, they are stocked with talent, and can't put it together. Anytime Brenda Haywood can dominate, you know the opposing team is sucking.

Posted by: Frank | April 6, 2008 4:23 PM

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