Breaking Down Game 5

Here's Michael Lee's audio breakdown of the Wizards win over the Cavs in Wednesday's Game 5 ...

By Jon DeNunzio |  May 1, 2008; 11:28 AM ET
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Somebody threw a towel at Deshawn and was able to stay? That's ridiculous and the Cavs should be penalized by the league.

Posted by: MDBaller1 | May 1, 2008 11:40 AM

Apparently, the guy was sitting next to the owner of the Cavs, Dan Gilbert, so looks like he pulled some strings to get that bum to stay. I hope somene throws some gatorade on that bum damon jones at VC

Posted by: Arun | May 1, 2008 12:12 PM

get rid of agent dildo.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 12:31 PM

^^^
idiot

Doesn't people understand that this season doesn't count for gil. The guy been hurt all season. I hate bandwagon fan. Gilbert is good for DC, people seems to forget all the good things he done for this city. Just because the guy been hurt all season and never truly recovered. everyone want him out. I love Caron too, and I hate to see when he get a major injury and have to sit out for a year. what are all the bandwagon fans going to say? Yes Gil might had talk too much and maybe should had shut his month eariler, but i bet you if he's healthy, no one will be saying we need to get rid of him. he done worse stuff when he was healthy, and everyone loved him for it.

Posted by: klau | May 1, 2008 12:44 PM

Yeah I like Gilbert a lot too when he is fully healthy - instead of the Gilbert Light we were seeing in the playoffs. So next season will be better for him.

Props to Butler for bringing it and to Stevenson for not letting the rude Cleveland fans get in his head. Get a big win on Friday - go Wiz!

Posted by: nate | May 1, 2008 12:53 PM

Nice break down, Mike.

Posted by: Adam | May 1, 2008 12:56 PM

Nate - I think you mean a**hole (instead of rude) Cleveland fans.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 12:58 PM

Maybe things will be different when Arenas is healthy and has had time during the season to develop some kind of chemistry with the rest of the team. I think it always a bad idea, no matter how good a player is, to miss that kind of time and then come back at the end of the season or in the playoffs and try to blend in. It kills whatever momentum and chemistry the team has developed over the season without them. I feel that Arenas should not have tried to come back this season for that reason.

The team was definitely playing differently with him than without him. I know that the playoffs are different than regular season, but the Wiz played the Cavs differently during the season without Arenas than in the playoffs with him.

Here's two observations in the newspaper and internet.

"No offense to Gilbert Arenas, but his decision to shut it down for the season can only help the Wizards. Now they can get back to playing the way they did all year when he was out. Antonio Daniels and Roger Mason looked more comfortable in Game 5. Butler, meanwhile, was freed up to return to his role as the main catalyst. He delivered in a big way, adding nine boards and five assists to those 32 points. And he showed he can get it done in the clutch -- just like Arenas.

• Darius Songaila's foul on LeBron was borderline flagrant, but the refs were correct not to throw him out. He seemed to be trying to get his arm free more than trying to take a cheap shot. Still, NBA VP of Violence Stu Jackson might have a different view when he looks at the film."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/nba/specials/playoffs/2008/04/30/fastbreak.cavs.wizards/index.html?eref=T1

"Cavaliers coach Mike Brown sees a marked difference in the Arenas-less Wizards. He sees a team that no longer defers to their lead player.

"Their whole team seems to be more aggressive [without Arenas]," Brown said."

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080501/SPORTS05/162196701/1005&template=nextpage

Posted by: jjames | May 1, 2008 1:31 PM

Cavs may be better off without LeTravel too. Everyone just stands around and watches him go to work.

Posted by: playoff beard | May 1, 2008 1:46 PM

Tom Knott is a joke -- Songalia did not slap or do anything to LeBron but get his arm untangled. LeBron acted like he got pimp slapped but it was not so. What an actress. Stu Jackson should review the tape and rescind the tech on Songalia so he does not have to pay to fine that goes along with a tech. Glad to see Caron finally get a aggressive in this series. Keep it going JUICE!!

Posted by: MD | May 1, 2008 2:01 PM

What happened to all the Gilly supporters??? That didn't take long for all of you to disappear. A month ago even 2 weeks ago I was being called an idiot for saying the team was better without gil. Now you all see he ruins chemistry and the flow of the game and we are clearly better without him.

Also all the people crying about the cleveland fans you sound like a bunch of babies!!!! We WON the game who cares and anyways what do you expect its cleveland.

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 2:03 PM

How can anyone claim that Songaila's "foul" on LeTravel was flagrant, let alone a foul?

Did they not see the replay which clearly shows, 1) LeTravel hooking Songaila 2) LeBronze clenching down the arm lock through the drive and 3) LeCryBaby trying to rip out Songaila's arm but hitting himself in the face because Songaila let his arm go limp and 4) LeLiar rubbing his neck?

Posted by: FreeDC | May 1, 2008 2:03 PM

we need a drum and bugle corps in the stands - not the lackadaisical announcer with his keyboard "defwence"

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:33 PM

Interesting tidbits from Wilbon:

"All the talk, all the silliness had gotten so much attention, it was time to just play ball," Jamison said. "We were down 3-1, on the brink of elimination, I just told them that all this talking was not making them look bad, it was making us look bad. We're a veteran team and it was time for us to start acting like it."

Asked if he and Butler were annoyed with DeShawn Stevenson and Gilbert Arenas doing so much talking in the time leading up to the series and early in the series, Jamison said it was a fair way to depict how the two felt. "We've got a lot of personalities on our team," he said. "Sometimes you can tame them, sometimes you can't. But this was out of hand. I told them: 'You can't get your point across through the media. You have to get your point across on the court.' That's what they were doing. They've been just staying quiet and playing. For Caron and myself, it was just difficult.

"Don't get me wrong, I love D-Steve and I love Gil, and I'll strap it up with them anytime. You have to have your teammates' backs, but what was going on was just nonsense. It had nothing to do with getting respect, because you can only do that by playing well and demonstrating professionalism. You make your noise that way."

Of course, this series certainly isn't short on themes. Game 5's themes were Jamison and Butler making their teammates realize silence is golden, and their ability to win without Arenas in the lineup.

The primary reason Butler and Jamison led the team both physically and emotionally was that Arenas announced himself done for the season. He's done, and not just for this series, but for the rest of the postseason. He even said before the game he's going to "retire from blogging."

As a current player not playing in this series told me today, the Wizards aren't better because Arenas is out -- they're better because they get more aggressive when he's out. In other words, there's nobody for them to defer to, and they always defer to Arenas when he's on the floor. "He's best," the veteran player said, "when he's got the ball in his hands."

No question, the ball moves better without Arenas. The Wizards themselves move better when he's not out there. The veteran player I talked to said that's only in the short term, because Arenas has been in and out of the lineup. Even Cleveland's Daniel Gibson said afterward: "When Gil is not on the floor, they get a lot of movement. But Gil's also a tough cover for anybody in the league. Yes, they're different with him and without him. But both are difficult."

Well, without him in Game 5, Antonio Daniels, another doer who doesn't care for talking, committed one turnover in 39 minutes and hit 5 of 9 shots. Butler, who scored a playoff career-high 32 points, often took the ball at the top of the circle and either made a jumper, drove or found a teammate for a decent shot, or the pass that led to the assist pass.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/30/AR2008043003898_2.html?sid=ST2008050100119

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 1, 2008 2:34 PM

The Gilbert supporters are still here and will be as will Gil. The Wiz are a different team with him. They had to be or else lose. Everyone is forgetting how Gil played with the team and within the confines of the new system before he went down. Those who think Gilbert doesn't belong on this squad are not true Wiz fans because we all know what he can do. Ask any Wizard player are they better off without a "healthy Gil" and see what response you get. I like the fact that he shut it down. After that last game, he realized that him playing was hurting the teams chances. And as much as he wants to play, I think it is admirable that he just got out of the way. GO Wiz and hang in there Gil! Don't believe the haters. DC loves you and hopes you are back next season ready to ball at 100%

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:39 PM

"The Gilbert supporters are still here and will be as will Gil. The Wiz are a different team with him. They had to be or else lose. Everyone is forgetting how Gil played with the team and within the confines of the new system before he went down. Those who think Gilbert doesn't belong on this squad are not true Wiz fans because we all know what he can do. Ask any Wizard player are they better off without a "healthy Gil" and see what response you get. I like the fact that he shut it down. After that last game, he realized that him playing was hurting the teams chances. And as much as he wants to play, I think it is admirable that he just got out of the way. GO Wiz and hang in there Gil! Don't believe the haters. DC loves you and hopes you are back next season ready to ball at 100%

Posted by: | May 1, 2008 2:39 PM "

All you need to add to these comments is apple pie.....

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 1, 2008 2:42 PM

Now you all see he ruins chemistry and the flow of the game and we are clearly better without him.

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 2:03 PM

Please don't try and put words in peoples mouths.

(1) Anybody judging Arenas or this team based on a 4-game stretch in which Gil was clearly much less than 100% cannot be taken seriously.

(2) Don't be premature. This team won 1 game by 1 point without Gil. We haven't exactly won the NBA title just yet.

(3) This team is definitely better NOW than with a LESS-THAN-HEALTHY Gil. With a healthy Gil, there's no telling how much better, or worse, this team would be.

(4) I'm hoping for the best, just like everyone else here. And I think we have a legit shot at winning this series. But, as seen with points 1 and 3, even if they win this series, it is NOT an indictment on Gil.

It'll all come down to Eddie Jordan and Caron Butler. Will EJ become a player's coach instead of just a tactical one? Will Caron defer to Gil, or take this team on his back from here on out? If EJ can handle Gil, if he can get Gil to play a Chauncey Billups-type game, this team will be DIRTY next year. Remember, Deshawn Stevenson was our primary sharpshooter from the outside this year. Adding the firepower and offensive skill-set of Arenas could propel this team to the next level, if used properly.

Can we now end the Arenas discussion, at least until the playoffs are done?

Posted by: psps23 | May 1, 2008 2:49 PM

you call this a discussion?

get rid of agent dildo.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:52 PM

Also, if you look at the replay you will see that Lebron had Songalia's arm in a lock and he is lucky he didn't break Songalia's arm. He hit the Queen inadvertantly when he pulled his arm free. I am so sick of McCrybaby and his merry band of refs! Check out the replay. Lebron was holding him!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:52 PM

All I can do is laugh at that comment anon. Oh I remember the days when gilly was lighting it up and we were giving up what 107 points a game???? Where did gil get us when he was playing?
If Gilly hadn't played the whole series we might actually be winning. Its a whole different team when he isn't out there and we actually play basketball the way it is supposed to be played. If we just sign and trade him for good team players this team can turn into a contender. With Gil on the team we will never ever be a contender it will just be the gilbert show. Also anon didn't you see what caron said after the game? He said as long as jamison and himself are on the team they will win games and be in the mix.

Also Jamison and Caron called him and Stevenson out...why you think the blogging is going to stop b/c our leaders put an end to it.

The writing is on the wall.....GILLY is done in washington unless he doesn't opt out and if thats the case wouldn't be surprised if we tried to trade him but doubt many if any teams will want him now.

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM

Agreed, dont listen to the haters Gil, DC loves you and we know you werent anywhere near 100percent. Thanks for trying to come back and give it your all. Rest and get ready for next season! Great game - please get a win on friday!

Posted by: washingtonian | May 1, 2008 2:59 PM

Actually the game we won by 30+ was without gil. He played what 8 minutes and the game was basically tied when he quit playing? I'm not basing it on just this series Im basing it on watching him play ever since he has been here. He is a one man circus and one of the most overated players in the league. Don't know what it will take to make you guys see that the team is better without him. At the same time don't really care what the Gilly chuggers on this blog think b/c the word is out its all over the radio and tv its time to trade or let go gilly...thats all i keep hearing and I have been saying it for 2 years now.

Posted by: psps23 | May 1, 2008 3:01 PM

Last post was me responding to psps23's nonsense

Actually the game we won by 30+ was without gil. He played what 8 minutes and the game was basically tied when he quit playing? I'm not basing it on just this series Im basing it on watching him play ever since he has been here. He is a one man circus and one of the most overated players in the league. Don't know what it will take to make you guys see that the team is better without him. At the same time don't really care what the Gilly chuggers on this blog think b/c the word is out its all over the radio and tv its time to trade or let go gilly...thats all i keep hearing and I have been saying it for 2 years now

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:05 PM

Another interesting tidbit:

"Asked by reporters when he found out that Arenas was not playing, Coach Eddie Jordan replied, "When he was talking to you guys." Pause. "Was that a shock to everybody?""

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/30/AR2008043003534.html

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 1, 2008 3:05 PM

All these morons talking about getting rid of Gil are idiots. The guy is NOT healthy. A healthy Gil who plays within in the team, would mean a 3 headed monster that would end up in LeBron getting swept. Get healthy, Gil most of us are still pulling for you!

Posted by: Arun | May 1, 2008 3:06 PM

Arun when has Gilly ever played within the team? Please show me b/c I have never seen it

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:07 PM

Actually the game we won by 30+ was without gil. He played what 8 minutes and the game was basically tied when he quit playing? I'm not basing it on just this series Im basing it on watching him play ever since he has been here. He is a one man circus and one of the most overated players in the league. Don't know what it will take to make you guys see that the team is better without him. At the same time don't really care what the Gilly chuggers on this blog think b/c the word is out its all over the radio and tv its time to trade or let go gilly...thats all i keep hearing and I have been saying it for 2 years now.

Posted by: psps23 | May 1, 2008 3:01 PM

Well done anon. Or whichever idiot it is that can't create a convincing argument so he needs to use other people's signatures to add credibility.

Grow some nuts.

Posted by: psps23 | May 1, 2008 3:07 PM

You must be on something. Nothing has changed in the lockeroom, nothing. Antawn and Caron has always been the ones who keeps the locker room in check. They know how Gil is and love him for it. Did you not hear Caron say he had to get back at Lebron for the way he punked Gilbert in the series two years ago. Does that sound like someone who doesn't care for his team mate. They are the big brothers of the team. Him, Jamison,AD and Etan. They are the serious ones in the group. The others are more fun loving. AD is more in between the two. He can be a joker or serious depending on situation. So you need to stop trying to make something exist, that clearly doesn't. If you don't like Gil, cheer for the Cavaliers and hang on Lebrons jock strap. How about that? We trying to win a championship right now and are trying to uplift our players. So if it allright with you, we are going to celebrate and uplift ALL of our Wizards and that includes Gil! GO WIZ! YOU ARE ALMOST THERE, 1 DOWN AND TWO TO GO! SEE YOU AT THE BOOTH FRIDAY!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:07 PM

Arun ur clearly clueless if you think any lebron team will ever get swept by the wizards.

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:08 PM

Funny quote:

"James's final drive to the basket ended with him bouncing off Darius Songaila and his shot banking off the backboard and dancing off the rim.

"We put the ball in the best player's hands and we told him to go make the play, like he has for us many times before," Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown said. "That's up to the referees to make the call. We're a no-excuse team." "

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/01/AR2008050100029.html

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 1, 2008 3:08 PM

Psp23 I was responding to Gilly love. Trust me I'm not scared of you. Why don't you go play on ur PSP and chug Gilly some more.

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:09 PM

Jamison came out himself and said he and caron are very disappointed with the way stevenson and Gilly have been running their mouths. SO what are you talking about anon makes no sense...so you tell me who must be on something ur whole comment makes no sense

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:10 PM

For the "Trade Gil" crowd:

Plus/minus stats from the 06-07 season:

Gilbert on the court: +3.3 points per 48 minutes; Gilbert off the court: -10.8 points per 48 minutes, for a total +/- of +14.1 per 48.

The best on court stat for any other Wizard who played significant minutes: Jamison and Haywood at +1.8 points per 48; the best off court stat: -4.7 for Jamison. The best +/- other than Gilbert: Jamison at +6.5.


Soooo, explain how the Wizards are better without Gilbert.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:12 PM

Don't know what it will take to make you guys see that the team is better without him.

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:05 PM

If the Wizards had a better record without Gil (their best was 45-37), or a better seed without Gil (didn't happen), or a better placement within the division (didn't happen), or if they get out of the SECOND round (hasn't happened yet), then I'll say the team is better without Gil. Until then, no, they are not better.

Posted by: psps23 | May 1, 2008 3:13 PM

Gil was healthy most of last year and we have a better reord this year. Even with Caron missing 24 games.

Also anon thats a cute little stat from 3 years ago but we have a lot of different players getting minutes now its a completely different rotation so don't really care about stats from 3 years ago. Anyways we still gave up 107 when gil played and still went no where...so what is ur point

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:17 PM

Anon-Caron and this team weren't nearly as good 3 years ago and that was also before gil had multiple knee surgeries so its really a worthless stat at this point

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:18 PM

And if I remember correctly, it was Gilber along with Antwan and Larry Hughes that took us to the playoffs a couple of years ago when we had'nt made it that far in I don't know how many years. So don't tell me that Gilbert hasn't done anything for this team and all of the analysts I know don't say that the team is better off with Gil. They say the team has adjusted well without him and that when he comes back Gil will have to adjust to the team which is what he tried to do but wasn't well enough to carry it out. That is why he sat himself down. I think that deep inside he feels responsible for the other loss and doesn't want to make the team lose anymore because of him. For that I applaud him because most true fans felt he should not be playing anyway because he was not 100% and you could see him struggling.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM

Done for the day have fun whacking it to ur Gilly fatheads!!

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM

the only number that matters when judging if the wizards are better with, or without him is shot attempts among the entire TEAM, and how many games did they win and loosen without him. gilbert never plays within the TEAM and undermines the coach all the time with his silly selection of shots. 'DeDeuche Mevenson' is the same way, makes it easy to see why they're friends.

but truthfully numbers don't matter look at the game and you should see anyway.

unless you're that out of touch with reality.

get rid of agent dildo.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:24 PM

The team did not have Gil all of last season, so that's incorrect. Also, this was/ and still is a MUST WIN situation for the wizards. They had to win last night or the season over. Furthermore, they were playing off of a lot of emotion from Abe Pollin asking for this "win for him". Caron spoke of it after the game, so did DeShawn. The team has played well, without Gilbert, but they have played bad without him as well...(losts to the Knicks, Charlotte, and the Cleveland D-Leaguers). Bottom line, the bench was better this year and Brendan has improved also, which made for a better team. Gilbert knew he couldnt contribute with bruised bones/nerves and I admire his will to still try and play and help. He realized he wasnt helping so he shut it down. He thanked the team for letting him play in the playoffs...sounds like being a team player. DC loves you Gil -Washingtonian/born raised here! We love Caron and 'Tawn also.

Posted by: washingtonian | May 1, 2008 3:33 PM

Um, Beas ... I'm pretty sure the 06-07 season was LAST season. If you need help with the math, let me know.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:39 PM

See even Gilly knows

Gilbert Says Wiz Are Better Without Him....read steinbergs bog/blog Gilbert says it himself

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:46 PM

Anon could you please break that down further for me. I cant do simple addition and subtraction. Sorry ur posts are so worthless to me I only skim through thought it said 05-06 either way its a different team, with different starters, caron is much improved, and we have a different rotation. So it is a worthless stat like I said before.

Also washington Don't know why I am even responding to you since you clearly have no knowledge what so ever but Gil did play last year. He missed maybe 10-20 games but he played. He didn't play in the playoffs but he played in the regular season.

Posted by: Beas | May 1, 2008 3:53 PM

I feel sorry for LeBron, cause last night's game was a real nail-biter. In fact, I expect he's chewed them down to the knuckle by this point.

Posted by: Gilby | May 1, 2008 4:16 PM

I am ok with a healthy Gilbert on the team as long as he does not opt out at the end of this year. He needs to prove he has recovered 100%. If he is still planning to opt out (would have to be insane) he needs to play somewhere else.

Gil single handedly revived Washington basketball and is a supernice guy. That said, EG would have to be crazier than Gil to sign him to a large contract at this point. Can't imagine mortgaging the franchise for the next 5-7 yrs on the hope that Gil will return with the same quickness and explosiveness he previously had. This is where we get to see if Gil had matured at all through this experience.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | May 1, 2008 4:17 PM

Has matured....sorry about the typo.

Posted by: Dr. Stangelove | May 1, 2008 4:18 PM

The Wizards won and all people do is bicker, trying so hard to be anonymously knowledgeable. why?

instead why don't you guys go argue about whether the Skins are better without Sean Taylor.

Posted by: Monte | May 1, 2008 4:26 PM

I've said it before, I'll say it again: "we're a better team with him out on the court....I'm the captain. I'm telling you. He's the best player on this team. How could you be better without him? That's it."

--Antawn Jamison, responding to repeated questions about whether the Wizards are more comfortable without Gilbert
Quote from the captain regarding Gilbert.
Gilbert admitted that playing with the injury (which i blame the medical staff for allowing him to come back) he wasnt making them better. Everyone knows that when he's 100percent this team is better with Gilbert.
He's been great for this city and he even said some time ago to sign Jamison and he would take the cut, or whatever. And, i looked at every game last season so I know what I'm talking about!

Posted by: washingtonian | May 1, 2008 4:31 PM

Furthermore, some loyalty...I remember going to a game last winter and the crowd was chanting MVP every time Gilbert went to the free throw line! Also, everyone wanted Antawn gone last season, when he is the captain of this team, along with Caron. When he missed games last season the entire team flopped.

Posted by: washingtonian | May 1, 2008 4:35 PM

washingtonian,
So, if you were EG you would give max money to a player coming off of two knee injuries and is presently a shell of his former self because two years ago he was really good? Nice that the glass must always be overflowing for you but this is not realistic.

This is a business and risk analysis is absolutely critical. I am confident EG understands this and will make the right decision.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | May 1, 2008 4:40 PM

Hey, did you guys see the play at the end when LeCrybaby dunked. Darius songail got hit in the face by ilgauskus. Stu Jackson needs to review that too

Posted by: achraf | May 1, 2008 4:42 PM

Old school.

"The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings", Dick Motta 1978.

Posted by: pg posse | May 1, 2008 4:59 PM

I'm not saying Gil isn't good but his D is very suspect and it will be even worse after all of these knee surgeries and rehabs. He just doesn't care about the defensive end and stated that last season. Without him our defense doesn't get broken down as much. Mason and Daniels are actually great on-ball defenders. Take Gil's money and pay Mason, Elton Brand, another quality free agent and resign Jamison and draft a defensive minded player (pg or big).

Posted by: bryan | May 1, 2008 4:59 PM

I dont think he's asking for a max deal, per his statement regarding signing Tawn, and he's willing to take whatever. He stated that later on, he can get his contract. But i'll leave it to the GM, all i'm saying is that I do want Gilbert to remain on this team, along with Antwan. Also, Brand has been out injured also, i'm sure he's going to be asking for a large sum as well. Perhaps Gil should have listened to Larry H. and not come back, but everyone was critizing him for not coming back. Just cant win.

Posted by: washingtonian | May 1, 2008 5:22 PM

i love gilbert arenas - his game, his personality...it all. but where does a player get off telling the media right before the game he's out for the year, before informing his coach? two things: gilbert has no respect for EJ or, more likely, he has no respect for anyone but himself. teams - which, in the NBA, consist of 12 individuals and a man paid to lead them - that don't respect their coach don't go very far.

Posted by: thickman | May 1, 2008 5:34 PM

Why does every post by Michael or Ivan get posts that are pro-Gilbert or anti-Gilbert, keep him/trade him, opt out/let him walk, he played well/he sucked, last year's stats show that/last year's stats don't mean anything, etc. ad nauseam?

Talk about Gilbert is irrelevant to the playoff push right now, he's not going to play.

Let's hear your couch coach recommendations on what the keys are to the next game instead!

Go Wizards!


Posted by: rgz | May 1, 2008 5:39 PM

get rid of agent dildo.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 6:32 PM

get rid of agent dildo.

Posted by: | May 1, 2008 6:32 PM

Let's get rid of YOU!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 7:05 PM

Let's get rid of YOU!

Posted by: | May 1, 2008 7:05 PM

i can say what i want.


get rid of agent dildo.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 7:11 PM

I can't believe how many bandwagon Gil fans there are. When the guy is playing great everyone is on his jock. He gets hurt, tries to come back for the team despite risk of injury and everyone starts bashing himm. Unbelievable.

Are people honestly saying, adding a 30 point scorer, once he gets back to FULL health in a few months is going to make the Wizards worse??? I think Gil understands that Caron has improved and when he comes back hes going to play with more ball movement and facilitate a bit more.

Gilbert came and resurrected this franchise, and hes probably one of the nicest guys in the NBA, not to mention hes a dominant player when healthy. Let's have some loyalty towards him and support him when he's down, and lift him up to come back.

Posted by: Arun | May 1, 2008 7:51 PM

If you havent noticed, the Wizards have been talking about ball movement and team play during interviews, that is directed towards Gilbert. He kills the flow of the offense.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 8:08 PM

"I like it when Deshawn backhands me. It makes me feel all warm inside."

Posted by: LeTravel James | May 2, 2008 12:26 AM

bryan, if you know anything: just because you don't resign Gil doesn't mean you have money for Brand, Mason, etc... Know the salary cap restrictions/implications before posting ill informed crap.

On the defensive side, Gil may not be a good defensive player nor putting out max effort on that end, but the real issue was that before this year, the whole team never put much emphasis on KNOWING HOW TO PLAY DEFENSE. If you were really a fan, you'd know that last year and previous too.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:58 AM

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