A strange one....

Some of are watching the replay of the game now so turn away. The Wiz won 80-75 in OT tonight after Houston Rockets rookie forward Joey Dorsey, who wasn't even dressed due to a left ankle injury, earned a technical fould and was ejected from the bench for jawing at Dee Brown and Andray Blatche down the stretch.

-Here's how it went down: The Wiz trailed 72-68 with the clock winding down below 13 seconds when Nick Young, who had struggled to that point, drained a three-pointer to cut it to one. The Rockets got the ball up floor into the hands of guard Gustavo Barrera and he was pushed into the Houston bench area by Brown. Barrera fell into the chairs pretty hard but got up and was fine as he got ready to shoot a pair of free throws. Dorsey started chirping at Brown though and he kept right on chirping through the free throws. Finally, Andray Blatche turned to Brown and said: "Don't worry about that."
Dorsey then said something not very nice to Blatche and the ref decided he'd heard enough and hit Dorsey with a technical while tossing him. The Wiz made the techinical free throw and tied it up when Brown tipped in a missed J by Blatche as time expired. In OT, the Wiz outscored Houston 6-1 and put it away on a long J by Young.

-For the second straight night, Blatche was the best player on the court. He finished with 23 points on nine-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Dominic McGuire continued his strong week by posting 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. It's hard to describe just how comfortable and confident McGuire looks right now compared to during the regular season. He's coming along nicely.

-Jonathan Wallace got a long look at point guard tonight and posted five points on two-of-three shooting with an assist and two turnovers in 19:39. Brown posted four points on two-of-seven shooting with six rebounds, an assist and a turnover in 17:42. Needless to say, his tip-in was huge and his defense was solid all night. Ernie Gurnfeld likes what Brown brings to the table and Eddie Jordan said he likes Browns' package of quickness and ballhandling as well so he stands a good chance of sticking. If not, it won't cost the Wizards much because only $100,000 of his deal is guaranteed.

-Aside from Dorsey's boneheadedness, the reason the Wiz won is because they held a 48-33 edge on the boards. Dominic really was active boxing out and going after the ball tonight. It also helps when your point guard, Brown, grabs six.

-JaVale McGee finished with four points on one-of-four shooting, six rebounds and four turnovers in 15:32. He looked pretty raw tonight. At one point, he squared up and airballed a three-pointer from the top of the key and then heard about it from Wes Unseld Jr. and Phil Hubbard after he got pulled. The kid is going to have nights like this but I will give him this: he always competes. You can work with an athletic 7-footer who does that and has McGee's upside.

By Ivan Carter |  July 19, 2008; 10:35 PM ET
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nice update..thank you.

Posted by: skeefo | July 19, 2008 11:09 PM

First

Posted by: kblack | July 19, 2008 11:11 PM

damn i wish i would have seen this game but i dont have nba tv. hopefully if mcguire can avg 10 points a game and 5 rebounds he could be what gets us pass the firstround. but thats alot to ask and who knows if he will get the minutes, but he could. i also like how blatche is playing this summer league, if he can earn more minutes, in my opinion he is a 15pts and 5rebs kind of guy this season. but he is a very inconsisant player, but i got hope. nick young got to play better this season if we wanna win this season

Posted by: mex | July 19, 2008 11:12 PM

Good stuff Ivan. Now that your paper sports section is down to 6 pages weekdays, I'm really counting on your laptop specials, especially for inside, more informal, stuff.. Thanks again.

Posted by: joe c | July 19, 2008 11:13 PM

remember me?
During the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Dorsey famously called Ohio State center Greg Oden "overrated as a big man," said that Oden "might be as good as Joey Dorsey," and called himself Goliath and Oden the "the little man." Dorsey also predicted a 20 rebound game for himself. The Buckeyes defeated the Tigers by a score of 92-76 and Dorsey finished with zero points and just four rebounds. In fact, Dorsey was so overmatched during the game that he was not able to even attempt a field goal in the 19 minutes he was on the court. As terrible as he was on the offensive end, he was as bad or worse on the defensive end. Dorsey's defensive duty was to guard Oden. Oden shot 7 for 8 from the field for 17 points and also grabbed 9 rebounds.

Posted by: joey dorsey | July 19, 2008 11:21 PM

Nick Young = new Hibachi

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 19, 2008 11:55 PM

Dang - I screwed up again!!!!

Posted by: Joey Dorsey | July 20, 2008 12:25 AM

Come on, Ivan -- how about sticking to reporting facts?

"Young ... reported for pre-summer league workouts carrying from five to seven more pounds of muscle than he carried as a rookie."

How did you verify that he added five to seven pounds of muscle?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 6:09 AM

uuuuuuuuuuuuuh maybe because he ASKED him. Ivan sees guys every day. He can tell if one of them have bulked up over the summer and no doubt said, yo nick, you bulk up? and nick prolly said, yeah, i was working on my tan and added about five, seven pounds of muscle too.

Posted by: bj | July 20, 2008 8:44 AM

Quote: "Ernie Grunfeld likes what Brown brings to the table and Eddie Jordan said he likes Browns' package of quickness and ballhandling..."

This is the summer league and Brown has Blatche, McGuire and Young to work with (who usually out-match the competition), and his turnovers still exceed his assists. What do they think will happen if he has to play in the regular season?

This is what's known as "happy talk" in the pr world. Instead of this chatter, they ought to be publicly encouraging Blatche, McGuire and Young to develop certain skills. McGuire, in particular, has been very disciplined and has exceeded expectations, so he ought to be getting kudos from the big guys.

Posted by: Izman | July 20, 2008 9:58 AM

"Come on, Ivan -- how about sticking to reporting facts?

"Young ... reported for pre-summer league workouts carrying from five to seven more pounds of muscle than he carried as a rookie."

How did you verify that he added five to seven pounds of muscle?

Posted by: | July 20, 2008 6:09 AM "

Jaw muscle....proven by how much he's been talking to the reporters this summer.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 20, 2008 10:10 AM

I got enough muscle to kick DC Man88' ass.

Posted by: Nick Young | July 20, 2008 11:05 AM

Was that the last game?! Man that went quick! I wish they were doing 2 leagues like they did a couple summers ago.

I still like what I saw from McGee. I wish they played him more minutes!!! If anyone needed the pt and experience, as well as the conditioning, it's him! He looked nasty on a couple putbacks, and had some good blocks.

McGuire looked great, and that's the McGuire I've been waiting to see. I won't be too excited though because McGuire looked great last summer but faded in the regular season, while Nick Young worried me last summer but looked good during the regular season. So I'll wait to see. I am definately encouraged and glad to see McGuire play well and get after it like he did! Especially considering he is the only realy SF we have behind Caron, he should get an opportunity for more run this season if he keeps it up!

Dee Brown has not impressed me. He is only the 3rd point though, and with a healthy Gil and AD will hardly see the court, except for emergency situation. He at least has some experience, and has the quickness to handle the pressure a team will throw at a 3rd pg. He's mainly a pesky little defender for Gil to go against in practice.

I fell asleep during the 2nd half. I gotta watch the replay (Sun 2pm EST).

Posted by: Darnell | July 20, 2008 11:11 AM

Most of what I saw Wallace was playing 2 guard with either Dee Brown or Draper (why is he playing at all?!?!) running point. That's probably why he only had 1 asst. But also prob a sign Wiz coaches don't think he has the handle to handle the point.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 11:19 AM

Most of what I saw Wallace was playing 2 guard with either Dee Brown or Draper (why is he playing at all?!?!) running point. That's probably why he only had 1 asst. But also prob a sign Wiz coaches don't think he has the handle to handle the point.

Posted by: | July 20, 2008 11:19 AM

Or - perhaps it is that they wanted to see more of Wallace at PG , but still wanted to see if Dee Brown has really improved as a shooter; because it certainly looks like Brown has the "handle" to play the Point. The only knock on him in the past was that he couldn't shoot.

Posted by: Rook | July 20, 2008 11:43 AM

Blatche + religion in the weight room + commitment to conditioning = getting out of the first round. That's the only way given how the team is currently constructed.

And making a big deal out of assist numbers in summer league is silly re: Dee Brown.
Blatche averaged more assists per game in Vegas than did DJ Augustin. Should we move Blatche to the point?

Posted by: Get a Grip | July 20, 2008 12:02 PM

Quote: "Should we move Blatche to the point?"

Good idea. Blatche can't decide whether he wants to be a point guard or a shooting guard when he grows up. I'd play him at the point in the last summer game so he gives up on that notion. He's got raw talent, but needs more coaching (including the motivational type) to excel.

Posted by: Izman | July 20, 2008 12:35 PM

Nick Young,it would be nice to see someone do just that!Maybe that will keep his negative arse on the down low and off the blog spewing his haterism.

Posted by: This blog sucks! | July 20, 2008 1:04 PM

Is tonite's game televised?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 2:46 PM

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