Wizards Get Some Scrimmaging in
A few injury notes:
-Antawn Jamison did some shooting before practice and shot free throws during it but was held out of contact work for the third straight day with that strained right hip flexor.
-Rookie F Taj McCullough has been out the last two days with a sprained right ankle.
-Dominic McGuire left practice early today and did not scrimmage with a groin strain.
-Antonio Daniels went down after bumping knees during the scrimmaging but threw an ice pack on it and said he would be fine.
Near the end of the practice, which lasted a little over two hours, Eddie Jordan split the fellas up into two teams for some good up-and-down scrimmaging. The black team consisted of Brendan Haywood, Darius Songaila, Daniels, DeShawn Stevenson and Caron Butler with Juan Dixon and Linton Johnson stepping in as reserves.
The whites consisted of Andray Blatche, Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov, Nick Young and Dee Brown with JaVale McGee and Derr Johnson stepping in as reserves. (Jamison and McGuire sat out).
The blacks won so the whites had to run some line drills afterward.
A few highlights from the action:
-Caron Butler had a nice steal against Pecherov at midcourt and passed ahead to Juan Dixon, who converted the FB layup. On the next possession, Brendan Haywood did an excellent job of moving his feet and closing out on Blatche. Haywood made the steal. and the play led to a Stevenson jump shot.
-Dee Brown, who was not purported to have a great jumper coming out of Illinois, has been shooting it well according to Eddie Jordan and he showed that today by knocking down a 16-foot pull up J and later a long three pointer from the corner. He also showed some impressive end-to-end burst on one play when he grabbed the inbounds pass following a make by the black team before pushing all the way to the other end where he missed a tough layup. Still, the speed is impressive. He can really push it.
-Etan Thomas showed some nice quickness and anticipation when he shuffled out, poked the ball away from Darius Songaila near midcourt. Thomas grabbed the loose ball and passed ahead to a streaking Young, who threw down an impressive one-handed dunk.
-Stevenson hit a three and then gave his first hand wave in front of the face.
-Haywood capped the black team's win by making a 13-foot jumper from the top of the key.
After the scrimmage, I noticed Tony Massenburg working with JaVale McGee on post positioning and moves. I'll say this for the kid: he's raw but man is he athletic. During one drill - a four-on-four drill that emphasized defensive close-outs on the perimeter - Haywood pushed out on McGee, who caught a pass on the wing and then dribbled smoothly to his left. He blew by Haywood and threw down a pretty reverse dunk.
Massenburg on the kid: "He's coming along well. He's athletic. Freaky."
- Eddie Jordan on McGee: "He's competing. The thing I like is that he doesn't back down."
-In talking about his guard rotation, Jordan pretty much ruled out playing Butler at shooting guard.
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