Defense Lacking in Barcelona

After giving up 39 first quarter points in Tuesday's loss in Berlin, the Wizards were outscored 32-17 in the opening frame tonight here in Barcelona. On Tuesday, Chris Paul and company gave the Wiz fits with the pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop game. Tonight, the Hornets created open shot after open shot with crisp ball movement. Washington's rotations have been slow and as a result, the Wizards are down again.

The decision to start JaVale McGee was made after Coach Eddie Jordan met with reporters so I don't have an explanation but I'll get one after the game.

-Sitting courtside here at Palau San Jordi: star teenage point guard Ricky Rubio, French soccer star Henri and former GW star Pops Mensah-Bonsu (I covered the Colonials for a season and really came to like Pops. Good dude. He's playing over here somewhere. I'll chat with him when I get a chance).

By Ivan Carter |  October 17, 2008; 4:10 PM ET
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Good to hear that Eddie has these guys back on the right track.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 5:15 PM

who is henri? i think you mean thierry henry. seriously dude you should have gotten that right. he's a pretty big worldwide star.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 5:32 PM

Thierry Henry is a god.

Posted by: kebzach | October 17, 2008 6:02 PM

Grunfeld needs to figure out a way to sign Rubio now, David Stern be damned.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 6:52 PM

Well, Les BouleS have been consistently and unequivocally thrashed this preseason.

Anybody who's going to drop a party line by saying "it's a great learning experience" are the same dopes that were trying to find something positive out of the Skins's lost last week.

People can cite decent numbers from individuals on the stat sheet, but that doesn't change the fact that Les BouleS lost by 26 points to Dallas, 11 points to Detroit, and 16 and 22 points to NO. All these are playoff teams, while Les BouleS only beat Memphis, a sorry lottery team, by 9.

Again, the only consistent performer on this team is Caron, and that's why he's the MVP of the team.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 17, 2008 7:18 PM

The Lions were undefeated in the preseason. That's all that needs to be said about how meaningless the preseason is.

Posted by: kalorama | October 18, 2008 12:13 AM

Yeah, I'm sure getting thrashed and blown out several times wasn't expected either. You look for positives in the preseason to build and those have been far and few in between, if at all.

Les BouleS looked very disjointed and based on the current status of the team (eg. injuries, unknowns at pg and 4 and 5, history), the upcoming season doesn't look promising.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 18, 2008 12:31 AM

Pops is playing for DKV Joventut in Badalona, near Barcelona

Posted by: Andrew from Colonial Hoops | October 20, 2008 12:11 PM

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