Haywood Out At Least One Week
Following Friday night's camp-ending scrimmage at VCU, Coach Eddie Jordan said the team expects center Brendan Haywood to miss a week with a sprained right wrist. Haywood, who was injured during practice on Thursday, will be re-evaluated next week.
Those of you who made the trip down to Richmond this evening saw what we witnessed all week as a team mostly comprised of young players and reserves took down a team mostly comprised of starters 81-68.
If the scrimmage had an MVP award, it would probably would go to Dominic McGuire who stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, six rebounds, five asists and three steals. McGuire connected on four-of-eight shots, emphatically swatted a Nick Young three-point attempt into the stands and provided another highlight when he stole the ball and rolled the other way for hard dunks on two occassions.
It was also good to see McGuire square up on Caron Butler, look him in the eye and drain a long jumper. It's obvious that he is playing with a high level of confidence and we saw it in Las Vegas in July.
-Andray Blatche started at center for the reserves (white jerseys) and also had a solid showing with 15 points (5 of 10 shooting), six rebounds, two assists and two blocks (he also had five fouls and four turnovers).
-No surprise here but Butler was the best player on the court most of the scrimmage. He finished with 16 points and had several dunks. He looks explosive.
- Rookie C JaVale McGee had a nice run in the final period when he made three shots (one a turnaround jump hook over Etan Thomas, one on a baseline jumper and another on a spectacular one-handed putback dunk off a missed 3-ball by Oleksiy Pecherov - the crowd gasped at that one because his head was above the rim when he rose up to throw it down).
-To challenge his regulars, Jordan gave the whites a six-point lead with 5:30 to go. However, the young guys not only held on, they blew the game open with a run that included buckets by McGee, a three-ball by Pecherov, two dunks by rookie Taj McCullough and a steal and dunk by McGuire.
-Thomas is coming along well. He finished with nine points, five rebounds and block and showed some real explosion on a few plays.
-The team will practice tomorrow and get a day off Sunday.
-Man I'm looking forward to clocking some zzzz's in my own bed tonight. It was a good week though. I have a good feeling about this team. Butler and Jamison are bringing the leadership along with Stevenson and Daniels. Haywood (when he gets back) is solid. Blatche and McGuire were probably the two most solid players all week long and the other guys are plugging in nicely. Mainly, there is a good chemistry around this team.
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