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.


By Ivan Carter |  October 3, 2008; 7:45 PM ET
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Great to hear McGuire looked good, he played great in spurts and seems like a guy that can serve as a 8th man off the bench as a rebounding/defensive specialist while not being a liability of offense.

Can't help but wonder if Haywood's injury will open the door for Thomas to get back in and possibly carve out a solid role. Coming off the injury, the odds are stacked against him, but Jordan's always been partial to him...

Posted by: CN | October 3, 2008 8:18 PM

Thanks for the recap Ivan. Wish I could have made it down there for the scrimmage.

Posted by: Nick | October 3, 2008 8:27 PM

"Mainly, there is a good chemistry around this team.

By Ivan Carter | October 3, 2008; 7:45 PM ET
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There's been good chemistry on this team since last season, 9th game.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 3, 2008 8:42 PM

The Wiz front court sounds good if McGuire and Blatche can build off of their strong summer league and camp performances.

More interesting is that your write-off doesn't talk much about the backcourt. In particular, can Young fit in and contribute? The backcourt is looking shaky without Arenas (which wasn't the case last year). Unless Young can step it up, the first part of the season may look like .500.

Posted by: Izman | October 3, 2008 8:52 PM

I think we'll see Caron at the 2 spot a bit this year since we're DEEP in the front court. 6'9 is a THREE on this team.

Posted by: Terry Davis Fan | October 3, 2008 10:52 PM

I think we'll see Caron at the 2 spot a bit this year since we're DEEP in the front court. 6'9 is a THREE on this team.

Posted by: Terry Davis Fan | October 3, 2008 10:52 PM

Eddie Jordan was asked about playing Butler at the Shooting Guard spot, and he said he would NOT consider it. His reasoning? Butler is an All-Star at the 3, why mess that up?

Posted by: Rook | October 3, 2008 11:18 PM

dominic is going to be a superstar in this league!!! what an exciting time to be a wizards fan!!!

Posted by: gtj | October 4, 2008 12:02 AM

This year's team look to be even better than last year's. And remember last year's team beat the NBA champions 2-1. My only concern is injuries. We've struggled with that the past few years.

Posted by: Bart | October 4, 2008 7:02 AM

"Eddie Jordan was asked about playing Butler at the Shooting Guard spot, and he said he would NOT consider it. His reasoning? Butler is an All-Star at the 3, why mess that up?

Posted by: Rook | October 3, 2008 11:18 PM"

That sort of reasoning by Eddie is just silly. And funny how Jordan doesn't extend that same logic to Jamison when he moves him to center. "Jamison is an all-star at the 4, why mess that up?!" (And who can forget that Jordan didn't hesitate to play Jarvis out of position at PF. Or that Jordan sometimes plays Gilbert, an allstar PG, at the 2.)

Does Jordan think that Butler will be a bumbling fool if he plays the 2? The fact is that if you have two guys on the bench to choose from to put in -- one a really good frontcourt player and the other a weak backcourt player like Juan Dixon -- why wouldn't you put in the stronger player?

Now, maybe in some circumstances Caron couldn't guard the opposing SG, or Jordan would need a better ballhandler at SG on the floor at the time. Those are legitimate reasons. But his blanket "Caron's an allstar SF" explanation is weak.

Ivan, I think you should ask Eddie why Caron is different than all the other players on his team who are asked to slide over to different positions. Does he think that Caron can't make the switch?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 7:19 AM

DMac always looks good in the preseason. What's new?

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 4, 2008 8:43 AM

Yeah, we said the same things about Dom last year but coach never gave him any burn during the season. Hopefully that'll change this year.

Posted by: david | October 4, 2008 9:00 AM

he also didn't get any minutes last year

Posted by: prescrunk | October 4, 2008 10:47 AM

I have been away..I see you guys are still dealing with that gal DCWOMAN. Too funny!

Posted by: Skeef | October 4, 2008 11:16 AM

Chemistry isn't the problem. Its the intensity that I wonder about. Can that physicality that they used against the Cavs in the playoffs carry over? If so, then this team will be scary. With or without Gilbert.

Posted by: C.Bell | October 4, 2008 11:36 AM

True dat CBell good point! The one encouraging thing to me throughout the Cleveland series was the intensity and physicality we played with. If we can bring that mindset of hard fouls and defending the lane to the regular season, we will be tough to beat. No longer will teams see us on their schedule and think of us as a cream puff defense that gives up high scores and nonstop wide open shots and layups.

Excited about the play of Blatche and McGuire in camp. It will be great to see this team play Tuesday night!!

Posted by: Darnell | October 4, 2008 2:40 PM

Wizards PLEASE MARKET THE TEAM MORE IN RICHMOND. The Skins make $$ off the Richmond market, you should too. I'm a die hard dork fan who posts on message boards and I barely made it to the free scrimmage b/c it was difficult to find out about in Richmond. Once I was there everyone for the team and even the media were accessable and very nice but the Wizards should really buy some more radio spots etc. to promote that scrimmage. Richmond is die-hard Skins country and it could easily be die-hard Wizard country with more marketing and out reach.

Posted by: JPC | October 4, 2008 4:50 PM

I think Etan could probably shoot better if he didn't wear those black things on his fingers. I don't know what they are, they look like big plastic rings. I guess he can hit people with them, but they probably effect his ability to handle passes and turnovers.

Also I think we should keep DerMarr Johnson and cut Pecherov. That guy will never be good, and DerMarr is already really good. You say why waste a 1st round pick like Pecherov, but Dixon was also a 1st round pick and DerMarr was too (6th overall!). The point is who can play and who can't. Also we have too many big men and not enough perimeter guys so it's only logical to drop Pecherov. Make a bold move for once Ernie!

Also Nick Young needs to get a new hair style. I don't know what he's trying to do with that big puff ball on top of his head. Makes him look more goofy than he already does, especially when he's running around on the court. It's like watching Harpo Marx or Ronald McDonald out there. I think he's trying to make his big ears less noticable, but really it's makes it look even worse. He looks like he should be a character on Fat Albert.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 5:45 PM

>> if you have two guys on the bench to choose from to put in -- one a really good frontcourt player and the other a weak backcourt player like Juan Dixon -- why wouldn't you put in the stronger player?

Because Eddie hates hieght. The shoter you are the better it is, so the answer is it is better to put in a short waek player than a tall strong player

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 5:48 PM

"I think Etan could probably shoot better if he didn't wear those black things on his fingers. I don't know what they are, they look like big plastic rings. I guess he can hit people with them, but they probably effect his ability to handle passes and turnovers.

Also I think we should keep DerMarr Johnson and cut Pecherov. That guy will never be good, and DerMarr is already really good. You say why waste a 1st round pick like Pecherov, but Dixon was also a 1st round pick and DerMarr was too (6th overall!). The point is who can play and who can't. Also we have too many big men and not enough perimeter guys so it's only logical to drop Pecherov. Make a bold move for once Ernie!

Also Nick Young needs to get a new hair style. I don't know what he's trying to do with that big puff ball on top of his head. Makes him look more goofy than he already does, especially when he's running around on the court. It's like watching Harpo Marx or Ronald McDonald out there. I think he's trying to make his big ears less noticable, but really it's makes it look even worse. He looks like he should be a character on Fat Albert.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 5:45 PM "

I think ET would be a better, quicker player if he didn't have 25 lbs of dreads on his head.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 4, 2008 7:47 PM

"I have been away..I see you guys are still dealing with that gal DCWOMAN. Too funny!

Posted by: Skeef | October 4, 2008 11:16 AM "

Yeah, it's been great since you've been away.

Why'd you come back?

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 4, 2008 7:48 PM

DMac always looks good in the preseason. What's new?

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 4, 2008 8:43 AM
***
Yeah right DC Idiot; after all, he has been in the league for 5 years and "always" has looked good in pre-season and then bombed in the regular season. Give us a break...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 10:03 PM

"Yeah right DC Idiot; after all, he has been in the league for 5 years and "always" has looked good in pre-season and then bombed in the regular season. Give us a break...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 10:03 PM "

Yeah, you're right. EJ just loves to give PT to rookies and sophomores, especially since both guys ahead of DMac at the 3 and 4 are nonallstar scrubs.

Idiot.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 5, 2008 12:00 AM

Remember folks...if you ignore him, he eventually goes away.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 7:27 AM

Best news out of Camp is that Blatche, McGuire, and to a lessor extent Young have all been solid. These three are going to be at the core of any Wizards improvement this season.

Eddie still seems to be giving Blatche a lot of time at center, it appears that he is planning to use him there in order to get him minutes with the first unit. Personally I'd like to see Blatche get more of his minutes as at his natural position of forward. But Eddie's use of him at center kind of points out his lack of trust in Etan and Haywood to run his offense.

Like the reports out of camp and the small glimpses of McGuire we've seen. DMac started to gain minutes going down the stretch as a rookie, and he built on it in summer league. Looks like Ernie may have really found a keeper and he's going to end up being an important guy off the bench.

If DerMarr makes this team I still beleive it would be at Dixon's expense. DerMarr would give the Wizards 7 guards under contract if they kept him, Dixon, and Brown. That's a lot of guards, even though DerMarr can play a little small forward that makes a heavily perimeter oriented team.

Cutting Dixon would mean that Eddie has a lot of confidence in Brown, Stephenson did play a little point last year at times when the Wiz were really banged up. But often teams look for a combo guy in that 5th guard spot.

I can't recall ever seeing DerMarr handling the point, would he have a good enough handle to help get the ball up the court in a pinch?

Reports out of camp have sounded impressive, but I'm really looking forward to what DerMarr and these young guys do in preseason. I hope Eddie gets some of these guys some run with the first stringers instead of playing them strickly in the second quarter.

It would be nice to see how they fair running with the big dogs instead of used in scrub time. That's what preseason is for, lets get a feel of who's ready for prime time.

Posted by: GM | October 6, 2008 11:01 AM

"Remember folks...if you ignore him, he eventually goes away.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 7:27 AM "

Really?

I'm working on my 3rd season on this blog.

You can ignore me, but you can't ignore the facts that I present.

Keep living in your very own utopian Les BouleS world, while reality happens, just like groundhog day.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 6, 2008 11:54 AM

Great to hear that D-Mac's strong summer league player has carried over to training and it looks like he may be ready to be the backup at the 3 to CB3. Still don't understand why Eddie wouldn't consider Caron at the 2 given his improved outside shot and solid ballhandling skills. He was directing the offense from the point last year after he came back from his hip injury. I see the rest of the backup 2's being HUGE defensive liabilities when DSS is not on the floor.

NY and Dixon need to be paired with a strong veteran PG or offguard who can handle the ball and get the team in the offense. With AD and DSS as our starters, who else does Eddie think will keep the team organized on offense? I think he'll reconsider CB3 playing some at the 2 once he sees NY and Dixon get torched on D and turn the ball over during preseason. Dee Brown is definitely not the answer as the backup PG; just a change of pace guy when we play teams with a quick PG.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 6, 2008 12:52 PM

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