Nets at Wizards, Game 1
Pre-game information for tonight's regular season opener.
Starting lineups: Wizards: F Caron Butler, F Antawn Jamison, C Etan Thomas, G DeShawn Stevenson and G Antonio Daniels. Nets: F Bobby Simmons, F Yi Jianlian, C Josh Boone, G Vince Carter, G Devin Harris
Refs: Derrick Stafford, Dan Crawford and Curtis Blair
Line: Wizards by 6.
Inactives: Washington: Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood and Oleksiy Pecherov.
Notables: Coach Eddie Jordan explained his decision to have rookie C JaVale McGee active this way.
"Number one, JaVale's had a terrific preseason. You guys have seen things he can do athletically. He's learned at a great pace. He's our first round pick and I don't want our first round pick, our first game at home after having a good preseason, be inactive. I think he deserves to be an active player tonight. Whether he plays or not, he deserves to be suited up."
"It's going to be like that every game, it's so close, who we're going to activate and make inactive."
- I asked Eddie about how he may or may not monitor minutes for his veterans, including Butler: "I'm going to do what I have to do to win the game. If I like the group that is in there, the way they are playing and they can carry their minutes, they are going to carry their minutes....I'm not going to rest people because of their minutes unless there are injuries involved and there are no injuries right now."
- From the lockeroom: Andray Blatche popped in sporting an old-school, late 80's high-top fade. Stevenson and Daniels immediately went nuts. Stevenson: "Shawn Kemp baby! You got the Shawn Kemp!" In fact, it does look exactly like the fade Kemp sported in his day, right down the slope running from the back to the front. No part though.
-Stevenson told me something I did not know: He's down to 227 pounds right now after playing at 245 all of last season. He says the lower weight will take pressure off a knee that has bothered him for years and make him quicker at both ends of the floor."
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