Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: MrMichaelLee and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS

No First Quarter Blues In Texas

Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said that all he was looking for against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night was a good first quarter. The Wizards had been outscored 68-26 in the first quarter of their two preseason losses against the New Orleans Hornets in Berlin and Barcelona, and Jordan was critical of his team's defensive effort in both contests.

Jordan got what he wanted. He played each of his starters all 12 minutes in the first period, with captains Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler combining to score 19 points, as the Wizards led 30-22. Jamison and Butler both affected the game in their usual ways - Jamison with his scoring, Butler with his scoring and ball-hawking defense.

Butler was credited with two steals in the first quarter, but he had several pass deflections. He jumped in front of pass intended for Bruce Bowen, but he knocked the ball into referee Marc Davis, nullifying a possible breakaway dunk. "Get out of way!" Butler playfully shouted at Davis.

Butler got his breakaway dunk later in the period when he stole the ball from Salim Stoudamire and dribbled up the court for an easy jam to give the Wizards a 30-20 lead. Butler also had four assists in the period, flashing his nifty passing when he found Jamison cutting underneath the Spurs' defense for a reverse layup.

Jordan inserted Etan Thomas back into the starting lineup at center after giving rookie JaVale McGee a look last Friday. Duncan, taking advantage of his considerable height advantage, had 10 points in the first period against Thomas. Thomas was able to save face when he swatted one of Duncan's shots off the backboard. Thomas also had five rebounds in the period.

By Michael Lee  |  October 22, 2008; 9:51 PM ET
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: The Other Side: San Antonio Spurs
Next: Poll: Biggest Impact?

Comments

Good to see the team playing very crisp and executing. The focus is there so far tonight, hopefully this is just the start and this is carried forward.

Disclaimer: We all know it's preseason...

Posted by: CN | October 22, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young is killing em!

Posted by: zxhoya | October 22, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

And Oleksiy seals the victory!

Posted by: wizfan87 | October 22, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Mghee = Good

Pecherov = Bad

Thomas = intensly goofy

Posted by: Cballer | October 22, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Good game for the wiz. Lets go baby...

dalockerroom.com

WHAT IS DA LOCKER ROOM?
Da Locker Room is a blog of current events from the male perspective. We bring you insightful and not so insightful points of view. This is an inside look into the male psyche like you've never seen before. We will touch on all current event topics such as politics, sports, women, television, movies, music, cars, business, money, etc. (Women are welcome and will contribute on a time to time basis.)

So sign up today and become a part of dalockerroom.com

Posted by: zards | October 22, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

I actually saw some encouraging signs from Pecherov. Blatche, however, continues to be a cofusing enigma. Jordan should institute a new team rule: every time Blatche grabs a defensive rebound and proceeds to turn the ball over trying to dribble through traffic, he should have to stay late after practice and write "I am not a point guard" on the chalkboard 1,000 times.

Posted by: kalorama | October 23, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Didn't see the game but my friend told me Nick looked good. That's really good news. He is the only Wizard right now who can give us what Arenas was giving us. The ability to create his own shot. He doesn't have Gil's range (but who does?), but he can get to the basket anytime he wants. And if he's serious about getting in the dunk contest, he might wanna finish some of those drives off with authority.

Posted by: C.Bell | October 23, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure that nick young can get to the basket anytime he wants. From what I've seen he's mostly adept at maneuvering for good looks from 10-feet away or so and knocking them down, even when in traffic. That's a valuable skill right there, but it's not exactly agent-zero style bee-lining to the basket and getting the "and one". I'd really like to see nick penetrate the lane more and use his speed. But so far, I haven't seen it. You guys?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

" Duncan, taking advantage of his considerable height advantage, had 10 points in the first period against Thomas. "

Get used to comments like this. I know it's Duncan but it could just as easily have been anyone else. I hope he proves me wrong but I think his skills are suitable for a short term backup only.

Posted by: mark | October 23, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

NY has to be willing to take the hit if he going to be a player that can take it to the basket. I don't think he is strong enough or has the desire to take that pounding now.

Posted by: kfraz | October 23, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Nick Young owned Kurt Thomas with that slam

Posted by: prescrunk | October 23, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

ET only played 15 minutes, but I think he ran out of steam early. One time he fell, and had a hard time recovering.

I think he wasted most of his energy waving his arms and throwing elbows like a maniac after an uncontested rebound, or screaming and yelling with an angry scowl after an uncontested dunk. Dude needs to chill and conserve his energy.

If NY can at least play some D, I think he should start instead of DS for the offensive punch.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 23, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Center depth chart should be:

Blatche

McGee

Thomas

I wouldn't mind seeing the first two flipped, either. McGee has just got "it". He'll make plenty of rookie mistakes, but what he brings to the table with his size, shooting touch, quickness and defensive presence will more than compensate. What a great pick by Ernie. I'm glad Hibbert was gone when it came the Wiz' turn to draft.

Pech played much more inside last night, too. Where he should be. Drifted outside a couple of times, but didn't camp there on every trip down the floor.

Posted by: keithinator | October 23, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Blatche shouldn't start at the 5. That's crazy talk.

Posted by: Rocky | October 23, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Ah per chance to dream...
McG, AJ, CB, NY AND GA...what a dynamic and prescient starting five.
And isn't it time to really consider the exit of ET, DSt,BH and DSong and AD, with more athletic and dynamic youth infusion. The future will be brighter than ever, and so exciting to watch and enjoy!

Posted by: mricklen | October 23, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Very encouraging signs from that NY will give us the scoring punch we need off the bench...hope his knee is healthy enough to make it through the season. Other big positive is CB3 facilitating the offense like he did last night as a point forward ala Scottie Pippen. AD is good at getting the team in the offense, but he's not a creator who is going to get easy shots for his teammates like Caron.

Center position looks like a big concern. ET doesn't look like he has timing or stamina to play significant minutes, and is giving up too much height inside. As crazy as this may sound, it may be better for Eddie to start McGee and see how he does early in the game playing with the other starters and having Etan come off the bench.

I echo Kal's sentiments about AB: the guy has absolutely zero court sense which is why he gets the ball stolen after defensive rebounds and commits silly fouls from being out of position. BTH's court sense and willingness to except his role as our last line of defense are sorely missed. AB needs to be a consistent strong contributor if the Wiz are going to have a chance at making the playoffs.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I wish they could have kept DeMarr,yeah i know he was up against guaranteed contracts but at six-nine i liked his size and work ethic.Has anyone read Gilberts comment about voting? One of the most ignorant statements i've heard from anyone in a long time, seriously bro if you don't have anything intelligent to say just keep your opinions to yourself.They played well last night sans the final five minutes but they managed not to blow it,Pecherov,i'm sorry but this guy is more suited for the european game i would rather have DeMarr. Does anyone think Brendan will play this year?

Posted by: dargregmag | October 23, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"Duncan, taking advantage of his considerable height advantage, had 10 points in the first period against Thomas."

Duncan was guarded primarily by Jamison. Etan was guarding Kurt Thomas.

Posted by: kal0rama | October 23, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

BTW, a big middle finger to whomever poached my original username once the registration went up.

Posted by: kal0rama | October 23, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I thought the first quarter was very good, with the starters executing nicely. The second unit also started out very strongly, even playing against the Spurs starters. They increased the lead.
Where it started to break down in the 4Q was when the Spurs threw in all of their 2nd or was it third unit, who were all very quick. They outrebounded, outshot and defended better than our guys.
All 14 guys played last night, what's going to happen when two have to sit, and who will those two be?
My guess is these guys are candidates to alternately spend time on the inactive list: Pecherov, McGuire, Brown, Dixon.

BTW, Songaila seems to be jumping higher than last year, hahaha.

Posted by: rickgonz | October 23, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking Blatche might be more of a 'real game' player; a guy who coasts through practices and preseason, and brings it once the real games start. I'm not excusing his lack of focus; just saying that's how some guys are.

One advantage to having him at center is that he hopefully won't feel the need to play Magic Johnson all the time.

Posted by: keithward64 | October 23, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan always talks about "the force" Etan brings. I never see it. He's a good weak-side shot blocker, but opposing centers routinely have their way. He's got a power forward's body, but without the skills, so's he's an playing as an under-sized center without the skills. Percherov is going to be a rally killer, chucking up shots with long rebounds that lead to fast breaks.

Posted by: jweber1 | October 23, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

injury bug bit Larry Hughes again

Posted by: gregskins | October 23, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

jweber1, are you dcman88 in disguise.lol

Posted by: zxhoya | October 23, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Zxhoya:

No, I'm not dcman88. Have only commented on this blog once before, a couple days ago.

Posted by: jweber1 | October 23, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

BTW, a big middle finger to whomever poached my original username once the registration went up.

Posted by: kal0rama | October 23, 2008 10:33 AM


I concur! Somebody got me for my name and I bet they don't even blog.

Posted by: CBell29 | October 23, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"jweber1, are you dcman88 in disguise.lol

Posted by: zxhoya | October 23, 2008 11:11 AM "

What does this have to do with basketball?

This person needs to be banned.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"I'm thinking Blatche might be more of a 'real game' player; a guy who coasts through practices and preseason, and brings it once the real games start. I'm not excusing his lack of focus; just saying that's how some guys are."

Except he's not nearly a good, smart, or consistent enough player to get away with that.

(BTW, file this registration thing under "Be careful what you wish for." It appears to be a bit jacked up; after letting someone else filch my original ID, it wouldn't let me sign back in under my "replacement" name either.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 23, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

BTW, a big middle finger to whomever poached my original username once the registration went up.

Posted by: kal0rama | October 23, 2008 10:33 AM

Yeah - some dirt bag stole my original ID as well....

Rook

Posted by: Rook6980 | October 23, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Talk about "LMAO", we have all got to get use to the new (or slightly revised handles). Betcha guys didn't know special characters could be used...

The young guys (sans Blatche) played really well yesterday, as did the whole team. Dixon actually tried to initiate the offense and Butler played a hell of a game as the point 3.

Obviously, it's just one game, a preseason game at that, but as long as the team is meshing, I'll take it...

Posted by: -CN- | October 23, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

already had a UserID on wapo.com for the Skins blog. gregskins was known as G$ on this blog. tis a shame there are some lame individuals who'd resort to such tactics to post on a blog.

Posted by: gregskins | October 23, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Finding it hard to believe all these UserIDs have been swiped. Mine was taken also. Maybe they are not allowing any of the IDs used before registration.

2cents ... but had to add 48.

Posted by: 50cents | October 24, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

jweber1, are you dcman88 in disguise.lol

Posted by: zxhoya | October 23, 2008 11:11 AM "

What does this have to do with basketball?

This person needs to be banned.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2008 12:31 PM

lol

Posted by: zxhoya | October 24, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company