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Thursday Update

After playing back-to-back nights and with a long trip to Germany looming Saturday following tomorrow night's game against the Pistons, Coach Eddie Jordan gave his team a much-needed day off today. No practice. No meetings. Just rest.

Given the injuries that have hit so far, that was probably a good idea.

The team has not made any roster moves today so I would assume that everyone will be on hand for tomorrow's game. Nick Young (knee soreness) will not play while Juan Dixon (calf) said earlier in the week that he hoped to play against the Pistons.

The injuries to Brendan Haywood and Antawn Jamison have obviously put a damper on things but fans should be pleased with the way Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee are playing so far. Obviously, McGee will be brought along slowly but not as slowly as he would've been brought along before Haywood went down.

Blatche had a strong camp and has been very solid in the first two games. He's playing under control, rebounding and makingn plays. The one area where he has to continue to be careful - especially now - is with careless fouls. He's always been plagued by foul trouble and he picked up five in just under 25 minutes Wednesday night. The key continues to be improved footwork, defensive positioning and not reaching and picking up the cheap fouls after he's beaten. Still, there is no question that Blatche continues to make strides and his veteran teammates have noticed.

DeShawn Stevenson after Wednesday's win in Memphis: "Dre' has a swagger to him right now and I like it. He's going out there playing hard and he's really bringing it. That's what we need from him, especially now that we won't have Brendan. He has to do that."

Quick question for anyone in Berlin or familiar with Berlin: Where can a fella catch the NFL games while downing a few excellent Germany beers Sunday? I assume that that there are some sports bars with the NFL package and I would love to catch some games when I get over there. Any advice would be much appreciated......

By Ivan Carter  |  October 9, 2008; 4:11 PM ET
 
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Don't worry about the NFL games. You're going to be in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Just enjoy Berlin.

Posted by: iceberg | October 9, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

terrible advice

Posted by: boooo | October 9, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Berlin is terrific - amazing town. I agree with not watching too much pigskin - get out and see the many sights, but this could be your place... http://www.belushis.com/venues/belushis-bars-in-berlin

I went to this place a couple times when I was in Berlin for the World Cup. Very nice - and I hear they show sports from anywhere. Mitte is a cool area for going out as well - on the younger, more en vogue eastern side of the city.

Posted by: Kev | October 9, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse


5 fouls in 25 minutes for Andray?

C'mon Ivan, let's tell the real story:

AB picked up foul #1 with 2:46 left in the first.

He picked up foul #4 with 8:02 left in the 2nd.

4 fouls in 6:44 is more like it.

Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | October 9, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I actually think as a team we will miss Haywood more than Arenas. The good thing is more pt for pecherov!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

OP may not be the original "deer in the headlights" but he's a clone. Play JM and sign a 15th body.

Posted by: lrmc623 | October 9, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I second Belushi's Bar. It's an American-style sports bar located in Mitte.
Belushi's caters to the English-speaker in Berlin.
They show the NFL, College Ball, cricket and Football (Soccer).

Belushi's Bar
Rosa Luxemburg Stra├če 39-41
10178 Berlin-Mitte

Posted by: Rook | October 9, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

It was quite a scare when Jamison went down the other night. Hope he's really going to be ok, he needs to take the time and make sure the knee's really sound before rushing back. NBA season's are marathon's not sprints, the Wiz need Jamison for the long haul.

Really a shame for Haywood, I think the guy was coming in prepared to build on last year and finally really establish himself as a solid NBA starter. Haywood but up decent numbers last year, but much of his value came on the defensive end and didn't show up on the stat sheet.

Hope he stays in shape and heals quick, if he's closer to 4 months then 6 getting back, he could be a factor by playoff time. In the meantime, Let the kid play! Eddie, Let the kid play!

JaVale really had a "McBust" out game last night! To think some posters on here, were making up nasty nick names to call JaVale a Bust,BEFORE, he ever played a game with the team! The talent is there, the work ethic is there, and he'll take some lumps and make some mistakes, but the kid's got to play to get better.

I'm not saying he should start(yet), but he needs to get minutes right from the start. With this team it may make a lot of sense to form a high octane, pressing, trapping, unit. That might be an ideal way to get the kid some early minutes.

With Haywood down, there's no way Pecherov's getting cut to keep Dixon and DerMarr. Juan and Johnson would seem to be in a duel for that final roster spot.

I've been thinking all summer the little three were going to be key to this team. Blatche and McGuire seem ready to go and are looking like pros, I hope Young follows their lead.

We know what we'll get from Jamison if he's healthy, Butler is the guy that could take another step and really carry the team til everybody gets back. The guy may have to put up MVP like numbers to keep the Wiz in it, my guess is he's ready and capable of doing it.

Never been to Berlin myself, but I understand from friends and family that have been, the NFL is huge in Germany so you shouldn't have a problem finding a spot Ivan.

Have a good trip, and remember that German brews a little stronger then Lite Beer. Be safe and don't over enjoy!

Posted by: GM | October 9, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, what the heck. Take a cab - - - OVER ENJOY!!!

Posted by: Rook | October 9, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

People are touting the prospect of more PT for Pecherov. Clearly this is the "denial" stage of grief.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, bathe in the excellent pilsners you can get in Berlin! Both German, and even better, Czech.

Posted by: Kev | October 9, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

jarnvagsstation og bokhandel sjalv!! :P

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

People are touting the prospect of more PT for Pecherov. Clearly this is the "denial" stage of grief.

Posted by: kalorama | October 9, 2008 10:24 PM

Now that's funny.

Posted by: zxhoya | October 9, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

The good thing about Pecherov is his ability to shoot the 3 and he's a 7 footer. By stepping out to the 3 and his willingness to shoot immediately forces the defense to pay attention to him.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

And his inability to hit better than a 28% clip immediately forces the defense to ignore him so they can double team someone with a realistic chance of actually putting the ball in the basket.

Posted by: kalorama | October 10, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

LOL!

If one preseason game can convince a certain someone that he's not a bust just yet, then I guess this old guy probably also thought LaBradford Smith was going to have a better career than MJ after that infamous game.

One game GM'er, one preseason game against all world Marc Gasol!

Maybe if he McGee did that against Tiago Splitter, then I'd be a bit more optimistic.

LOL!

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 10, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Ivan, I was in Hamburg this summer and had no problem finding American sports on tv. Of course, most of the channels will have soccer on but you'll be fine.
Question for you.... Had eddie indicated what his starting lineup will be with BTH out? We're assuming AB. If so, who's the backup at the forward spots?

Posted by: mark | October 10, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

SO,

what's the future for these guys?

Taj McCullough, Linton Johnson, DerMarr Johnson

Posted by: LK | October 10, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Ivan, the Deutsche don't want to watch the sorry Vikings and they're not fond of their Pagan brothers to the North either. Now put on your lederhosen, get smashed on some Deutsche Bier and dance a jig!

And make sure you post us on the Wiz...you're there to do a job, not watch Gus head butt himself in the Metrodome!

Posted by: Vlad The Impaler | October 10, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Bet that German food won't be as good as that Memphis BBQ.

Posted by: ha | October 10, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Demarr Johnson better make this team. Either Juan or Pecherov should be cut. I'm leaning towards pecherov considering he is the worst basketball player I have ever seen. Once again shows EG's lack of ability to draft quality players in the 1st round

Posted by: Anonymous | October 10, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Why? Because DeMarr is local? I agree that Pesh is awkward and not built for the NBA. He's one step faster than Muresan! The Wiz are loaded in the front court and they need depth at the guard position. I don't see Juan getting axed to keep DeMarr. They have a 33 year old starting PG and virtually a rookie backup in Dee Brown. Juan is more of a combo guy but he can play point if necessary. And he's very familiar with Eddie's Princeton offense. It will be a tough decision but I don't see JD getting cut.

Posted by: Vlad The Impaler | October 10, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

We are still going to win 40-45 games and make the playoffs again. This season will be more about the development of youth and the emergence of Caronomo to MVP status. With Haywood gone that means he can't hide Javale. This kid needs to be our savior, in a few years, while Dre needs to be solid, NY needs to play D, and Dom to hit shots. We'll be fine

Posted by: Burg w/ a U | October 10, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Juan Dixon can't play the point. He couldn't in college and he can't in the NBA.

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

I like Juan Dixon, but think he's on the bubble if the Wiz are serious about keeping Demarr Johnson who may also see some time at the 3. Don't think you can cut Pecherov without ever seeing him play any real minutes. Also, Juan hasn't played in a game and will have to do something to earn his spot.

People seem to forget that Eddie loves Etan and don't be surprised if he's the starter on opening night with AB as the first guy off the bench. AB gets in foul trouble too easy and having him as a starter could really throw things out of whack when he picks up 2 quick fouls in the first 5 minutes of a game. Etan is a veteran and knows how to pick and choose his fouls. He's also a much stronger presence to go against guys like Howard, KG, and Rasheed at the start of games.

As far as a backup at PF, I see D-Song having to log some serious minutes if Blatche is playing mostly at the 5. A second team frontline of Blatche, D-Song, and D-Mac gives us athleticism with a savvy veteran who knows how to play within EJ's offense. Big onus on NY to provide consistent scoring off the bench that was provided last year by Mason and not turn over the ball and foul constantly. If the Little Three step it up, we may not be as bad off as people seem to think.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 10, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I second Belushi's if you insist on watching NFL games on Sunday... If you want to have a bit of fun and get a good dinner too, try a restaurant called Pomp Duck and Circumstance... great caberet show and food is fine.

Am really looking forward to seeing your reports on JaVale vs Tyson Chandler, this is a good test for the young man.

Oh and do not fail to go to the Pergamon Museum, it has some spectacular stuff from ancient Greece, Egypt and the Middle East.

Posted by: khrabb | October 10, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

One game GM'er, one preseason game against all world Marc Gasol! Maybe if he McGee did that against Tiago Splitter, then I'd be a bit more optimistic.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 10, 2008 2:07 AM

rotfl

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

"We are still going to win 40-45 games and make the playoffs again. This season will be more about the development of youth and the emergence of Caronomo to MVP status. With Haywood gone that means he can't hide Javale. This kid needs to be our savior, in a few years, while Dre needs to be solid, NY needs to play D, and Dom to hit shots. We'll be fine

Posted by: Burg w/ a U | October 10, 2008 9:55 AM "

If this season is about the development of youth, then pray tell why EG spent 171 mil in the offseason?

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 10, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The signing of Juan Dixon to a partially guaranteed contract was clearly a PR move to soothe the potential uproar from the season ticket holders who renewed at the deadline right before Gilby said he's going to be out until January.

Given that, Les BouleS might have to suck it up and cut someone else who might help the team more because if they let Juan go instead, then that would clearly show that the brass had no idea what they were doing, and that it was shoot from the hip kind of move.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 10, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Juan sticks. They need someone to pickup the slack for the loss of Mason. JD is streaky but he can fill the bucket as a backup 2. DeMarr may stick because this team is short on 3's with only CB and DM holding that spot down. AB is a 4 and will come off the bench unless AJ is not back from the knee injury. He's too light to play the starting 5 spot. ET will start at 5 and they'll rotate Pesh and McGee. McGee is raw but I can see him getting 10 mins. a night. If he continues to play hard and not be intimidated, he could bang with other teams 5 spot scrubs. Not sure they can win 40-45 with the improvement in the East unless they get Gil back sometime in early December. They'll fight for the 8th spot this year. The kids need to step up. Nick has to improve his scoring and Dom needs to knock down the 15 footers. They will be competitive and entertaining but I don't see them getting past the 1st round if they even get in at all.

Posted by: Vlad The Impaler | October 10, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

You have got to have something better to do than watch NFL football when you are in Berlin. Go to the roof of the Reichstag -- great views of Berlin, the Pergamon museum, the Alte Gallerie, and the Charlottenburg Palace. Travelling with the Wizards, you probably don't get to Europe that often -- enjoy the city rather than do what you could do any Sunday in the US.

Posted by: DC Old Guy | October 10, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

One game doesn't a career make, but a guy isn't a bust because somebody decides that "McBust" sounds cute. That was so clever 88' could use it as a reference to get himself a job at McDonalds making McFries.

JaVale is an athlete with basketball skills. The kid seems to have a huge upside. But yes, it's going to take some time an effort to develop him, but that's going to be the fun part of this year. Blatche, McGuire, Young, Brown and McGee are going to be fun to watch as they get their first real tastes of NBA action.

McGee needs to get stronger, but not just heavier. His quickness is a huge assest right now. Way back when Lew Alcinder played at UCLA the common view was he was going to get pushed around in the NBA.

Thought was he needed to gain 40-50lbs to survive in the NBA paint. When Jabber retired I doubt that he'd gained 15-20lbs. in his whole career. If I remember correctly he was a big advocate of Yoga. It's interesting to hear Jamison and Butler talking it up now. Maybe they can hook the kid up, it sure worked out for Jabber.

I just can't see the Wizards giving up on Pecherov this early unless another valuable frontcourt option hits the waver wire. With Haywood down, Thomas returning from surgery, and Songaila dealing with a bad back, I can't see the Wiz carrying DerMarr and Jaun Dixon and one less front court guy.

Not to mention the fact that Jamison just sprained, or bruised a knee. Pecherov was another developmental pick, and they don't always work out. But making that kind of pick and being ready to give up after only 45 games on a bad wheel isn't the way to make those kind of picks work.

I even wonder if he shouldn't spend some time in the D League to get needed court time in. A couple of years down the road a front court of McGee & Blatche with Jamison and Pecherov off the bench might not look to bad. The development of the kids raises the possibility of packaging a whole group of contracts that run out after next year to make a major move.

Tiago Splitter? The guy that the Spurs drafted that got a bigger contract in Europe then the NBA collective bargaining agreement allowed the Spurs to pay him.
If you're somehow trying to say he's a bust 88', how come he got so much money to play in Europe?

I'm not really getting your point, or if there really is supposed to be one. Or is one of those McScrambler things?

Posted by: GM | October 10, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The signing of Juan Dixon to a partially guaranteed contract was clearly a PR move to soothe the potential uproar from the season ticket holders who renewed at the deadline right before Gilby said he's going to be out until January.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 10, 2008 10:59 AM

renewal deadline was march, not september to re-up season tickets.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 10, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

GM'bust getting on the JaVale bandwagon is akin to GM'bust getting on OPech's bandwagon. It's gotta be downhill from here on.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 10, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"McGibberish"

Posted by: GM | October 10, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

McGymrat

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 10, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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