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Wizards vs. Spurs Tonight

As the Wizards prepare for tonight's preseason matchup against the San Antonio Spurs, former Wizard Roger Mason Jr. is limbering up with his new team (third item down).

The mats were back on the court and the lights dimmed at the Spurs' practice facility after a Monday practice session as the players engaged in their second yoga class of the preseason.
As the players learn some new deep stretching techniques, some continue to struggle with unusual postures the yoga instructors are attempting to teach.
"The flying dog, or whatever that's called?" said swingman Roger Mason, Jr. "No, I'm not good at it."

How do you think the Wizards will do vs. the Spurs?

By Alexa Steele  |  October 22, 2008; 9:50 AM ET
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The final score doesn't matter, but I'd like to see a unit of McGee, Blatche, Butler, Young and Daniels on the floor for 10 minutes. Second choice would be McGee, Blatche, Jamison, Butler and Daniels.

Unless they get better at the 2 and 5 spots, the Wiz could be more than 5 games under .500 by Xmas.

Posted by: Izman | October 22, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Second Izman's comments about the need to improve at the 2 and 5 spots. Not sure if it's an immediate answer, but the Wiz should give McGee significant PT early in the season to see if he can fulfill some of the defensive presence provided by BTH around the basket. As much as Etan provides a physical presence, he's a short 6 10" center who gives up inches and atletic ability to most bigmen we face.

Regarding the 2 position, I'm concerned if NY can't provide the off the bench scoring we received from Roger Mason last year (or needs knee surgery) . I can see a scenario where CB3 plays some 2 with Jamison moving to the 3 and Blatche playing the 4 to give us some mismatches. If DSS plays as well or improves on his game from last year, I don't think we have major concerns at the starting 2.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 22, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I missed all of the posts about the Dermarr cut. Looks like the bottom line is that we know we have a problem scoring. Dermarr can't shoot, Juan is streaky but better. I hate the decision, too but it makes sense. I see we still are not committing to trying to win games on the defensive end. This says a lot to me about what EJ thinks of his team. I know it's only a backup spot but it's still telling. I have a feeling we'll wind up regretting this move.

Posted by: mark | October 22, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

they'll get whipped again - hard to predict anything else. they looked terrible in the summer league, and they've looked terrible in pre-season. it's getting kind of hard to figure out how they have a winning season. blatche apparently is not stepping up, and young has yet to produce anything. they are the only possible game changers on the bench.

i can see only one positive. if they do indeed stink badly early on, maybe they can give mcgee a lot of minutes to help him develop and give arenas the entire year off to heal.

other than that - this year looks pretty grim.

Posted by: stevie | October 22, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

As much as Etan provides a physical presence, he's a short 6 10" center who gives up inches and athletic ability to most big men we face.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 22, 2008 10:47 AM

Besides Dwight Howard, which of these Centers are you calling "Athletic big men" that we are going to face in the Eastern Conference that Etan will give up inches to?

Etan is just as, or more "athletic" as most Centers in the Eastern Conference.

Andrew Bogut , 7'0" MIL
Zydrunas Ilgauskas , 7'3" CLE
Eddy Curry , 6'11" NYK
Rasheed Wallace , 6'11" DET
Samuel Dalembert , 6'11" PHI
Andrea Bargnani , 7'0" TOR
Al Horford , 6'10" ATL
Mark Blount , 7'0" MIA
Josh Boone , 6'10" NJN
Nazr Mohammed , 6'10" CHA
Rasho Nesterovic , 7'0" IND
Kendrick Perkins , 6'10" BOS
Joakim Noah , 6'11" CHI
Jeff Foster , 6'11" IND

The mistake in your post is the same I see from other posters all the time... People calling out our centers because they're going to get beat by the "Big Athletic" Centers... when there just aren't any playing in the Eastern Conference ... (except one freak of nature, named Dwight Howard)

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

How will they do against the Spurs? It's time to see if all of this seriousness reported in today's Post can actually make it to the court.

Eddie has given his vets lots of time off and this team has really looked off in the preseason. It's time for these guys to start playing like a team, the two games in Europe were real disjointed affairs.

Is it really that bad, or are the Wizards ready to play the way the did last year when they made the playoffs with Gil out most of the year and Butler missed big chunks of the season?

Playing without Haywood might be harder then many have thought. McGee might get a lot of force feeding along with Blatche. Thomas has always played best in spurts, when he gets steady starters minutes his production tends to drop.

Mason was let go in part to give Young the chance to get more consistant playing time. Young needs to step up and make the most of it. If he doesn't this team will really be thin at the two.

Posted by: GM | October 22, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, to go along with how thin they are at the 3. And the 1. And the 5.

Posted by: Prazak | October 22, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards are hardly thin at the 3 or the 4... We shall see if the talent additions at the bottom of the roster give the team the flexibility to change matchups and steal a few games... If the Wizards are at 500 when Gilbert comes back the year can be salvaged. It will be interesting to see how JaVale fares against the Spurs experienced big guys.

Posted by: khrabb | October 22, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

game televised?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

How do you think the Wizards will do vs the Spurs??

Was that supposed to be a joke??

Posted by: Darnell | October 22, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm almost afraid to watch. But I have to look... kinda like a car wreck.

I hope McGee starts again, and Young plays. I am losing faith in Dee Brown and Pecherov, so interested in seeing them and hoping they prove me wrong.

Want to see big games from Blatche and McGuire!!

Posted by: Darnell | October 22, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz have lots of bodies at the 4, but that's not the same as having depth. And aside from Butler, McGuire is the closest thing to a true SF they have, and he's (A) a converted college PF and (B) only contributes on one side of the floor.

Posted by: kalorama | October 22, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

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