Daniels Practices

From Ivan Carter at Verizon Center:

Antonio Daniels is practicing after missing the last 3 games with a sore right knee. I will update after practice.

By Alexa Steele |  November 20, 2008; 11:40 AM ET
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Ivan,

You can't keep blaming the personnel without mentioning the coaching.

The various lineups last night were absurd. At one point Etan, Pech and Blatche were playing with Dee Brown and DeShawn. There is no way for players to have continuity and understand their roles.

Plus, it shows Eddie has no plan.

Here is the difference between last year and this year. We lost Haywood and Mason and added JaVale and Juan.

Are you telling me that is the difference between a 5th seed and the worst team in the league?

Posted by: what5 | November 20, 2008 12:01 PM

Ivan,

You can't keep blaming the personnel without mentioning the coaching.

The various lineups last night were absurd. At one point Etan, Pech and Blatche were playing with Dee Brown and DeShawn. There is no way for players to have continuity and understand their roles.

Plus, it shows Eddie has no plan.

Here is the difference between last year and this year. We lost Haywood and Mason and added JaVale and Juan.

Are you telling me that is the difference between a 5th seed and the worst team in the league?

Posted by: what5 | November 20, 2008 12:01 PM

Yes, it is. JaVale's great, but he's still a young, inexperienced, thin as a rail rookie - and he looks the part playing a game (not every performance has been like his Utah game). Given that he's getting real playing time I don't think he's going to catch opposing teams off guard so much. But there's no comparison between Haywood last year and McGee right now.

Also, Daniels is not what he was last year so they don't have a solid, NBA starter-worthy point guard leading the offense. Is that not a big deal?

I think this much is true, as Jordan alluded to a day or two ago - the Wizards right now are essentially a couple of borderline all-stars surrounded by a bunch of mediocre talent, some of whom are young and could develop into solid NBA players.

Posted by: johnnie_futbol | November 20, 2008 12:15 PM

I really hope he's actually healthy and that he's not pushing himself to get back out on the court too soon because the team needs him. Having him hobbling around at less than 100% and risking further injury does not help anyone.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 20, 2008 1:09 PM

You have to play to your personnel. Etan gets 2 postups to start every game for no reason yet JaVale gets no entry passes (except for lobs). He has shown the ability to drive and make post moves.

We need to play some real NBA inside-out basketball. It will free up the perimeter.

If we go 1-8 playing JaVale at center 30-35 mpg, then I'll agree that our personnel is the problem.

But if we continue to play a center (Songaila) who has 5 rebounds in 9 games, then I'll continue to place some of the blame on the coach.

Posted by: what5 | November 20, 2008 1:42 PM

5 rebounds in 9 games. LOL. It's actually funny when you say it out loud.

Posted by: original_mark | November 20, 2008 1:50 PM

"Etan gets 2 postups to start every game for no reason yet JaVale gets no entry passes (except for lobs)."

There's a reason for that.

Right now McGee simply isn't strong enough to consistently get position in front and seal his man off with his own body long enough to receive an entry pass down. Lobbing it up towards the rim is the best way to use the only physical advantage he has against bigger bulkier Cs (his length and leaping ability) to full effect. He can't fight through most Cs, but he can jump over them.

He just doesn't have the tools to be a toss it in and make something happen low post player. Doesn't mean he can't contribute, but that's not the way for him to do it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 20, 2008 1:56 PM

He's going to need to get bigger to be able to have an effective post game. It's hard to send him a pass at the post when he can get pushed around.

He's been great in a couple of games, but it's also clear that physically there's some room for development. He's also going to have to learn how to move himself around so he gets open for looks. You don't learn those things in 9 games.

Hopefully he'll be much better by the 2nd half of the season, but right now he's certainly no replacement for Haywood. He'll also benefit greatly from a year or two of his body filling out. Wizards fans have every reason in the world to get excited about him, but he's not the player to turn this team around.

Posted by: johnnie_futbol | November 20, 2008 1:59 PM

yeah, what kalorama said.

Posted by: johnnie_futbol | November 20, 2008 2:00 PM

Did you watch the game when McGee posted up and went up and under for a layup? Of course an alley-oop is the best option for him, but he has better postup moves than Etan.

And, like running the ball early in the game, posting up McGee is essential to keep the defense honest and free up space for Caron. Posting up Etan doesn't keep anyone honest because he just holds it for 5 seconds and then spins for an out of control left-handed hook.

One other thing: As I was watching the team walk back on the court for Atlanta's final shot, I remembered how at the very end of last year Eddie finally realized that Antawn shouldn't be in the game on final defensive possessions. It took a couple close losses but he figured it out. What happened? Did he forget? Why wasn't McGuire in?

Posted by: what5 | November 20, 2008 2:03 PM

One nice move does not a strategy make.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 20, 2008 2:08 PM

Yeah, the difference between Javale and Andray is that Javale has shown more promise in 9 games than Blatche has in 4 years. I cringe every time he gets the ball, but I get excited and anxious whenever Javale gets the ball. Plus, Javale likes to get his nose dirty while blatche cruises the perimeter like he's Jamison-lite. Numerous times yesterday Javale was fighting harder than anyone on our team to keep balls alive. whether he was successful or not he still showed the promise we all see.

I hope he starts the rest of the season. Talk about experience. Daquan Cook is a second year player and probably played more than usual last year when the team tanked. From that, he played more minutes and gained more experience and ended up being a solid player this year. Trial by fire may help Javale.

GO Wizards!!!

Posted by: BurgwithaU | November 20, 2008 2:10 PM

"the Wizards right now are essentially a couple of borderline all-stars surrounded by a bunch of mediocre talent"

While this is true, the team that beats them isn't any better. Is Hawks without Josh Smith and Al Hoford better than Wiz at the monment?

Wiz also lost to Bucks without Red, and how is Knicks or Nets roster any better?

Miami has a second round rookie running the team, and he burnt Wiz with 19 pts and 6 assists! Had he played for Wiz, he would be part of "young," "role players" who are supposed to loose games!

I can buy that Wiz is under .500, but 1-8? That sounds like excuse to me!

Posted by: sagaliba | November 20, 2008 2:35 PM

"While this is true, the team that beats them isn't any better. Is Hawks without Josh Smith and Al Hoford better than Wiz at the monment?

Wiz also lost to Bucks without Red, and how is Knicks or Nets roster any better?

Miami has a second round rookie running the team, and he burnt Wiz with 19 pts and 6 assists! Had he played for Wiz, he would be part of "young," "role players" who are supposed to loose games!

I can buy that Wiz is under .500, but 1-8? That sounds like excuse to me!

Posted by: sagaliba | November 20, 2008 2:35 PM "

Hmmm...

Better coaching?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 20, 2008 10:56 PM

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