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Heat at Wizards

Information on tonight's game

Heat: C Udonis Haslem, F Michael Beasley, F Shawn Marion, G Dwyane Wade, G Mario Chalmers.

Inactives: James Jones, Jamaal Magloire, Dorell Wright.

Wizards: C Etan Thomas, F Antawn Jamison, F Caron Butler, G DeShawn Stevenson, G Juan Dixon.

Inactives: Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood, Antonio Daniels (right knee).

Refs: Joey Crawford, Tony Brown, Leon Wood.

Line: Wizards by 2.

Notables: Wade rolled an ankle during Sunday's loss at Toronto but will go...He ranks second in scoring (27.9 ppg) behind only LeBron James (29.8 ppg)...Beasley ranks third among rookies in scoring (16.3 ppg) behind O.J. Mayo (21.0) and Derrick Rose (18.9)...Heat G Daequan Cook has made at least three three-pointers in the last four games...

Keys to the game:

1. Rebounding: The Wizards were crushed by the smaller Heat on the boards (52-33) during Friday's 97-77 loss in Miami.

2. Caron Butler: The all-star was held to a season-low six points Friday night. He never got going early and was not able to shake Shawn Marion's sticky defense. Look for Butler to be far more assertive tonight.

3.Little things: Missed box-outs, poor screening and a failure to make the extra pass or cut have all been culprits in the slow start so far. The Wizards need to clean up those little things if they plan on digging out of a 1-6 hole.

-Daniels remains out and also will not play at Atlanta tomorrow night but said he hopes to possibly Friday night against Houston. Daniels said he underwent an MRI on the knee yesterday and took a cortisone shot today. "If I feel good enough, I'll practice Thursday and hopefully go Friday," Daniels said.

-Coach Eddie Jordan was asked about the lack of production we're seeing out of Andray Blatche and wouldn't you know it, Jordan matter-of-factly brought up his conditioning level. Again.

Jordan: "We call it a dash and a splash but he's certainly not consistent right now. From the time he got into the league, we've talked about his conditioning improving and he hasn't gotten to a point where it's where it should be, where he can sustain a high level of intensity and a high level of concentration. It's something that he still has to get better and that is where we think we see a breakdown: he's just not in tip-top condition."

Say what? Isn't this guy in his fourth NBA season and haven't you been stressing this for four years now?

Jordan : "It's up and down, put it that way. That's the political way to put it. He'll play hard for a few minutes and then he'll come over for help and won'y compete at the rim or he'll get out on the wing and not sprint the lanes. And then there are times when he will do it. But we're doing different things to motivate him. We're working with him in the weight room. We've got him coming in earlier every day to the gym, probably two hours before everyone else gets here so, we're working on it."

Bottom line: Until Blatche decides that being a great basketball player is the most important thing in his world, we will continue to talk about his inconsistency.




By Ivan Carter  |  November 18, 2008; 4:18 PM ET
 
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Comments

Let just tell the truth EG mismanaged the cap plain and simple, overpaid for DeSean,did not sit down with AJ&GA to adjust contract to keep Roger Mason gave an extension to Pecherov(not deserved) could have picked up Ewing Jr. gave away money to Songalia(WRONG) and too lengthy a contract and obviously paid too much for AJ and GA. As far as Andray is concerned EJ hit the nail on the head he doesn't want "it" another EG mistake wonder if he consulted EJ before he shelled out the money for this bumm all Andray is interested in is chasing skirts, now thats where he's an all star!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 18, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Heres two pieces of motivation for AB:

1. How much is he being paid to play a game many people love to play for free? H needs to recognize what a privilege he has.

2. Does he want to be know as the biggest Wizards bust after Kwame Brown? They should embarrass any player.

He needs to step up by the all-star break or be gone.

Posted by: noups | November 18, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

nice defense so far...NOT!

Posted by: rxs85 | November 18, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag,
The sense I got from the coverage of the Gil and AJ signings was it was honest Abe who willing to give Gil whatever he wanted and not EG. Abe has a history of taking care of Bullets/Wizards forever once you win his favor. I think EG has endorsed maintaining continuity but Abe gave Gil a blank check...literally. If there is evidence to the contrary I have yet to see it.

31% shooting so far tonight...nice.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | November 18, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The slow starts to the game and 2nd half need to end, start mcgee and young.

Posted by: bford1kb | November 18, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to lie, McGee's had a great stretch that included 2 super-athletic plays with a 3rd just negated. I think we've always seen the big man athleticism from the other team, but it's nice to have on our side...

Posted by: -CN- | November 18, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Worst defensive team I've ever seen for 5 years in a row. The Heat have wide open shot after wide open shot. The Wiz seem to have no clue who the shooters are. They double on the wrong people. Just mass confusion. He keeps starting the same guys who dig them a huge whole every game. I can't believe they are so poorly coached. How can they keep this knucklehead as the coach? I give up. My last post ever. I quit going to the games for good last year and will not come back until they fire EJ.

Posted by: mschmall625 | November 18, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Andray Blatche is awful.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 18, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

This was really terrible. 25 win season, maybe.

Posted by: andy22 | November 18, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Stupid turnover by NY at a critical juncture in the game same old Andray,Heat almost fifty percent from three point line Wiz playing a lot better in the second half but not good enough to get a win,another turnover by NY at a critical possesion the kid does not handle pressure well and another loss and the Hawks here in the ATL tommorow nite and NO i am not going to the game!!

Posted by: dargregmag | November 18, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

This team is AWFUL. lose so many games with costly turnovers at crucial points in the game... anyone who thinks they can turn it around is crazy. Wizards haven't even played the more superior teams yet. they will have the worse record in the Eastern conference at the end of the year, maybe even the entire NBA, what a shame...

Posted by: rachel216 | November 18, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Time to trade AJ for youth. Portland is loaded and looking for a veteran leader. What can we get for him? Aldridge and Sergio? Cap filler? Throw in Kawme Blatche if necessary.

Its time to start thinking about a lottery pick! I vote for a pg and to slide GA over to sg.

Posted by: wizfanatic | November 18, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Same stuff every game.

Too many guys who simply can't play in this league and contribute. Not fulltime.

They've got guys who are starting who wouldn't make many teams.

Stevenson has no game. Dixon's a fourth guard. Thomas is a third power forward.

They're going backwards.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 18, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Not much to like, eddie's got to do something, not just run out the same tired lineup with young and mcgee both showing they are definitely part of our best 5. What is the point of running Etan out there to give up easy points and get us down early to start the game and half. mcgee should start, he completely alters the way opposing teams can attack the paint. As far as Nick Young is concerned, does anyone think deshawn is a better basketball player? Bringing Young off the bench for scoring is not a luxury this team has, he needs to start. Blatche provided some inspired effort that this squad hasn't gotten much of, he was rewarded with 14 minutes, thanks eddie.

Posted by: bford1kb | November 18, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Time to trade AJ for youth. Portland is loaded and looking for a veteran leader. What can we get for him? Aldridge and Sergio? Cap filler? Throw in Kawme Blatche if necessary.

Its time to start thinking about a lottery pick! I vote for a pg and to slide GA over to sg.

Posted by: wizfanatic | November 18, 2008 9:32 PM

Well, wat team r goin to want AJ and his huge contracts for 4 more years?? and AJ for aldrige/sergio??? LMAO do u think they r stupid enough to make this trade? LMAO

Posted by: forbid | November 18, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Look at the +/- for each player. Totally predictable. And the 5-man unit stats will echo what we have been seeing all season. EJ has taken blindness and stubbornness to a new artform.

In case you missed the game, the Wiz tanked by 10 to begin the game and again at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. The scrubs clawed back into the game on both occasions. However, EJ then put DSong at center and the Wiz collasped. They clawed back agains and then he put DeS in the last 2 minutes and they collasped again.

Don't believe me. Look at the stats.

BTW, talking about credibility, why would anyone believe what EJ says about AB or anyone else? Anyway, 2 hours in the weight room is not going to resolve Andray's issues.

Posted by: Izman | November 18, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

This team needs an owner who wants to win.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 18, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

something HAS to change...make a trade, anything...cause nothing is going to change as long as they have these players, it's gonna be the same crap every night.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 18, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

EJ is an idiot, start NY and McGee, i dont understand y he dont get it

Posted by: forbid | November 18, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Once again the 1st and 3rd quarter starts killed us and had us instantly in a hole. When will Eddie realize he needs to sit Etan down as the 11th or 12th man.

Again, Etan is a nice dude and I commend him for coming back from heart surgery like he did. However it is time Eddie gives his starting spot to McGee and start NY over Stevenson. Give OPEC some minutes at the 5 backing McGee up and let AB run at the 4 spot.

Once again Eddie went to small ball way to long again. He played AJ way to many minutes again. AB had a good 1st half but did not see any minutes in the 3rd and came in around the 9 minute mark in the 4th, go figure. Can someone say "cold" now.

Caron is not closing out games like a All Star is supposed to do and AJ isn't doing anything either to take over a game. I will take Gilbert with 1 leg now, because at least he can always get his shot off without turning the ball over.

I hate to say this, but this team is in real big trouble. Without Gilbert and Haywood here, Eddie's weakness as a coach is starting to show. He still has two parts (2 all stars) here to have a better record then they have now.

The problem is Eddie does not know how to call a game pertaining to rotational calls. Lastly can we please stop doubling the ball and just play straight man to man defense for once, please.......??????

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 18, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

AJ and CB ply too much minutes and they couldnt even win games...Imagine there is higher chance that one of them will get injure durin mid season, and its gonna mean more trouble than it is now..

Posted by: forbid | November 18, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Man, Izman I saw the game and it looks like we wrote almost the exact thing. Let's just accept the fact Eddie's stubbornness is what going to get him fired.

By time Gilbert gets back, we will be so far out of the race the rest of the season won't even matter. Eddie is going to have to start McGee and NY.

This loyalty crap that he has to Etan and Stevenson has gone to far. Remember he did the same type of stuff with Jarves Hayes.

If Eddie is more concerned with Stevenson's starting streak vs. winning games then yes we have a problem.......Stevenson needs to be benched along with Etan and OPEC needs to get a good look at the expense of Songalia.....

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 18, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

OPEC sucks too

Posted by: andy22 | November 18, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I think Opech need to have surgery on his back cause he walks and run like an old man

Posted by: forbid | November 18, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Who's tired about hearing the coach and the players talk about "getting into a rhythm"? That has become the catch-all excuse for everything. What's the difference between not being in a rhythm and just plain being really bad? The entire basis for this team is Abe Pollin remaining locked in the 1970s and thinking-hoping AJ is Wes Unseld and Gilbert is Elvin Hayes. I'm old enough to remember those days! Believe me, Elvin was a combination of Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace--the best of both of their games. Time to move on.

Posted by: jweber1 | November 18, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Wizards should tank the season and hope for a top 3 pick in next years draft.

get rid of Eddie Jordan and Andray Blatche--maybe time to part ways with Grunfeld also... hell maybe the owner is the problem??? truth is the collective minds of Polin, Grunfeld, and Jordan isn't working.

figure out SOME way to move Antwan Jamison. since he doesn't play ANY defense and is showing his AGE this season--maybe the knicks or the spurs could be duped.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 18, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Keep arenas, young, and mcGee

anybody else is on trading block

Posted by: forbid | November 18, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

OPEC(H) is horrible.

send him away.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 18, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

and since nobody want Etan cause of his bad contract, just package with him caron

Posted by: forbid | November 18, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

trade jamison for raef lafrentz since he is in the last year of his contract ( id ont care bout who im getting, its time to rebuilt

Posted by: forbid | November 18, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

ohhhh...it's getting ugly now. Crowd is restless and hungry.

I only saw the 1st half, lucky me, but did hear a little of the post game news conference on the radio. Not sure who else heard this but EJ seems to now be taking the position that it is commendable for the Wizards to even be competitive. Lowering the bar further.

So, who do we like in the draft? Joking but unfortunately this is the cold reality.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | November 18, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

F*** DeShawn's games-started streak. the guy is a major liability at this point. he has no 'O' and doesn't play 'D' like he gets a rep for. SIT HIM AND ETAN AND START NICK AND JAVALE!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 18, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Jordan was oddly unstable after the game, lecturing reporters that the team was built for Arenas to be the leader and suggesting that without he and Haywood that it lacks the talent to win. He even praised players for doing so well, considering. It's amazing a coach would admit that, A) because he is publicly throwing EG under the bus. When a team starts eating its own young, meltdown is not far behind. B) because he, as the alleged motivator of the team, is setting an extremely low bar for his players. Isn't it a coach's job to inspire players and encourage confidence? How does telling them that they lack the talent to compete achieve that? This ship is sinking fast. And he continues to go with the roster which has achieved 1 win versus 7 losses, a plan which had the team down 12-2 at the beginning of the game. Why is he starting Deshawn when the team admitted today that he has nerve problems in his hand?

Posted by: SammyT1 | November 18, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Boy this is getting bad quickly. You mean to tell me that this team can't play anybetter without Gil? Eddie needs to do something drastic now. Shake up the lineup SMH

Checkout dalockerroom.com for DC area opinions of the wiz and other current topics...

Posted by: rdskns1975 | November 18, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

The blogger house is on fire tonight. As Doc Walker likes to say, "Bring it hard to the mike", you guys are bringing it hard to the page.

I have been saying from the beginning of the season that EJ would be fired sooner rather than later.

Let me make a more specific prediction. EJ is fired in no later than ten more Wizard games.

I know, I'm jumping out there, but if EG doesn't get rid of the weight on his back, he might have to go with him.

I saw the game, forget about trades, and who starts or not, when you constantly do the same stuff over and over again, but expect a different result, you know what they call that: Insanity, like in crazy.

And folks, the only one responsible for this crazines, is certainly not the players, it is not EG, it is clearly EJ.

Bringing it hard. LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 18, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

And folks, the only one responsible for this crazines, is certainly not the players, it is not EG, it is clearly EJ.

Bringing it hard. LarryInClintonMD


Larry it all starts at the top which is the old man. I watched Wes and that team win but that was before free agency and a team had to spend some money to win. This owner is CHEAP and does not care about winning.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 18, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

So before the game it was, "We just need to get in a rhythm" and after another loss its "we simply do not have the talent to compete".

Inspirational EJ, now they know they are free to mail it in for the balance of the year. But I guess if Eddie is going to mail it in the players might as well also. May not play so well with the fans in such a tough economy though.


Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | November 18, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, EJ sucks as coach. Some players aren't playing well...blah blah blah.

Take any teams starting center and best player off the roster and there is going to be major trouble. Add in our backup point guard is out and hobbled and our starting 2 guard apparently has some injury of his own.

Shadow,
Your exactly right. Abe influenced the signing of Gil and AJ. Publicly, EG was all for the continuity theme, but who knows if that is the truth or not.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 18, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Firing Jordan solves nothing. This team it constructed of badly fitting pieces, lacks depth, size, and athleticism, and most of it's most important players are either hurt on the downslope of their careers.

Jordan has wrung as much out of this as he can, getting them into the playoffs 4 years in a row. A new coach won't get better results without significant upgrades to the talent.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 18, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

For all of those who've been angling since last season for Jordan to play the kids and live with their mistakes ... hope you enjoyed the last few minutes of the 4th quarter.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 18, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

For all of those who've been angling since last season for Jordan to play the kids and live with their mistakes ... hope you enjoyed the last few minutes of the 4th quarter.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 18, 2008 10:45 PM
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Actually I have no problem with the last few minutes of the 4th. It was the first few minutes of the 1st and 3rd that killed us

Posted by: OwlWiz | November 18, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Right Kal...if only Etan and Stevenson would have been in we could have had it. Rats!

Without the kids contribution this would have been another blowout and the last few minutes would have been irrelevant. I am totally fine with letting the kids play and making plenty of mistakes but hopefully learning from them. I have already seen that the starters can lose games proficiently.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | November 18, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

IMO a trade has to be considered. Not a blowup trade but a trade involving our bench, outside of McGee and Young. Our other role players have not done anything.

I really hope to see a shake up.

Posted by: mikejc80 | November 18, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Man that was brutal..

Caron plays too much one on one trying to do to much!

Dixon has been off, though he had some nice buckets.

I wish Blatche would play more, and play more inside and stop with the dumb TOs.

I hate seeing Stevenson play pg

Posted by: Darnell1 | November 18, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

EJ is right: they don't have the talent. Subtract the best big man (granted, it's Haywood) and the top scorer on any team, and they'll struggle.

Not to mention the collapse of Daniels and Stevenson as significant players.

The talent isn't there.

Full stop.

Does that mean that he couldn't do a better job. Game management, subbing? Sure.

But give this team Red Auerbach and, as it's constituted, they wouldn't win more than 5-8 more games.

Now maybe EJ isn't the right coach to have at this stage. Right in terms of helping develop younger players. The right temperament.

But that's another story.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 18, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Tank Tank Tank!

Skipped the Wiz debacle tonight, but Im watching Oklahoma - and Blake Griffin would look great in a Washington uniform.

Tank Tank Tank!

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Injuries have all but ruined this squad,think!if Gil had not reinjured himself and Haywood was healthy(wow!never thought i'd be saying that) things would be different at least we would be close to or over five hundred but alas it is not to be.Now lets address a few issues 1)NY is not a good ballhandler 2)Juan Dixon is a second stringer 3)3pt.shooting is horrible so far 4)its time to trade AB,(in his fourth yr and still out of shape!!) 5)EG needs to find a way to get Ewingjr on the team 6)if you fire EJ then you're tanking the season.7) whats up with Gil's rehab? 8) can't trade AJ becuase of age and contract 9)trading CB would be a mistake,unless you get a no.1 and a top reserve 10)START MCGEE!! you didn't draft him to sit!!

Posted by: dargregmag | November 19, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

SteveMG:
You got to be kidding. Red Auerbach as coach of this team, the record would be 500 or better and I'd bet on better. 1) JM would be starter from day one. 2) Any body hurt, not 100% would rarely see the court. 3) The starting 5 as well as rotation would be based on performance and not the idiocy that EJ uses. 4) Red would play each individual player to their talents. I don't know how old you are and if you ever saw those Celtic teams, but they had specialists and thats what they were asked to do. They had a guy named Sam Jones who didn't play no defense but he could shoot 20 bankshots in a row from 15" and not miss a one and when he came of the bench all Red expected him to do was shoot the ___ ball.

Enough already of ragging on the players. Give me a coach first that knows what he is doing, then we can talk about the players.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 19, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

This is a disfunctional organization.
The owner is cheap, and has too much control.
I disagree with all of the AJ dissing.
He is a class act and a great player. He is solid and good for 20+ and 10+. He is overplayed by the coach as is CB.
The coach is just incompetent. For him to come out and applaud staying close against a team that won no games last year and is playing with 2 rookies and a new coach, is abysmal. He should be gone yesterday.
His arrogance in continuing to play ET, DS, Dsong and small ball, when his should be dominating on the boards, with the young trees is an embarrassment.
Also this team from top to bottom needs to get into the weight room. They are mostly spindly and weak, which also affects the energy.
I have the NBA package, andthe athleticism of the rest of the league in reagrd to the Wiz, is astonishing. It is time for strong, athletic and skilled players. The WIZ have 2,CB and Jmc...all others are undersized and boney.
Also the one on one is symptomatic of a losing team.
I would insist on at least 4 passes each possesion.
Bag the so called "Princeton Offense", which is a waste of 15 seconds of the shot clock. I know none of these changes will occurr until EJ is long gone, and Abe stands in the way of that happening.
I agree with whomever argued that the double teaming has to stop, it is time for solid one on one in your face D. This also will not happen until there is a change of ownership/coaching.
A very long year indeed!

Posted by: maxman2162 | November 19, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

It's not all EJ--we're asking too much of players that either don't have the experience or the talent to compete at the level we are expecting. Not only are we down Gil and BTH, but AD is no longer effective at all (I'm surprised he made it through last season--the guy throws his body around with no mercy, and you can't do that forever) and either DeShawn is being totally exposed or he really is hobbled, too. We're begging for EJ to start Nick Young and Juan Dixon. Folks, that is *NOT* a good situation.

It's not just the young guys who blow plays down the stretch--Caron had a critical turnover late in the fourth (AGAIN!).

I really think we need to sacrifice this year. Rehab Gil and BTH with no sense of urgency. We probably really can't afford to have DeShawn out with AD and Gil out, too, so just rest him as much as possible. Give CB3 and AJ their minutes, but don't play them into the ground. Play the young guys. Have it be exciting to watch. Win or lose, you have to admit that watching McGee and Young is fun. Don't worry about the Ws, and let the young core develop chemistry.

Maybe somebody has a breakout season and turns in to trade bait. Maybe we don't injure a star player. Maybe, just maybe, we don't waste a decent draft pick on Kwame III.

I'll still watch. I'll still buy the t-shirts. Just call it what it is--sunk. Trying to keep it competetive until Gil gets back is dangerous in so many ways. A failed season where he's expecting to save us may ruin his psyche, and we can't afford that. Give them permission to fail this year for the long term good of the team. After all--what are five straight playoff appearances if can't break out of the first round?

Posted by: lindaloulubbock | November 19, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me that both Caron and AJ seems to be trying to do it all. What happened to Deshawn Stevenson. He hasn't done a thing all season. We could use his scoring. Especially his three point shooting. What is up with Deshawn this season???

Posted by: ivyleague | November 19, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

This is a disfunctional organization.
The owner is cheap, and has too much control.
I disagree with all of the AJ dissing.
He is a class act and a great player. He is solid and good for 20+ and 10+. He is overplayed by the coach as is CB.
The coach is just incompetent. For him to come out and applaud staying close against a team that won no games last year and is playing with 2 rookies and a new coach, is abysmal. He should be gone yesterday.
His arrogance in continuing to play ET, DS, Dsong and small ball, when his should be dominating on the boards, with the young trees is an embarrassment.
Also this team from top to bottom needs to get into the weight room. They are mostly spindly and weak, which also affects the energy.
I have the NBA package, andthe athleticism of the rest of the league in reagrd to the Wiz, is astonishing. It is time for strong, athletic and skilled players. The WIZ have 2,CB and Jmc...all others are undersized and boney.
Also the one on one is symptomatic of a losing team.
I would insist on at least 4 passes each possesion.
Bag the so called "Princeton Offense", which is a waste of 15 seconds of the shot clock. I know none of these changes will occurr until EJ is long gone, and Abe stands in the way of that happening.
I agree with whomever argued that the double teaming has to stop, it is time for solid one on one in your face D. This also will not happen until there is a change of ownership/coaching.
A very long year indeed!

Posted by: maxman2162 |

""I couldn't say it better!!!""

Posted by: poiuytr1 | November 19, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Now maybe EJ isn't the right coach to have at this stage. Right in terms of helping develop younger players. The right temperament.

But that's another story.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 18, 2008 11:10 PM

SteveMg - And that sums it up in a nutshell. Eddie can coach, but his old school way of thinking is killing him right now. With Gil, Haywood, a healthy AD and Stevenson EJ is able to do pretty good coaching jobs.

However without that four, this is where the true test of your coaching skills come to the forefront. Eddie is killing himself insisting on playing:

Etan (undersized, no offensive game or rebounding production)

Stevenson (who is only average when playing beside Gil plus having a injury that nobody knew about until last night - the heck with that starting game streak this is supposed to be about the team)

Songalia (playing him at the 5 spot when he is a 4 Songaila takes the blame alot here because he is called to play out of position)

Jamison (playing him way to many minutes instead of giving some of those minutes to Songalia. Takes way to many jumpers and needs to stay inside more.)

AB (The dude played a lot better last night in the first half, yet did not get back in until the 9 min mark in the 4th quarter)

Juan (Yanking him in favor of Stevenson at the Point.....????)

Yes this is a Gil oriented run offense but you still have two "so called All-Stars". You have McGee and NY. Eddie has to change that starting five tonight or the Hawks are going to run them right out of the gym..........

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 19, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

You got to be kidding. Red Auerbach as coach of this team, the record would be 500 or better and I'd bet on better.

Sorry, Auerbach was a great coach in not so small part because he was a great general manager. He knew how to get players others didn't want and then use them in their proper new roles.

This team simply - flat out - doesn't have the talent.

Auerbach may be able to get this team to .500 but that's because he wouldn't have these players. With this roster, they'd still struggle.

Great coaches always admit that they needed good players.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 19, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

People,
Shockingly, the Wiz's collapse was foreseen; check out ESPN's John Hollinger's forecast of the Wiz's season:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/trainingcamp08/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=WizardsForecast0809

This is a catch and shoot team(i.e. Stevenson, AJ(to a degree), Songalia, Dixon, Pech) who defensive rotations collapse when a opposing team's penatrator gets into the lane. The secondary problem is that the team's few penatrators (CB and NY) are volume shooters who hunt their own shots primarily instead of finding shooters. They also force shots instead of making the extra pass for a better shot. AB is still a kid (imagine if you were 21 w/money living in DC with no college) that has talent and little prepatory determination. EG banked on GA and BH to be healthy, which is the most visible mistake, but at this point, esp. in the next home game vs. Yao, it would be more suitable to start JM, although I give all the respect in the world for ET's comeback. 35-40 wins is the ceiling.

Posted by: bernard_thompson | November 19, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The Hawks have lost four in a row after comming out of the gate with six straight wins, are hurting and a little perplexed and can't wait for the Wizards to get here I'm listening to 790am the "zone" and the Hawks are licking their chops,and why not? the wiz need to send a message to their fans and to management that they can function as a team and not melt down during crunch time.The fire EJ rants are truly unfortunate,everyone's a coach now everybody's got an answer you don't think EJ wants to win? BTH goes down, you think you might have a solution with Andray only to find out he's not close to realizing his potential, your all star's guard rehab is sabotaged by your "quack" medical staff and you see your best three point shooter(Mason) leave town because the GM overpays for certain players and can't give Mason what he deserves.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 19, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Hollinger's been predicting the Wizards' demise prior to every season for the past several years. It's like the crazy homeless guy who walks around screaming "The end is near! The end is near!" Inevitably the end will be near at some point, so if he keeps screaming it long enough, eventually he'll be right.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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