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Monday Update

A few notes from today's practice:

-It appears that Antonio Daniels will miss his third game with that right knee problem. Daniels did not practice yesterday or today. The team has officially labeled him "day-to-day."

-Heat G Dwyane Wade rolled his ankle during yesterday's loss at Toronto but it didn't appear to be very serious. Eddie Jordan wasn't haven't it when the subject came up today. "Don't give me false hope," Jordan said.

-More than simply talking about x's and o's, Jordan challenged his players to have some pride and play with a far higher level of effort than they did Friday night in Miami. The Wiz came out flat, were outworked all night and allowed Wade to take over in the third quarter.

"We hope to see a more spirited group, a group that is going to take care of its responsibilities and that starts wth defending the rim, protecting the paint and being unselfish offensively," Jordan said. "We have to compete at the highest level we can compete at."


By Ivan Carter  |  November 17, 2008; 2:21 PM ET
 
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For the most part, I think the players are trying to play at a high level.

It's just the system that doesn't work. It doesn't hide players weaknesses, but instead, exposes them.

BTH is surely missed by the team...but still, there's no excuse for a 32 year vet who just got paid 50 mil guaranteed to not know and not try to play defense or work hard in the paint.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 17, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Jamison simply isn't a very capable defender, he tries but gives you no real presence inside. If Mcgee doesn't see at least thirty minutes and Nick Young doesn't replace deshawn as a starter this squad is going to continue to play atrocious basketball. We get into holes early because we don't have our best players on the floor and it becomes too much for this small margin of error squad to comeback.

Posted by: bford1kb | November 17, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice to also have a higher level of coaching. Despite very different circumstances, EJ has continued a heavy reliance on the vets this year.

In the past, poor performance from the bench could be cited for the reliance on the vets. But this year, the subs have played better in practice, preseason and the regular season than the 1st string vets. According to the stats on 82games.com, it isn’t even close.

For example, according to 82games.com, the top ratings on the Wiz are Young at 9.7, McGee at 9.2, and Dixon at 5.8. In contrast, Daniels, Stevenson and Thomas are at the bottom with -11.8, -13.8 and -22.9.

The same pattern emerges when looking at the stats of the 5-man units. That is, Eddie’s 3 most-used rotations have the worst performance of the 10 most-used units.

It’s conceivable that Abe and EG don’t want to tread on the coach’s turf. A rationale for the hands-off approach could be that the Wiz have made the playoffs for four years under EJ.

However, the implication of a hands-off policy is that it should be accompanied by a sink-or-swim standard.

That is, if the Wiz are 10 under by Xmas, the coach should have to face the ultimate reality of poor planning, lack of preparation and the use of illogical and ineffective rotations.

Posted by: Izman | November 17, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

SHAKE IT UP EDDIE. IT IS TIME....
DON'T LOSE YOUR JOB BEING STUBBORN!!! THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL......

"The truth is told out there," Butler said. "If you're doing what you're supposed to be doing out there, you'll play. . . . Everybody knows. People can see who is playing well and who isn't."

I am not too sure about that statement Caron...........?? Everyone but the person who is making the rotational calls....


Starters
McGee - 5
AJ - 4
CB - 3
NY - 2
Juan - 1

2nd Unit
AB - 5
Song - 4
DMac - 3
Stevenson - 2
AD - 1

Starters get 30 to 35 minutes....

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 17, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"Jamison simply isn't a very capable defender, he tries but gives you no real presence inside. If Mcgee doesn't see at least thirty minutes and Nick Young doesn't replace deshawn as a starter this squad is going to continue to play atrocious basketball. We get into holes early because we don't have our best players on the floor and it becomes too much for this small margin of error squad to comeback.

Posted by: bford1kb | November 17, 2008 3:26 PM

"

People who have glaring weaknesses in areas that the teams need them to step up the most should shut the hell up and play harder, not get on tv or get on news print and start complaining that other people aren't stepping up.


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Forward Antawn Jamison said the team's offensive issues can be traced to a lack of consistent ball movement. During Friday's 97-77 loss at Miami for instance, the ball often wound up in the hands of a player as the shot clock wound down.

"A lot of it is holding the ball a little bit longer than normal," Jamison said. "We don't have Gilbert [Arenas] out there, we don't have other guys out there so we have to move the ball. Shots are going to come and go, but we have to do a better job as far as making the defense play on both sides of the floor. Cutting and slashing instead of just standing around watching one guy do something."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/16/AR2008111602231.html

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 17, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

TELL THE COACH TO PUT BLATCH BACK INTO THE ROLE OF A FOWARD AND STOP TRYING TO MAKE A CENTER OUT OF HIM. MAYBE HE WILL SHOW SOMETHING POSITIVE. DON'T PUSH OLD MAN DANIELS TO RETURN TOO QUICK. HE IS ONLY VALUABLE WHEN HEALTHY. TELL C BUTLER HE IS NOT EXPECTED TO MAKE 4 OR 5 TURNOVERS PER GAME. NO EXCUSES. MORE AFTER I SEE THE TUESDAY GAME AGAINST MIAMI.

Posted by: kcandlc | November 18, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

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