Rockets 103, Wizards 91


I can't remember seeing a game so completely dominated by a player who scored four points in the fourth quarter but that's what happened tonight as the Houston Rockets ran everything through Yao Ming when it counted, spread the floor with shooters and used a 27-6 game-ending run to put the Wizards away.

MVP: Yao scored 18 points with five rebounds and three blocks but the numbers hardly do him justice. He controlled the game late and turned it when he dunked over Wiz rookie JaVale McGee with 6:25 to play.

"That dunk made me remember my first year against Shaq," Yao said of how he went after McGee, who is still learning how to play position defense in the low block and also must deal with referees who are not going to give him calls. "I was thinking I could block shots and let him back me into the paint then the same thing happened to me."

Turning point: After Caron Butler's jumper gave Washington a 91-90 lead with 4:16 to play, the WIzard failed to score the rest of the way while the Rockets blew it open with a jumper by Tracy McGrady, a layup by Yao and a three-pointer by Rafer Alston.

Key stats: Houston outscored the WIz 33-14 in the fourth quarter, made 10 three-pointers for the game and held Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison to a combined two fourth quarter points.

McGrady: "In the fourth quarter, we decided to show up and play. Yao got aggressive, we were knocking down three pointers and when you're doing that, momentum shifts to the defense."

By Ivan Carter |  November 21, 2008; 10:44 PM ET
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JaTravel gave a valiant effort, but he's only a center in the league b/c of his height. He's a thin lanky guy like Marc Camby and won't be able to handle the beef inside from the likes of Yao.

If Bucky Buckhantz ain't gonna do it, then I will.

SCWAAAADAGGGERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 21, 2008 10:58 PM

LMFAO!

I'm watching a rerun of today's PTI and Wilbon said something worth noting.

Yesterday, Gilby said that if Les BouleS end up being in the lottery, then they can draft the next Tim Duncan.

Wilbon goes: "Gilby, Les BouleS are paying you $111 mil on your NEW contract to BE TIM DUNCAN!!!"

GILBY, WAKE UP FOOL!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 21, 2008 11:09 PM

First off, good effort by the Wiz, they are undermanned and really fighting. Unfortunately, they make the same stupid mistakes at the end of a game again. I like EJ but I think it's really poor coaching when again, Jamison or Butler aren't given majority touches the last 3 minutes of the game. For God's sake someone needs to tell Juan and Stevenson to stop forcing long jumpers near the end of games.

I think they are improving though, they just need to figure out what they need to do at the end of games. I hope they start winning a few though, a few more losses and this will be a point of no return.

Posted by: insanity999 | November 21, 2008 11:12 PM

"I think they are improving though, they just need to figure out what they need to do at the end of games. I hope they start winning a few though, a few more losses and this will be a point of no return.

Posted by: insanity999 | November 21, 2008 11:12 PM "

Improving?

Maybe if they were the worst team in the league last season.

Please note that there are two all stars on a team that's been in the one and done playoffs for the last 3 seasons. Coach is second longest tenured in the league.

Record is 1-9, with 5 losses coming to lottery teams from last season, and 5 losses coming from teams with brand new coaches/systems.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 21, 2008 11:16 PM

Yao is such a classy player. He stuck McGee with a dirty, nasty dunk, and he turns around in his statement afterward and compares it to the time he got stuffed by Shaq. McGee got slammed, and then Yao effectively compares him to himself. It was a brutal dunk, but that's a nice comparison if ever there was one.

Posted by: satchmore | November 21, 2008 11:23 PM

"Yao is such a classy player. He stuck McGee with a dirty, nasty dunk, and he turns around in his statement afterward and compares it to the time he got stuffed by Shaq. McGee got slammed, and then Yao effectively compares him to himself. It was a brutal dunk, but that's a nice comparison if ever there was one.

Posted by: satchmore | November 21, 2008 11:23 PM "

If you recall, when Yao first got into the league, Shaq treated him like a chinaman building his railroad, or a chinaman cooking up his general tso's at the corner chinese takeout with his "ching chong ching..." racist rant/imitation of Yao.

The story was told that during Christmas, Shaq received a Christmas card which his father opened. It was from Yao which wished him and his family a happy holidays, to which his father busted Shaq up about why he is dissing Yao even though Yao has never done anything to offend him. That was supposedly the turning point for Shaq.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 21, 2008 11:33 PM

BTW, it was reported that Yao made 56 mil last year/season.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 21, 2008 11:36 PM

DC_MAN88 stated: "BTW, it was reported that Yao made 56 mil last year/season."

what's your point?

Posted by: satchmore | November 22, 2008 12:04 AM

It was a well played basketball game on both sides.

Blatche played his most complete game of the season by far. Hopefully, that will continue!

Don't understand why Butler and Jamison are not getting the shots down the stretch???

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 22, 2008 12:12 AM

These were wide open 3's they were giving up, it's not like they were contested shots. Yao gets the ball on the block, Caron goes for a ridiculous steal attempt, is completely out of position, they swing the ball around and someone hits a wide open trey. I mean, where is the defense? What is Randy Ayers doing?

Posted by: twigmuffin | November 22, 2008 12:53 AM

The fourth Q went to the rats because the point was taken off the floor. How in the bejeezes are the right players going to get shots without a 1 on the floor. DS and JD are 2's and they will continue to jack the ball when they get it, in the absence of the 1 controlling the game flow.

UpTempo worked for this game, but EJ went away from it by playing ET, DSon, and AD. DB should have been pushing the ball in the fourth and that would have given JM a fair chance against Yao.

Houston gets no props for dominating the Wizs in the Fourth, what I saw was players on the floor for the Wizs that should not have been. That starting five tonight deserved major minutes in the fourth along with AB and especially DB who got no time.

How in the 'roaring fire' are you going to beat someone with the wrong players on the floor during critical points in the game and you don't play your one and only point guard at all in the fourth when it is clear that pushing ball by DB facilitated your offense and put you in position to win the game.

For the life of me, will somebody tell me what Eddie is trying to prove.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 22, 2008 1:08 AM

It's the same story all over again. Fought hard, stayed in the game, faded down the stretch. The Wizards just don't have the horses. They're expending so much energy just to stay in the game that they fade down the stretch, esp. Jamison and Butler because there's no one else available who can reliably carry some of the offensive load when those guys are out. Blatche and Young have the talent but don't get it done consistently. And Van Gundy made a great point during the game that without shooters to space the floor, the Wiz have a hard time creating space for Jamison and Butler to get shots off.

Blatche had a solid game. No complaints about him, other than to wonder why he doesn't play with that kind of energy and focus more often. it's not even about the points and rebounds with him.

McGee made a game effort against Yao, but it's obvious that he didn't have the muscle. Again, Van Gundy said several times that the way to play Yao in the post is to front and make them throw it over the top. With his length and leaping ability, McGee would have made tough obstacle to throw over. problem is, he wasn't strong enough to get around in front and seal Yao off with his body.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 22, 2008 1:49 AM

For the people who do not understand the game of basketball watch Duke play the next time they are on TV. A point guard passes the ball that is why you have a shooting guard, a shooting guard knows how to shoot the ball, a power forward plays defense and gets rebounds in the paint hence the word "power", a center controls the boards and blocks shots and keeps players from driving the lane and a small forward is a player how can drive to the basket and can hit an open jump shot. This team has only one player who fits the winning formula of basketball and that is CB. I will give the rookies (JaVale McGee and Nick Young) a chance to prove they can play at this level but the other players on this team could not even make the Duke roster. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule like Magic and MJ. Theses are players who have the skills to take over a game and the Washington Clippers don't have anyone that can take over a game like a real all star does.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 22, 2008 1:58 AM

Do you guys think that maybe Jeff Van Gundy would be a good coach for the Wiz Kids? He would put up a no BS front. Like his brother has done for the Magic.

Posted by: tenk | November 22, 2008 2:01 AM

Sorry, bulletsfan78, but your post is misguided in two ways. First, Duke is evil, pure and simple, especially their rat-faced little coach. I don't want the Wizards to be evil.

Second, Duke doesn't use a traditional C/PF/SF/SG/PG lineup. Right now, I think they're using the "spread" offense (basically a bunch of positionless clones (Singler et al) driving and/or kicking out to 3-pt shooters. This is what the Phoenix Suns used to do, before they decided to play slow and traded for Shaq.

I'm not saying the Wizards offense is working at this point (they've kinda proven that it isn't), but I don't think it would make a lot of sense to go to something completely different. They don't have the right personnel for the spread, anyway, at least not until Gilbert gets back . . . Then *maybe* they could make something like that work . . .

Posted by: bucky_katt | November 22, 2008 3:13 AM

It's the guards, stupid.

Perhaps if we keep repeating this mantra, someone in Wizards management will listen.

Posted by: khrabb | November 22, 2008 3:58 AM

The reason I mentioned Duke was because they play TEAM basketball. Not, selfish basketball. I am a Terp fan and hate Duke but the man put together the right team to bring home the Gold in Beijing. Since this is the NBA, I should have used Boston as an example then. They have an unknown point guard who passes the ball to the other position players who all play the right roles. How about the Pistons, the Lakers with Shaq or even now, SA do I need to go on? To win a NBA championship you need the right combination of players, who play the position they are at the right way and the Wizards don’t have those type of players.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 22, 2008 7:17 AM

The five best players on the Wiz this year are Young, McGee, Jamison, Butler, and Dixon. See 82games.ccom They also perform well as a 5-man unit.

We know Eddie will never figure this out. Why are the Post reporters in the tank for Eddie? It's supposed to be a news organization.

For example, no mention in today's story of who was on the floor when the 9 point lead and momentum evaporated. Yet Eddie's rotation at that point was immediately and repetitively questioned on ESPN by Van Gundy.

I had predicted 10 down by Xmas, but it could be worse without changes.

Posted by: Izman | November 22, 2008 7:40 AM

"Do you guys think that maybe Jeff Van Gundy would be a good coach for the Wiz Kids? He would put up a no BS front. Like his brother has done for the Magic.

Posted by: tenk | November 22, 2008 2:01 AM "

Sorry, not in Les BouleS budget.

Les BouleS is like the GWU Colonials men's team.

They'll put in whatever coach that's affordable, win or lose.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 22, 2008 8:42 AM

You know Izman, I think I got it. Eddie's use of the point is so screwed up because he thinks he is the point.

Why else does he continally go small and slow and have no point in the game to push the ball? Its because, so HE can continually stand on the sideline and call every play up and down the floor.

When DB was pushing ball the in the first half helter scelter like and the Wizs played well which is the best way for them to play, Eddie didnot like that cause HE cannot call every play from courtside. It is out of his control.

Eddie feels HE is at his best when HE is orchestrating everything and I've said before this ain't no damn orchestra.

This be the NBA.

LarryInClintonMD

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 22, 2008 8:44 AM

Is AD still injured?

He came back last night, but had little impact on the game despite milking 19 minutes on the clock.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=281121027

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 22, 2008 8:45 AM

eddie must go...or do we have to wait until Feb., at which point the Wiz will barely have 10 wins. What is the earliest an NBA team has ever fired its coach during a season? Then again, what decent coach would want to take on the Wiz right now?

Posted by: oddjob2 | November 22, 2008 8:45 AM

Rebound, rebound, rebound, rebound, rebound! Wiz are still giving up too many second chance points!! and the way they play at the end of games are seriously getting old, it's the same stuff every single game. Unable to get points when it matters most and opponent hits threes. They just can't close games out. When you have a 9 point lead with 5 minutes to go, good teams win those games. So frustrating cause this game looked just like the Hawks games, both games I thought the Wiz should have won. They played great in both (except for rebounding) and then at the end they get a lead and then it disapears in seconds and then the other team hits a bunch of threes and it's over. I've never been so frustrated with this team....throughout the game I'm thinking they will win this game and then with 2 minutes left they screw everything up. It's so maddening!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 22, 2008 8:52 AM

I,ve watched the last five games, went to the last two homes games and something that I don't understand is why we have so many people playing out of their natural positions. The game is about matchups and we can give up on winning the center matchup on most nights this season; however we can exploit matchups at the shooting guard and small forwar positions by moving Caron to the SG and Twan the SF. CB can hold his own if not dominate at the SG. Twan can't guard most of the SF but he isnt know for his defense anyway - what can do is back down most SF and live at the line or make his life easier getting points. Move Etan to PF, which is what he is anyway with Darius as the backup. Give the Center minutes to Javale OP and Blatche and least we will have a fighting chance. I also cant understand why CB Twan are not the given exclusive touches down the stretch. Ball movement looks much better with D. Brown starting, cuts down on the wear and tear on Daniels.

Posted by: skinniedee62 | November 22, 2008 8:53 AM

Does anybody know who is responsile for coaching our big men. Am I the only one who has seen absolutely no development form Blatche, OP and McGuire. BTW what has happened to McGuire

Posted by: skinniedee62 | November 22, 2008 8:59 AM

""Wilbon goes: "Gilby, Les BouleS are paying you $111 mil on your NEW contract to BE TIM DUNCAN!!!""

This is why Gilby will never get it and was a waste of money.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 22, 2008 9:05 AM

Here's an interesting tidbit:

Somebody on this blog said the Clips of the West aren't interested in taking on big salaries, in his attempt to shoot down my trade proposal with AJ for Kaman.

Just yesterday, they took on Zach Randolph's contract with 2 years and $34 mil remaining AFTER this season.

I guess that will put Les Clips out of contention for the Lebron/DWade/Bosh sweepstakes as they took on a huge contract instead of keeping cap friendly guys like Mobley and Timmy T.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 22, 2008 9:35 AM

Here's my prediction:

I think Les BouleS should be able to beat the Knicks tonight, given the fact that they depleted the team for Lebron.

According to reports, Marbury declined to play last night, and even if in the game, I doubt if he would be going all out.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 22, 2008 9:37 AM

My analysis was correct. AJ needs to establish his post position and draw fouls. This is what makes the opposing team work hard and suffer fouls, not long range bombs and dipsy doo's all night.

As Ivan reported...you're welcome Ivan.

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"The Wizards led by nine in the third quarter, primarily because Jamison continued to establish low post position and draw fouls. Jamison made 7 of 8 free throw attempts during the quarter and also grabbed five rebounds. "

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/21/AR2008112103516_2.html?sid=ST2008112104075&s_pos=

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 22, 2008 9:48 AM

33 to 14 in the fourth quarter says it all. When the chips were down, the team with the solid guys like Artest, McGrady and Yao totally dominated the motley collection of munchkins and stringbeans that the Wiz put out on the court.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | November 22, 2008 9:56 AM

"

33 to 14 in the fourth quarter says it all. When the chips were down, the team with the solid guys like Artest, McGrady and Yao totally dominated the motley collection of munchkins and stringbeans that the Wiz put out on the court.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | November 22, 2008 9:56 AM "

And, don't forget Aaron Brooks, a 1 year guy who came off the bench to hit 18 pts, with 3 clutch bombs.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=281121027

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 22, 2008 10:11 AM

Carl Landry also had some power dunks on JaTravel, but I think JaTravel did all that he could do. He left it all on the court.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 22, 2008 10:13 AM

Maybe AB found is adequate at C, after all. For the life of me, I will never be able to understand why he NEVER snatches a rebound. He's always looking to tip it to himself. Go up with one hand if you have to and snatch the dang ball. 2 hands is preferable but you can get up higher with one.
Juan should never play the point. He's simply not capable. We sure looked pretty good running, didn't we? It appears to be the answer offensively. Almost 30 points in the first quarter.

Posted by: original_mark | November 22, 2008 10:14 AM

marky, maybe he has small hands. I think JaTravel has small hands too. I'm not sure if either guys can palm the ball.

I did notice that Beasley can though.

AB had a great transition pass to AJ on a break. He's got talent, but he needs a nurturing environment. I'd bet he'd be great on a team like the Suns or NO.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 22, 2008 10:18 AM

I don't care when we do get Gilby back. This team will NEVER win a championship - and that's all that should matter.

Ever since this squad got bounced by the Heat in the playoffs a few years back, the issue has been the same: we've got some talent on the perimeter, but no one we can consistently go to in the post.

How far do we honestly expect to get without a legit guy in the post??? Not even LeBron and Kobe can carry their teams to a title unless/until they've got a guy in the post.

This falls squarely on Ernie and Abe Pollin. Over the past couple of years, blue-chip caliber big men have been moving around the league: Garnett, Brand, Shaq, Randolph, Artest, Gasol, Jefferson. The Wiz have not even ATTEMPTED to address this aspect of the team.

Ernie and Abe are content with a few playoff appearances, selling Agent 0 jerseys, and having a team of upstanding citizens (and they are banking on the Wiz faithful to be content with this as well!); but they don't have the stones to make moves to win a championship - pure and simple.

Posted by: p1funk | November 22, 2008 11:06 AM

33 to 14 in the fourth quarter says it all. When the chips were down, the team with the solid guys like Artest, McGrady and Yao totally dominated the motley collection of munchkins and stringbeans that the Wiz put out on the court.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | November 22, 2008 9:56 AM

Right, but the Wiz never came back with the starting five that kicked the solid butts of Artest, Mcgrady, and Yao in the first half.

Eddie's substitution patterns continually gives the other team the easy advantage.

LarryInClintonMD

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 22, 2008 11:18 AM

blow it up, get rid of EJ, put gilbert in his place. it's time.

Posted by: thickman22 | November 22, 2008 11:23 AM

Glad the game was on ESPN last night. This is the only time you can get the game called correctly and find out the truth about your team from folks who will tell the truth.

As someone noted Phil and Buck are good guys but it is time for them to go. They never "question" anything Eddie does and I know Phil wants too, but for some reason he never does.

Before I say what I have to say about Eddie, I must commend him for calling a heck of a lot better game last night. I also have to commend AB for his great play. I still want Eddie as coach but man sometimes he gets "lost" in games when it comes to making "sub" calls.

Mark Jackson and Van Gundey just noticed in the 4th quarter what we see every game when it comes to Eddie making adjustments with his "sub" calls. Let's hope he can get it figured out.

Was NY hurt? He saw almost no time in the 2nd half. Eddie played Stevenson an awful long time. Juan you are my boy, but you made some really bad decisions near the end of the game.

Lastly, even though I see no game from Dee Brown; he should be in the closing minutes to make sure CB or AB gets their shots. This is the second game Juan did not get the ball to AJ or CB as he should have.


Posted by: BulletsFever | November 22, 2008 11:25 AM

Long time reader, first time commenter. My first game at VC this season, and what a disappointment. That 1st quarter was the best quarter of basketball we've played all season. What exactly was going through Eddy's mind with that line-up he put on the floor to start the 4th? No offense on the floor at all! And why put Etan in if he's been riding the pine through the first 3 quarters? Horrible coaching! As I read on earlier posts, why are CB and AJ not the go to guys down the stretch? I mean Juan did hit a couple jumpers throughout the night, but do we really want him consistently shooting 20 foot jumpers? I hope not. But just another frustrating game. I'm also glad to see that Gil's "Duncan" reference didn't set well with some other fans. I'm like, "You are supposed to be Duncan!" Best fan quote from the Hill, after Gil displayed his wax figure, "At least one Gilbert is actually on the floor!"

Posted by: jslonaker12 | November 22, 2008 11:38 AM

Ivan,
I don't like the way this team is being coached right now. This team doesn't think and they are way to soft. Did Ron Artest have four fouls at the half? Why didn't the Wizards run the offense through Caron Butler when Ron was in the game second half? Why does our defense always choose to help out on a two point shot to concede the three? The achilles heel for this team is defending the three point shot. In the New York game, it was Nate Robinson breaking down his man then the entire wizard defense sinks to him leaving everybody including the coach open on the arc. In Atlanta, it's Bibby breaking down his man, again we see the entire wiz d shift to Bibby leaving Williams open in the corner. We had a four point lead at that point. My math tells me that a three is more harmful than a two at that point in the game. Last night we played the same broken record. Houston does the smart thing. They run their offense through Ming. We predictably, sink down to help leaving Artest, Alston and yes Tracy McGrady waiting eating a sandwich on the perimeter for a wide open shot. It's the threes that kill us. We are not a very smart team right now and it's painful to watch with my high school basketball IQ. We need a change in attitude and management of the games. These last minute winnable, losses are testimonies of the Wizards physical as well as mental toughness.

Posted by: streetguru | November 22, 2008 11:45 AM

The Wiz need a "scoring point guard" to run the team until Gil gets back. I already mentioned going for Damion Stadamire. Now I know I might get racked over the coals for this suggestion; but what about Stephon Malbury from the Knicks?

How long does he have on his contract? The Knicks would take Etan's contract because it comes off of the books after next year (perfect piece for their master plan to dump more salary and go after Labron or Wade). I know we would have to throw in a player to make the salaries work.

My reasoning on Malbury is because his game is just like Gilbert's. Eddie's offense is ran at it's best when you have a scoring point guard. This would also "open up the game" in the 4th quarter for CB and AJ to get their shots off.

*** If Malbury is too expensive, what about Stevie Franchise to step in to hold the fort down? I remember in an interview a couple of years ago when Stevie was with the Knicks or the Rockets, he said he would have great numbers too if he was able to run the Wiz's offense because of the freedom Eddie gave Gil.

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 22, 2008 11:53 AM

Marbury is a locker room cancer who only makes teams better when he leaves. Francis is done and has been for a while.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 22, 2008 12:26 PM

Another crushing defeat for the wiz. There are so many problems to address but simply put - during crunch time, wiz have no ability to defend the post or perimeter. Pick your poison - it's either a long uncontested 3pter or an easy layup.

Posted by: wizzz | November 22, 2008 2:24 PM

"Glad the game was on ESPN last night. This is the only time you can get the game called correctly and find out the truth about your team from folks who will tell the truth."

I don't mind Buckhantz and Chenier not being overly critical of the Wizards. There's enough of that going around without adding more to the bandwagon.

Besides. you actually enjoy espn commentators gushing over Lebron every second? Anybody watch the Songaila slap on the major broadcast? They didn't show a single replay which would have shown that their arms were simply tangled. it was just outrage over the disrespect shown to the golden child.

I'll take buckhantz and chenier any day. i need whatever i can get to not get too depressed about the wizards right now.

Posted by: crs-one | November 22, 2008 2:33 PM

The mistake came with 8 minutes left. The Wizards were up by 7. The Rockets called time out and brought back their starting lineup, the Wizards left their bench in the game. The game was tied 85-85 in less than two minutes. That was on Eddie Jordan. Horrible decision.

JaVale is going to be a stud. He goes aggressively to the basket on offense and he's a good defender. Something the Wizard's haven't had in a big man in a long time.

Posted by: twashlack1 | November 22, 2008 2:41 PM

Buckhantz has improved off his pathetic performance last season. Obviously someone spoke to him and told him to call the game and cut out some of his stream-of-consciousness quoting of statistics.

He still needs to constantly remind himself (or be reminded) to keep the focus on the game. That's what the viewers are interested in, not a bunch of statistical quirks du jour which happen to interest Bucky.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | November 22, 2008 3:09 PM

"Just yesterday, they took on Zach Randolph's contract with 2 years and $34 mil remaining AFTER this season."

Which is still less than the 3 years remaining on Jamison's deal AFTER this season. To say nothing of the fact that Randolph is 5 years younger than Jamison and is a legit low post scoring big, a primary need for the Clippers, following the loss of Brand.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 22, 2008 6:06 PM

"Which is still less than the 3 years remaining on Jamison's deal AFTER this season. To say nothing of the fact that Randolph is 5 years younger than Jamison and is a legit low post scoring big, a primary need for the Clippers, following the loss of Brand.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 22, 2008 6:06 PM "

Sorry, your point was that the Clips were not interested in taking on any long term, big money contracts....there were no caveats about age, being a PF, etc.

In fact, both Camby and Kaman start together, so either are by default, the PF.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=281121020

They did just that by taking on a long term contract with Zach Randolph where they could have just kept Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas and both would have been gone by summer 2010.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 22, 2008 7:11 PM

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