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Wizards at Pistons (updated)

Pre-game information:

Wizards: C Etan Thomas, F Antawn Jamison, F Caron Butler, G DeShawn Stevenson and G Antonio Daniels.

Pistons: C Rasheed Wallace, F Amir Johnson, F Tayshaun Prince, G Rip Hamilton and G Chauncey Billups.

Inactives: Wizards (Arenas, Haywood and F Oleksiy Pecherov). Pistons: (Walter Sharpe, Alex Acker and Cheikh Samb)

Refs: Phil Robinson, Mike Callahan, Bill Kennedy.

Line: Pistons by 9.

Injuries: Wizards (Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood. Pistons (none).

Notables: The Wizards are 6-4 against Detroit since the 2005-2006 season with three wins here at the Palace....Jamison averaged 20 points per in three games against the Pistons last season with a high of 24...Former Wizard Kwame Brown played three minutes in Detroit's opening win over Indiana....Wallace, Billups, Hamilton and Prince have started 294 games together since the 2003-2004 season...Prince (354) and Stevenson (251) rank one and two in consecutive games played among active NBA players...Five Pistons (Prince, Wallace, Billups, Maxiell and Hamilton) averaged double figures against the Wizards last season.

What to watch from the Wizards tonight:

-Rotation situation: Coach Eddie Jordan played all 12 of his available players in Wednesday's opening loss to New Jersey and he continues to look for combinations that work. Andray Blatche and Nick Young played heavy minutes, more than vets Darius Songaila and Juan Dixon the other night, and Jordan indicated that he may continue to give them a chance to establish themeleves.

Then again, you never really know. One gets the feeling that Eddie has no idea who he can and cannot count on from night to night.

-Shooting: The Wiz shot 37 percent Wednesday with Butler and Jamison struggling. Butler vowed to be more aggressive while Jamison vowed to not be so reliant on three-point shooting (he was 1 of 8 from long range).

-Antonio Daniels vs. Chauncey Billups. Good veteran matchup here ditto for Jamison vs. Wallace.

-Who defends Detroit super sub Jason Maxiell? He killed the Wizards in a game here last season and really gets this crowd going with his aggression and energy.

By Ivan Carter  |  November 1, 2008; 5:27 PM ET
 
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Comments

As of the first quarter, I would rather watch us rebuild than to watch thiese overpaid rejects. Etan is to short and AJ is a 3 man that is losing his jumper.

Lets see how it goes.

Posted by: vwilli1 | November 1, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Four minutes into the second quarter and Detroit is outrebounding Wizards 16-4.

ET is completely lost out there. Rasheed is toying with him. So is Kwame Brown. Pistons guards are blowing by Wizards guards.

71% shooting for Detroit.

Man, this team is just lost. They'll be lucky to win 25 games.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Its watchable again. Thank you Nick Young...

Posted by: vwilli1 | November 1, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Man, this team is just lost. They'll be lucky to win 25 games.

Like I know what I'm talking about.

And they turn things around with the second team guards - Dixon and Young - who give them much more energy than Stevenson and Daniels.

That second team has outplayed the first in practice/camp. Now we know why.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I'd really rather have NY on the floor rather than AD. The dynamic scoring and energy NY brings works better than AD setting the wiz in a halfcourt O. Detroit is too good defensively in the halfcourt set.

Posted by: yukiwith2us | November 1, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I actually like NY with AD

Posted by: vwilli1 | November 1, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Fire EJ. The Wizard are too small playing ET and DS at the 5. If EJ can't see that he needs to go.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | November 1, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Prince just beating AJ off the dribble from outside the free throw line and a left hand layup.....BTH, where you be?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 1, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Walter "Air Jesus" Hermmannn (aka Wiz killah) kicked Les BouleS butt when he was with Charlotte last season, and just did a crazy driving dipsy doo layup.

BTH, where are you?

BTW, Juan Dixon doing well, but limited by 13 minutes only. WTF?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 1, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Fire EJ. Anyone can see that we're too small with ET or DS at the 5. If he can't see that he needs to go.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | November 1, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Getting destroyed off the boards. 47-23, more than 2-1.

Walter Herrmann throwing in 27 footers?

Well, they were competitive. If they can play like this, they'll be in a lot of contests.

Although I'm not sure NY and JD will be consistenly this active and productive.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Songalia is killing us out there

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | November 1, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Songalia is killing us out there... by the way, Nick Young was great offensively, but Richard Hamilton was killing him on the other end, essentially nullifying any damage NY did.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | November 1, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Detroit Pistons: 16 Off Rebs, 49 Total

Les BouleS: 4 Off Rebs, 23 Total

BTH, where are you?


Bucky Buckhantz: "Signs of encouragement" on how Les BouleS competed...

Shut the heck up Bucky!!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 1, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to sell Les BouleS short:

Les BouleS: 5 Off Rebs, 24 Total

AB, 4 min, 4 pts, 1 reb...

WTF?!?!?!


Nick Young, busy clowning with the fans about his hair while his teammates are busy trying to get back in the game.

Nicky Young had a good game, but his priorities are elsewhere.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 1, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, we have seen the future... and it is short. Eddie just doesn't care about the center position. He just doesn't. There's no other explanation as to why he'd field this team of midgets. Three rebounds out of the C position all night. That's sickening. But Eddie doesn't care. After all, Songaila's a veteran! Thomas is a veteran! That's what he cares about. Most colleges have a bigger front line than the Wiz put on the court.

But Eddie doesn't care. Blatche, 5 minutes. McGee, 0 minutes. No inside presence at all. Outrebounded more than 2-1.

And Eddie doesn't care. Hey, he's got vets on the floor!

Posted by: keithward64 | November 1, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Eddie just doesn't care about the center position. He just doesn't. There's no other explanation as to why he'd field this team of midgets.

When they had ET or AB in the game, they were getting crushed. On the boards and with Detroit's big men taking them outside.

He had to go small to get back in the game.

They have no center.

EJ has very few options with this team. He has to go small, hope they shoot well; otherwise, they'll get killed even with their "centers" in the lineup.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"EJ has very few options with this team. He has to go small, hope they shoot well; otherwise, they'll get killed even with their "centers" in the lineup.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 10:25 PM "

How were they getting killed?

Of the "centers" that you mentioned, namely ET, DSong, and AB, they combined for 5 fouls.

If they can't play D, they need to use up ever foul they have and put the opposing center on the line.

Rasheed shot 2 FT's, McDyess shot 1, Amir Johnson shot zero, and Kwame shot zero.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 1, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

So they have to go small?
Then go with someone with any semblance of talent and jumping ability...play McGUIRE, PLAY Blatche, but most of all give us McGHEE, which we know is not going to happen with EJ....
And like I have been saying for 2 years, that starting backcourt is the worst in the league, and maybe ever.
Mcghee NY and Dixon give the team energy....ship ET and Dsong to Spokane, they are not NBA players....go young and athletic, we are going to lose many. so let's at least have some enjoyment and hope...

Posted by: maxman2162 | November 1, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

He had to go small to get back in the game.

Uh no, he didn't. He has a 7'0 C with a 7'6 wingspan. He has a 6'11 C with much better offensive skills than Etan "scream and throw elbows at every uncontested rebound" Thomas. How about McGee at C, Blatche at PF, Jamison at SF, Butler at SG and Young at PG? That's a lineup that doesn't get killed size-wise.

I think Dee Brown needs to be deactivated if Eddie's not going to use him, and active Pech. Gives us another big body.

Posted by: keithward64 | November 1, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

How were they getting killed?

On the boards. Rebounding in the first quarter was something like 14-1 for the Pistons. That was with ET and AB in.

Detroit was up by 14 or so in the first quarter before NY and AD came in.

Rasheed was taking ET outside and hitting threes. Granted, Rasheed is impossible to guard when he's hitting the threes.

They just don't have a fulltime bigman. ET plays hard, but he's a backup. And AB is to weak/skinny. Songaila's not a center either.

Their only hope against a quality team like Detroit is to go small and shoot well.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Man, that was a bad decision by Songaila, trying one on one against Sheed down low, while Jamison was open, and was promptly blocked by Sheed, what was he thinking?!

Sheed to tonight has no problem handling Etan or Songaila down low.

I said Etan played well in the first game. Unfortunately he didn't keep it up, got only two rebounds. At the same time Wizards were killed on the board, 49 to 24! Are you kidding me, Pistons grabbed more than twice as many rebounds as Wizards! How can you win game this way?

Posted by: sagaliba | November 1, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree with a lot of the sentiment in the last few posts. I just can't understand why Songaila was playing center. I wanted to scream at the TV. The benefit of playing him does not outweigh the costs. He plays horrendous D and can't rebound. And that move he tried to make in the post against Rasheed was just a disaster. There is just no explanation for benching Blatche and not giving Javale any minutes.

Could be a long, long year at this rate. And at a certain point players are going to begin to wonder what the heck their coach is doing.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | November 1, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"On the boards. Rebounding in the first quarter was something like 14-1 for the Pistons. That was with ET and AB in.

Detroit was up by 14 or so in the first quarter before NY and AD came in.

Rasheed was taking ET outside and hitting threes. Granted, Rasheed is impossible to guard when he's hitting the threes.

They just don't have a fulltime bigman. ET plays hard, but he's a backup. And AB is to weak/skinny. Songaila's not a center either.

Their only hope against a quality team like Detroit is to go small and shoot well.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 10:38 PM "

Which was my point exactly, that if these "Centers" can't guard their guy, then they need to FOUL!!!!

ET shouldn't be following Rasheed out to the 3 point line. AJ should be switching up. AJ sucks badly as a defensive player, and Antonio "Mr. Christmas Time" Daniels has done and shown nothing.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 1, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Also, AD needs to come off the bench and NY needs to start. AJ and CB took almost all the shots in the first five minutes of the game. They need someone else who can score in the starting line up.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | November 1, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, if you think McGee is ready to play fulltime, I just have to disagree.

And AB will get crushed inside. He may be 6'11 but he's way too skinny to challenge a Wallace inside. He'll get pushed around.

Detroit's frontline is just too strong for the Wizards big men outside of ET.

As we know, most rebounds are taken at or below the rim. It ain't size and jumping ability; it's having a big strong butt and lower legs.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, you have to ask Eddie about his love affair with Songaila. He loves Etan, loves Darius, never mind that they kill his team. He simply cannot compete with those two as his C combination. Impossible. I don't imagine he's actually learned a lesson. After all, no one doubts that Etan would have started all last year if not for the surgery, Brendan would have gotten 10 minutes a game off the bench, and the Wiz would've won 30 games. How can Eddie possibly justify this munchkin lineup?

How?

Posted by: keithward64 | November 1, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

it's having a big strong butt and lower legs.

That's way too simplistic. Of course size is a big part of it. As are positioning, desire, and lots of factors. If it wasn't, you wouldn't see 7-footers get drafted too high every year.

Antawn is the smallest, skinniest PF in the league when you look at his size. Yet he gets 10 boards a game. How is that possible, with a skinny butt and chicken legs?

Nobody says McGee should start. But yeah, he needs to play. Maybe Eddie would be happy to continue to lose with his beloved veterans, but I'd rather see the youngsters grow in a losing cause, than see them on the bench, getting no real PT, in a losing cause. At least that way, there's hope for the future.

Posted by: keithward64 | November 1, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Eddie would be happy to continue to lose with his beloved veterans, but I'd rather see the youngsters grow in a losing cause,

Well, I agree that he has a "thing" about rookies. And he does have favorites.

That's for sure.

But I just disagree that they have much of an alternative in the center position. Sure, try the young guys; but I think their best chance of competing against quality teams like Detroit is to go small most of the time and hope they shoot well.

Otherwise, they'll get crushed inside. Whether it's ET or the young guys.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

While I can certainly understand not wanting to depend on a raw rookie against a front line with as much vet experience as Detroit, sticking with a guy who's both undersized and floorbound down the stretch was a headscratcher. With the game still close, they needed stops and boards. At the very least, put Thomas back in. He's still undersized but he can jump and put a body into people under the board. Songaila hit a couple of timely shots, but that was hardly their biggest need down the stretch.

Can't really fault Jordan for pulling Blatche, however. On "defense" he let Kwame (Kwame!) blow by him to the hoop more than once. On offense, he fired up a couple of quick jumpers (making one) and not mixing it up inside. He clearly didn't have his head into the game, and in a close game against a team as good as Detroit, they couldn't afford to wait for him to get it together.

Young played a great game. The 10 FT attempts were esp. encouraging, because he's finally figured out that teams can't stop him from getting into the paint and started taking real advantage of his quickness by aggressively driving to the basket.

On the whole, while losing is always disappointing, the Wiz did well to hang in, shorthanded, against a great opponent. They came up short but the effort was there.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 1, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

BTW, playing Pecherov would have provided no help. Despite being taller, he's even less mobile and more vertically challenged than Songaila. He's also physically weaker and not as tough. Rasheed, McDyess, and Maxiell would have pushed him around like a tackling dummy.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 1, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Rasheed, McDyess, and Maxiell would have pushed him around like a tackling dummy.

That's for sure.

As they would have with McGee or AB.

In defense of EJ (yeah, I'm the leader and sole member of that club here), he's got very few options at center/frontline.

Granted, one can say that he's screwing those few options up anyway. But I'm not convinced that even if he handled them perfectly that it would make much of a difference.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

"Brendan would have gotten 10 minutes a game off the bench, and the Wiz would've won 30 games."

Not this nonsense again. Look, in the 4 years under Jordan prior to last season, Haywood started 246 of 301 regular season games (82%) and averaged 23 mpg. By contrast, Thomas started 66 of 262 games (25%) and averaged 20 mpg. So even when both were available, Haywood still started the vast majority of the games and still got more minutes, despite the "fact" that Jordan so obviously "hated" him.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 1, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

"In defense of EJ (yeah, I'm the leader and sole member of that club here), he's got very few options at center/frontline."

Absolutely true. The problem is compounded against a team like Detroit, that has bigs who can step out and shoot long jumpers. It's tough for the Wiz's bigs to defensive rebound when they're 16 to 22 feet from the basket trying to guard McDyess or Wallace. On the Wiz's offensive end, Rasheed was able to go over the top of Thomas and Songaila. If it had been Pech, Blatche, or McGee, he would have just muscled them out of the way under the basket. It was a bad matchup no matter who Jordan put out there.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 1, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Not this nonsense again.

Not more of your nonsense again. You're about the only one in the universe who doesn't see that Eddie just won't (didn't) play Brendan. Even last year, when he had no options, Haywood played 28 minutes a game. In those limited minutes, he averaged more than 10 points and 7 boards. So, even though Haywood was extremely effective, both offensively and defensively, Eddie played him far less than his other starters.

Dem is da facts. I know your man-crush on Eddie blinds you to everything else, but it won't change the reality that Eddie doesn't get it when it comes to Haywood. If you disagree, please explain, in your usual "I know way more than you" attitude, why a coach would play a very effective player so few minutes. And don't say "foul trouble" -- Brendan averaged fewer than three per game.

Posted by: keithward64 | November 2, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

As usual, rather than respond directly to what I actually said, you try to turn what I said into something else entirely and argue that like I actually said it. Problem is that even then your argument holds no water.

The issue at hand (and the only issue I addressed) wasn't why Jordan didn't play Haywood more minutes than he did overall (a topic which I'm pretty sure I've covered in the past). The issue was your comment that "After all, no one doubts that Etan would have started all last year if not for the surgery, Brendan would have gotten 10 minutes a game off the bench, and the Wiz would've won 30 games" the obvious intent of which was to suggest that, given a choice, Jordan would give Thomas most of the minutes and use Haywood as little as possible. That is, of course, as the kids say, bull. As I demonstrated with actual evidence, he had a choice his first four years, when both were available and, during that time, Haywood got the majority of the minutes and the vast majority of the starts.

Dem is da facts. I know your priapic obsession with Haywood blinds you to everything else, but it won't change the reality that whatever Jordan's personal feelings (which you don't actually know, despite your deluded belief that you can read minds), Haywood has gotten considerably more opportunity to start (regardless of whether he deserved/earned it) and generally gotten more playing opportunity than Thomas, even when both were healthy at the same time.

Not that you need to be told this, but when responding to my comments, please feel free to totally ignore what I actually said and just make up stuff I didn't say and respond to that. I mean, you've already got so much experience at it, it would be a shame to let it go to waste.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 2, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Grasp reality people the organization does not care about a championship, the fans or even winning. They make their money by spending up to the cap and since people are stupid enough to buy the tickets they make a profit. Look at last year they would not exceed the salary cap and lived with 9 players while they could not even practice. They wasted money on Gil thinking fans will spend their hard earned money just to watch him play. Considering the contract Gil just signed no one will trade for him. Gil is not a point guard and the two stiffs they have that start at the guard spots are backups at best on any other team. The coach is clueless and they extended his contract. AJ is not a power forward since he does not play D or rebound. Give up folks this team is doomed for the next 5 years until they decide to clean house the way the Sixers did.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 2, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Grasp reality people the organization does not care about a championship, the fans or even winning. They make their money by spending up to the cap and since people are stupid enough to buy the tickets they make a profit. Look at last year they would not exceed the salary cap and lived with 9 players while they could not even practice. They wasted money on Gil thinking fans will spend their hard earned money just to watch him play. Considering the contract Gil just signed no one will trade for him. Gil is not a point guard and the two stiffs they have that start at the guard spots are backups at best on any other team. The coach is clueless and they extended his contract. AJ is not a power forward since he does not play D or rebound. Give up folks this team is doomed for the next 5 years until they decide to clean house the way the Sixers did.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 2, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Those Jamison rebounds were coming from Haywood box outs. Jamison isn't the type of guy who can dominate the glass, sometimes the stats are deceiving... this is a clear case of that.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | November 2, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

lol um, why are people arguing over BTH when he's going to miss the whole season? (especially when the wiz almost don't look like a playoff team right now)

Posted by: yukiwith2us | November 2, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

and bulletsfan78, how can you say AJ doesn't rebound when he averaged 10.2 last year?

Posted by: yukiwith2us | November 2, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Bulletsfan78 as I've been saying those things for the longest time.

AJ is a numbers guy....he talks a big game, has big numbers, but isn't a player who can or will carry/motivate/lead a team.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 2, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

"And AB will get crushed inside. He may be 6'11 but he's way too skinny to challenge a Wallace inside. He'll get pushed around.

Detroit's frontline is just too strong for the Wizards big men outside of ET.

As we know, most rebounds are taken at or below the rim. It ain't size and jumping ability; it's having a big strong butt and lower legs.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 1, 2008 10:45 PM "

Rasheed got the majority of his points, at least towards the end when it counted, with turnaround, baseline fall-away jumpers.

As I implied before, if none of Les BouleS centers can actually play D, then they should employ a hack a Shaq strategy for all opposing centers who contribute a majority of points to their teams, but have a weak FT percentage.

It's funny how someone was justifying their argument against BTH for the Nets game saying BTH would not be needed b/c the Nets only shoot J's, not shoot inside points.....to which I said, time would tell with teams that go inside and would show BTH's value...

Well, during critical stages during the game last night, Tayshaun Prince had an easy layup on AJ, and Air Jesus blew by Caron for a dipsy doo layup. I'm willing to bet BTH would have eaten those soft shots up.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 2, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

I like Eddie Jordan.

Posted by: chinatown | November 2, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Blatche sat the whole second half last night Why? I thought they could have used his length against Sheed and he would have provided some rebounding help as they were getting killed on the boards Songalia is a matchup nightmare for most teams EJ can only use him against certain teams he is very limited. Nick was flat out ballin last night this kid is going to be a star in this league they need rebounding help ya think? Brendan must be sitting back and saying "i told you so".If EJ continues to play small then he needs to get Blatche up to speed with small ball they need his height and scoring ability.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 2, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

"When we go against a small team, I can play both the 3 and the 4, so it lets us change things," Herrmann said. "We play a very open game when they go small against us."

Lol, Jordan should pay attention to what Herrmann told reporters. They are REALLY going to miss Haywood this year. If I was Jordan I would start McGee every game, sub him in with Blatche, and make Thomas sit the bench.

See you in the lottery folks, this team is going no where.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 2, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Wiz line-up is simply too short. It's hilarious watching Thomas try to get a rebound over Rasheed and Rasheed is tipping the ball like Thomas is a little kid . Thomas is 6'8 inches and can't jump. Jamison 6'9 (can't jump) and Butler 6'7. There are college teams with a bigger front line than that. Eddie's not going to change this line-up until the wizards are 0-10 and Ernie makes him change it.

Posted by: ptp23 | November 2, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

There was good flow to build on from last nights game. However without a third scorer in the starting 5 everybody will continue to overplay and double CB & AJ. I believe one of the changes that needs to occur is to get NY in the starting 5 replacing AD until GA is up to speed. The second change I'd like to see is placing JaVale in the starting 5. With 3 scorers on the court to surround him, JaVale can concentrate on defending the back line and boarding.

For those that continue to suggest to break up the team I'd say this. Unless you have a future HOF star on your starting 5 an NBA team's chance of winning it all is slim to none. History has proven that. Nobody is trading any HOFs right now and the Wiz don't have the barginning chips to get an HOFer now or in the past couple of years. Therefore breaking up the team will not get the Wiz any closer to winning the crown. While it obviously won't satisfy many of you we should be realistic that Wiz progress should be measured as making it to round two this year. If the team can get to round two and be competitive with BTH out most if not all the season and GA out until Christmas that to me will be a successful season.

Posted by: izaballer | November 2, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

eddie jordan is a disgrace to coaches everywhere. when you play dsong over J Mac ( new nickname for mcgee) your crazy. Eddie will not play this kid and if we make it to the playoffs bet me eddie leaves him off the roster. PLAESE BASKETBALL GODS SEND US A COACH WHO ISN'T A RETARD

Posted by: wizravterp | November 2, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Why do I get the feeling that even if BTH were healthy EJ would still start ET? What is his facination with this mediocre non-center?. McGhee never gets into the game. AB makes a mistake and he gets benched. Songaila backs up ET. Please fire this man!

Posted by: browneri | November 2, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Blatche sat the whole second half last night Why?

Did you see Kwame Brown go by him?

Blatche didn't come ready to play.

Full stop.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 2, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Over his years as coach od the Wizards EJ has shown his disdain or lack of appreciation of any big man on his rosters. He created the mess between Brendan and Etan and only when Randy Ayers came to the team did he seek Brendan out in the off seanson to foster a relationship and allow him to play estenively last season. No big has flourihed under his coaching, except BH last year, because of Ayers and no Etan. Blatche made sone mistakes last night. He pulled him out of the game and did not play again. Was does thsat do to his confidence. A good coach would have talked to him about what he wanted then put him back in the game. Small ball will be exciting and may get you back in the game, but it won't win many games...

Posted by: garrybrown | November 2, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Also, I agree with a few of the previous comments in reference to our starting back court, (boring and backups at best). We need a change at either one or both. Nick is ready to flourish and needs a chance. He will make some mistakes, but he will learn. He will give another scoring option. If we stay the way we are in half court sets we will continue to dig ourselves into big deficits. With Haywood out Mcgee and Blatche need minutes. We need out best players on the floor most of the time and our starting 5 is the worst in the league, particularly the back court

Posted by: garrybrown | November 2, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"Did you see Kwame Brown go by him?

Blatche didn't come ready to play.

Full stop.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 2, 2008 11:57 AM "

And what about when Tayshaun Prince blew by AJ from the FT line for a left hand layup, or when Air Jesus blew by Caron for a dipsy doo layup.

EJ is doing to AB what Zorn did to Durant Brooks.....what a tough guy.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 2, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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