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A Lump of Coal?

After hitting a new low last night by losing to Charlotte Bobcats (worst start in team history, season-low 72 points, season-low 9 assists), the Wizards must face LeBron James and Cavaliers on Christmas Day in a nationally televised game. Wizards-Cavaliers is the first half of TNT's holiday double-header.

By Alexa Steele  |  December 24, 2008; 11:55 AM ET
 
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You know the NBA wishes they'd never scheduled this game. We'll lose by 20+ with the Cavs reserves playing the entire 4th quarter.

FREE PECH !!!

Posted by: original_mark | December 24, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

don't worry, it gets worse for the Wiz: there's only 1 realistic chance at a 'W' in their next 7 games - at home against the even-worse Oklahoma City Thunder.

the other 6 games? @ Cleveland, @ Houston, @ New Orleans, @ Boston, vs Cleveland, and @ Orlando. ouch! 5-28 is a real possibility at that point. (but the Playoffs would still be a possibility, right?! lol)

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 24, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

They keep trying but have forgot how to win. Gil coming back will restore respectability and some wins. It will not get its swag back until the team learns how to win again. Amazing they could it last year so well without Gil. Free Brendan?

Posted by: h20law2000 | December 24, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Free Brendan?

Posted by: h20law2000 | December 24, 2008 12:21 PM

Free Roger Mason, a healthy Antonio Daniels and a DeShawn Stevenson with confidence while you're at it.

Posted by: MBUSA | December 24, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Jumpers, jumpers, and more contested jumpers by the Giazrds! The Cavs play excellent defense. I would be very surprised if the Gizards score more than 80 points tomorrow night. They (the Gizards) are not intelligent players at all. It is very rare that you find a team that lives on the perimeter on offense, but does nothing to protect it on defense. It was a disgrace to come away from a 48 minute game with 9 ASSISTS!! Not by the point guard --- BY THE TEAM!!!! AND 12 FOUL SHOTS!! What are they doing/learning in practice? Either basic fundamentals are not being emphasized by the coaching staff, or the players are not intelligent. It has to be one or the other. Hopefully, we will lose by no more than 30 tomorrow night.

Posted by: hamptonpirates89 | December 24, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Who would watch this game????
I think it will have the lowest number of eyes for the month for any TV.
Nice showcase for the Wizzies.
They might not break 60.
I didn't see the game last night but see that again they couldn't compete in the 4th.
Same ole same ole.
CB & AJ take a break for the rest of the season. Save your body. It ain't happening this year.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Posted by: VBFan | December 24, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope ticket sales continue to fall. Maybe when the Wizards starting in an empty Verizon center, the owner will realize you can't win on the cheap. Keep drafting and keeping these cheap players that shouldn't even be in the developmental league talkless of being on an NBA team. This sucks! I can't even bear to watch the games anymore.

Posted by: tundey | December 24, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The NBA scheduled the Wiz vs. the Cavs for tomorrow moreso because of LeBron against a team that likes to rat him out more than because of the Wizards themselves. Even then, the NBA thought that we'd have a healthy Gilbert and Brendan with a team that is fighting for one of the top four seeds in the East, if not better. Well, looks like this season will show us how many games we'll have on national TV next year....

Posted by: acleex | December 24, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

OK, guys, you've used up your quota of "The Wizards hit a new low last night..." leads. You have to try something different.

Some possibilities:
"The Wiz took the floor promptly against New Orleans last night. They wore the correct uniforms. We left right after that."

Or: "The arena lights mysteriously exploded prior to the second half, robbing the team of a chance to come back from a 31 point deficit. Ernie Grunfeld: "I was standing right next to the switch box and I didn't see anything suspicious. You need to check with the maintenance staff."

Or: "The Wizards surprised everyone with a hard-fought victory over the Cavs. Asked what made the ultimate difference, Coach Tapscott said: "The pepper spray."

Posted by: Samson151 | December 24, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

FREE PECH !!!

Posted by: original_mark | December 24, 2008 12:12 PM

That's the sign the Wizards hang around Pecherov's neck every night when the put him out on the curb in front of Verizon Center. Yet, every morning when they show up for practice, he's still there.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 24, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Yet, every morning when they show up for practice, he's still there.

Before this season is over, we'll find out if he can play.

It might be another 20 games, or 30. But eventually he's going to see action.

Unless they've all gone mad over there.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 24, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"The NBA scheduled the Wiz vs. the Cavs for tomorrow moreso because of LeBron against a team that likes to rat him out more than because of the Wizards themselves. Even then, the NBA thought that we'd have a healthy Gilbert and Brendan with a team that is fighting for one of the top four seeds in the East, if not better. Well, looks like this season will show us how many games we'll have on national TV next year....

Posted by: acleex | December 24, 2008 2:14 PM "

What a coincidence that MeShawn bailed out of the starting lineup with this game coming up.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 24, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Not to play sports editor but I think it's time for a major piece on what the management is trying to do at this stage.

It's clear that any hope to muddle through until Arenas gets back can be thrown away.

So, at the 1/3 mark, what is the end game for this season?

My guess is they'll write off this as a lost season and try to start fresh with a healthy Haywood and (fingers-crossed) Arenas. Pickup another big man, if possible; use the pick on the best available athlete (please not Hansborough) and act as if this season never.....took.....place.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 24, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"

Not to play sports editor but I think it's time for a major piece on what the management is trying to do at this stage.

It's clear that any hope to muddle through until Arenas gets back can be thrown away.

So, at the 1/3 mark, what is the end game for this season?

My guess is they'll write off this as a lost season and try to start fresh with a healthy Haywood and (fingers-crossed) Arenas. Pickup another big man, if possible; use the pick on the best available athlete (please not Hansborough) and act as if this season never.....took.....place.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 24, 2008 4:25 PM "

Not gonna happen unless you move Ja La to the BouleS beat.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 24, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Not gonna happen unless you move Ja La to the BouleS beat.

Yeah, well the Skins are the big story in DC so I can understand the more aggressive and expansive coverage.

Especially expansive.

With all that money invested in GA and AJ, my hunch is that they're not going to make major changes barring something drastic happening to Arenas and/or another key player.

Write this season off as lost and try to come back healthy next year with a few additions around that GA/AJ/CB core.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 24, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

anyone who thinks we might win is delusional. 25+ point blowout on national tv and jebron getting more sports center highlights

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | December 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"Amazing they could it last year so well without Gil. Free Brendan?"

Amazing how no one gives EJ any credit for making the playoffs the past 4 years.

I think the Wiz will still be bad even when Gil and Haywood come back.

Posted by: twigmuffin | December 24, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I think the Wiz will still be bad even when Gil and Haywood come back.

Posted by: twigmuffin | December 24, 2008 7:26 PM

Twig, unless this coachin is some big April Fools joke, you are absolutely right.

About Dee Brown, good for him, I said he should have been running the show for the Wizs when he was here. When he ran the point for the Wizs they played there best ball period. He was the best floor leader this team had this season.

And it ain't like the Suns just picked him up, he was selected amongst other veteran point guards that were evaluated. What does that say about the Wizard evaluation point guard play? A slap in the face. Now we got Mike James playing the point.
My grandmother can outplay him at point. Dee Brown takes Mike James lunch money. Hands down.

I hope we lose by 50-points tomorrow. Then maybe somebody might get off their butts and stop this foolishness.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 24, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

It's the Wizards version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas starring Lebron James except the rest of the world cheers on the Grinch while pointing and laughing at the Whos as they slip and fall and run into each other in a pathetically comedic fashion...

We need the Ghost of Wizards Past (I'm thinking 2005 Wiz-Bulls series when the world was our oyster...)

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 24, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

All I want for Christmas is a new owner!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 24, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

season-low 72 points, season-low 9 assists...

Alexa, thats what you get with Mike James at point.

Let Juan Dixon floor general this offense and you want have to worry about limp to the hoop results such as this.

He would be looking to score first and if anybodyelse wants to score they better be runnin wit' him.

Why anybody would think because he wants to score first is a bad thing is perplexing to me.

What made Gilbert great? Score first mentality.

Why is it several years ago when the Wizards were called a Jack the Ball up First Team, that coincidently they were also a winning team? Scoring first kills defenses and wins game. I.E. an AllStar coaching stint for Eddie Jordan.

But Eddie listened to the criticism and changed what was winning to what the prognosticaters said it would take to really be a good NBA team and the Wizards have been downhill ever since.

What Eddie did not realize was that he had found his NBA success as a coach and the Wizards were already a good NBA team, but he let the criticism change what had brought him an AllStar accolade. He should have kept the offensive philosophy that was a mix of the Princeton Offense and a score first mentality.

Now ETaps is coaching the way Eddie thought he should be doing, erroneously of course, and this is why the Bulles are not winning.

Get back to score first, jack the ball up, push the ball, and if nothing is there, go to the Princeton Set, or just Set Offense.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 24, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

"Amazing how no one gives EJ any credit for making the playoffs the past 4 years.

I think the Wiz will still be bad even when Gil and Haywood come back.

Posted by: twigmuffin | December 24, 2008 7:26 PM "

Yeah, EJ deserves all the credit for BTH's emergence last season.

Sure.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 24, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

On the dime DC_Man88. If Eddie had been smart enough to recognize all that he had, we would not have to worry about what he should have and or not have not gotten credit for.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 24, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

I have a question for all the Bloggers and Ivan, Mike, and Alexa.

How many of you believe that the Wizards record is because of 1) bad incompetent players, or 2) bad incompetent coaching?

LarryInClintonMD. (I know yawl' know my vote)

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 25, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Interesting fact: Crittenton has yet to score a single point as a Wizard.

He's the future of the team at pg?

Songaila is a good passer, but he's not rebounding well and rarely blocks shots. He shouldn't be playing at center, period.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | December 25, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

"I have a question for all the Bloggers and Ivan, Mike, and Alexa.

How many of you believe that the Wizards record is because of 1) bad incompetent players, or 2) bad incompetent coaching?

LarryInClintonMD. (I know yawl' know my vote)

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 25, 2008 12:00 AM "

I think Les BouleS have a lot of pieces that don't fit, and that truth was disguised in the past by Gilby (offensive) and BTH (defensive).

Most of the players on the team are destined to be role players for life or young players who weren't drafted high b/c they aren't franchise players and are probably just role players too.

Now, they are thrust into the limelight and asked to do things that they can't do.

It's like trying to squeeze blood out of a rock.

THE MAIN REASON LES BOULES ARE SO MUCH WORSE THIS SEASON THAN LAST IS BECAUSE MOST TEAMS IN THE EAST GOT A WHOLE HECKUVA LOT BETTER WHILE EG WAS BUSY BEING CONTENT WITH LESS THAN STATUS QUO (LET MASON WALK) BY RESIGNING GILBY AND METAWN WHEN BOTH THOSE GUYS WEREN'T EVEN CAPABLE OF GETTING THE TEAM OUT OF THE 1ST ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS (except the season with LH) WHEN THEY WERE HEALTHY!!!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 25, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

With Arenas and Haywood, the Wizards were an above average team. Say ~40/45 wins.

Without them, they're a below average team.

Combine those losses with the decline of any older roster (if you're not getting better you're probably getting worse), the failure of EG to improve the team in any area, and the near total collapse of the starting backcourt.

Inconsistent coaching just has magnified all these other areas.

So, at the end of the day, you're talking 20 wins. Max.

They're going to be luck to get 20 frankly.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 25, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Comparing EJ to Tapscott is like comparing Javale McGee to PJ Ramos.

EJ is an above-average NBA coach who won't be out of work for very long.

Tapscott isn't qualified to coach a D-League team.

Posted by: twigmuffin | December 25, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

It will be the same ole story tonight. Tapps will start AB and DMac then by midway through the first quater DeBrick and DSong will be playing most of the remaining minutes for the game. DS, CB, AJ, and DSong hasn't worked all year for either coach regardless of who plays point yet they still get most of the burn. These trusted vets have 4 wins on the season. I do think Gil and Wood make this team as good as anyone except Boston and Clev. in the east. I'm also not ready to completely blow it up but I wouldn't be opposed to trading AJ and Etan for a good prospect and an expiring. Todays game will be out of reach by half time but as a Wiz fan I will watch as much as I can stomach. Merry Christmas All !!!!!

Posted by: dhbond | December 25, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Wiz get EMBARRASSED tonight by the second best team in the East! I honestly feel bad for the Wiz. They have to play on Christmas, trust me, that's the LAST thing they want to do, they know they have no chance, they should just enjoy the holidays. I was all for this game when I first saw the schedule, knowing that the Wiz would be alright and the Cavs would also be alright, and they purposely put this game on because they know theres some bad blood between these two teams, but no one knew how BAD the Wiz would be, so this game is useless to me, I mean, the Wiz can't even beat the worst teams, like Bobcats, o well I guess that means the Wiz are THE worst team, after the OK City Thunder.

Posted by: rachel216 | December 25, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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