Ball Movement Key to Win

Two things stood out to me after watching a replay of last night's 108-88 win at New Jersey:

1. Dee Brown played by far his best game as a Wizard.

2. The overall ball movement was outstanding.

Obviously the two things were related. Brown, who continues to start at point guard, finished with eight points, seven assists and zero turnovers and nailed a pair of big threes when the Wizards opened up a big second half lead.

The ball movement was contagious.

The Wiz finished with a season-high 33 assists (against only seven turnovers) and DeShawn Stevenson was a huge beneficiary as he was able to set his feet and release a few open jumpers. That hasn't been the case very often so far this season as Stevenson has been forced to take way too many contested jumpers with the shot clock winding down. That is not DeShawn's game.

- The Wizards entered last night's game as the worst three-point shooting team in the league but made 13 last night, so it would be a stretch to expect more of that tonight against Portland. But the crisp ball movement is something that can be replicated going forward. I would still like to see a few more drives to the basket in certain situations, but as long as those jumpers are going down, it's all good.

- Look for an update on Caron Butler's status before tonight's game. Butler banged knees with Bobby Simmons last night and returned to the game but that's usually the type of thing that can be a problem the next day after swelling sets in.

By Ivan Carter |  December 3, 2008; 12:03 PM ET
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I ask again:

"How did Juan Dixon end up in ETap's dog house?"

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 3, 2008 12:52 PM

Ivan. How are Juan and Etan adjusting to not being in the rotation anymore?

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 3, 2008 12:56 PM

nice win. i didn't see the game but i kept noticing a close score thru the 3rd period on the espn ticker at the bottom of the screen. then, later, i noticed they'd won by 20. nice to see & a pleasant surprise!

Posted by: gregskins | December 3, 2008 12:59 PM

I ask again:

"How did Juan Dixon end up in ETap's dog house?"

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 3, 2008 12:52 PM

DC - I think it has to do with making a choice between Juan and Dee Brown. And right now Tabscott wants a traditional 1 guard playing that spot, and we all know Juan is a hybrid "1".

Tabscott said he was cutting his rotation so that means some folks are not going to see any minutes.

At least with Tabscott everyone knows their minutes now, even if it won't be any. Unlike with EJ, nobody other then AJ, DS, and Caron knew their minutes per game.

I just hope Tabscott does not start falling in love with "slow small ball" like EJ did. Song. is playing great ball and he is forcing Tabscott's hand to play him.

In order to get Song. more minutes he has to take some from AB and McGee. Once Haywood comes back I think you will only see Song at the 4. For somebody who can not jump, he still is great at getting rebounding position and playing physical defense on the other team's "5".

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 3, 2008 1:03 PM

"Ball Movement Key to Win" - Ivan

No, scoring more points is key to win.

I kid b/c I care!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 3, 2008 1:09 PM

Ball movement was contagioius because Caron and Jamison moved the ball. If the two go-to guys are willing to share, then there is no excuse for the others. Too many times in the past Jamison and Caron have settled for difficult shots when wide open teammates stood on the perimeter.

It was great to see last night, so let's hope it continues.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | December 3, 2008 1:17 PM

I wouldn't expect to see Haywood in uniform this season, esp. if it looks like they're out of the playoff hunt. The timeline was 4 to 6 months. Six months is basically the entire season. If he is ready to go before that but it looks like the team is lottery bound, I doubt that he or the team would think it worth risking re-injury for a few weeks of meaningless running out the clock duty.

But it is funny how all of a sudden under Tapscott, Songaila at the 5 is cool, but under Jordan it was evil personified.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 3, 2008 1:18 PM

Ball movement helps, but the one constant in the three Wiz wins is defense.

The opposition stats in those 3 games:

%FG %3 Point Total Points

.40 .35 88

.46 .30 100

.43 .36 87

Posted by: Izman | December 3, 2008 1:19 PM

Prescrunk........your ban will be removed in a couple days and you can come back to and talk all you want about how good of a game Deshawn had last night.

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | December 3, 2008 10:34 AM

Deshawn ran the show last nite 4 real.

Thank you, I can't wait to get back to my homepage away from homepage:

Posted by: prescrunk | December 3, 2008 1:44 PM

Tonite should be fun; JaVale vs.Oden Brandon Roy, LeMarcus Aldridge,Outlaw,and of course Steve Blake this will be a tough one for the Wiz(can we go back to being the Bullets?) and they got this guy from overseas Rudy Fernandez, WHOAAA!! I watched him against the Knicks and let me say this; he's a baaaddd man !!! but Roy is the new Clyde Frazier smooth game excellent defender and can score at will,ETAP and his crew will need their A game for sure.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 3, 2008 1:51 PM

Ok... Why exactly did Pech get an extension?

Posted by: original_mark | December 3, 2008 2:51 PM

"Ok... Why exactly did Pech get an extension?

Posted by: original_mark | December 3, 2008 2:51 PM "

B/c he's a gym rat.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 3, 2008 3:23 PM

how many free throws did the Wiz shoot? 10? maybe?

they still shoot too many long jumpers. no post play. Jamison is not willing to do the hard work necessary to play the post. ppl would rather take the easy way out and throw up a 20 footer. I'd be interested to see their shot chart.

they can't continue to play this style and win. they need to post up Butler Jamison and Young or ppl need to be driving to the basket.

Posted by: unkonchus | December 3, 2008 3:46 PM

Jamison seems perfectly willing to play in the post, when it's to his advantage to do so. Pproblem is, because he's undersized at PF, it's often a disadvantage to have him down there because he'll be guarded by a bigger, stronger player, which makes backing his man down close enough to the hoop to get a shot off a low probability.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 3, 2008 4:05 PM

Great to see some points off ally-oops, the Wiz had been bascially earthbound the last couple of years. What made the Princeton offense work so well in NJ was not just Jason Kidd, but getting backdoor hoops above the rim (Jefferson, Martin, Carter) and not just off long bounce passes.

Posted by: jweber1 | December 3, 2008 4:12 PM

Wasnt the last coach criticized by fans for not playing all the young players available now fans are in total agreement with the new coach when he limits his rotation. Sounds like fans are flip flopping on their positions so they wont have to admit the obvious that they really haven't a clue as to what a coach should or should not do. Wizards fans, just watch the damm game and root for your team and stop trying to be Hubie Brown and Van Gundy after every game.

Posted by: gdavis4 | December 3, 2008 4:19 PM

"Sounds like fans are flip flopping on their positions so they wont have to admit the obvious that they really haven't a clue as to what a coach should or should not do"

Shhhh.... We're not supposed to notice. Now just play along and pretend the hypocrisy is not glaringly obvious and everything will be fine.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 3, 2008 6:02 PM

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