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Jamison Has Strained Left Thumb

From Ivan Carter at Verizon Center:

Antawn Jamison has a strained left thumb. He did not practice today and will be a game time decision for tomorrow's game.

Stay tuned ...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 18, 2008; 2:41 PM ET
 
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at least this way songaila might be able to play the 4

Posted by: BurgwithaU | December 18, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Start D.Mac for one game Taps, PLEASE!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 18, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

if jamison is unable to go, we need blatche at 4 and mcgee at 5, we need this even if aj is healthy, it just has no chance of ever happening, it seems, barring injury

Posted by: bford1kb | December 18, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a good opportunity to give Antawn a rest and give the young guns some minutes. I mean, if we are going to lose anyway.

Posted by: lameotron | December 18, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

with the 4 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft the washington wizards select......WHO????

Posted by: Bigmon411 | December 18, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

start Sonfoulya and play him (and DeShawn) 48 minutes, pleeeeeeeease!! if Sonfoulya gets in foul trouble (if? ha!), put Etan in. do NOT play McGee! he's too exciting to watch...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 18, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Play songaila at the four his natural position, at least he can hit a open jumper and pass well

Posted by: BurgwithaU | December 18, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Some injury was going to happen sooner or later, with the minutes that Jamison has been playing.

Rest Jamison, and let's see who steps up.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | December 18, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

FREE MR. MCGEE!!!!!!

IF NOT FIRE ED TABSCOTT..........

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 18, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

New Starting Lineup

5 - McGee (leave him in no matter what)
4 - AB
3 - AJ
2 - CB
1 - James

Bench

5 - Opec (leave him in no matter what)
4 - Song (do not slide him to the 5 period)
3 - DMac (will cover for lack of footspeed from the 4 and 5 spot)
2 - NY (leave him in no matter what)
1 - Juan Dixon

Do this and keep it consistent every game you will see positive results. But opps, I forgot; that is too much like right.....

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 18, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I am going to take this oppourtunity not to apologige but to ask for my fellow bloggers indulgence for my non-stop defense of Eddie Jordan yes i thought and still think he was the right coach for the bullets(wizards)but my wife and daughter said give it a break so there; i'm done talking to you guys until after the new year, happy holidays to all!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 18, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Might as well sit both Jamison and Butler out like Celtics did with Pierce in 06-07.

Posted by: sagaliba | December 18, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Darn it...

I wuz hoping MeTawn would have been traded before he gets hurt (and older) any further!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 18, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

McGee's PER rating is higher than Greg Oden's. Based on what I've seen, both have potential. Oden is playing much more than McGee, despite Portland being in the midst of a playoff run.

What part does Taps miss?

Play McGee. Move Blatche to PF and let AJ heal.

Posted by: Izman | December 18, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Perfect opportunity to try the young lineup!!

Crittenton/Dixon
Young
Butler
Blatche
McGee

Please!!!!!!

Posted by: hamptonpirates89 | December 18, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

You can't just throw out a lineup you want to see. You have to look at the substitution pattern for the entire game. I would like to see McGee and Blatche on the court at the same time, too, but if you look at the big picture, it turns out to be a really bad idea.

McGee and Blatche are our only healthy players who can play the 5 at a reasonably high level. McGee and Blatche are each only capable of giving us about 25 minutes per game, max. Since the game is 48 minutes long, that means that you can't have those two playing together for more than a couple of minutes per game unless you are willing to give minutes to Songaila/Etan/Antawn/Opech at the center position. Please, no.

For all of the wannabe head coaches out there, try putting together a substitution schedule for an entire game.

Remember that most players are not effective in really short spurts of playing time- most players need a bit of time to warm up and get into the flow before they can find their shooting touch. Try to give players 4-5 minutes of playing time each time they enter the game. (There are exceptions to this rule- defensive specialists and spot-up outside shooters can sometimes be effective straight off the bench. McGuire and DeShawn might potentially be used as defensive specialists for short stretches. Unfortunately, we don't have any dead-eye spot up shooters who could be instantly effective. Maybe Pech someday, maybe, please?)

Try to use players in their primary positions- AJ might be a very effective "different look" for a minute or two as a small forward, but if you ask him to do it for long stretches of time, you're asking for foul trouble, turnovers, etc.

Keep in mind which players play well together. NY is best as a reserve because he can be a primary scoring option on the second line. When he defers to AJ or CB, he loses his effectiveness. In contrast, DeShawn would be terrible as a primary scoring option, even on the second unit.

Also think about free throw shooting. You want to have our best free throw shooters on the court at the ends of quarters, when, hopefully, the opponent is over the limit on team fouls.

Try it, and you'll find out that there really isn't a lot of flexibility.

Posted by: yop32 | December 18, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Edit: Try to give players *at least* 4-5 minutes of playing time each time they enter the game.

Posted by: yop32 | December 18, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

What? An actual level headed analysis of a rotation? What sort of madness is this?!

No! I refuse to listen and will continue to suggest lineups that would be freaking AWESOME if I was playing a video game...

thank you yop32 for being realistic and actually making basketball sense

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 18, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

going on yop32's line, another reason NY would be better off the bench:

Although I don't know if there are any stats that can back it, I feel that subs play worse TEAM defense than starters. Because subs usually don't play with the exact same lineup every time they're out, they don't pick up each other's defensive tendencies as well. This can lead to more blown coverages and split second hesitations.

NY is great at getting points by beating his man one on one. He struggles against beating team defense and getting good looks within the offense (although the structure of the offense is another story). Against second team defenses, he would have more success than going up against more structured first team defenses.

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 18, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Yop (w/o aJ):

JM, AB, CB, MJ, NY - 30 minutes (+5?)

OP, DS, DM, JD, DeS - 10 minutes (-7?)

AB, DS, CB, MJ, JD - 8 minutes (even?)

What's the big deal? The team is 4-19. Why is this so difficult?

Posted by: Izman | December 18, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

What is up with slacker Ivan and Mike? No chat this week?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 18, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Right on yop32! We need to do what I mentioned earlier this week: figure out what is the potentially best position for each player and let them get experience playing there.

Barring a trade for a classic point guard somehow, here is where I would let guys play:

*James and Crittenden fight it out for the future back-up point guard slot. (behind Gil)

*Butler- shooting guard

*Young- shooting guard sub

*Dixon - 5th guard

*Stevenson- cut him so Taps won't be tempted to put him in!

*McGuire- start at the 3. (for energy, defense, rebounding and 10 points a game)

*Jamison- 6th man getting 25-30 minutes a game. For a while he would still play more minutes than DMac but I would move towards a transition here as the year goes on.

*Blatche at the 4, Songalia his backup

*at the 5 in this order- McGee, Pecherov, Songalia, Thomas. Use them all and see if anyone takes a stand and wants the job. Every minute Blatche plays the 5 is time away from becoming a better 4. He does not have the post-up mentality of a 5. He wants to be on the outside. So they should just develop him accordingly rather than let him be a perimeter-oriented center.

Dmac and Mcgee should be told to get the boards and run the floor. Blatche should help them as well as the scorers. If they become a running team Crittenden's lack of knowing the offense becomes less relevant. He may be our only pure point guard right now. I'd like to see what he would do with the opportunity to play non-garbage time minutes for a few weeks.
BmoreRev

Posted by: stanlong23 | December 19, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Here's what I came up with, broken down by each minute of a half:

C PF SF SG PG

AB AJ CB DeS MJ
AB AJ CB DeS MJ
AB AJ CB DeS MJ
AB AJ CB DeS MJ
AB AJ CB DeS MJ
JM AJ DM CB MJ
JM AJ DM NY MJ
JM AJ DM NY JD
JM DaS DM NY JD
JM DaS DM NY JD
JM DaS DM NY JD
AB DaS CB NY JD

AB DaS CB NY DeS
AB DaS CB NY DeS
AB DaS CB DeS MJ
JM AB CB DeS MJ
JM AB AJ DM MJ
JM AJ DM JD MJ
JM AJ DM JD MJ
JM AJ DM CB JD
JM AJ CB NY JD
JM AJ CB NY JD
AB AJ CB NY JD
AB AJ CB NY JD

I'm not really happy with this, but I thought I'd throw it out there as a starting point.

Try improving on it. With all of the constraints, it's actually quite challenging to fit the pieces in. Kind of like doing a sudoku puzzle.

Posted by: yop32 | December 19, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Here's the answer to all our problems: widen the darn court!!!

Jerry West discusses with Marty Burns at SI:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/marty_burns/12/18/west/index.html

Posted by: Samson151 | December 19, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

The Wiz are in serious trouble. It is very difficult to watch them now. They don't even put on a good show.

The only alternative the Wiz have now is to change players. They almost were able to bring back Larry Hughes. I think they still can do it. Chicago doesn't want or need Larry. There are Wiz players we no longer need and hopefully Chicago will take. It is time for Ernie G to get it done.

I am sure Ernie G doesn't like what he is seeing now either. It is not the fault of the previous or present head coach. So Ernie G it is your time to act. Good luck.

Posted by: JoeC2 | December 19, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

FREE MR. MCGEE!!!!!!

IF NOT FIRE ED TABSCOTT..........

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

What is up with slacker Ivan and Mike? No chat this week?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 18, 2008 11:20 PM

DC_MAN88 - Sorry, but you can not expect that kind of weekly coverage with the Wiz like you get with Jason L. and the Skins.

The Skins look like they get about 3 to 4 new posts a day from Jason and they only play once a week. That is not a slap at Ivan or Mike because this blog is better then nothing at all. I have been a Wizards/Bullets fan so long I remember when they got ZERO coverage and alot of the games were not even televised. So I am thankful for anything they can give me now.

However I must admit when I go to the times or another site, you seem to get more info as far as player opinions and reactions to what is really going on with the team. Sometimes these post from Ivan have that "Phil C. and Buck." and Glenn Conser homer feel to it.

The team is so bad right now it looks like our own beat reporters don't want to talk about them.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

"The team is so bad right now it looks like our own beat reporters don't want to talk about them.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 9:23 AM "

You're right.

Ja La rocks.

Note also the Skins suck too, and Ja La, the beat reporter, is all over Cerrato like white on rice.

Can't say the same about Ivan with EG.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 19, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The past few games have just been unbearable. I might have to start watchin the Caps!

Don't understand why Etan doesn't play at all. Or Pecherov. At this point we gotta play McGee. Tap is trying to win which is why he's not playing the young guys. Same reason EJ wasn't. I also want to see McGee and Blatche together!

We should be goin with McGee, Blatche, Jamison, Butler and James. Etan, Songaila, McGuire, Young, Dixon off the bench. Get Pech and Crittenton in the game at garbage time, which we'll be seeing plenty of this year.

I am still mad at Eddie getting fired.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 19, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I've got to agree w/ the B-Rev's logic. Trying to play Blatche more at the 4 creates a slot for Pecherov to get back up minutes at the 5. Remember when Grunfeld had his news conference when Pecherov was signed, he projected him to play the 5.

I still think from the limited bit that we've seen Pecherov, he's going to be an NBA center. Blatche is a guy that can slide amoung all three frontline positions depending on the matchups, but he's not a real center.

But consistant playing time inside is improving his game, match him with a healthy Haywood and the Wiz defense in the lane improves a lot next year.

Eddie Jordan really resisted personel moves that seem to make perfect sense to the rest of the world. He resisted the idea of playing Butler at the two, even though he'd done it at UConn, the Heat, and the Lakers. Always seemed to want to use Blatche and Songaila at the 5 even though every Wizards fan can see they're clearly 4's.

And the resistance of playing Jamison at the 3 even though he spent more time there at Golden State and then Dallas then at the 4 was completely baffling.

Clearly Tapps and Wes Jr. share many of their former boss's views on players. Maybe they know a whole lot more then the avearage fan. Maybe they can't see the forest for all the trees.

In the end, a clear eyed view of this team and it's players are needed to turn things around. I don't think the plan is to do that until after the season and a high lottery pick is secured.

Posted by: flohrtv | December 19, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

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