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Monday Update: Difficult Schedule

Tough week ahead for a 2-12 team that is searching for something to feel good about: The Wizards are at New Jersey tomorrow night, home to Portland and the Lakers Wednesday and Friday night and at Chicago Saturday night.

"The most important one is tomorrow," Antawn Jamison said. "We're going into New Jersey against a team that's been playing pretty well of late. If we can find a way to pull one out on the road it makes it easy."

-Coach Ed Tapscott said he was not sure of how he is going to use guard Antonio Daniels this week. Daniels is feeling and moving better on that sore right knee that forced him to miss some games, but with four games in five nights, Tapscott said he wants to monitor the veteran's minutes. Dee Brown has started six games.

"It just depends what we hear in terms of evaluation on his health," Tapscott said. "What do we have? Four in five nights? So, that's tough for a guy coming off some therapy and all the rest. He's told me that he has no problem coming in with the second group. He's been very good about that and I think he knows that night after night after night, there could be some downtime."

-As you can imagine, it's not exactly a fun atmosphere at Verizon Center these days. This team is normally a pretty loose, fun-loving group but it's hard to be that way when you are 2-12.

A few guys are less than thrilled with the stories that are being written and things that are being said (the old shoot-the-messenger thing), and there's just a feeling of tension around a team when it's struggling like this. This week could either release some of that pressure or make things a whole lot worse. We'll see ...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 1, 2008; 2:54 PM ET
 
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hey ivan we need a blockbuster trade. we can trade jamison for marion. i hear he is on the block and wat about lamar odom we need a trade, not only a trade a blockbuster trade.

Posted by: xpoc2 | December 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

and also ivan i no jamison just signed his contract but can we still trade him. if we need defense, because the way he rotates on defense is so bad

Posted by: xpoc2 | December 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

blatche and ET for Brad Miller!

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

Don't take the team's sentiments towards you to heart, Ivan. They're the ones that suck and are the reason that you have to write the stories that you do...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Shoot the messenger? When the messenger creates the story and then writes it, I am all for shooting, hanging and then guiltioning the messenger. Case in point, Blatche is out all night partying and therefore is not playing to potential. Evidence proving that point - none. If it is happening, name names and places. Do not pull Wilbons and throw rocks and then try and find evidence to support your story. Wilbon looked like a jerk on Sean Taylor and he is doing the same thing with the Wizards.

Posted by: h20law2000 | December 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"The Wizards are at New Jersey tomorrow night, home to Portland and the Lakers Wednesday and Friday night and at Chicago Saturday night."

Let's see:

New Jersy: A team with a dreaded "small, quick PG" (run away!) and that shoots the 3 well.
Loss

Portland: A quick, athletic team with size inside that shoots the 3 well.
Loss

Lakers: Loss (Do we really need to go into the reasons why?)

Chicago: A "small, quick PG" and decent (not great) outside shooting, but no inside presence offensively, not good defensively and, aside from Rose, no one who can penetrate. (Of course, they're still better than the Wiz.)
Possible Win but Likely Loss

Gonna be a long week.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,

Is there a lineup change likely here? Why is it that Stevenson is still in the line up after 14 games when he's shooting 30% from the field! Not to mention he takes a ton of shots! There has been nothing to brag about on defense either.

Is there any sentiment from Tapscott to move him to the 2nd unit and insert Nick Young or move Butler to the 2 spot and insert Blatche? I think putting Stevenson in the 2nd unit for a while may get him out of his slump because he'll be playing more against 2nd unit guys.

Posted by: insanity999 | December 1, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

It would be a difficult schedule if they were playing the LA Clippers Memphis, Minnesota, Golden State and Oklahoma City at home and it was each teams second night of playing back to back.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 1, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Ivan -- you ought to get the new Zach B to give you access to Ernie for a "day in the life" piece. A lot of people are curious about what the heck he does every day. Number one question to Ernie: Why didn't you find a why to get creative with the cap and keep Roger Mason?

Posted by: SteveC28 | December 1, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Problem with that idea is that he'll also be playing with second unit guys. And if you think he looks bad now, wait until you see him trying to get a shot off without the benefit of Jamison or Butler (A) drawing defensive attention away from him or (B) as safety valve targets for passes with the clock running down.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

1. young 2. Butler 3. Jamison 4. Blatche
5. Mcgee

We are awful, try something, you think teams would want to see this size and athleticism? Our D can't really get any worse, this lineup puts our best 5 on the floor.

Posted by: bford1kb | December 1, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

This is when you know things can't get any worse: Wiz tickets are being sold for as low as $11. SAD.

Posted by: rachel216 | December 1, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Ivan, don't pull a Jason Campbell on us....Chris Samuels might not be around to give you a hug.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 1, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"Tough week ahead for a 2-12 team that is searching for something to feel good about: The Wizards are at New Jersey tomorrow night, home to Portland and the Lakers Wednesday and Friday night and at Chicago Saturday night." - Ivan


That's pretty sad actually.

Out of the 4 teams you mentioned, NJ, Portland, and Chicago qualified for the lottery last season.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 1, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone so down? We're in first place in the Southeast Division. Wha?? This isn't the Caps blog?


Posted by: original_mark | December 1, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, an article in your paper today mentioned something about Gil being a month OR TWO away? What's the real deal, bro? I watched him sit down on the bench and it appeared tome that he was moving pretty gingerly and took a full 10 seconds to sit down because he was favoring his knee. Can we get an update? I know it's early to be talking about Gil and even a healthy Gil can't rescue this team completely. I just want to know the real truth. Is he coming back this year or what? This is the same sort of silence that we heard (or didn't hear) after he was hurt this spring. It would be nice to get an occasional bone. Can you at least tell us what your opinion of his rehab is? Surely you must have some idea.

Posted by: original_mark | December 1, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Yo Ivan, things are pretty rough around the locker room you say. And Ernie is looking at the point situation with AD's knee.

Tell you what Ivan, if you have any input wit the Wizards, just tell Ernie Taps' to put Dee Brown in the game and tell him to run this team ragged.

The atmosphere around Verizon Center will get better and so will Antonio Daniel's knee while he's sitting on the bench watching.

For Real, Ivan, Go For It, LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 1, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

"Ivan, an article in your paper today mentioned something about Gil being a month OR TWO away? What's the real deal, bro? I watched him sit down on the bench and it appeared tome that he was moving pretty gingerly and took a full 10 seconds to sit down because he was favoring his knee. Can we get an update? I know it's early to be talking about Gil and even a healthy Gil can't rescue this team completely. I just want to know the real truth. Is he coming back this year or what? This is the same sort of silence that we heard (or didn't hear) after he was hurt this spring. It would be nice to get an occasional bone. Can you at least tell us what your opinion of his rehab is? Surely you must have some idea.

Posted by: original_mark | December 1, 2008 9:44 PM "

Actually, it was reported that Laura overstarched his boxers which caused him to dislocate his groin.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 1, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"The atmosphere around Verizon Center will get better and so will Antonio Daniel's knee while he's sitting on the bench watching.

For Real, Ivan, Go For It, LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 1, 2008 9:53 PM "

Get better?

You mean when Abe starts paying people to attend games or having free Wii night?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 1, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Concerning the shoot the messenger attitude, forget it. Just tell it like it is.

While this is looking like a lost season more and more, on the positive side we get to see the young guys get more PT and develop. We get to see a new coach try out new rotations. We are well on the way to a lottery pick, although it will take a lot of luck to catch Oklahoma City.

Getting a lottery pick is a big deal. Given the contracts that Jamison and Arenas got, and Abe's unwillingness to go over the cap and lose his share of the luxury tax proceeds, isn't a lottery pick the only way out for the Wizards?

Posted by: PostSubscriber | December 1, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Getting a lottery pick is only a big deal if the team can get a franchise changing player, and those are few and far between. The difficulty with the draft is compounded by the fact that, at least in recent history, the team with the worst record rarely gets the #1 pick.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Considering the organization is commitmented to making money versus winning, if they won the lottery they would trade the number one pick because that would put them over luxury tax threshold next year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 2, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

"Considering the organization is commitmented to making money versus winning..."

What the F are you talking about?

Posted by: IrenePollin | December 2, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Am I missing something, But BulletsFan78, did you just get slammed by "Irene Pollin"?

Is this the one and only? If you are, Please tell them Wizards to Run and Gun, cause the more they run, the less important playing strong defense becomes. This is important because they are an offensive team and the sooner they figure this out the better.

Always play to your strengths, not your weaknesses. Everytime they play slow, or bench a player for making a defensive mistake, they are blowing it. They need to keep the 'peddle to the metal' like '24 7' and They Will Win.

Cannot believe this, this has to be someone just bloggin with your name.

But if this really iz you Mzs. Pollin, You Go Girl, I been tellin BulletsFan78 to leave the BigDog alone.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 2, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

bford, that's one of the lineups that Taps used with success, but forgot about it the last time. I agree, it's our best offensive five, and one of the quickest.

I feel every player needs to be an offensive threat, I also feel the Wiz need to be moving without the ball better. They need to make each move an offensive manuever, not just a purposeless job to the middle and back out. I've seen Andray do that once too often, and I have not seen Antawn move without the ball to create mismatches and draw double teams. Caron moves well and draws double teams, but only with the ball.

That's why the weave at the top of the key looks so pathetic right now as it's not creating anything, just waiting for the guy who's going to dribble the ball and create his shot.

Posted by: rickgonz | December 2, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"purposeless jog" not job

Posted by: rickgonz | December 2, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

C'mon Ivan, don't pull a Jason Campbell on us....Chris Samuels might not be around to give you a hug.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 1, 2008 9:12 PM


owned

Posted by: prescrunk | December 2, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Ivan,
The players need to stop giving you the tude - there is really no way to put a positive spin on a 2-12 start.
Hopefully, we get a big win tonight, go on a long win streak and the players get their stroke back...

Posted by: sammy5 | December 2, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I normally agree with most of what bulletsfan78 says but I disagree with him on one point and he's not alone in his thinking.
Gilber Arenas is NOT a traditional pg...that's clear. He's a scoring guard that plays the point.
Ppl talk about him, though, as if he never passes and he's a ballhog. There's no way teammates get career years in scoring if he's not sharing. In his last 2 semi-complete years (not including last year of course) he averaged 6.1 and 6.0 assists per game while scoring 29 and 28.

To put it in perspective, last year these guards averaged 6.0 assists per game or less..

Tony Parker
Kurt Hinrich
Brandon Roy
Rajon Rondo
...and the list goes on.


Chauncey Billups (who a lot of ppl hold up as one of the standards and the consummate pg) averaged only 6.8.

Last stats for the day...

Let's look at Steve Nash's 2 MVP seasons (2004-2005 and 2005-2006) and compare them to Gil those same years.
I'm using 82 games as a resource and looking at the pg position PER for those years.

In 04-05, the Phoenix pg's had a 19.5 PER and it was +4.7 better than their opponents.

In 04-05, the Wiz pg's had a 19.7 PER and it was +3.6 better than their opponent.


In 05-06, Phoenix pg's had a 22.6 PER and were a +6.6 over opposing pg's PERs.

In 05-06, the Wiz pg's had a 23.8 PER and were +6.8 over the opposing pg's PERs.

Looks to me like Gil has been doing a pretty darn good impersonation of a pg if he isnt one. It's not his fault that he isn't surrounded by defensive players that complement what he does.

Posted by: original_mark | December 2, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

...and if the definition of a good pg is one who makes his teammates better, I think Gil and Nash have both made teammates better. Caron, AJ, Marion and Stoudemire all made all star games with these guys. Larry Hughes deserved it in 04-05 but was gypped.

Posted by: original_mark | December 2, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"...and if the definition of a good pg is one who makes his teammates better, I think Gil and Nash have both made teammates better. Caron, AJ, Marion and Stoudemire all made all star games with these guys. Larry Hughes deserved it in 04-05 but was gypped.

Posted by: original_mark | December 2, 2008 12:45 PM "

Gilby hardly played last season, and BTH, Caron, and AJ had career seasons, and they had the exact same playoff results as they've had the two seasons prior to last.

Look at Miami with and without DWade.

...now then what?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 2, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm responding to the ppl who think GA is not a good point guard, 88. The numbers say otherwise. It's more about his numbers that his teammates.
How do you respond to the Steve Nash PER figures vs. Gil's?

Posted by: original_mark | December 2, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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