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Still Looking

Eddie Jordan spent training camp, the preseason and the first 11 games of the regular season searching for a rotation he could count on, and Ed Tapscott has been in the same boat since taking over.

The Wizards fell to 3-11 under Tapscott with last night's loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Tapscott tried some new things by going to Dominic McGuire early and often, by playing Javaris Crittenton for a couple of stretches and by sitting Juan Dixon and Etan Thomas throughout; but the final result was familiar.

Oh, and DeShawn Stevenson played only 15 minutes.

Tapscott: "We obviously tried some different things tonight specifically with player combinations. You know, the old definition of instead of trying the same thing expecting a different result, we tried something different. But unfortunately, we got the same result. A few mistakes down the stretch hurt us obviously so, no doubt, we are still searching. Still searching for those combinations that will help us close out games."

By Ivan Carter  |  December 22, 2008; 11:06 AM ET
 
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Rasclot better wise up and let Deshawn play thru this slump or we are seriously f(_)ck3d

Posted by: prescrunk | December 22, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and DeShawn Stevenson played only 15 minutes.

That's a very political move by ETap. DSteve is for all intents and purposes benched but ETap is showing DSteve that he has faith he will break out of his slump by preserving his precious consecutive games streak.

Keeps DSteve happy and helps the team the less he plays.

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 22, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

He hasn't tried:

James, Butler, Jamison, Blatche, McGee

or

James, Young, Butler, Jamison, Blatche

or off the bench

Crit, Young, Mac, Dray and The Human Hanger

We're 4-21. What do we have to lose?

Loosen up, Taps. It's a game.

Posted by: Izman | December 22, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

100% agree with Izman...

plus, I'd add DSteve should get 0 minutes.

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | December 22, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that people still think that changing the lineup will actually make a difference.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

the deshawn hating has got to stop.

Posted by: prescrunk | December 22, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

the deshawn hating has got to stop.

Posted by: prescrunk | December 22, 2008 11:54 AM


uh hating implies, jealousy...the dude is shooting like 30% from the field what exactly is anyone envious of? the guy is just playing horribly and someoneelse deserves an opportunity until he can show he can produce again.

for god's sake give NY 30 min a game. on the bright side james is playing decently well and contributing.

Posted by: insanity999 | December 22, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, no combination will work because the Wiz are not a very good team without GA and BTH. They may not be tha much better with them.

Posted by: browneri | December 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,
Any word on Gilbert Arenas? He said in his blog mid december, so what's up with him?

Posted by: RussianMachineNeverBreaks | December 22, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I like Izman's line-up: James, Butler, Jamison, Blatche, McGee. Big and athletic.

or maybe do some experiment and move NY to 2 and AB on 4 and AJ as the 6th man.


"I can't believe that people still think that changing the lineup will actually make a difference."

It depends on what difference you're looking for. If it means being a championship team then for sure it isn't.


Posted by: Dave381 | December 22, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"for god's sake give NY 30 min a game. on the bright side james is playing decently well and contributing."

Yes, NY should get most of DSS PT. NY was playing great in the 76ers game. I don't know why he wasn't put in late in the game instead of Deshawn.

James has step up his game. He's shown that he still can contribute to the team unlike what some so called experts have predicted.

Posted by: Dave381 | December 22, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I for one am patiently waiting for:

1 - James
2 - AGENT ZERO
3 - CB3
4 - AJ
5 - Blatche

Posted by: MBUSA | December 22, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,
Wake me up when we get to 10 wins - then we can go get some drinks and celebrate!

Posted by: sammy5 | December 22, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

MBUSA-
1 - James
2 - AGENT ZERO
3 - CB3
4 - AJ
5 - Blatche

holy cow! That is a deadly lineup. James has come around nice and is a legit contributor to the team. AGENT ZERO, where are thou!!

http://www.wizardsextreme.com

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | December 22, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"It depends on what difference you're looking for. If it means being a championship team then for sure it isn't."

The only difference I'm looking for is winning games. And I don't care how many different ways you arrange the deck chairs, the ship still "be sinking."

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The ship begun sinking on its first few games. The captain needs to fill up some of the many holes so not to speed up the demise.

Posted by: Dave381 | December 22, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Typical starters' minutes are 8-10 minutes at the start and end of each half. 32-40 minutes total for the game, in four blocks.

What we should do is break CB and AJ's minutes into six blocks of around 6 minutes instead.

They need to start and finish games in order to maximize their minutes. But it might be good to get them some minutes against the opponent's second line. This would allow our all-Stars to maximize their scoring.

Going against the opponent's second line might also facilitate using CB at sg and AJ at sf.

Finally, it would allow DM to get minutes against the opponent's starting sf. I would much rather see LeBron/Pierce/etc. defended by DM than CB or DeShawn. The timing of substitutions also gets DM off the court at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters when free throw percentage is important.

Posted by: yop32 | December 22, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

EJ may be gone, but EJism remains. Small-ball in the 4th with Song at C ensures that every opponent will pull-away in the 4th.

James, Butler, Jamison, Blatche, McGee IS the way to go yet it still hasn't been tried yet. Instead of giving McGee the quick-hook every game, he needs to be paired with Blatche and they need to played 30 minutes per game.

When is Tap going to tell Caron to stop shot-jacking and playing Berry Farms ball?

We have the talent to at-least be hovering around the 8th seed if the coaching staff ever gets it together.

Posted by: closg | December 22, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Moving Antawn to the 3 is like giving Christmas presents to every other team and SF in the league.

If Antawn doesn't even pretend to defend bigger, slower PFs, what on earth makes you think he can stop a SF?

His effort on defense is embarrassing enough as it is. Don't make it worse by putting him on the opposition's most athletic player.

Posted by: bryc3 | December 22, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Moving Antawn to the 3 is like giving Christmas presents to every other team and SF in the league."

Compounding the problem, playing him at SF takes him further away from the basket, thus negating one of his biggest assets to the team: rebounding.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"The ship begun sinking on its first few games. The captain needs to fill up some of the many holes so not to speed up the demise."

If by "captain" you mean "coach" . . . not much he can do to fill the holes if he doesn't have any wood or plaster to cover them up or any buckets to bail out the water.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

On what teams in this league would Stevenson still be starting for? Or getting significant minutes?

He's been terrible this year with the exception of 2-3 games. He's shooting 31% from the field, 28% from three, and 55.8% from the free throw line.

That's just not acceptable.

He's not the only or major reason this team is bad. But his play has been one of the contributing factors.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 22, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Right on, Izman. Your first lineup suggestion is the best one, I would think.

If you're trying to set this team up for next year with a renewed emphasis on defense, then Mcguire should be in the lineup at the 3 while AJ comes off the bench for 15 minutes at PF and 15 at sf shooting even as he takes his warmups off. That leaves Mcguire for 30+ at the sf spot.

Posted by: original_mark | December 22, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

yop32, That is one dam good suggestion. McGuire should be used for D while we limit AJ and CB so that they'll be fresh for the 'money time'.

Rather than play AJ at the 3, putting AB or McGuire in there with him at the 3 should help out tremendously with both the rebounding and defensive aspects. How's this lineup...

James, Butler, Mcguire, Jamison, Blatche

...with Mcgee and NY playing major minutes, as well. Juan can spell James. That should be our 8 man rotation for now.

Posted by: original_mark | December 22, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to seeing what Pech can do?

FREE PECH !!!!!

Don't we need an interior presence? Are we lacking a big man who can hold his position and rebound? Can we at least test out our
2006 FIRST ROUND PICK !!???

Pop Quiz:
What foreign player is 6'11, 240 lbs, barely made an impact in the league because he was only getting 12 and 15 mpg his first couple years and finally turned things around when he was given a chance and is now averaging 15 and 10?

A: Andris Biedrins


Here's another comparison..

Troy Murphy is 6'11, 245 and shoots a lot of threes yet he's also getting 11 and 11. Couldn't we use that?

Pech is listed at 7'0, 234 and he just turned 23 years old a couple of weeks ago. What's the harm in trying out your

2006 SEVEN FOOT FIRST ROUND PICK !!!??

Posted by: original_mark | December 22, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Mark, you keep tilting at that windmill, eventually it's just going to fall over on top of you.

"Pech is listed at 7'0, 234 and he just turned 23 years old a couple of weeks ago."",/i>

And none of those things, individually or collectively, change the fact that he can't play.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Looking for the right mix????

No matter how you mix 10 pounds of krap you end up with 10 pounds of krap.

Face it this team is not equipped to compete.

Other teams hang around til the 4th ,play halfhearted "D" and score almost at will. Seemed like it was almost too easy for Dallas - Dirk hardly played the 4th.

Let's just admit it.
This season is down the tubes.


Posted by: VBFan | December 22, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

...which was proven when, Kal?

Posted by: original_mark | December 22, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"If by "captain" you mean "coach" . . . not much he can do to fill the holes if he doesn't have any wood or plaster to cover them up or any buckets to bail out the water."

Yes, the team has wood and plaster. It is how you use them to fill the holes out that is lacking.

Posted by: Dave381 | December 22, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Kal, I'm not even trying to proclaim Pech as the guy who can make a difference. I don't know what he can do.
What I DO know is that every single player on this roster has gotten significant playing time in at least one game. Even the 2 new guys have gotten minutes. Pech isn't even good enough to be active? He doesn't merit a look?

That's unacceptable. Contract aside, if your team is the worst in the conference and 3rd worst in the league, it means what we're doing aint working. We should be trying EVERYTHING...including Pech.

Posted by: original_mark | December 22, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Ivan
Would you see if you can find out if the ET for LH deal is still possible, once LH is ready to play?

I'd like to see a line up of AB, JM, and Pech in the front court, with AJ at the 2 and and CB running the point...would be entertaining.

Posted by: oddjob1 | December 22, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Deshawn is benched.

....from the blog
http://www.washingtonwizardsblog.com...-to-the-bench/

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | December 22, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

^ from SportzWiz

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | December 22, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"...which was proven when, Kal?"

Every time he's set foot on the floor.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Comparing Pech to Biendrins is wildly off base. Biendrins succeeds because he has two attributes that allow him to overcome his lack of strength and offensive polish: quickness and athleticism, two things that even Pecherov's most ardent support(s?) would have to admit he lacks in spades. Moreover, the Warriors play a style of ball that's perfectly suited to take advantage of his strengths and cover his weaknesses.

The Wiz don't have that luxury because Pech doesn't appear to have any strengths ato play to.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

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