Wizards 107, Pistons 94
MVP: The Washington bench scored a season-high 59 points and helped turn the game with some high-energy play by Dominic McGuire, Andray Blatche, Darius Songaila, Juan Dixon and Nick Young.
Key stat: Juan Dixon had 16 points, four rebounds and seven assists and posted an unreal plus-33 plus/minus rating. He also played some pretty solid defense on Allen Iverson.
Turning point: The Wizards led 92-88 with 2:19 to go when they came out of a timeout and ran perfectly executed inbounds play that led to Songaila layup off a pass from Dixon. (For more on that play, read my game story).
Analysis: Just a good, solid win considering that the Wiz had lost three straight and fell behind by 17 early in the second quarter. When things weren't working early, Tapscott changed things up by sitting JaVale McGee and Dee Brown and riding Caron Butler, Antawn Jaminson, DeShawn Stevenson and his bench. Songaila's defense on Rasheed Wallace was also big.
Antawn Jamison only had 10 points to go along with 11 rebounds but his defense, of all things, was big.
"The defensive play Antawn gave us tonight was phenominal," Tapscott said. "It was Antawn who clogged the lane, got into passing lanes and did everyhing you could ask a defender to do in terms of disrupting their pick-and-rolls."
The Pistons are 7-9 since Allen Iverson made his debut with the team and they look nothing like the well-oiled machine we've seen in the past. At times, their body language is downright discouraging. Did you notice Tayshaun Prince walk off the court before the game was even over?
-Nothing new to report on the Javaris Crittenton trade talks. The Wizards have interest and the Grizzlies want to move the second-year PG but they are clear about wanting that conditional draft pick back that they gave the Wizards for Juan Carlos Navarro's
The Wizards have 15 players on the current roster and would have to trim one as well as some salary in order to fit Crittenton's salary under the luxury tax threshold. I'll keep you posted.
FYI, Here is how the conditional pick the Wiz received for JCN breaks down: It's top 16 protected in next summer's draft, top 14 protected from 2010-2012 and top 12 protected in 2013. If the Wizards have not received the pick by 2013, they will receive a second round pick and cash considerations.
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