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Wizards (4-19) vs. 76ers (11-14)

Information on tonight's game:

Wizards starters: Andray Blatche, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Mike James.

Inactives: Oleksiy Pecherov, Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas.

76ers starters: Samuel Dalembert, Thaddeus Young, Andre Iguodala, Willie Green, Andre Miller.

Refs: Dick Bavetta, Eric Lewis, Ed Malloy.

Line: 76ers by 1.

Notables: Elton Brand is out for about a month (dislocated shoulder)...Young, who is shooting 56 percent over the last three games, gets the start...The Sixers are 2-0 under interim coach Tony DiLeo.


By Ivan Carter  |  December 19, 2008; 6:20 PM ET
 
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Looking pretty good so far. Is it me or JM look uninspired or lost out there. Something is not right with him.

Posted by: demonj21 | December 19, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Blatche on the other hand looks like the team's leader out on the court. We're running the offense through him, and he's setting the tone on defense. He looks really good out there. Very complete stat line at halftime (5 pts, 3 reb, 3 asts, 1 stl, 1 blk, been to the line 6 times). Now if only he hits those free throws...

Posted by: psps23 | December 19, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

http://www.sadtrombone.com/

the wizards in the 4th Q

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 19, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

very lacksadasical in the 4th period, why does it seem like at crucial points of the game the Wiz can't execute?
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I feel like I never want to watch a game again. Every game they're in it, they're playing well and keeping the score close but when the game is coming down the stretch the other team can execute and the Wizards just keep turning it over and wasting possessions.

Posted by: rachel216 | December 19, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I think the coach overplayed Jamison and Butler. They both played well in the fourth 3 quarters but then start making turnovers in the 4th. Either that or the Wiz are uninspired by their coach.

Posted by: demonj21 | December 19, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

NY played well today, I don't know why they didn't stay with him on 4th q. when Stvenson missed several open shots.

Posted by: sagaliba | December 19, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Watched second half pretty carefully tonight. Stevenson down the stretch killed us. Any good nba team with normal rotating defense can double from a certain spot and rotate in such a way that they dictate which opposition player has the open jumper. Did you see how they rotated and stevenson was open and he bricked it every time? This is not rocket science. Despite the turnovers did you see how he kept wanting to run the offense midway through 4th quarter. Then finally when it was too late and Philly had the all the mo, Taps put James and Young into the backcourt.

Otherwise, valient game by Jamison. Blatche seems to be slowly realizing that he needs to stay near the bucket and stop trying to be a guard. Made several easy buckets.

Team is still playing hard. Mcgee needed more time though. 76ers are very athletic and he could have matched that more.
Disappointing loss. I thought we had it and it slipped away. "Same song, different verse."

BmoreRev

Posted by: stanlong23 | December 19, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Once again, bad coaching cost us the game. 8 point lead and the big Mo is on our side in the middle of the 3rd quarter and tapscott goes to "slow small ball" with Song. at the 5......???? Game over.....

Juan and NY had it going but really got no run. Once again Stevenson gets the major minutes near the end of the game and guess what he tanks it as usual.

McGee can see see no real time. Also did not play DMac hardly any in the 2nd half.

Songalia and Stevenson are taking away vaulable minutes from McGee and NY. This dude is worst then Eddie J'.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, can we bring back Eddie? He's still under contract right? It's not out of the question. The Yankees used to fire and rehire Billy Martin all the time!

Stevenson, Etan and Pech for Hughes + Cedric Simmons. Pleeeease!


Please tell my Unseld Jr is not our next coach.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 19, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Looking pretty good so far. Is it me or JM look uninspired or lost out there. Something is not right with him.

Posted by: demonj21 | December 19, 2008 7:58 PM

demonj21 - Tapscott has sucessfully killed this young boys game and confidence.

It is nothing wrong with JM, what you see is the end result of somebody like your boss jerking you around too much and not showing any trust in you.

Congrad's Tapscott on you wonderful "people management skills" you have shown so far.
Your treatment of McGee is a page straight out of Eddie J's book of dealing with a young big (i.e. AB).

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

rinse and repeat. the stench keeps coming back...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 19, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to thank Ed Tapscott for helping out my bank account. Can you believe the game was a pick em!! For some insane reason he gave Young and Dixon no time in the second half after they played great together in the first half. Stevenson is hands down the worst starter in the NBA but he keeps getting a ton of minutes and all the minutes at the end of the game. Why?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by: mschmall625 | December 19, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Your treatment of McGee is a page straight out of Eddie J's book of dealing with a young big (i.e. AB).

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 9:59 PM

So logically it's going to take another fired coach to get the monkey off of JM's back ala AB?

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 19, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Why doesnt senile Pollin will fire Gunfeld and Unseld Jr?

Posted by: waterboard | December 19, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to thank Ed Tapscott for helping out my bank account. Can you believe the game was a pick em!! For some insane reason he gave Young and Dixon no time in the second half after they played great together in the first half. Stevenson is hands down the worst starter in the NBA but he keeps getting a ton of minutes and all the minutes at the end of the game. Why?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by: mschmall625 | December 19, 2008 10:01 PM

Nobody will ever be able to figure this out. I real close to starting to not look at games anymore.

Again, Tapscott is dogging the heck out of McGee over every little thing the boy does wrong, yet Stevenson can do no wrong. Mr double standard at his best....

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Your treatment of McGee is a page straight out of Eddie J's book of dealing with a young big (i.e. AB).

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 9:59 PM

So logically it's going to take another fired coach to get the monkey off of JM's back ala AB?


Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 19, 2008 10:02 PM

I don't know? If so, lets do it...

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Why doesnt senile Pollin will fire Gunfeld and Unseld Jr?

Ted will fire them both when Pollin hand over the team to him. I have said this before and I say it again, Pollin will hand over the team in 2009.

demonj21 - Tapscott has sucessfully killed this young boys game and confidence.

This is not new when it comes to the Bullets/Wizards. Sheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, Richard H., and C. Webb. We seem to always ignore youth by trying to win now with old soon to be over the hill veterans.

Posted by: demonj21 | December 19, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Can we start a write in to make LarryInClintonMD the new Wiz coach? Not sure about Xs/Os but he has fire and enthusiasm for the team and it certainly has been a pick me up on the blog.

Heck, he might even be within Abe's projected salary range for a replacement.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | December 19, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

"rinse and repeat. the stench keeps coming back..."

Yeah it's getting even worse, and it looks like Caron is not even caring so much anymore with all of those turnovers. Everytime he makes one he gets that look on his face "who cares?"

"This is not rocket science."

It's really not.

WTF is Blatche taking an 18 footer at the end of the game for? Same with Stevenson.

I think it's funny how Taps doesn't even call the plays, he just makes "even worse the EJ" type subs from the bench.

This is the most poorly coached team in the NBA hands down. The Wiz might not win another game all season and minus AJ no one is even trying :(

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 19, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I hope like hell that Tapscott gets either canned or sent back to his original job. This idiot is not a coach. His love affair with Darius and that terrible excuse for a player (Stevenson) is just.....man, forget it!!!!

Posted by: terpwiz | December 19, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Stevenson has played very poorly all year. There is no analysis or debate about this fact. So, when the coach goes to him for 25 minutes, the team deserves to lose. If the coach is blind, the co-captains ought to be raising the issue with the coach first, and then go up the chain of command.

The issue with Song at the 5 is not as clear cut, but still questionable. It cost them tonight as well.

On the other hand, Blatche played 30 minutes again and is learning (but was pissed when he got yanked in the 1st period for no good reason). If he can get a consistent 30-35 minutes a game, he will be much better by the end of the year. And contrary to popular opinion, the dude is not out of shape.

Something has to give with playing the young guys. The team is 4-20 with no improvement in sight with the current approach.

Posted by: Izman | December 19, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

When are the idiots going to stop insulting Abe Pollin? He is not the GM, coach or a player for that matter. He hires and fires people based on the best advise he gets from his underlings. He does not interfere with the coach or GM like Snyder or Ted. What has he done for you? Oh, nothing, other than to bring three sports franchises into a sorry city with no money support from the tax payer - unlike baseball and football. He has built two arenas with his own money. It was the downtown arena that revitalized the former scummy area of the nation's capital.
Think about those things next time you feel like insulting Mr. Pollin. I for one am thankful that he brought these sports to Washington. It is his actions that introduced me to the sports of hockey and now my favorite sport, for that I thank Mr. Pollin and root for the Wizards.

Posted by: opita | December 19, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

And with the first pick in the NBA draft the Washington Wizards select:
What a bunch of losers. Gotta start watching the CAPS, they are the only winners in town

Posted by: jds370 | December 19, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

It's all good. Apart from a few careless wins, the Wizards would be challenging Oklahoma City for the number 1 spot in the draft lottery. Secondly, Etan Thomas is well rested and serving as a role model for all Mayo Clinic heart patients. Thirdly, Songaila is filling up the stat line with zeros, ones and twos, and is clearly going to be a key figure for the Wizards stretch run to the lottery.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | December 19, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Izman,
I am happy to see Blatche playing better, I had written him off. However, just because he can now seemingly get up and down the court does not mean he is in the shape he should be. He is crazy soft for a professional athlete and I believe Ivan wrote previously about him being the weakest person on the squad pound for pound. He has a lot more work to put in before I would say he is in shape.

Again though, progress very encouraging, conditioning is better and strength can be increased with more work in the gym.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | December 19, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

When are the idiots going to stop insulting Abe Pollin? - Posted by: opita

It start from the top, dude! The owners allow GM, coach, etc.. to run the team. If the team haven't performed the way they should in years (in the bullet's case, since the 70's), then the finger pointing has to go to the owner. Still have doubt??? See Dan Sydner.

Posted by: demonj21 | December 19, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Izman,
I am happy to see Blatche playing better, I had written him off. However, just because he can now seemingly get up and down the court does not mean he is in the shape he should be. He is crazy soft for a professional athlete and I believe Ivan wrote previously about him being the weakest person on the squad pound for pound. He has a lot more work to put in before I would say he is in shape.

Again though, progress very encouraging, conditioning is better and strength can be increased with more work in the gym.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | December 19, 2008 10:51 PM

First of all where did that nonsense come from about AB being out of shape??? You guessed it, Eddie J' the number 1 hater of AB in America. Then you have Ivan throw that in a blog and it is suddenly the gospel.

Ivan clearly liked Eddie J' and he said so himself when he got fired, so anything Eddie J told Ivan he was going to believe it and write it.

Eddie J' was just using that out of shape thing for an excuse to keep messing with AB just like Tapscott now does with McGee.

You can clearly see with "CONSISTENT MINUTES" given to AB he is producing. The reason why it looks like he is not tired is because he is not and never was.

Eddie J' had to have something to use to ping on AB. The only good out of Tapscott taking over is he believes in AB. Other then that, the dude calls games worse then Eddie J'; and I never thought anybody could be worse at calling sub's then Eddie J.

FIRE TAPSCOTT!!!!!!!

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Shadow:

The Post writers are biased and almost never provide any facts to support their allegations.

Bill Russell was also quite weak physically compared to some of his opponents, but not too many people wrote about that.

The Post will harp on Blatche's miss near the end of the game as the reason for the loss. That sort of reporting biases the fans against a player. Silly.

Blatche hasn't played much in his career and has been mismanaged at that. Yet he is still young and can be salvaged with proper coaching. We'll see. I'd hate to see him become a 20/10/5 PF somewhere else.

Posted by: Izman | December 19, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I did not see tonights game but I did catch ETaps comments after the game. He indicated that the team had to learn to drive the ball because to many jumpshots were being taken. So from this point forward, they would be driving the ball to the hoop until this lesson was learned.

Let me identify myself, this is LARRYINCLINTONMD, when I heard this I nearly fell off my leather coach. No, he, didn't. All at once, I'm floored, cause what does that mean?

Cut to the Chase, what that means is, to effectively drive to the hoop, to go inside out, to get fouls, and not shoot a ton of jump shots, you mit' jus' hav' ta' be, Runnin' tha' Ball.

Hello, you can't effectively go to hoop i.e. inside, playing slow ball, you have to Uptempo so that you have lanes to go inside and if you don't have the inside advantage you kick it out. Glory be, the best of both worlds. Drive/Push the ball to the hoop and if you don't have the basket, kick the ball back out for a shot or to set up half court offense.

My Blog that I complained about that got held essentially explained this philosophy in why the Wizs needed to Run and Gun.

Did Etaps realize that tonight when he made those comments? I Damn sure hope so. Cause if they should start to Run and Gun as the main philosophy to get inside first and then kick if nothing is there, everything is gonna' ta' start ta' look better. Come on ETaps', Let your comments ring true.

Hot Diggity Dog!! LarryInClintonMD!!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 19, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I understand the coach... EJ or Tap or whoever, has the responsibility to play the guys who do what they ask. If they don't they lose control. Their entire authority is based on it. You gotta play the guys who do what the coach wants them to do, and play the right way. Other guys may go out there and have success doing it "their way", but whether they have success or not, the coach has to go with the guy who does what they ask. For example if Songaila does what he's supposed to, and Blatche isn't, then the coach has to go with Songaila. Otherwise the entire hierarchy of authority is lost. If he's gonna play anyway, the player has no reason to do what the coach tells him.

But a decision needs to be made. Are we trying to win this season or playing for next season? If we are trying to win now, we HAVE to make a trade. We have to get a legit starting SG, and help on the boards. If not, then we need to cash it in and play for next season. That means playing the young guys McGee, Blatche, Pech, McGuire, Young, Crittenton. We need make a decision and go in one direction or the other.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 19, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Izman,
Yep, true about Russell but other than Wilt there were not too many folks looking like Karl Malone in that period. Also, one of my favorite Georgetown players from Ewing era was Reggie Williams who probably could not punch his way out of a paper bag. At power forward and center it is important for Blatche to get stronger though.

I have put my money back on the table for Blatche...Let it Ride!

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | December 19, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Shadow:

The Post writers are biased and almost never provide any facts to support their allegations.

Bill Russell was also quite weak physically compared to some of his opponents, but not too many people wrote about that.

The Post will harp on Blatche's miss near the end of the game as the reason for the loss. That sort of reporting biases the fans against a player. Silly.

Blatche hasn't played much in his career and has been mismanaged at that. Yet he is still young and can be salvaged with proper coaching. We'll see. I'd hate to see him become a 20/10/5 PF somewhere else.

Posted by: Izman | December 19, 2008 11:05 PM

Izman I agree all the way with you. Another whipping boy that Ivan always had negative things to say and write about was Haywood.

Guess where Ivan was getting his info about Haywoood? You guessed it, Eddie J' himself.........

Folks who were dogging Haywood and AB got their fires fueled by the negative stuff Ivan was always writing about them. There is two sides to a story.

Ivan even mentioned two times that Haywood and AB were upset with him about the negative stuff he was always writing about them.

Whatever Eddie J' said, Ivan wrote. If you have played any kind of organized ball in your life, be it high school or college you could see Haywood and AB had skills.

But they were not being given fair chances and minutes to suceed. If your boss keeps jerking with you, over time you are going to snap or just say "whatever".

Eddie J' did this to Haywood and AB. It Etan was not out the whole season and Eddie J's hand was not forced to play Haywood, my man would still be on the bench.

If Eddie J' did not get fired, AB would still be on the bench. Now instead of doing two good things, like playing AB and McGee major minutes.

Tapscott does one by playing AB, but killing McGee's game and confidence by not playing him. What is up with that style of coaching? Are both Eddie's reading from the same coaching for dumbies book....???

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 19, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

The_Shadow_Knows,

My thanks, for thats a mighty fine compliment, even if just in jest. I am one to say that my glass is half full, rather than half empty. And thats why I know this team is a whole lot better than some folks might think.

Did you hear Tapscott's comments after the game that I commented on above.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 19, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

BulletsFever,

When I started reading your Blog, about Izman's response to the Shadow, I was saying to myself, who is this writing and saying the things I would say, like me. I could not say or agree with what you said any better.

Shadow, Izman, BulletsFever, I thinks yawl' might know a thang or two.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 19, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

LarryInClintonMD,
Only half jest as I know it is not feasible but there just seems to be a dark cloud over the team and they need some positive influence.

I did not catch ET's post game comments but certainly would love to see these guys work into the paint more. CB & NY in particular should be slashing more than they do now. Without hearing his comments, I am not sure if he means to push the ball consistently or is seeking more penetration as a general goal. In either case it would generate more free throws, create more open looks on the perimeter and possibly gain favor with the refs who tend to give the benefit of the doubt to the more aggresive team.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | December 20, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

"Guess where Ivan was getting his info about Haywoood? You guessed it, Eddie J' himself"

And what are your sources on this? Is this on your blog "Ivan Insider" where you follow Ivan around and watch how he gets his stories?

odds are good that ivan has seen more practices and workouts than the people who post on his blog. I'll take his professional opinion over your conjecture and speculation.

Seriously.

Posted by: crs-one | December 20, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Shadow,

I'm sure ETaps wasn't inferring he was going to the Running game, but those comments about going inside are promising to me. To go inside as a matter of strategy, would tend to require a more Uptempo style.

And to work at this, the effect might just cause them to push the ball a bit more to achieve the results that ETaps says he is looking for.

Lets hope so.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 20, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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