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Wizards and Thunder, Butler out (ankle)


Caron Butler is out with a left ankle sprain, an injury he suffered during Thursday's loss at Cleveland (I don't recall the play when it happened and the team did not practice yesterday). He was a game-time decision and word just came down that he's out (6:32) so, it's likely not that serious. I'll update after the game.

Wizards starters: Mike James, Nick Young, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche.

Inactives: Caron Butler.

Thunder starters: Russell Westbrook, Desmond Mason, Joe Smith, Jeff Green, Kevin Durant.

Refs: Ken Mauer, Mark Ayotte, Elie Roe.

Line: Wizards by 7.

Notables: The Wiz have lost 8 straight, matching last season's worst stretch...The Thunder lost at Detroit last night 90-88...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 27, 2008; 5:23 PM ET
 
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Man what a bad time for this to happen. This is probably our only legit chance at getting a win.

Unfortunately it looks like it might open up more minutes for McGee. I wonder what excuse Tapscott is going to use this time on why he did not play McGee.

*** Also a good time for OPEC to finally get some run along with NY. Crittenton or Juan should get Stevenson's minutes. Lets hope Grunfield made that visit down to Tapscott to lay down the law....

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 27, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Man what a bad time for this to happen. This is probably our only legit chance at getting a win.

Unfortunately, at Caron's expense, it looks like it might open up more minutes for McGee. I wonder what excuse Tapscott is going to use this time on why he did not play McGee.

*** Also a good time for OPEC to finally get some run along with NY. Crittenton or Juan should get Stevenson's minutes. Lets hope Grunfield made that visit down to Tapscott to lay down the law....

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 27, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Not feeling good about this one. Desmond Mason always plays well against us. Green, Durant, Joe Smith and Wilcox are all local guys who would love to have big games tonight. No Butler.

And after tonight our schedule gets real tough.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 27, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

"Caron Butler is out with a left ankle sprain, an injury he suffered during Thursday's loss at Cleveland (I don't recall the play when it happened and the team did not practice yesterday)."

L. James probably stepped on it, and Caron will be retroactively assessed a Flagrant 2 by the league office...

Posted by: Ted_Striker | December 27, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Props so far to McGuire's defense against Durant. He;s scoring but McGuire is right there. Much better ball movement without Caron pounding the ball. Also, James is doing a great job of driving off the pick and roll and hitting the open man. James looks much more comfortable and we have to give Ernie credit on this one, James is a major upgrade over Daniels.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 27, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank you dom, the energy he brings since being inserted into the starting lineup has made us a different team, james gets half the credit as well but watching dom makes me forget about the record we have, keep it up and keep going up strong and dunking, no backboard needed

Posted by: bford1kb | December 27, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

His hustle is a beautiful sight

Posted by: bford1kb | December 27, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Agree with the comments on Dom. He's a hustle guy and every team needs one. James with 11 assists tonight.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 27, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

WE ARE BETTER WITHOUT CARON! 1-0 BABY

Posted by: DCSPORTS | December 27, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Wizards on a roll!!!! Woo Hoo! Play-offs here we come!

Posted by: ptp23 | December 27, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Trade Caron and Gil!

Posted by: ptp23 | December 27, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh I forgot, we played the worst team in the league. Boy, they are one of the worst teams I have ever seen.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 27, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

anyone doubting blatche shouldn't even care about the staggering numbers he put up but the hustle he showed to run down that last play and block that shot was the real deal, count it. And thank you dom.

Posted by: bford1kb | December 27, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

etan and juan gave us crucial minutes as well, deshawn still can't throw it in the ocean but he handled it well and managed to scrape together six assists, still 3 points though really? james has been a very solid contributor since coming over from new orleans.

Posted by: bford1kb | December 27, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah-Nice contributions from Juan and Etan.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 27, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"anyone doubting blatche shouldn't even care about the staggering numbers he put up but the hustle he showed to run down that last play and block that shot was the real deal, count it."

Ditto me. 37 minutes tonight. If he can get 30-35 minutes a game and the confidence of the coach, he'll be better and more consistent next year.

Young and McGee didn't get enough minutes. Taps has destroyed McGee's confidence.

I haven't seen Crit, so who knows.

Mac needs to develop a mid-range shot.

Now we can start another losing streak. Taps, play the young guys.

Posted by: Izman | December 27, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY A HEARTBEAT AND SOME HUSTLE FROM "DA CLUB" MAN ALL BE IT AGAINST THE WORST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE NOW LETS SEE YOU DO IT AGAINST A LEGIT SQUAD(ROCKETS) ON MONDAY NIGHT!!!. Seriously how can a real commishoner allow a franchise to be moved to Oaklahoma! OAKLA FREEKIN HOMA!!!! They were in Seattle for forty one count-em forty one years and this little dictator(Stern) allows some carpetbagger to move the team to steers and queers territory where a tornado could "tear the roof off da sucka" being DC boys wonder what Durant and Green do for fun ropin and ridin yee-haw must be a real nightmare in the flatlands!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | December 27, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank You for finally starting Nick Young. He didn't have an amazing game but he helped them get off to a strong start early with his offense. He needs to continue to get more minutes so he can get in a groove.

Great game by Blatche...I think the light is finally starting to go off for him...he was really aggressive today and stayed around the rim instead of jacking up long jumpers. Now he needs to work on doing this consistently and not picking up ticky tack fouls.

Overall good job by everyone we need to still play better defense though, the Thunder were attacking the rim at will. Hopefully we can get a win streak going now, who knows what can happen.

Posted by: insanity999 | December 27, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I am a Wiz fan first, so great win. McGee gets some token minutes and sits the rest of the game. I don't think the youngin is seeing the court that much anymore this year. Tapscott is just not "feeling" the youngin...

How Stevenson still sneaks in and get starters minutes while now coming of the bench is a complete mystery to me. I guess it is what it is.....

The ball moved alot better today because it was not forced in the other players heads to feed CB every possession. With CB not being there, there was not as much standing around and watching him do his thing.

Nothing against CB, but Tapscott has to stop forcing the other players to force feed CB and AJ the ball so much and to just run the offense.

As said by many of us since last year, give AB a consistent 30 to 35 minutes a game and you will get what you saw from him.

Not a Etan fan, but I have to give him his props today. Good energy and him playing the 5 gave AB the chance to slide to the 4 spot his natural position. This is something Eddie J' refused to do. I still like the idea of McGee and AB in at the same time, but the Etan thing worked today.

Good win.......

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 27, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Great job on the radio broadcast Ivan.
Good win for the Wizards.

Posted by: jeremybozz | December 27, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Hope that they learn this leson from Caron's absence that they don't have to depend on the forwards. Just play the game. Did anyone notice that when the big 10-0 run happened where we took control of the game we had Dmac, Blatche, Etan, Stephenson (ugh) on the floor? I can't remember who was running the point. The run came from solid defense, passing the ball for easy shots.

Dmac is finally vindicating the faith some of us have had in him since day 1 last year. and Andray Blatche...when he decides to dunk rather than finger roll he will be an all star because the man knows how to get open.

Too many easy shots for Thunder but a win is a win...both these team have major defensive problems.

BmoreRev

Posted by: stanlong23 | December 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Hard to measure progress from a game against the OC, but I like the development of Mcguire and Blatche. Mcguire is showing progress as a role/glue/hustle guy. He still needs to develop an even a college level level jumper/foul shot and to fine tune his passing, which combines am oddly high degree of court vision with lazy, flabby execution. Blatche was effective and under control, playing within the team instead of his head. James is looking like the outside threat we lost when Mason bolted for SA. Nice pieces, sure, but we will never get anywhere without genuine, position-appropriate stars, particularly at PF and PG positions. This game may have cost us crucial ping ball balls in the Rubio/Griffin sweepstakes, although Jrue Holiday might be a nice pick if we fall to five or six in the lottery. I grow weary of Jamison claiming he was fouled every play, then pausing to stare down the ref while the other team fast breaks for an easy 2. And why not build a new play-by-play team around Ronnie Thompson? Buckhantz and Chenier are tired. After every game, Thompson offers erudite, penetrating observations and would make watching the game, which usually sucks, a helluva lot more interesting.

Posted by: SammyT1 | December 27, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Did not see the game, but I know Etaps must be happy the Wizs did not lose to the Thunder.

Dog Ivan, you did not give us much to chew on. What about this.

The Wizards beat the Thunder and go on a roll, a 10 game roll.

Sorry Ivan, I embellish, but, they can do it.

Oh, I forgot, the whole doggone coaching philosophy might have to change. DagGumIt.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 27, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

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