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Wizards at Cavs

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire, Andray Blatche.
Inactive: Oleksiy Pecherov.

Cavaliers startes: Mo Williams, Delonte West, LeBron James, Ben Wallace, Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Line: Cavs by 15.5.

By Ivan Carter  |  December 25, 2008; 8:14 PM ET
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Tapscott could be the worst coach ever.

Posted by: insanity999 | December 25, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes! The Wizards find new and exciting ways to lose! Ill-advised passes! Offensive fouls! All the excitement of desperate loses -- Wizards basketball baby!

Posted by: awb9h | December 25, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

The wiz have always been like my first girlfriend- one big tease. Good game, but same old result. An L. And we were done in by our so called "all stars." Poor decisions by Butler and Jamison cost the game. I really don't see how a health Arenas would have made the outcome any different (would he really have done any more than Mike James did- cause if Arenas was playing, James wouldn't have been, so it's an even switch). Point is, we'll never be a top tier team, or get past the Cavs with the group we have now, even if they are all healthy. Get rid of Jamison for some draft pics, and start rebuilding. Maybe in 2 years once Gilbert is finally healthy, we can be start over...

Posted by: jmadams | December 25, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

89-82, 2 minutes to go, and the refs take over. What an exciting win by the zebras!

Posted by: jones-y | December 25, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

An imaginary foul on Bron's 3 point shot. A bogus offensive foul on Jamison, when he leaves the ground and the guy slides under him. Then, to top it all off, Jamison fouls out on a REBOUND for god's sake...

When was the last time an all-star fouled out on a rebound.

Wonder how much Nike paid the zebras for that one?

Posted by: jones-y | December 25, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Ivan will blame this loss on a couple of questionable shots by Young and Blatche,
but the real issues were:

1) why is Stevenson on the floor when he's missing two foul shots and chucking 3 points attempts (0-5) when he is frustrated?

2) why did Tapscott go small on the play that AJ fouled out?

I thought AB held his own in this game, despite superior talent and numbers of Cavalier big men.

McGuire is getting valuable playing time and did a good job rebounding, assisting and defending, but he can't hit the broadside of a barn. Where's Hoopla?

Posted by: Izman | December 25, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Jamison and Butler lost the game. All the the other starters played well. So what i Jamison scored 28 pts. He never defends and that pass to West turned the tide in favor of the Cavs. Jamison only cares about his own stats. Butler was 3/13 from the field and his miscue in the last few minutes killed whatever chances the Wizards had left. It was a great game which was lost by Jamison and Butler, the Wizards' so-called all-stars. Mike James was brilliant by the way and Blatche played well. He should be more aggressive on the boards though. Time and again he just watches and is never really aggressive in getting rebounds. If Jamison really wanted to win, he should take blatche under his wing and teach him. They've been together for 4 years and Blatche hasn't improved. Maybe it's not all on Blatche. The vets are selfish in that they only care about their own games. They want to win but they want to do it on their own.

Posted by: jasonallanking | December 25, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes the zebras played home cooking.
But this team and coaching in crunch time is high school level.
Why does Tap take out Blatche and insert DS in the last minute, with not a rebounder on the floor.
Offensive rebound, game...
Caron you and DS can flash attitude all day, but when push comes to shove, at show time, you have nothing.
How many games have we cleared for CB at the end, and he has zilch to show for it.
And enough of AJ's floaters...not at the end of the game, when defenses, that is other than ours, are closing on the ball.
Bad coaching and lack of closers cost the Wiz again.
It is a shame because MIke James and DM played their hearts out, kudos to them.
And where is JM, perfect spots for him, but not ready for court time on a team with 4 wins...shame on Tap CB and AJ, you have seen your last all star games..yes I would play the kids and come what may.
As for DS, he could have built a mansion with the bricks he throws up.
When will they stop doing the jump out on D, when Blatche is the only big in the game, which inevitably leads to out of position D, and open jumpers for the opposition???
Please just try man up D for once...maybe double with weak side help, but please do not send any bigs to jump out ...pathetic!!!!!!!

Posted by: maxman2162 | December 25, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

No complaints. I am just glad they did not get smoked on national tv. I still think they lost the game when Tapscott went with Stevenson in the 4th quarter to long. 3 clanks on jumpers and 2 clanks on the free throws in that important stage in the game.

Stevenson's minutes should be going to Juan Dixon. By the way did anyone see Roger Mason's game winning shot? I must admit, this is one Ernie G. messed up on.....

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 25, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

A game gift-wrapped from the NBA to Cleveland on Christmas.

A lot of marginal calls there in the final minute. Four fouls before the 8 second mark against the Wizards on plays that the refs weren't calling earlier. Really strange.

Posted by: JPRS | December 25, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Now if the Wiz can bring that type of energy against lesser teams they should be able to beat them.

Stevenson should now be getting some DNP's like Juan and McGee have been getting since Tapscott has taken over.

There is no way Stevenson should be getting in minutes anymore. Lastly, there has got to be some spots in the game where Tapscott can give JM some run. By the way, when is the last time we saw an alley oop?

Yep you guessed it, when Eddie J' was coaching. I think Tapscott removed that from the playbook like he has removed McGee from the playing floor.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 25, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Atrocious coaching by Tapscott...why the hell would you take Blatche out and insert Stevenson in there...he hasn't shown ability to stop anyone. Dixon should be getting those minutes.

Also, he needs to tell the team to stop taking long jumpers unless they're forced too, CB in particular launches way too many long jumpers instead of attacking the rim.

Posted by: insanity999 | December 25, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

He's winded by the end of the game. CB needs a blow at the top of the 4th quarter. ETap needs to take him out and save him for the home stretch.

Posted by: jones-y | December 26, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

You know I been dogging the wrong coaching philosophy for this team steadily. Don't know what to say anymore.

We all can point to player error or bad play, but the final denominater is that something has to be done with the philosophical direction of this Team.

Even if we are giving up on the season, Hell, we ain't even doing that the right way.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 26, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

If I were ETap, I would've put McGee on the floor every single time big Z sat down. At the very least he can outrun varejao and big ben is old. Tell him his job is rebounds and blocks.

And why no offense-defense substitutions going down the stretch? And did anyone else notice that Etan looked lost out there?

And why, oh why, when you need a huge rebound on a freethrow with a minute to go, is Antawn Jamison the tallest man on the floor? Put JM, DM and AB in, get the rebound, call a timeout.

Posted by: jones-y | December 26, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Jones-y, Eddie used to do the same thing in reference to your comment about rebounding.

Your observations are telling. I guess they thought they had some infinite wisdom for doing this, but as we see, their logic sucks.

Maybe they both have an aversion to playing real centers. AB does ok at center but he is really a PF. I can see him playing center now but we should be giving more OJT to JM. Giving more PT to JM and even playing JM and AB together will only make this team better.

Its almost like they do not want to do the obvious things that everybody sees that would make this team successful.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 26, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Well there are some positives. the wiz played hard, were in it at the end even with CB having a horrible night, and AB turned in another solid effort.

AB earned his PT tonight, he had a very respectable line, 12pts on 50% shooting, 6reb 2ast 2stl 1blk 1 turnover in 35 minutes.

I think I like the 1 turnover in 35min of PT stat the most.

And DMac was terrific, adding 11reb (5 on the offensive boards) and 7ast and turned in a solid defensive effort against the monkey (helped hold him to 18). But seven assists, wow. And no turnovers! He's playing like a vet. If he can keep that up (and add a solid jumpshot to his repertoire), he can be a James Posey type.

Posted by: jones-y | December 26, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

I found it very telling to see how upset about the officiating poster are on It's hillarious. Even Cav fans point out the missed calls. Most of us know that the Wiz are not a good team right now, but they got jobbed. And as much as I get frustrated with AJ's defense and don't like it when the coach(es) go small, I understand why AJ was out there late in the game (although I don't agree with it). ETap wanted to avoid mental errors in the defensive rotation (eventhough AJ is really slow to rotate) and have a chance to take advantage of AJ's mismatch on offense by pushing the ball up if the Cavs missed (assumes you get the rebound).

And I love the intangibles that DMac adds. A guy who looks to pass and loads of energy on D and the boards. But, I hope ETap stops telling AJ and CB they have to carry the team. If they looked at things objectively, Mike James had the best match-up to take the late game shots. Love CB, but he should have been a decoy.

Posted by: SportzWiz | December 26, 2008 3:28 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully the Clipards finally understand the season is over and start thinking about next year and start

JC pg, CB sg, DM sf, AB pf, JM c
2nd team
MJ pg, NY sg, AJ sf, DS pf, ET c

The owner, GM and coach are not worried if the young guys can play. They are waiting for Gilbert to come back to put fans in the seats. It is all about the bottom line $$$$ when it should be about getting better. Why trade for JC if you are not going to play him?

At least the announcers brought up the fact how can DS who was shooting 25 percent wave his hand in front of his face and say he can not feel it. I liked it when LeBron slapped DS in the face, he felt it then!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 26, 2008 3:58 AM | Report abuse

I thought I was the only one feeling this way about Butler. I love Tough Juice to death but there have been quite a few games of late where he made some major mistakes that may have cost the Wiz games. Last night was no exception. It has become clear to me that even though Butler and Jamison are the best vets on the team, neither of them can be counted on to be clutch when the game is on the line. What we needed was the three point assassin Roger Mason last night. What a great game between San Anton and the Spurs. I was so happy for homeboy! As for Stevenson, this dude is rotten to the core this season! He contributed absolutely nothing! I don't see how these guys can cash their paychecks without a semblance of guilt. As I have stated before, I am not certain they can even beat the "Thundercats" tomorrow night and that's bad and sad. What a disappointment the Wiz have been this season. Yes, they played the Cavs close and yes the zebras made some questionable calls, but the bottom line is a loss is still a loss. Moral losses don't count as a win. For what is is worth....GO WIZ! Maybe they might have a chance to beat the Thunder......NOT!

Posted by: ivyleague | December 26, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I have been a Gizards/Bullets fan all of my life, and sitting back trying my best not to allow emotions to factor in my opinion of the team --- here we go:

1) Franchise as a whole from marketing to personnel moves to even medical staff is still in the 1970's. We operate like we are a minor league team in a minor league market, when actually we are in a Top 5 market.

2) Lack of defense. I don't understand WHY the players do not buy into the concept. They don't even look vaguely interested in doing so.

3) Too, too, too many jump shots. The Princeton offense obviously is too complicated, especially when it takes months for a talent such as Crittenton to even get average minutes. Ridiculous!! I would think a 4-23 record, would allow the coaching staff and the players to analyze why. No penetration, lack of assists, lack of going to free throw line, lack of getting other teams in foul trouble. Ivan, is it possible to do a comparison of total free throws we have attempted compared to opponents?

4) Lack of the development of the youngsters. Its as if the franchise thinks we are still in contention. Look at the Miami hot for example. Dwyane Wade and Shawn Marion along with other key players were injured last year. Riley made a decision to use that year to get his young players the experience they needed to help them make a CHAMPIONSHIP run. They did that plus received the 2nd pick in the draft. Look at them this year. Even if Gilbert and Brendan come back, WE ARE NOT a CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER!! This franchise should be making moves and planning to do what is necessary not to make the playoffs, but to WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!

Have I missed anything?? This is so painful!! Embarrasing!! Did you see how Barkley and Smith were clowning this franchise? Does this franchise have any pride not to be the national joke??!! Even Mo Williams talked about the lack of defense of the Gizards!!

Posted by: hamptonpirates89 | December 26, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

My compliments to those who posted here. They spent more time discussing the nessesary changes and less energy name calling and crying about the refs.
Just remember your coach is still a rookie and believe me we went through it. Mike Brown used to drive us crazy but I always had to give him credit for two things;
1)He always did his best coaching in the playoffs!
2)He has always learned from his mistakes and improved.
Give Tapscott a chance, if Eddie Jordan was still the coach he would have been crying like a fan instead of acting like a professional. The CAVs have a no excuses policy so you will never hear coaches or players crying about calls after a game.
Now as far as fans we all know, 'fans will be fans' (FANactics)

Posted by: LandofCleve1 | December 26, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"The Princeton offense obviously is too complicated, especially when it takes months for a talent such as Crittenton to even get average minutes. Ridiculous!!"

I must be in a time warp or something because I didn't realize that it had already been "months" since the team acquired JC. The truth of the matter is that the kid will probably get increased minutes as the season goes on. (Hard not to when you get blown out.) But, I think that the Wiz are making one last attempt to get within shouting distance of the playoffs around the time that BTH is healthy and then make the decision whether or not to bring back Gil and make a push for the playoffs.

I also think that Mike James is being showcased for a possible trade and the team needs his scoring punch right now. I think that if NY gets his rythm back, you will see JC out their more with him as big backcourt. With JCs age and more importantly experience, he is the equivalent of a rookie near the end of his first season.

Posted by: SportzWiz | December 26, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

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