Wizards (6-23) at Hornets (18-9), Butler out again

Butler update: Caron Butler tested his left ankle before the game but will miss his third straight game. The Wizards have won two straight without Butler, who suffered the injury at Cleveland on Thursday.

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

Inactives: Butler and Oleksiy Pecherov, who did not make the trip as he remains sick with the flu. Gilbert Arenas is with the team but remains out (sorry folks, no real update. He's still not practicing.) Brendan Haywood is not with the team but recently had the cast removed from his right wrist.

Hornets: Chris Paul, Rasual Butler, Peja Sojakovic, David West, Tyson Chandler.

Refs: Tom Washington, Tony Brothers, Derek Richardson.

Line: New Orleans by 14.5.

Notables: The Wizards won the season-series last year 2-0...DeShawn Stevenson hit the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer in a 95-92 Washington win here last Feb. 25...Stevenson, who hit a big shot at Houston last night, averaged 24.5 points in two games against New Orleans last season...Blatche is averaging career-highs in points (9.7) and rebounds (5.3)....Butler and LeBron James are the only two players in the league averaging 20 or more points, six or more rebounds and four or more assists per game.

-The Dec. 10 trade that sent Antonio Daniels to New Orleans for Mike James has worked for both teams. Daniels has given Byron Scott what he wanted: a veteran point guard to backup Chris Paul and James has given the Wizards what they really needed: scoring.

-I asked James whether his time here would help him deal with Paul (who is the most enjoyable player to watch in the league in my opinion): "Yeah, I know a few of his tricks just from being around him but he's an all-star. I mean, the man has that ball on a string so, there's only so much you can do."

-Stevenson on whether that shot he made last night in Houston will help him get his mojo back: "Shoot, I hope so. I'm going to go and watch it like 68 times and see what happens." Give him this: the guy hasn't lost his sense of humor.

-Yesterday, I mentioned that Tapscott has been putting up different famous quotes on the dry erase board in the locker room. Tonght's offering was from Vince Lombardi: "More important than the will to win is the will to prepare to win." That's all well and good but the man still coached the Packers so, I'm no fan of his......

By Ivan Carter |  December 30, 2008; 6:10 PM ET
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Nice..all that is on is hockey. Game not televised in my area. Thanks Comcast.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 30, 2008 8:33 PM

so tapscott is finally "letting the kids play". but after one quarter it is not pretty.

Posted by: dcball | December 30, 2008 8:41 PM

ptp23: try channel 50. It's 33 in my area.

Posted by: dcball | December 30, 2008 8:42 PM

It's on the CW.

Why does Comcast have the worst HD cameras by the way? It's really annoying how bad their picture is.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 30, 2008 9:00 PM

Thanks but unfortunately no good in my area. Followed on nba.com. Stevenson made a 42foot 3 pointer?

Posted by: ptp23 | December 30, 2008 9:09 PM

Yep, half-courter. It was great.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 30, 2008 9:13 PM

Oh well..comcast said they are having problems with CW channel which is why I can't get it. Thanks guys.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 30, 2008 9:32 PM

does anyone know where i can hear the game on a free internet radio feed?

Posted by: carlosft | December 30, 2008 9:45 PM

Chris Paul 15 ast wizards 19 total? We need a true point guard.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 30, 2008 10:26 PM

Make that 16 ast for Paul. The Wizards have better players but they need someone who can lead. A championship team needs a point guard who cares more about winning then how many points he gets. If anyone other then ABE thinks Gil wants that, they are crazy.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 30, 2008 10:39 PM

Hoping to see Tyson Chandler vs. JaTravel?


Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 30, 2008 10:44 PM

Mike James throws up an ill advised shot over a guy 6" taller than he is while being smothered and all Bucky can say is "tough shot."


Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 30, 2008 10:48 PM

MeTawn throws up 25 shots from the field but only manages 4 attempts at the FT line.


Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 30, 2008 10:52 PM

I got home in time enough to catch the last 7 minutes of the game. I'm watching, trying to see if we had some mojo, and I see MJ come down court wit' da' ball and passes to DSong on a fastbreak and Dsong lays it in.

I says to myself, fastbreak yea', then Phil Chenier says thats the first fastbreak point of the game for the Wizards.

Come on you got to be kidding me. The first fastbreak point with about 4 minutes left in the game for the Wizards.

What kind of ball are they playin.

BulletsFan78, no wonder CP practically out assist our whole team.

What were they doing BulletsFan78, taking water breaks on the way up the court. One fastbreak basket in the whole game.

Who is responsible for that with this team.
Please tell me they did not try to beat the New Orleans Hornets by walking the ball up the flo' the whole damn game.

One fastbreak basket.

Ya' kno' whut', I'ma' go' git' my Daddy and we gonna' git' our whuppen' sticks and we gonna' go down tu' da' VC when dey' nex' hav' practice and we gonna' whup' everthang' in sight.

And the next time they take they butts out on the court, you bet they will be balling and taking the ball to the hoop.

Disgusted I Am, LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 30, 2008 11:02 PM

This team sucks people. They need to play the young guys JC pg, NY sg, DM sf, AB pf, JM c, to see if any of them can play. Next year ET and James are on the last years of their contracts, maybe someone will take them in a trade. This team is stuck with AJ and Gil since no one other then Golden State would even offer Gil a contract last year. They need to rebuild through the draft and trade CB since he is the only player on this team that has any value. They can not win a championship with the player they have on the roster so the only thing to do is get a new roster.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 30, 2008 11:10 PM


They do not know how to play “TEAM” basketball. Thank EJ for letting Gil and AJ play selfish basketball the last four years. The young guys never got a chance to play so they never developed into players. The all stars (I use that term as a joke since that what they are) never play defense or pass the ball, so why should the other players. This is Washington where people get rewarded for incompetence. Look at the Senators, Congressmen and the people who are in the White House

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 30, 2008 11:20 PM

I hate to say this, but any player on this team that have their contracts coming up for renewal and if there is any market for their services, and if the current coaching philosophy continues with this organization, will not resign.

JM, JC, JD, AB, DM, BH, NY, CB, will not sign new contracts with this current coaching in place. What for!!!


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 30, 2008 11:24 PM

I feel you BulletsFan78, but we also need to get our philosophy straight first and ETaps is not showing that he has a clue.

Won't do any good to play the young guys and build through the draft if we have the same coaching that we have now.

Ernie Grunfield needs to fix that first.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 30, 2008 11:38 PM

"This team sucks people."

This team sucks because its one true center and by FAR most talented player and PG are hurt. Miami was god-awful last season with mostly due to a hurt Dwyane Wade. This season they're back in the mix because he's healthy.

And this team suckes because it doesn't have a proper coach.

-Arenas (James)
-Butler (Young)
-McGuire (Jamison)
-Haywood (McGee)

That is a very good 9-man rotation. If this team had a coach that has the cojones to sit Jamison and let him be a valuable 6th man, and if this team is able to add another big, frontcourt 10-15 minute presence, they would become a great team. And that second situation could very well be possible with a high lottery pick next season.

Posted by: psps23 | December 31, 2008 12:15 AM

The problem is ABE is too cheap to over pay for a great coach. Why do you think ETaps is coaching right now.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 31, 2008 12:22 AM

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