Wizards at Nets

Information on tonight's game:

Wizards starters: JaVale McGee, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Dee Brown.
Inactives: Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas, Oleksiy Pecherov.

Nets starters: Brook Lopez, Yi Jianlian, Bobby Simmons, Devin Harris, Vince Carter.
Inactives: Maurice Ager, Josh Boone, Eduardo Najera

Refs: Ron Garretson, Leroy Richardson, Courtney Kirkland.

Line: Wizards 7 points.

Notables: This is the first time since 1999 that the Wizards and Nets will play a game that didn't involve Eddie Jordan. Jordan spent five seasons as an assistant with the Nets, reaching the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 . . . The Wizards have an opportunity to sneak one in tonight. The Nets are coming off a successful 3-1 West Coast road trip. They last played in Phoenix on Sunday, so there is the potential to lay an egg. Last season, the Nets won three in a row out West, returned home to the Izod Center and lost to Memphis . . .Former Wizard Jarvis Hayes has appeared in all 16 games for the Nets. He's averaging 8.2 points and 3.9 rebounds, while shooting 42.7 percent (56-for-131) from the field and 25.6 percent (11-for-43) from three-point land . . .

By Michael Lee |  December 2, 2008; 6:57 PM ET
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Wizards looking great so far... even though Bobby Simmons tried to take out Caron Butler.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 2, 2008 8:57 PM

Keep pushing the ball and they will be fine. DB back in the lineup.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 2, 2008 9:02 PM

See what I mean by putting DB in and let him just push the ball. And let me find out that this guy can shoot 3's. Just push the ball baby.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 2, 2008 9:11 PM


Posted by: rachel216 | December 2, 2008 9:12 PM


Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 2, 2008 9:18 PM

Can you see now what up Tempo does for your effectiveness and shooting percentage i.e. DStev. Just push the ball baby.

When you play up Tempo it makes your defense much easier.

It ain't that hard.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 2, 2008 9:20 PM

Yesss! The end of the Princeton Offense. No more weave. Spacing and passing. Bye Jordan!

Posted by: joe2chase | December 2, 2008 9:20 PM

But now we start the 4th with AD at point. Lets see if his slow play blows the game for us.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 2, 2008 9:22 PM

BulletsFan78, Izman, DC_Man88, and Kalo_rama. Can you now see what I mean by Run and Gun. If you are watching the game now can you see the difference in DB pushing the ball and AD's slow donkey. Hopefully we are ahead enough so that AD's plodding style does not cause us to lose this game.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 2, 2008 9:32 PM

Who is the new guy wearing Stevenson's jersey?

That's not the DeShawn Stevenson we've come to know.

13 for 23 from three for the Wizards.

Shoot like that and they can beat Boston.


Posted by: SteveMG | December 2, 2008 9:39 PM

HMMMMMM....Lets see fourth quater five minutes to go 24 pt. lead Butler and Jamison still in the game WHY? if EJ had done this you EJ critics would screaming your collective lungs out!! Even a blind squirrel can find an acorn!!

Posted by: dargregmag | December 2, 2008 9:49 PM

Yea, check it baby DB in and McGuire gets and alley oop slam. Never happen with AD dogging the point. Over 30 assist for the Wizs. Never happen with AD dogging the point.

Yea, I know, the haters are going to say, "Jersey has no Defense". No Cow Manure. If your Offense is Superior nobody has no Defense. The better the defensive team you meet, the harder you better Run and Gun. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 2, 2008 9:50 PM

It's a tale of two teams. The teams that beat NJ tonight and Golden State a few games back were like different specimens. Great ball movement, good shot selection, not so much standing around and watching the shot clock dissolve. What really impressed me tonight is how they took up Tapscott's credo of not allowing the opponent to watch the ball go through the hoop. When someone went inside for a quick shot, by & large they got hit and failed to convert. Then they missed some free throws. By preventing the Nets from getting shots, they prevented them from getting into rhythm. A nice job by the Wizards tonight.

Posted by: satchmore | December 2, 2008 10:01 PM

Larry in Clinton,

I love the euthusiasm, but look at D Brown's PER. http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/statistics?sort=per&qual=true&pos=pg&seasonType=2&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba%2fhollinger%2fstatistics%3fsort%3dper%26qual%3dtrue%26pos%3dpg%26seasonType%3d2

Tonight's guard play was good - for whatever reason. At this pace, Stevenson might bypass Blatche on the inconsistency chart.

On a positive note, I think McGee will gain some confidence after sleeping on this one. The light bulb will come on that he can play in the NBA.

Posted by: Izman | December 2, 2008 10:07 PM

Good win. What a difference getting points from your starting backcourt makes. Also, now we got a chance to see how making over 10 3's in a game makes the game easier for you to win.

I did not see the first half so no comment there. As for the second I like the fact Tabscott is using Song. at the 4 for "most" of the game. That is his spot and I have pretty much always said he can be productive there.

I agree with cutting down the rotation, but I feel bad for Juan. I am glad DMac is getting minutes too. Not sure what happen with AB because I did not see the first half. Anyway, glad for the win.....

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 2, 2008 10:10 PM

Izman, stats are good, but they do not tell you the effectiveness of team play and chemistry while DB is in the game.

The reason why you must throw DB's stats out, is because the only way that the Wiz's can win is by Run and Gun and DB is the only point on their roster now that can keep that team Runnin and Gunnin.


By the way, Ernie T. 2@2. Run And Gun Wizs.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 2, 2008 10:27 PM

the Nets have no inside game either, therefore the wizard had a chance to stop them. without have to double a big guy constantly, the wiz could guard the outside shot. thankfully, carter didn't drive as much as he should have. if he had the whole team would have fouled out.

nice to see the wiz hit some shots. brown played well too. nice win.

the blazers have a big guy. be fun to watch.

Posted by: stevie2 | December 2, 2008 10:32 PM

If they can get decent-to-good guard play, they can be competitive. Not against the big boys, obviously. But against the middle of the pack clubs.

Without the quality guard play, AJ and CB simply can't carry the offense.

If Stevenson goes 1-7 next game and Dee Brown does nothing, we'll be back to ground zero.

Let's be blunt: they're just not going to go 13-24 on threes many times.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 2, 2008 10:37 PM


You are 100 % correct, “stats are good, but they do not tell you the effectiveness of team play and chemistry while DB is in the game.”

The game is not about stats it is about winning, a true point guard controls the tempo of the game, a true point guard knows when to pass the ball to right people at the right time, and a true point guard will sacrifice his own stats for a team to win.

Someone please explain that to Gilbert, he has more talent then most guards in the league but he wastes it by coming down court and throwing up 25 shots a game. How does a team get into a rhythm and find chemistry playing like that?

Unfortunately, with Gilbert’s ego he probably thinks the Wizards would be undefeated if he were playing.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 2, 2008 10:53 PM

Would you make this trade ??

Nick Young, Darius, Etan, Pecherov, 1st round pick for Vince Carter.

The deal works salary wise (and also works with Daniels in place of Etan). IMO Carter when motivated is still one of the top players in the game. He is still only 31. With the commitment we have made to the big 3, our window is short. Carter is a guy we can throw into the mix who gives us a legit big 4 and a guy who can help carry the team until Gil gets back.

NJ is rebuilding with the likes of Harris, Lopez, Yi, Sean Williams. Young would be a nice addition to that, along with Pech and the draft pick. We also move some salaries with Etan and Songaila included, and NJ can use a big man.

The arrival of VC to the VC would create a buzz this team badly needs. He plays in a similar system, and I think played on the same Tarheel team with Jamison and Haywood. When healthy we'd a front 5 of Haywood, Jamison, Caron, VC and Arenas. The bench would have McGee, Blatche, McGuire, DeShawn/Dixon, AD/Dee.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 2, 2008 11:09 PM

Rachel216. I think you know a thing or two about this game. Holla Back!

Stevie2, you are a hater. Jersey just went through Sac, the Suns, and somebody else out West and shredded they butts and now you want to diminish the Wizards win. I ain't going for it.

And SteveMG you say "If they can get decent-to-good guard play, they can be competitive. Not against the big boys, obviously. But against the middle of the pack clubs."

SteveMG, how many Big Boy teams are their in the East and the West? Lets see in the East, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, and maybe Orlando. The West, LA, Hornets, SA, ... anybody else.

Think about it!!! If you Runnin and Gunnin you gonna win 45 games. This league ain't as stack as you might think it is.

Keep my Wizards Runnin and Gunnin with DB at the point and we will see how good everybody else is in the League.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 2, 2008 11:14 PM

Nick Young is gonna be a bonafide 20 point scorer in this game in the next 2 years, no I was I trade him for an aging Carter....AND a 1st rounder. I would consider dumping Darius, McGuire and a first rounder for him though.

I think the wizards will win a few more games, they're not playing horribly and I still think they have a shot at the playoffs...call me crazy.

Posted by: insanity999 | December 2, 2008 11:14 PM

BulletsFan78, I hear you loud and clear, but I have seen something in Gilberts play that proves to me that he understands exactly what you say. When he first came back from his injury he was Runnin and Gunnin the Offense and passing off. He was taking the ball to the hoop and not stopping for the jumper. Unfortunately, he still was not healthy. But, Gilbert needs to play 2, thats why a true point player will is a tremendous asset to the Wizards.

If the Wizards keep improving, I believe Ernie T. will not have Gilbert responsible for the point when he returns.

Gilbert is talented, thats why he can jack the ball and also run it, but with a true point beside him who controls the game instead of him having to do both, people will understand why he deserves every penny he is being paid.

Trust me, hang with me on Gilbert, if all we have when he comes back is DB, we will see the value of having a true point with only DB's limited but speedy talents.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 2, 2008 11:41 PM

For some reason, I trust Larry in Clinton MD. I want to buy what he is selling.

Posted by: dcball | December 3, 2008 1:45 AM

LarryInClintonMD, eventually folks will catch on. Run, run, run. Been saying it for years. It's the only way to win with this team.
SteveMG , that was hilarious. Who's the new guy wearing DS's jersey? LOL.

Posted by: original_mark | December 3, 2008 7:47 AM

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