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Blatche update

Forward Andray Blatche, who sprained his left ankle in last night's loss at Boston, had limited activity at practice today and will be a game-time decision for tomorrow's game against Cleveland.

It would not be a surprise if Blatche finds a way to suck it up and play: along with DeShawn Stevenson, he was the only Wizard to appear in all 82 games last season and he has yet to miss a game this season.

Stevenson remains out with a lower back problem is officially listed as day-to-day though he said that he expects to miss around two and a half weeks.

By Ivan Carter  |  January 3, 2009; 2:19 PM ET
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Thomas would probably start in Blatche's place, as Tapscott apparently wants nothing to do with McGee's development. However, a temporary absence from Blatche may force Tapscott to, at least, play McGee for 10 mins/game, which was the equivalent that McGee was playing when he was starting for Tapscott.

I'm hoping the Stevenson injury allows Crittenton & Young more PT, but even in a blowout loss, Tapscott was hesitate to give these pups some extended PT. Who knows what Tapscott is thinking. Do Songalia, Thomas, Dixon, & Stevenson give the team more of a chance to win now than Crittenton, Young, & McGee?

Posted by: -CN- | January 3, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear that blatche's injury isn't serious, we need mcgee to play alongside andray, all the guys under 25 should play a lot

Posted by: bford1kb | January 3, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The team really needs Thomas to get back to where he was two seasons ago. I realize that he has mostly disappointed this year. But they really need a contribution from him, and I'm hoping that he is doing all the things that he needs to do to get all the way back from his heart surgery.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 3, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Time to play the kids. Can Blatche (F) and McGee (C) play together? What is Blatche's best position?

Play Blatche, McGee, McGuire, Young and Crittendon a lot. Salary dump Songalia, Thomas,Petch and James if possible. Explore trades for Jamison, maybe to Portland for Spanish PG and Outlaw with Lafrentz expiring. Get Aldridge if that is possible. Draft well and the Wizards could be back in it next year.

Posted by: wizfanatic | January 3, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I also expect Stevenson to miss two and a half weeks, no I insist on it.

Posted by: emmet1 | January 3, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Blatche should be the starter, but I don't understand why Taps isn't playing McGee 12-15 minutes a game. It's not like we're contending for a playoff spot at this point.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | January 3, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

McGee looked completely overmatched...I am beginning to understand why is not playing more. He hit the rookie wall awfully early, I'm having second thoughts about his potential. AB needs to get his ankle right, maybe should sit out this next one. See if JM can recover his composure. Be a good test against Cleveland big men. JC should now be #2 PG and first guy off the bench so he can get some playing time with Caron and AJ. It is so hard to watch these guys this year!!! I still havent found the desire to actually go to a game yet this season.

Posted by: oddjob2 | January 3, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

"I also expect Stevenson to miss two and a half weeks, no I insist on it."

Lol, well I insist he misses the rest of the season. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 3, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

oddjob2, It was obviously JM was going to be over matched from the moment we first saw him. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't play him for at least 20 minutes per game. Think about it, JM is over matched with that skinny body but still managed to get points and rebounds, now when he beef up, he's going to be a monster. Most importantly unlike AB, JM can jump high without running.

Posted by: demonj21 | January 3, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I keep basically making the same post I know, but I'll say it again...

Either play the young guys and develop the team for next season, or make a trade if your going to make a legitamate attempt to win this season.

It has to be one or the other.

We can't continue to float down the middle with this "play the vets and try to win every game" strategy. We can't win with what we have now. So we either have to play the young guys and look to next year, or if we are in fact going to continue to play the vets and play for this season then we need to make a trade.

Stop with the denial we seem to be in. Take a chance. It is time for Status Quo to Go!!

Trade for Hughes or VC. Trade for Carmelo. Do something. Either trade our 1st round pick to bring in a player who can make a difference now, or position ourselves to get a high pick that can make a difference next season.

If you aren't going to make a real actual attempt to win, then stop pretending you are. Play the young guys. McGee, Blatche, Pecherov, McGuire, Young, Crittenton. See what we have in these guys. Make a decision on who is worth keeping and who isn't. Allow them to get the experience they need to be able to contribute NEXT SEASON! Help them to develop their games and become legit role players or even compete for starting spots.

One or the other. We can't continue on the path we are on. Make a decision.

Posted by: Darnell1 | January 3, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please explain how Roger Mason can start and play 32 mins and score 19 points for the Spurs and he can not play for the Wizards?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 3, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78: "Can someone please explain how Roger Mason can start and play 32 mins and score 19 points for the Spurs and he can not play for the Wizards?"

He could, of course. But did he really want to? There's an assumption that the Wiz were too cheap to sign him, but I'm wondering if he didn't like his chances better with the Spurs. They are a classy organization, after all, and all these guys want a ring above anything.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 3, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Les BouleS game against the Celts must have been so worth watching that Comcast replayed it twice today.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 4, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

rookie wall? he never gets off the bench, how productive can anyone be getting the 7 minutes per game he has averaged over the last ten, he should play seventy minutes in 3 games not 10

Posted by: bford1kb | January 4, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely, Samson151. Even if the Wizards had matched the Spurs offer, the odds of Mason staying were slim to none. The Spurs offered him more of everything than he could expect to get in D.C.

McGee is a project with lots of future potential, but right now he doesn't have a clue. He looks befuddled on doing anything other than dunking, esp. defense. He has the raw material to be a contributor, but just sticking him out on the floor and expecting him to figure it out on the fly isn't going to accomplish much at this point.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 4, 2009 4:23 AM | Report abuse

Re: Roger Mason

When Mason was up for free agency, the wizards were looking at a backcourt with a healthy gilbert arenas, a deshawn stevenson who could shoot the 3 and was a solid defender, and a bench with Daniels playing the role of the veteran and nick young as the guard of the future. If that situation had played out, mason would have never made his way into the starting rotation. and he had played well enough to command a high price tag from a team that really needed a second option in the backcourt. In theory, we didn't need that at the time, and Mason was not the kind of player worth going over the luxury tax for (at that point in time.)

it's just a matter of hindsight. He wouldn't have the season he's having if we had retained him and had a healthy and non-slumping backcourt.

that being said. i had my fingers crossed all offseason that we'd be able to keep mason. i would have loved to see him work into the starting rotation in washington. sigh.

Posted by: crs-one | January 4, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

McGee shouldn't start this year. Full stop.

At this early stage, he should always be matched up against a team's second/third center and not their first. Otherwise, he'll be - as he has - destroyed.

Starting him never made any sense at all.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 4, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Finally some common sense on McGee. About time. There was one play right after AB went out, that Perkins used his forearm to shove McGee 4-5 feet out of the paint... He needs another training camp (next offseason will be much more productive for him now that he's gotten his feet wet), and he needs a tutor, like a Patrick Ewing type. Let's see if EG has enough sense to bring in a specialist to develop McGee (wouldn't hurt AB and OP either).

As for Roger Mason. Its partly due to the system. San Antonio, unlike us, simply asks their role players to play their roles, play to their strengths, and that's it. Roger Mason doesn't have to play point, create his own shot off the dribble, set up the offense, etc. like he did last year. He just lines up at the 3pt line and fires away.

There is no reason to think that if he were still here he'd be having the type of season he's having. I'm happy for him, personally.

Posted by: jones-y | January 4, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I agree that JM is very raw, but oh my so much talent. He needs good coachind, as does this whole team. They all seem uncoached, and never corrected for repeated mistakes.I am not talking about sitting the youngins after mistakes, but advising them what they need to do differently. This is one of the poorest coached teams at any level, that I can remember watching.
As for the Mason situation, I maintain that every team, yes including The Wiz, have many bench players if given the opportunity to play serious minues, would all produce surprising results.
Let NY, AB, JC, AP, JM play together and for most of the game and the results could be astonishingly positive.
After all weren't we told throughout the training camp/preseason et al that the reserves were beating the starters repeatedly? Not that hard to understand!!!

Posted by: maxman2162 | January 4, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"he needs a tutor, like a Patrick Ewing type. Let's see if EG has enough sense to bring in a specialist to develop McGee (wouldn't hurt AB and OP either)."

Posted by: jones-y | January 4, 2009 10:42 AM

The Wizards already have a big man specialist to work with McGee. Volunteer coach Tony Massenberg.

Posted by: Darnell1 | January 4, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

NOTE TO MAXMAN2162 Coaching? Stop dreaming,Yeah they have coach's(Hubbard,Ayres) but they have to defer to the three stooges,Grunfeld,Tapscott,and Wes Jr.think about it veterans like Jamison,Butler,and Dixon have to listen to Wes Jr. and Tapscott try to fake their way thru a timeout, giving instruction on a subject they know absolutely nothing about.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 4, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards already have a big man specialist to work with McGee. Volunteer coach Tony Massenberg.

Posted by: Darnell1 | January 4, 2009 12:05 PM

My point exactly...

Posted by: jones-y | January 4, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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