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Bulls 98, Wizards 86

Same old story here folks. Wiz fell behind early, played uninspired ball most of the game, charged back late (behind Nick Young's career-high 28 points) and came up short.

Turning point: Drew Gooden rebounded a missed three by Ben Gordon and laid it in to give the Bulls a 10-point lead with 1:26 to play.

Key stats: The Bulls made nine threes and finished with a 13-2 edge in second-chance points. That's right, the Wizards had two second-chance points.

- Interim coach Ed Tapscott earned his first ejection with just over 10 minutes to play after coming onto the court. It happened just after Young was called for traveling.

"I had a mild disagreement that escalated," Tapscott said.

- We did have an Oleksiy Pecherov sighting. Pech got in in the third quarter and immediately drained a three-pointer and a long jumper to force a Chicago timeout. Pech finished with nine points in just under five minutes.

"When you're struggling sometimes you just reach for a straw," Tapscott said. "That was actually Randy Ayers. He said: why not give Pech a shot, maybe he can make a shot and I said okay. The great thing is that he's been a hard-working guy that has never gotten his spirits down, and I think every guy on the team was happy for him to see those go down for him."

By Ivan Carter  |  January 9, 2009; 11:24 PM ET
 | Tags: Bulls, Oleksiy Pecherov, Wizards  
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Comments

Etan Thomas:

10:58 played

Points: 0
Rebounds: 0
Block Shot: 0
Assist: 0
Steals: 0

Please tell me why he merits playing time and McGee doesn't.

Posted by: gwills | January 9, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe this dude is on the payroll. After all of those years in basketball, he is clueless.

Posted by: Izman | January 9, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Did not watch the game but the stats tell me everything I need to know

AJ 4-12 0-2 4-6 11 rebounds 12 pts 40 mins
CB 1-8 0-2 0-0 6 rebounds 2 pts 40 mins

While

AB 4-8 0-0 0-2 8 rebounds 8 points 25 mins
NY 12-15 2-4 2-2 3 rebounds 28 points 27 mins

We should play the Vets more and like the younger players learn by watching?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 9, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I smell the No.1 pick baby!
Wait a minute. There aint nobody in this draft!
This sucks!

Posted by: antoniologan | January 9, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I saw some flashes out of Critt and Young, esp when they were both going hard to the hole. The team played better when Butler stopped shooting jump shots from just inside the 3 pt line. (I don't remember Caron taking too many to the hoop at all). But I gotta say, watching Critt shoot is painful -- I hope that his perimeter shot improves because he was throwing up some bricks, and the last thing we need is ANOTHER player who can't be a threat from beyond the arc...

Posted by: edP2 | January 9, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

""When you're struggling sometimes you just reach for a straw," Tapscott said. "That was actually Randy Ayers. He said: why not give Pech a shot, maybe he can make a shot and I said okay. The great thing is that he's been a hard working guy that has never gotten his spirits down and I think every guy on the team was happy for him to see those go down for him.""


Horsecrap.

Gymrat got his 5 minutes early in the 4th quarter, and despite him producing, he didn't see any PT past the 9 min mark.

It seems like they're just using the "meritocracy" excuse to throw games.

No team can win unless the lineup is consistent and players learn to play together to build consistency.

It's like an egg foo young team. Throw in a mish mosh of garbage and hope that it wets the fan's appetite, but deep down, you know they're not serious about winning in this lost season.

Ping pong balls. Those are the 3 words to focus on.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 9, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

This season is lost, Butler and Jamison don't need to be playing more than 28 min a game. Once we reach 30-L then the Wiz need to let the young kids play real minutes.

The starting Line Up should change to:

5-Blatche
4-McGee
3-Pech
2-Young
1-Crittenton

Posted by: gwills | January 9, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Ivan what is this "turning point" nonsense? Down by 8 with 1:26 to play there's no way of turning the game around at that point.

Too bad we didn't lose by 10, so you could throw out your favorite stat that we are 4-20 in games decided by 10 points or less.

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 10, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I bet Eddie Jordan is the happiest man in DC. He is getting paid while Tapscott is getting stressed.

Real freakin smart firing the head coach at the start of the season. Yep, the wiz are looking much better.

I think the Wiz should fire Tap and Ernie Grunfeld should coach this team. He built it he should coach it.

Posted by: gwills | January 10, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I hope I am right about this, but it seemed to me from ETaps post game comments that he sounded like he was desperate and on his last leg.

We'll know before the weekend is out.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

We're throwing games. No doubt about it.

Pech is free !!! Who hoo.

Posted by: original_mark | January 10, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

I hope I am right about this, but it seemed to me from ETaps post game comments that he sounded like he was desperate and on his last leg.

We'll know before the weekend is out.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 12:26 AM
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Huh? You really think Tapscott's going to be fired before the season's over? Has an interim coach ever been let go in the middle of a season?

Posted by: IrenePollin | January 10, 2009 3:54 AM | Report abuse

Will ETaps make himself sit out the start of the next game because of his attitude? What kind of example is he sending to the young guys?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 10, 2009 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Huh? You really think Tapscott's going to be fired before the season's over? Has an interim coach ever been let go in the middle of a season?

Posted by: IrenePollin | January 10, 2009 3:54 AM

Letting ETaps go will not help, letting EG go will not help, the only way this team will ever win a championship, is if the fans fire CHEAP ABE by not going to the games!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 10, 2009 4:27 AM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan was Abe Pollin's guy. But Grunfeld pulled a slick one when he fired EJ, I don't think Pollin really wanted to do it.

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 10, 2009 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Ivan,

Any speculation on what really made Tap snap? Was he really mad at a call or is he really breaking because of the bleak situation he is in?

Posted by: riskus | January 10, 2009 6:52 AM | Report abuse

"When you're struggling sometimes you just reach for a straw," Tapscott said. "That was actually Randy Ayers. He said: why not give Pech a shot, maybe he can make a shot and I said okay.

How about the Javale McGee straw you dimwit!

Posted by: emmet1 | January 10, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Jamison and Butler obviously read Michael Lee's piece about whether they should be all-stars this year, and told Mike what their opinions were on the matter with their play last night.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | January 10, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Here is one of the biggest issues this team has had all year. The guards consistently settle for jump shots. In the last 3 games Young has averaged 22 minutes.

Guess how many free throw attempts he has?
2 yes only 2!!!! in over 70 minutes of ball he has 2 free throw attempts. Those 2 attempts came last night. He had no attempts in the previous 2 games

I have not followed James but last night he played 27 minutes and how many free throw attempts did he have ZERO ZERO ZERO.

Lebron, Nash, K.Bryant are great players because they create problems by taking it to the hole. Many nights half their point come from the free throw line.

If you dont drive to the basket you will lose and the WIZARDS are losing a lot and this is one of the main reasons why.

It is such a simple concept that even 5 year old knows how to do it. How can guys who make millions playing the game they love not do something so basic and effective.

Posted by: makingurich | January 10, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

"Wiz fell behind early, played uninspired ball"

Yup.

As I wrote in the last blog, nobody is trying anymore. It's just not even worth watching and Taps is WORSE then with EJ on his rotations if you can believe that.

You can't start different dudes every night and expect to have any flow, that and our so called "all-stars" (with lower case letters) are playing so inconsistent it's not even funny. Caron had 2 points? Laughable.

Gimmie some of those teams from the 80's-90's that won 20 games, at least they tried. The team we have now has absolutely NO heart.

Ivan, make sure you tell the Wizards that some of us fans that have been here longer then they have feel that way please.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 10, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

But hey, there's more (uninspired) ball to come tonight -- the second half of a back-to-back against Charlotte, and we all know how well they do in the second game of back-to-backs.

At this point, the Wizards are excruciatingly painful to watch, and the team has less life in it than Drazen Petrovic.

--iceberg

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | January 10, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Compare the stats for AB and Al Horford. Virtually the same per minute, except AB scores about 50% more. They're both the same age, both center forwards, the only difference is that Horford starts and gets 33 minutes a game, AB gets 22 minutes. He was on fire in the first quarter, he always hits the 15 foot jumper, but he didn't get more than 20 minutes and ET replaced him and did nothing. Can ET get bought out? It's not like he wants to be playing basketball or anything.

Posted by: dwarren12 | January 10, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"Compare the stats for AB and Al Horford. Virtually the same per minute, except AB scores about 50% more. They're both the same age, both center forwards, the only difference is that Horford starts and gets 33 minutes a game, AB gets 22 minutes. He was on fire in the first quarter, he always hits the 15 foot jumper, but he didn't get more than 20 minutes and ET replaced him and did nothing. Can ET get bought out? It's not like he wants to be playing basketball or anything.

Posted by: dwarren12 | January 10, 2009 9:42 AM "

Les BouleS aren't winning now, and won't be for awhile, so what's their incentive to move ET?

ET will have value towards the end of his contract, and then many teams will want to trade for him and Les BouleS may be planning on taking advantage of that.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Hey Ivan,

Can you ask Etan if he thinks he merits playing time with this kind of production:

10:58 played

Points: 0
Rebounds: 0
Block Shot: 0
Assist: 0
Steals: 0

Posted by: gwills | January 10, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Note to dwarren12: Don't even try it! Al Horford is a defensive stud he rebounds in traffic and he blocks shots and has a better attitude plus he played on a championship team in college(Florida)Blatche was a spoiled H/S so called all star and now Etaps has found out what EJ knew all along about the serial skirt chaser;poor work ethic,bad attitude,defensive liability,and he's a late night regular at all the club's in DC.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 10, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I don't agree with any comparisons of Andray Blatche and Al Horford. Horford is one of the best young rebounders in the game while Blatche has had several 1 and 2 rebound games which is unacceptable. I don't say that to bash Blatche because he could become a decent rebounder. I think you have to let Pesh, AB, and McGee play and then bash them for bad shots and lack of rebounding, but PLAY THEM. Player have to learn how to put their finger print on games like Nick Young last night was learning how to take over the game. Dom with his defense and rebounding is learning how to effect the game. Let the young guys play. I'm hoping they will open the flood gates after the trade deadline. I'm figuring they are showcasing Etan and some of the veterans until the trade deadline and then will play the young guys exclusively after that.

Posted by: dyoung1 | January 10, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Looks like AJ always have a tough time against Tyrus Thomas. Butler needs to attack the basket more, he has settled for jump shot too much. And what happens to McGuire? He had only 6 rebounds (his strength) in last 3 games (70 minutes), well below his season average (4 rebounds in 17 minutes, which is equivalent to 16.5 rebounds in 70 minutes).

Posted by: sagaliba | January 10, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

At this stage of the losing season, even if every Wizard shot was taken to the hole, the refs will never call a foul because they have lost total respect for the Wizards. I have seen too many non-calls on contacts against the Wizards when they try to score and then see "Phantom" calls against them on the other end. This reminds me too much of the 1989-1994 seasons when the Bullets were just bottom dwellers every season (Records below):

1989 31–51
1990 30-52
1991 25–57
1992 22–60
1993 24–58
1994 21–61

Those teams even had Bernard King, Calbert Chaney, Pervis Ellison, Juwan Howard, Tom Gugliotta and Chris Webber on some of those teams but it did not help because once the Refs label you as losers, there is no getting calls, period! Or winning close games.

Posted by: JohnWWW | January 10, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

We did have an Oleksiy Peherov sighting

By Ivan Carter | January 9, 2009; 11:24 PM ET

Pech gets so little respect, Ivan Carter doesn't even spell his name right. For those looking for Ivan to correct his mistake, don't hold your breath. The guy thinks he is too cool to correct his mistakes.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 10, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I disagree that the turning point was with 1:26 to go in the game.

The turning point was when the Wiz got off the team bus.

At least there was a real game to watch at the same time the Wiz were playing. Lebron was single-handedly dismantling the Celtics over on ESPN. Great stuff.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | January 10, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Thank God I have the NBA league pass since i'm in Atlanta if the Wiz were having a good season(NOT!)i'd be able see them along with other teams but as we all know that "ain't happenin" but i get to see all the rookies well almost all of them but not Javale McGee.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 10, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

On the bright side, this was a good confidence building game for Nick Young, who could hardly miss it seems.

Critt had no turnovers and three assists, and some points.

Blatche would have had a double double if he got more minutes.

Pech got 9 points in under 5 minutes.

McGuire and Butler had off nights, no doubt about it. I don't expect Butler will go 1-8 too many times.

Re Etan Thomas, what's the real story with him? To me the stats for this game suggest that the guards are making no effort to get him the ball or get him involved in the offense, and that the team was settling for long jump shots that generate long rebounds when he was on the floor. But I didn't see the game. Was he getting touches?

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 10, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Sure, the lack of play and weaknesses of the players and the Team can be attributal to the Players themselves.

But, a ton of the ineptitude of this team and their lack of success is a direct result of bad coaching and nothing else.

It's not like we do not have all the correct position players on this Team.

The coaching philosophy has at least half of the players playing OUT OF POSITION!!!

AB, DSON, ET, AJ, CB, MJ, DM, all play OUT OF POSITION.

And it is one thing to play all these players OUT OF POSITION, the problem is manified when they are OUT OF POSITION and playing the WRONG COACHING STYLE for their talents.

So, a lot of the negative comments about the players in my book is unfair. Surely players can do the things to make themselves better, (AB's bad habits) but it will not make a hill of beans difference with Bad, Bad, Bad, philosophy.

And Yeah, the Wiz need to be first to fire an interim coach. Why the hell not. Is anybody gonna stop laughing cause we are keeping the one we got. I don't think so.

LarryInClintonMD.

BulletsFan78, you know the Ole Man is never going to sell. Our only hope is to get someone smart enough in that organization to bring miracle-like achievement to the Bulle'.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

There is no reason to continue to waste this season away with this interim coach.

Not bringing in someone right now only puts on hold your goal to win a championship.

If you want to win, start now, not next year. If this interim coach was competent and taking the Team in the right direction, then fine.

But to wait until next year when this guy is wreaking your car is Fools Gold. Next year you gonna have to buy a new Car. You cannot replace this Car next year.

You must start now, becuase if you keep this interim in charge, this Car is going to the Junk Yard and it will take years to get it to the Yard and start all over again.

Fools Gold to the idea of not firing an interim coach. Why the hell not?

Winning now in case some of yawl don't know means putting the proper pieces in place to win.

To go a whole season without putting the proper pieces in place that are within your control is unfair to the Fans, the Organization, and most importantly the Players.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I hope I am wrong about this Wizard Team.

But this is getting close to two fatal decisions made by the Redskins and they have not recovered to date.

The first:

The Squire, Mr. Cooke, should never have had his foundation sell the Team to the highest bidder, thinking that his son would have the money to outbid everyone else thereby teaching his son a lesson about economics. Strategy, failed.

The second:

Hiring Charley Casserly as the General Manager. The decisions made by CC spiraled the Redskins to the Team they are today. The man who should have gotten the position of General Manager was Bobby Mitchell.

Bobby Mitchell new that organization through and through and he knew football players. He should have been hired for all the reasons they hired Charley Casserly, a man who had learned the tenets of the organization from within and had proven he had the kwowledge to run it.

The first bad decision under Charley's watch was to allow the best three Tandem receiver set in the NFL to be broken up too soon. Sure they were older vets but they were still getting the job done.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

We should play the Vets more and like the younger players learn by watching?
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Once we reach 30-L then the Wiz need to let the young kids play real minutes.
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Let the young guys play. I'm hoping they will open the flood gates after the trade deadline.
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The young players are getting 80-100 minutes a night. That's 1/3 to near 1/2 of the available minutes.

They got 98 last night.

AJ and CB get close to 80 minutes a night. The rest of the vets get the remaining minutes. 60-80 a night.

I wish this blog had emoticons so I could roll my eyes.

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

ET will have value towards the end of his contract, and then many teams will want to trade for him and Les BouleS may be planning on taking advantage of that.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2009 10:00 AM

ET has trade value now. He could go to an Eastern Conf playoff contender who needs help defending Dwight Howard (Atlanta) or a team lining up for the 2010 free agency sweepstakes (several). He's got value from now until next february's trade deadline, including of course this offseason.

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Pech gets so little respect, Ivan Carter doesn't even spell his name right. For those looking for Ivan to correct his mistake, don't hold your breath. The guy thinks he is too cool to correct his mistakes.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 10, 2009 11:01 AM

Actually, I don't think most people thought it was that big a deal. If you're trying to prove Ivan is too cool to correct his mistakes, you might want to find another example.

Pecherov will have my respect either when he stops hanging out by the 3 point line the whole game or until he significantly raises his 3pt average.

Posted by: crs-one | January 10, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Let me add my voice to the chorus of naysayers regarding any comparison between Blatche and Horford. It's not even close.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 10, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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