Butler will likely play

Caron Butler practiced to day and said he wants to be in the lineup tomorrow night when the Wizards play the Boston Celtics in Boston. Butler has missed three staight games with sprained left ankle and underwent an MRI yesterday that revealed no serious damage. As long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks at shootaround tomorrow, Butler will be back on the court.

The Wizards (6-24) are 2-2 in their last four games and will face a very motivated Celtics team that went 1-3 on a recently completed road trip. On Dec. 11, the Celtics came to Washington and delivered a 122-88 beating. Boston shot 55.7 percent that night and held a 41-26 edge in rebounding.

By Ivan Carter |  January 1, 2009; 3:50 PM ET
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Not sure why Jamison & Butler are still logging the 5th & 6th most mins (on avg) in the league. Any reason why they can't play 5 mins less/game each? This would free up 10 mins of playing time, hopefully for the young guys and NOT for Stevenson, Thomas, Songalia, Dixon, etc. I understand the team is trying to win, but it is also the best time to see what the young guys have. I am not rallying for McGee, Young, & Crittenton to start & each play 35 mins, just want them to get some steady play. We know that the vets on the bench are steady, so they can come in anytime & play, when needed. The team needs to build the young guys, by giving them consistent roles...

Posted by: -CN- | January 1, 2009 4:34 PM

A very unlikely scenario is for Les BouleS to acquire Raymond Felton who's rumored to be available.

Unlikely b/c he's with Charlotte which is run by MJ who hates Les BouleS.

Looking at Felton's stats, he seems to be a pure point guard. I've seen him play in a few games and he's a pretty good passer.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AjJv3szwiwxF12z9VOstXYm8vLYF?slug=aw-jennings123108&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=2753

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 1, 2009 4:50 PM

Mike Wilbon's close and dear friend. Can there be a classier individual out there?

http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2008/12/31/2008-12-31_charles_barkley_admitted_he_was_looking_.html

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 1, 2009 4:52 PM

Caron,

Stay in your street clothes.

Why bother?

Save yourself. Next season will be here before you know it.
Why start it off worn out from playing on a losing team that has no chance of the playoffs???

Take care of #1.

Are you listening Gilbert & Antwan???

Posted by: VBFan | January 1, 2009 5:18 PM

Ivan please define: no serious damage.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 1, 2009 5:41 PM

Caron, dress but don't start, come back slow. Be on call and if they need you in a close game. Other than that, take it slow.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 1, 2009 6:27 PM

This will be an interesting game, one that is all about pride. I think it will be a hell of game.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 1, 2009 8:28 PM

It will be interesting to see how much Nick plays with Caron back. Tapscott seems to be playing Stvensopn even more then when he started. he's backing up at point guard and shotting guard now. He needs to be third in the rotation for shooting guard but Tapscott won't ever figure that out.

Posted by: ptp23 | January 1, 2009 11:59 PM

Felton gets posted, A Lot! Trying to use him as a two has made his defensive liabilities stick out like a sore thumb, but he's not a good defensive point guard either. But he could be, he's got the tools.

He's got a heck of a first step and can really get to the hole and can finish. He seems to look to finish more then he looks to dish, has more of a scoring point guard approach. He's kind of a Gilbert Arenas without the shooting range.

The guys got a lot of tools, he's just not really put it together at Charlotte, but neither has almost any of their other draftees. It could be all of the personal attention and mentoring the Bobcats youngsters get from "Where?" Jordan.

That's what the Charlotte sports talk radio has named MJ as in "where is he at?" If your team President can't bother to come to games, why should the fans bother?

To pick up on the conversation from a couple of days ago, a top 5 pick is a major chip. It can useally get a solid NBA player that has Allstar potential in his career, or it can be used to engineer a deal for an Allstar caliber player.

Grunfeld did so when he used a top 5 pick to get Jamison and dump two lockerroom cancers in Laettner and Jerry(8 days in a week)Stackhouse. That pick yeilded a potential future Allstar in Devin Harris, who was a good enough player to be the key to the Kidd deal.

There are top 5 busts(Kwame Brown), but they useally have so much potential upside that even when they're clearly a bust they can be traded for an Allstar like the Wizards did with Kwame Brown.

So a top 5 pick clearly has a lot of value no matter how Grunfeld decides to use it. I think as the year goes on there will be more one and done guys emerge and this draft will not seem so lean at the top. Georgetown's Greg Monroe could be one that is emerging in that group.

Who would I pick for the Wizards if given the chance? Stephen Curry, the kid's got NBA scorer's stones at 20. He's got NBA three point range, and he loves to work off the ball like Hamilton(the guy we should have NEVER traded)and he's demostrating an ability to get off his shot when presented with a variety of defenders.

Down side, he's really slight for a two. Some wonder if he'll be able to take his game to the next level. Could he be another Dixon? Possible, but the kid's got an NBA pedigree and I've seen him adjust to teams throwing different defenders at him.

Put him on the court with one or two NBA scorers that the other side has to account for and he'd be a 20 point + scorer very quickly.

Or, trade the pick and a group of expiring contracts to Detroit for Hamilton since Dumars will be in a rebuilding mode.

Posted by: flohrtv | January 2, 2009 8:45 AM

Leave Raymond Felton right where he's playing,we've got enough deadwood thank you very much!!! DCMAN88 Thanks for the link on Charles(i'm no role model,trying to get a b!#w job,dui/w/driving)Barkley LOL,LMAO,very funny, people in my office are having a ball(pardon the expression) with this!! Would have seen this yesterday but it was my wedding Anniversary so it would have been divorce court had I been caught on the blog!!!!.Happy New Year Everyone!

Posted by: dargregmag | January 2, 2009 9:40 AM

Calling Stephen Curry "slight" is like calling Shaq " a little on the hefty side." He's simply not big enough to be a starting SG in the NBA (and unlike Iverson, he lacks the explosive speed or athleticism to make up for the size deficit). He'll probably carve a niche for himself as a scorer off someone's bench, but he's not a player worth spending a top 5 pick on.

Felton is a destitute man's Chauncey Billups, pre-Pistons. If he's lucky, a year or two under Brown will help him develop his floor game and court sense the way it did Billups. But right now, he doesn't bring anything to the table they can't get from Mike James.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2009 12:39 PM

Felton is not the end all be all, but he's probably better as a pure PG than anyone on the current Les BouleS roster. Although this may not be sayingtoo too much, again, still better.

Felton, if you look at his stats and watch him play, is not the greatest shooter, but can score and has the ability to get assists. He's a really good passer on the transition end.

Felton averaged 7.4 assists on a Bobcats team that didn't have many weapons with Wallace being out hurt last season. Plus, he's 24....about 9 years younger than Mike James who can't even spell "P-A-S-S" anymore.

Stephen Curry will get exposed for what he is. A waifish shooting guard. He'll have a tough time getting off his shot in the NBA. He's not especially quick, so he'll probably be more JJ Redick than Allen Iverson.

Stephon may have NBA genes, but he's also 2" shorter and 20 lbs lighter than dear old dad.

EG should be c@strated and fired on the spot if he picks Stephon Curry in the lottery.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 2, 2009 6:23 PM

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