Warriors 119, Wizards 98

The Wizards held a 10-8 lead with 7:25 to go in the first quarter at Oracle Arena this afternoon but, in a sequence that pretty much summarized the game, Golden State's Stephen Jackson drilled a three-pointer to spark a 7-0 run and the Wizards played from behind the rest of the way.

"Every time we tried to make a run, they would respond and our response would lack," interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "We didn't have the discipline to take advantage of prosperous moments. When they pushed back, we broke down."

MVP: Jamal Crawford led Golden State with 28 points on 12-of-25 shooting with eight assists.

Turning point: Hard to really identify one after that sequence I described above but the game really turned for good at the start of the fourth when the Warriors turned a seven-point lead into a 12-point lead on a Crawford runner and a Anthony Morrow three-pointer.

Key Stat: The Warriors made a season-high 13 three-pointers and outscored the Wizards 33-19 in the fourth.

Breakdown: Aside from the usual late defensive rotations, the Wizards again fell into a trap of make one pass before jacking up a shot. It played right into Golden State's hands.

"It's no one player or one thing," said guard Mike James. "Sometimes people want to put it on themselves to bring the team back, but if we are goinng to come back, it has to be a team effort."

The Wizards have lost seven of the last eight and it's hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel. After Wednesday's game at Sacramento, the schedule will only get tougher with games at the Lakers, Blazers and at home to the Suns and Heat.

By Ivan Carter |  January 19, 2009; 7:39 PM ET
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Why are AJ and Caron still playing nearly 40 minutes a game? Please ask Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" does he know the other team's scouting report says attack the rim the minute Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" inserts Song. in at the "5" to play "slow small ball"?

Why are Ernie and the other guy here to watch McGee? Everyone here knows he is not going to get in major minutes. I left out on the 2nd quarter. I am now watching the reply on Comcast. I just saw McGee drive and hit a nice slam and "instant presto" Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott yanks him out......

Please, Please, Please, Ernie reassign this joke for a coach back to his old post and let Randy Ayers finish out the year....... PLEASE!!!!!!

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 19, 2009 8:00 PM

Why are AJ and Caron still playing nearly 40 minutes a game? Please ask Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott does he know the other team's scouting report says attack the rim the minute Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott inserts Song. in at the "5" to play "slow small ball"?

Why are Ernie and the other guy here to watch McGee? Everyone here knows he is not going to get in major minutes. I left out on the 2nd quarter. I am now watching the replay on Comcast. I just saw McGee drive and hit a nice slam and "instant presto" Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott yanks him out...... Someone please help this man??

Please, Please, Please, Ernie reassign this joke for a coach back to his old post and let Randy Ayers finish out the year....... PLEASE!!!!!!

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 19, 2009 8:03 PM

hope Blatche does have a great rating on 82games.com. That way we can package him along with Etan Thomas and D-Steve for some vet that can help.

What is the availability of Hinrich, Gordan, and Hughes on the Bulls. They have a glut of guards. Send those three for one of the those guys.

Blatche needs to be traded. Play him as many minutes as you can, drive up his value, and package him along with some of our bad contacts.

Posted by: dominic10464 | January 19, 2009 7:31 PM

dominic10464 - I am really hoping you had a typo and you meant Songalia instead of Blatche, right???? If you meant AB, you have to be kidding me right????

You can see this youngsta is adding more and more to his game. He is no where a finished product yet. The sky is the limit for his game. If Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott would slide AB down to the "4" spot you would really see his game come full circle.

What vet are you talking about we could possibly get and at what position anyway where we would get back equal value? Mark my words, AB is still growing physically and he is maturing so you have a very good player developing.

Why would you develop a young big with "2" guard skills just to trade him away when he is just about to hit his peak??? That would be just plain stupid....!!!! Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" is using AB wrong just like Eddie J' did before him. Give this youngsta 30 to 35 minutes at the "4" and watch him blow the joint up....

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 19, 2009 8:04 PM

Ivan,
Sorry but your output of late seems to closely resemble the Wizards level of effort. How about actually doing some diligence to find out what is going on inside this organization? What is the strategy for the remainder of the year and should there be any expectation of seeing Gilbert this year or next?

I mean it is just the Wizards right? You don't also have the Caps do you? Need to bring something more to the table.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 8:10 PM

Another 4th Q swoon.

Face it girls---as it is now this team is not any good.

The other teams have better players.

It ain't coaching or GMing.
If it don't get fixed soon it will carry over when the wounded return and for years to come.

Let's prepare for the future and see what we got on the bench. Maybe some other team will see someone they like & we can make some sort of trade that will bring a gamer to go along with our lotto pick.

Posted by: VBFan | January 19, 2009 8:12 PM

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same way and expecting it to yield different results!!! Where in the WORLD is Pesh? We loose in the 4th quarter with the same squad EACH game! The problem as I see it is this, EG and Tap have FRIENDS for a LONG time. The moment EJ has a bad stretch EG inputs his FRIEND with the attempt to give him a “shot”. Only problem is he has not coached since American University and that was how long ago? Develop the bench, play Pesh, continue to develop Young, Play Blatch at the 4, McGee at the five, AJ, and the 3, Caron at the 2, you get the drift? Next year we should have a SICK back court with NY & Gil, front court with CB, AB, & BH. DEVELOP the bench! I’m almost to the point where I can’t stomach the watch anymore because the coaching decisions are STUPID!


By the way, KEEP AB…in no way trade him. Trade DS, ET, our lottery pick, Songalia, and maybe Haywood in a sign & Trade deal for Amare!

Posted by: Gooddad | January 19, 2009 8:22 PM

And it's perfectly fair to rag on Ivan for not getting us information that is not available. If you see Deep Throat, let him know Ivan would love to have a chat with him.

Posted by: crs-one | January 19, 2009 8:05 PM

crs-one,
I would be happy if I knew the information was unavailable. I don't. If that is the case then Ivan should write that he asked about Gil's return the Wizards organization stated there is no timetable for return. If Ivan asked what the plan is for the balance of the year and the Wizards organization does not have an official position then print that. My sense is that these questions are not being asked.

Ivan is a decent writer and occasionally amusing but he is still supposed to be a reporter. He should be asking questions and getting answers. Nice to know why he likes certain arenas and that he shares his musical tastes but that tells me nothing about what this organizations plans are to improve their product.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 8:26 PM

He should be asking questions and getting answers... but that tells me nothing about what this organizations plans are to improve their produc

Well, I (mostly) agree. But I'm not sure this organization knows at this time what direction they're going. So, Ivan can ask the questions but I don't think he'll get an answer.

For them not to be giving big minutes to McGee and Pecherov makes no sense. Let's see what these guys have and what they can be used for.

If they can't play, then the Wizards will have an idea as to what more needs to be done.

Otherwise they're carrying two question marks. Well, one (Pecherov). McGee will obviously be back next year.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 19, 2009 8:32 PM

I'm going out partying but a I had to get my two cents in. This game was lost when the ball was tossed up. IT IS ABOUT COACHING AND MANAGING A FRANCHISE. Tapscott has not made one tactical adjustment to change the oputput of a game since he got the job. The decision to play Nick Young was forced on him because Stevenson (who should have been on the bench anyway) was injured. We are half way through the season and you got players who still don't know whether to switch, hedge, go under or go over thre top on a Pick and Roll. If JaVale gets it wrong (he is not the only one but he is the only one who sits if he misses the assignment, why not call a timeout and tell him to either stay with his man and let the guard go over the top or come under the pick. THAT IS WHAT COACHES DO, THEY TEACH AND REINFORCE.

WE COULD NOT GUARD ANYONE ON THE PERIMETER AND THERE WAS NO DETERENCE AT THE RIM. Stephen Jackson went to the rim at will. Magette went by Jamison on 6 successive possesions. Now you got Songalia who is a productive serviceable 4 and Jamison who is a 3/4 trying to guard your backline for extended periods. The defense was so weak that Golden State guys did not have to finish with dunks, they simply laid the ball in. How in the world can these guys anchor your defense when neither are of center size and they can't jump over a credit card.

ANTWAIN AND TO A LESSER EXTENT CARON HAVE BECOME SUCH DEFENSIVE LIABILITIES THAT THEIR DEFENDERS NEGATE THEIR SCORING.
CARON HAS BEEN REDUCED TO BECOMING AN AND 1 PLAYER WHO STOPS BALL MOVEMENT AND GOES ONE ON ONE WAY TO MUCH. THIS IS THE FUALT OF THE COACHES WHO PUBLICLY TOLD EVERYONE WHO WOULD LISTEN THAT THE OFFENSE MUST GO THROUGH THEM.

Our best moments tonight were the two man game that Dominic and Blatche ran early in the game and the impressive dunk by McGee. Blatche is a player that is on the verge of getting it. He is starting to be more comfirtable offensively and he is starting to use his size on the defensive end. He does'nt jump out of the gym but he has quick feet and a good touch around the basket. He is only 22 or 23 years old and if he continues to progress next year you have to pencil him in as your starting 4. The reality is that his development has made AJ expendable. We should reward him by sending him to a squad that can possibly make the playoffs this year in exchange for a point guard. Mike James is a backup point/combo guard. Go get Hinrich.

Posted by: NewManagement | January 19, 2009 9:27 PM

Blatche has been great these past games inspite of the fact that Tapscott yoyos his playing time around. Id like to see Mcgee at the 5 AB at the 4. But I just cant imagine seeing AJ at the 3. He never defends. The other teams' 3's will score 30 on the Wizards every night......... On second thought, what's the difference?! AJ is ineffective at defense wherever you play him. I say go for it! DM is great but its time to see JM play! Bench DS!

Posted by: jasonallanking | January 19, 2009 9:31 PM

There is light at the end of the tunnel. We will have a solid starting five next season, good rotation players, and a good coach.

Imagine:
Avery Johnson

Arenas/Critt/James
Young/Stevenson
Butler/McGuire
Jamison/Blatche/Songaila
Haywood/McGee

and Thomas/Pech warming the bench.

Plus a top-five draft pick.

Even without trades and free-agent signings we will be a playoff team next season at the least.

For the rest of this season, enjoy individual performances from our young talent, ignore the score, and count the time til the 2008/09 season.

Posted by: emmet1 | January 19, 2009 9:47 PM

Posted by: crs-one | January 19, 2009 10:08 PM

Ivan,
Sorry but your output of late seems to closely resemble the Wizards level of effort. How about actually doing some diligence to find out what is going on inside this organization? What is the strategy for the remainder of the year and should there be any expectation of seeing Gilbert this year or next?

I mean it is just the Wizards right? You don't also have the Caps do you? Need to bring something more to the table.
Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 8:10 PM

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There's plenty of articles (both in the main newspaper and this blog) addressing all those issues in the month of January. It is not necessary for him to repeat the same information every week (although, for the most part, he does, but not to your satisfaction apparently.)

Their strategy is to balance the vets and the youngsters. Disagreements will occur regarding whether this is actually happening.

If you want to know what EG's plans are, nobody will know until it happens. That's the NBA. Jason Richardson didn't know he was getting traded until hours before we knew.

They want gilbert back this season. They want him fully rehabbed. They're not giving any more estimates. No matter how many times Ivan asks people or writes entries about it, they're keeping mum. Hounding and annoying the management and Gilbert about it is a good way to get completely shut out by them. Good reporters know when to push the envelope and when to ease up. Message board participants don't.

Regardless, if you disagree with the job Ivan does, I'm sure he welcomes your thoughts. But insults and sarcasm are most definitely unnecessary. Ask nicely, or **** off.

Posted by: crs-one | January 19, 2009 10:19 PM

emmet I agree...

That game was pretty bad, and it seems this season is headed for a downward spiral from here.

But I am still optimistic.

The players I most want to see us keep include Haywood, McGee, Blatche, Jamison, Butler, McGuire, Young, James, Crittenton and Arenas.

Add a rebounder in the draft. Griffin and Jordan Hill both look good to me.


Etan, Songaila, Stevenson and Dixon are all vets worth keeping IMO to round out the roster, help teach the younger guys, and keep at the end of the bench or in case of injury.

I also agree Avery Johnson would be great for this team. I really hope we try to get him.

Posted by: Darnell1 | January 19, 2009 10:28 PM

For the rest of this season, enjoy individual performances from our young talent, ignore the score, and count the time til the 2008/09 season.

Posted by: emmet1 | January 19, 2009 9:47 PM

emmet1 - I agree with you all the way, however how can we "enjoy individual performances from our young talent" if Ed "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott won't give them any run (i.e. McGee, Opec, and to a degree AB)??????

Man I can't help but to envy the 76er's. They also have an interim coach (going for 8 straight wins)by the way, but the difference is that he adjusted to his "YOUNG TALENT" and is letting them run and gun. Wow how much of this is "rocket science" I wonder??????

To bad we have an interim coach, who can not coach by the way, who is still trying to force feed "overall slow ball and smallball". Here is the lineup he should be running to see what we have in the youngsta's, this will just be for the remainder of the season to evauluate certain players:

Starters (Best Five On The Floor)
McGee - "5" (30 to 35 minutes)
AB - "4" (35 to 40 minutes)
CB - "3" (20 to 25 minutes)
NY - "2" (30 to 35 minutes)
Critt - "1" (30 to 35 minutes)

Bench (Not Much Defense, But oh well...??)
OPEC - "5" (20 to 25 minutes)
Song - "4" (15 minutes)
AJ - "3" (20 minutes)
DMac - "2" (20 minutes)
James - "1" (15 to 20 minutes)

STOP THE SLOW DOWN PLAY AND LET THAT STARTING FIVE RUN AND GUN.........!!!!!

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 19, 2009 10:44 PM

crs-one,
Thanks for the links, I did miss the first one from the 6th which absolutely addresses Gil's timetable for return.

My apologies to Ivan Carter for saying it appeared he had not inquired. I was wrong.

That said, I will not censor my thoughts or try to gift wrap my comments in lambs wool. I personally feel this organization intentionally misled fans with respect to Gilbert's situation before the season began. In addition the team has two All-Stars and yet performs like an expansion team.

Ivan is a big boy and just as he can critique blog entries (leave Darius alone) I can critique what content he provides. I probably did go a little overboard today though.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 10:45 PM

Glad to see Tapscott continuing to run the vets right into the ground. Gotta keep that win streak alive.

It's so much more enjoyable to avoid Wizards games now. I don't even TiVo them anymore. I just don't care. Nothing is going to change with this "coach."

Posted by: keithward64 | January 19, 2009 10:46 PM

I knew we had this track meet and we was all set to go out and run GS in the ground. I knew that GS only plays a track meet kinda game and we was ready. We bought our running shoes and we was all set.

But then our coach said, heys boys we got this, we got this, take them running shoes off and put on your jogging shoes cause we don't need to run with these boys.

They give up 112.3 points a game, but we don't need to score that much, so just put your jogging shoes on, we got this.

Awww Dammn!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 19, 2009 10:47 PM

We're gonna lose to teams like GS, NY and every other team that likes the 3 ball. I've been complaining about the lack of three point shooting since Gil got hurt and 3 point defense for about 10 years now but it hasn't changed.

Perhaps we need to start going over screens and picks and risk giving up the paint? Open 3's just kill us.

We need to have a mandate that certain guys with 3 point shooting ability MUST take at least X amount each game. It keeps defenses honest and keeps us in games when other teams are making them.

Posted by: original_mark | January 19, 2009 11:01 PM

Mark,
We took 18 3s but only made 5. GS set a season record with 13 of 21 made. We took a bunch but simply shot a low percentage. This is a glaring weakness with Gil out, Mason covered us last year but obviously moved on to greener pastures.

The team lacks any idendity whatsoever right now. We don't run, we don't grind/hammer you in the post, we don't outwork anyone on defense. We just go with whatever the other team is doing and hope we make some shots. Uggg.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 11:13 PM

Glad to see Tapscott continuing to run the vets right into the ground. Gotta keep that win streak alive.

It's so much more enjoyable to avoid Wizards games now. I don't even TiVo them anymore. I just don't care. Nothing is going to change with this "coach."

Posted by: keithward64 | January 19, 2009 10:46 PM

keithward64 - Totally agree. Also the crazy thing about it was even with 5 minutes to go he still had James, CB and AJ out there.?? He brings OPEC in with about 1:12 left in the game? OPEC looked like he was "hot", that is why he fired that long "3" because he is fustrated, as well he should be. Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott needs to change the offense to fit the young guys.

Telling everybody the offense ONLY runs through CB and AJ is hindering the entire teams offensive flow. CB and AJ can not carry an offense. Why can't Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott see this????? Sorry I know why, because he is not qualified to be coaching a NBA team, that's why....!!!!!!!

I think or hope something might be happening with a change very soon. Why else would Ernie and Milt be out at the game sitting in courtside seats for a 8 and 31 team?

Something does not "smell" right. And my only hopes is Ernie finally realizes Eddie "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott is the wrong man for the interim job and is in over his head and he sends him back to his old job and insert Randy Ayers as the new interim.

Lastly, Ernie must give Ayers instructions to decrease AJ's, CB, and most of all Song's. minutes. He must also make sure Stevenson does not try to come back. We do not need him taking minutes from NY. Increased minutes must now go to OPEC, McGee, Critt, NY and DMac. Time to see what we have............

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 19, 2009 11:15 PM

I personally feel this organization intentionally misled fans with respect to Gilbert's situation before the season began. In addition the team has two All-Stars and yet performs like an expansion team.

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I can agree with that. I'd say it's more of an overeager hope on the part of the organization rather than outright lie, but it's a blurry line.

Posted by: crs-one | January 19, 2009 11:49 PM

on twenty defensive possessions with songaila at the five and jamison at the four our squad gave up 12 layups,60% of the total possessions with this front line resulted in layups or fouls right next to the rim on attempted layups, and yes layups are easy, they missed one, there doesn't need to be anything else said about songaila playing the five, this is what you get when you pair him with jamison and because jamison logs so many minutes, all at pf, a position of defensive importance where he is constantly abused, it is an inevitable to see this lineup doom our fate. Nick should be starting, dom's energy is much easier to plug in off of the bench and get productive results from than nick's scoring, he should be in the game at the start. If it were my team: 1. james/crit 2. ny 3. cb 4. ab 5. jm
Jamison is the sixth man and dom also gets good time off the pine, song plays backup pf only and pech would soak up a few minutes a night at center/pf, blatche would still be forced to play 15-20 minutes at center because we need him to but he would be reassured that center will not be his position after this season. The team needs to trade jamison for someone who plays d, they don't need to average twenty points but do need to be diesel and hurt their opponent with good clean fouls near the tin, some forceful finishes would be solid too. I really hope someone desperately needs bench scoring it their need is relieved by jamison because on a good team he does not start playing the ole d he has going for him.

Posted by: bford1kb | January 19, 2009 11:59 PM

I can agree with that. I'd say it's more of an overeager hope on the part of the organization rather than outright lie, but it's a blurry line.

Posted by: crs-one | January 19, 2009 11:49 PM

Could be...there was just all this shock and dismay over the fans shock and dismay that Gilbert was not going to be ready. Don't recall the exact source, may have been Gil, saying we were all suppossed to have known he was not going to ready at the start of the season. Obvisously I have a lot of scar tissue.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 20, 2009 12:19 AM

Obviously ...sorry for typo.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 20, 2009 12:20 AM

TNT must be contractually required to air a certain number of Lakers' games. There's no other explanation for subjecting an unsuspecting national audience to a Lakers/Wizards beatdown on Thursday in primetime.


"We need to have a mandate that certain guys with 3 point shooting ability MUST take at least X amount each game. It keeps defenses honest and keeps us in games when other teams are making them."

That's the millionth time you've tried to sell that and still no one is buying. Shooting 3s only "keeps us in games" if they actually go in the hoop. Shots aren't what keep defenses honest. Shots that the defense feels the need to defend are what keep defenses honest. Teams feel no real need to defend the Wiz out at the line because they stink shooting from distance. The Wizards are the 3rd-worst 3 pt shooting team in the NBA. Shooting more 3s is not the answer to any of their problems (unless the problem is trying to figure out ways to increase the point margin of their losses).

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 20, 2009 2:13 AM

I don't think you speak for everyone here, Kal. You're may not be buying it but the the 3 point deficits we have to overcome every night are a prime reason we play well some nights yet still lose.

Reread what I typed and you'll see that I said 'guys with 3 point shooting ability'. I'm not advocating everybody coming down and chucking it up. I AM saying that we can run some plays or have guys spot up at the line. When's the last time you saw a Wizard actually spotting up and waiting for a pass to shoot it behind the 3 point line? Exactly. It was last year with Roger Mason.

Almost all of our guys (with the possible rare exception of AJ) get the ball and shoot the three off the dribble or around a pick. I don't often see Wizards sitting in the corner waiting for a pass like tons of players do to us.

There's a difference between shooting a 3 just to provide a threat and shooting it as a standard course of action in the flow of an offense. We do neither but perhaps we should.

I've been asking Tap to take the restrictor plate off of Mike James for a while now. When MJ first got here, he was a viable threat and had a green light. Now he's tentative and doesn't look to shoot unless CB and AJ get looks first. We need him to look to score since that's what he does best. Either that or sit down and start NY at the 2, moving CB to 3.

This game is not just about shooting 3's but sometimes a poor team (like this one) can stay in games with the judicious use of it. Granted, we took 18 and were just off this game. It's still something we have to take a look at and improve on.

Posted by: original_mark | January 20, 2009 8:17 AM

"The Wizards have lost seven of the last eight and it's hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel."

See Ivan, that's not fair.

The Wiz are a bunch of kids with a couple of vets mushed in between. Even if you're asking guys like Blatche and D.Mac to step up, they can't becasue they don't know how. You're asking your vets to show that kind of role and they really can't because one can't play a lick of 'D and the other seems to be lacking motivation at the moment.

Oh, and one who shall remain nameless can't even get on the floor yet he gets a big fat contract.

There is no Lebron or Kobe on this team. And to me there is no coach either.

So what do you expect to happen? Seriously?

If they get some shlub as coach next year, expect the same results. Otherwise they need a "teacher" and if that does not happen next year will not be much better.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 20, 2009 8:19 AM

Well, that one was over early, huh? Couple observations:

1) Crawford has really helped the Warriors. Of course, he's one of those mixed benefit guys (remember how his career went in NY). But for now, he seems to fit in very nicely, and they're winning some games. Given the number of injuries they've had, that has to make the owner happy.

2) Blatche finally found somebody who plays even softer than he does -- Biedrins. If only Andray could face Andres every game...

3) Nick Young had an off-night. Steve Jackson may have had something to do with that.

Going to take more than a high lottery pick to fix this squad. However that probably won't stop the fans from fixating on the coach and his rotations. I guess my point would be that even if he managed to play the rotations suggested by the eager fans, would the team's record be any better?

There's always next year....

Posted by: Samson151 | January 20, 2009 9:04 AM

Come on the Wizards suck, even if Arenas and Haywood came back now what good would it do?
If I am Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison, I am thinking to myself, "Hmmm what are my chances that I will ever make it to the big show and get a ring and go down in history as the best"? I would want to get out of my contract and go somewhere that I could impact a team that is making a serious run to the playoffs and ulitmately the NBA finals.
Year in and Year out, it seems Washington DC teams get snake bit with hard luck injuries, inconsistent play, bad trades, players dying, or any other many factors, with this years exception being the Capitals.
With the third worst record in the NBA, why not play for that lottery pick, and rebuild, if Arenas's knee medically cannot allow him to play at the same level as before the injury, buy his contract out and create cap room, and get players that can contribute toward winning for the future. The past and present are prologue, and the only way the Phone Booth gets filled is when good teams like the Lakers, or Cavaliers come to town. The Wizards SUCK!

Posted by: Sideswiped | January 20, 2009 11:23 AM

Biedrins is third in the league in boards, so call him soft if you will but he gets it done in that respect night in and night out, blatche should be treated like a king when considering song is our other option at the five.

Posted by: bford1kb | January 20, 2009 12:08 PM

"I don't think you speak for everyone here, Kal."

Never claimed to. But pointing that out doesn't make you any less wrong.

"You're may not be buying it but the the 3 point deficits we have to overcome every night are a prime reason we play well some nights yet still lose."

Yes, and the real solution to closing that gap s better defense against opponents' 3 point shooting, not taking higher numbers of shots that the Wizards are among the worst in the league at converting.

"Almost all of our guys (with the possible rare exception of AJ) get the ball and shoot the three off the dribble or around a pick. I don't often see Wizards sitting in the corner waiting for a pass like tons of players do to us."

That's because the Wizards lack (A) a double-team worthy low post presence, (B) a quick, penetrating drive and kick guard (Crittenton has potential but he's not there yet, in part because his lack of outside shooting makes him easy to defend), (C) a solid enough defensive and rebounding presence to create run-out opportunities that lead to transition 3s (which the Wizards seem especially vulnerable to from opponents). Without at least one of those things, shooting more threes is just shooting themselves in the foot. The reason other teams get so many wide open spot up threes is because (A) they have offensive weapons that allow them to draw the Wizards defense away from the shooters, thus creating space and (B) the Wizards stink defensively at covering the perimeter. How is the Wizards taking more threes going to address either of those issues?

"This game is not just about shooting 3's but sometimes a poor team (like this one) can stay in games with the judicious use of it."

They can if they have the personnel to take advantage of the three point shot as a weapon. The fact that the Wizards are near-dead last in 3 pt shooting percentage says quite clearly that they don't. Taking more of them won't correct that problem, no matter how much you try and pretend otherwise.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 20, 2009 1:21 PM

"Biedrins is third in the league in boards, so call him soft if you will but he gets it done in that respect night in and night out, blatche should be treated like a king when considering song is our other option at the five.

Posted by: bford1kb | January 20, 2009 12:08 PM "

I can't speak about Biedrins, but MeTawn is a 20-10 guy but hasn't gotten the team any closer to the second round of the playoffs.

At least this season with his 20-10, he'll get Les BouleS into the lottery, after signing a 50 mil contract.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 20, 2009 2:07 PM

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