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Wizards (7-28) vs. Bobcats (13-24)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche.

Bobcats: Raja Bell, Raymond Felton, Gerald Wallace, Boris Diaw, Emeka Okafor.

Notables: The Bobcats beat the Wizards 80-72 on Dec. 23 in Charlotte. Butler had 31 in the loss while Okafor had 29 in the Charlotte win.

By Ivan Carter  |  January 10, 2009; 8:10 PM ET
 
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When they were teaching defense in Lithuania, was Darius Songalia too busy getting funny looking haircuts?

Posted by: awb9h | January 10, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I saw the last five minutes of the game, so my comments are limited to that. As I saw it, the game was lost when the perimeter shots were jacked up by the Wizards with the Wizards bigs totally out of position. No wonder they didn't get even close to getting a rebound at the most critical point of the game. Instead, the Bobcats got uncontested rebounds and were able to fast break. Following that, there was a defense breakdown that led to the Bobcats getting a couple of completely uncontested perimeter shots.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 10, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Please ask Ed T, why Nick Young is taking the last shot and NOT CARON BUTLER OR ANTAWN??????????????????????????????

Posted by: RomulusBeatRemus | January 10, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Didn't see the game, but the play-by-play seems to say they went stone cold down the stretch. And they couldn't stop the almighty Bobcats... Outscored 9-4 in the last 4 minutes. Anybody wanna fill me in?

McGee had a +/- of -12. Was it really that bad?

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Did not watch the game, but the stats that stand out are

AJ 33:15 min 5-13 0-1 5 rebounds 13 pts

While JM only plays 18:49 4-4 4 rebounds 9 pts

JM C, AB PF, DM SF, JC PG, CB SG, AJ 6th man

CHEAP ABE please sell the team to Steve Bisciotti, he is a proven winner and maybe then you will see the Wizards win a championship!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 10, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Although they loss, I saw many positives out of this game. First, ETap finally played JM and AB together. Second, he finally had AJ and CB on the bench at the same time. Third, he let them play without taking someone out if they made a bad play.

For the person asking why didn't AB or CB take that last shot, I must ask did you watch to game? NY was hitting his shots all game and on the pervious two times the Wizards had the ball both AJ and CB took shots and missed!

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 10, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Holy, Javal! Did I just read that JM played for 19mins? Missed the game, how did he and the Wiz play overall?

Posted by: demonj21 | January 10, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Tough loss, this team had its chances the last 15 or so seconds. I liked the playing rotation: 1) cutting b ack the mins for Jamison & Butler to around 35, and playing the 'pups' at least 20 mins each.
Great to see McGee playing as if he hadn't been in the doghouse. I know with the young guys, comes inconsistency, but good to see him get off to a good (re)start after spending time on the pine...

Posted by: -CN- | January 10, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Taps is arbitrary and capricious. And despite EG's stated reason for selecting him, he can't communicate clearly because he can't think clearly. And he can't get any efficiencies out of the team (that is, he can't coach).

What is he trying to do? Has he finally conceded that the Wiz won't be making the playoffs? If so, what changes are in store?

The answers to these questions will certainly be accompanied by jibberish explanations. What a mess. Who's on first?

Posted by: Izman | January 10, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Losing to the Bobcats: Bad

Losing to the Bobcats on your home court: Awful

Losing to the Bobcats on your home court after holding a lead for most of the first 3 quarters: Ridiculous.

Losing to the Bobcats on your home court after holding a lead for most of the first 3 quarters in a game where the Bobcats best player doesn't take a single shot or score a single point in 20 minutes: Priceless.

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

And anyone who still thinks Michael Jordan got a raw deal when Pollin fired him as GM should take a real good look at the Bobcats.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 10, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Jamison was limping pretty bad at the end of the game. They better rest him.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 10, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Another 4th Q collapse.
Surprised?????
Wait til next year.
Face it the Wizzies ain't too good.

Posted by: VBFan | January 10, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Get a free t-shirt

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Posted by: erniegone | January 10, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Has he finally conceded that the Wiz won't be making the playoffs?

Wrong question. The right question is: Have they finally changed their focus from trying to win games to full bore development of the youngsters?

Looks like it. 131 minutes says yes.

If so, what changes are in store?

More minutes for the youngsters. Where's the cheers?

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, Boris Diaw not only ate MeTawn's breakfast, but also his lunch, dinner, wine, appetizer, salad, dessert, coffee, after dinner mint, and after dinner cordial.

So many dagger shots by the Bobcats, but Bucky kept quiet.

Juwan hit some big shots, and of course, Raja Bell.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 10, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

And anyone who still thinks Michael Jordan got a raw deal when Pollin fired him as GM should take a real good look at the Bobcats.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 10, 2009 10:49 PM

Jordan did get a raw deal, CHEAP ABE used him so he would play, so fans would come to the games and when Jordan could not play anymore CHEAP ABE threw him to the curb. Jordan got what he wanted, part ownership in the NBA and now the Bobcats are better then the Wizards because MJ was smart enough to go out and get a real coach.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 11, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

One bright spot of this evening: Oklahoma City beat the Bulls in Chicago in overtime, and looked pretty good doing it.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 11, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

The bobcats have their product on the floor. The wiz do not. The bobcats are not better than the wiz.

We can debate whether or not Abe tricked him, used him, chewed him up and spit him out, and so on. What's not up for debate is how god-awful Jordan is in the front office.

Posted by: jones-y | January 11, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

"The bobcats have their product on the floor. The wiz do not. The bobcats are not better than the wiz.

We can debate whether or not Abe tricked him, used him, chewed him up and spit him out, and so on. What's not up for debate is how god-awful Jordan is in the front office.

Posted by: jones-y | January 11, 2009 12:11 AM "

Doesn't matter who thinks whom is better.

What matters is which team won.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

"Jordan did get a raw deal, CHEAP ABE used him so he would play, so fans would come to the games and when Jordan could not play anymore CHEAP ABE threw him to the curb. Jordan got what he wanted, part ownership in the NBA and now the Bobcats are better then the Wizards because MJ was smart enough to go out and get a real coach.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 11, 2009 12:02 AM "

MJ got thrown off the moving bus after his two seasons on the court.

MJ made Abe a ton of money, and Abe tried to buy off MJ by giving him money to beat it.

Abe is a scumbag for not keeping his promises....not like it's never happened before though. Ask Juwan or Rex Chapman or Larry Hughes.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

the wiz just plain suck.

Matt, if you read this blog, I'm gonna have to pass on the tickets. I can't waste money on an inferior product. I'm not so sure you could give those tickets away. Good luck, buddy.

The only thing worse than being a realtor or car dealer these days is being a Wiz salesperson.

Posted by: original_mark | January 11, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

"The bobcats have their product on the floor. The wiz do not. The bobcats are not better than the wiz.

We can debate whether or not Abe tricked him, used him, chewed him up and spit him out, and so on. What's not up for debate is how god-awful Jordan is in the front office.

Posted by: jones-y | January 11, 2009 12:11 AM "

The Wizards do have their product on the floor. EG resigned Gil and he knew he was injured and would not be able to play at the start of the season. They could have let Gil and AJ walk and with the money they would have saved they could have resign Mason and have a better record then they do now.

Cheap ABE is learning the true meaning of karma!


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 11, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

i wasn't able to watch the game, so can anybody tell me how the mcgee + blatche combo worked out? always been curious about that.

Posted by: babbtong | January 11, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game last night (they announced a sell out but there were thousands of empty seats). The Wizards looked good for most of the game, especially McGee and Young, but also Crittendon. As the Post story sums up, they had great looks down the stretch, and in the last two minutes every player on the floor - Jamison, Butler, Blatche, James and Young - missed open and good looks.

But the game wasn't lost in the last minute, they lost it in the fourth quarter when Raymond Felton came back in. He dominated (4 assists, 4 points, 3 assists in the last 7 minutes or so) and set up his teammates. The inability to get our All Stars good shots is the biggest problem with the Wizards. James is a two playing point. I'd go with Crittendon and Young, with Butler, Jamison and Blatche, in the line up and use James, McGee, etc. off the bench. The bad point guard play hurts this team offensively and defensively, and did so last night.

Posted by: buckworthy | January 11, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Can we start a Blake Griffin vs Greg Monroe debate?

Posted by: CBell29 | January 11, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

"As I saw it, the game was lost when the perimeter shots were jacked up by the Wizards with the Wizards bigs totally out of position."

You've gotta understand something, the Wiz are not a very well coached team. While I think it was unfair to fire EJ, he was not a "teacher" and neither is Taps.

This is pretty basic stuff, the next coach MUST be a teacher aka the "Larry Brown" type of coach.

Even if Arenas and Haywood come back next year 100%, if they don't get a coach who can teach these kids it's going to be ugly next year as well.

Taps is just throwing bodies out there and screaming stuff from the bench. I think people are just assuming way too much from this team.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 11, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

KWAME BROWN + MICHAEL JORDAN = ABE POLLIN

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 11, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

"What's not up for debate is how god-awful Jordan is in the front office."

Exactly, and he's been heavily criticized in his tenure with the Bobcats as well. I've seen several reports on this on ESPN and the NBA channel.

It's ok to like MJ the player, but MJ the front office guy sucks donkey's. :)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 11, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

When Ed Tapscott was appointed Coach, Randy Ayers was physically unable to serve. Now Ayers is OK and Tapscott has had his chance and failed. More than half the season remains --- move Tapscott back to the front office and give the experienced coach the interim job. Now.

Posted by: joe2chase | January 11, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"When Ed Tapscott was appointed Coach, Randy Ayers was physically unable to serve. Now Ayers is OK and Tapscott has had his chance and failed. More than half the season remains --- move Tapscott back to the front office and give the experienced coach the interim job. Now.

Posted by: joe2chase | January 11, 2009 10:13 AM "

When Ed got booted from the Chicago game, Ayers took over and he pretty kept the same lineup and the team still lost.

Ayers is the defensive coach. If Ed moves back to the front office, who's going to coach offense?

Wes Unfeld Jr.?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

"But the game wasn't lost in the last minute, they lost it in the fourth quarter when Raymond Felton came back in. He dominated (4 assists, 4 points, 3 assists in the last 7 minutes or so) and set up his teammates. The inability to get our All Stars good shots is the biggest problem with the Wizards. James is a two playing point. I'd go with Crittendon and Young, with Butler, Jamison and Blatche, in the line up and use James, McGee, etc. off the bench. The bad point guard play hurts this team offensively and defensively, and did so last night.

Posted by: buckworthy | January 11, 2009 8:42 AM "

Gosh, and to think I got blasted for saying last week that it wouldn't be bad to consider trading for him.

Felton was a +8 in last night's game with 9 pts, 11 assists, but 6 to's, but the important thing is that he ran their team and the Bobcats flat out beat Les BouleS.

MeTawn was too disoriented trying to cover Diaw.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"i wasn't able to watch the game, so can anybody tell me how the mcgee + blatche combo worked out? always been curious about that.

Posted by: babbtong | January 11, 2009 2:09 AM "

I missed most of the game, but JaTravel's pts almost all came from dunks.

His first dunk was like a steal breakaway where the did a Rasheed over the head hook dunk.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 11, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Those wondering about McGee's game last night, raw athleticism and equally raw potential was apparently on display, it impressed Butler who had this to say, "He looked real good. He gave exactly what we wanted him to give us."

I've had problems with Tapscott decisions regarding pt but there is a method to his madness, he even described it when he took over, though it still may be madness. Tapscott told us he was going to use blocks of seven games to try out different player combinations. That may be a reasonable approach with a patchwork team like the Wiz.

It seems McGee's pt fell due to this but maybe he will get a run now. I suspect that Red Aurebach couldn't take this team over .500. With the injuries there are too many holes in the dike and not enough plugs.

Perhaps we should stop sweating the losses, they're inevitable, even if Arenas came back tomorrow the season is toast as far as the playoffs; let Tapscott have his head, he's supposed to be good with young players. I like what we he had to say about the final missed shots, "You can take a look at the last three shots that didn't go," Tapscott said. "We got a good look from Mike, we got a good look from Nick, we even got a tap. However, we were in control and we ceded that back and so we shouldn't have been in position where those shots were so critical. And we put ourselves in that." He didn't hang the loss on those missed shots. I like that.

Posted by: pdarroch | January 11, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Debate: Griffin or Monroe...I think both are OK, but if Javale stayed in school another year he would be up there with them. I think we should look at Curry. He is already better than Crittenden. Not only can curry be a backup PG, he and gil could share time on the court.

Posted by: cballer | January 11, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm fine with Nick Young taking the last shot because this is obviously a year in which we should learn about what we have on the roster. That being said, I am not sure why McGee was not on the court for the final shot. If we miss the shot, which Nick did, we could have used McGee's length to keep the ball alive or tip it in. We are in full blown tank mode so I hope to see more of McGee.

Posted by: Berghead | January 11, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

If Haywood is able to return to form, the Wizards will be two deep at center with Pecherov able to provide a shooting alternative as a third center.

Allowing Blatche to return to his natural position at forward instead playing out of position at center. That makes the Wizards two deep at power forward with Jamison and Blatche. With Jamison becoming the needed veteran leader and bench scorer as the team moves forward.

McGuire and Butler provide a one two punch at the small forward. Because of the lack of starting quality play at the two Butler has played a lot of guard this year.

If Gil returns to any where near his level of play prior to the injury, Crittenton's recent play demostratesthat the Wiz could be solid at the point.

Right now the two seems to be the weak link with Young really the only alternative that seems to have a future in the league, unless the team decdes that Butler is a longterm answer there.

If Crittenton could shoot, he could pair with Gil much in the way Hughes did. Defensively he seems capable matching up with whom ever is the tougher matchup at guard and he could allow Gil to concentrate on scoring and play off the ball some.

Thomas, Songaila, James, Stephenson, Dixon and possibly Pecherov all have contracts expiring in the next couple of years and will either be allowed to walk for cap room or used in a trade where a team craves cap space.

Weaknesses? Always defense and rebounding and three point shooting. Defense and rebounding can be addressed with a coach. Van Gundy and the Czar head a list of accomplished NBA coaches that are out there.

Three point shooting? You need a guy with NBA scorer's stones. I'd agree with Cballer in that Curry is the one guy I've seen in College that fills that bill.

Alternative is to look to move expiring contracts for a legit NBA 2 and draft big.

Posted by: flohrtv | January 11, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Please ask Ed T, why Nick Young is taking the last shot and NOT CARON BUTLER OR ANTAWN??????????????????????????????

Posted by: RomulusBeatRemus | January 10, 2009 9:36 PM


Probably because he only missed five shots in the past two games up until that point.

Maybe because a simple fadeaway jumper would be the easiest shot to get against their defense and there's nobody better at it than him.

Maybe because with people clamoring to develop the youngsters, it was time for Nick to step up and make the game winner.

Perhaps they expected AJ and CB to be heavily guarded, expecting to get the ball.

Likely because Young was hot, and you go with what's hot.

Posted by: crs-one | January 11, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

2010 ROSTER:

THABEET, HAYWOOD, PECHEROV, McGEE, BLATCHE, SONGAILA, THOMAS, JAMISON, McGUIRE, BUTLER, YOUNG, 2nd round DRAFTEE, ARENAS, JAMES, CRITTENTON.

5 - HAYWOOD, McGEE, THABEET, PECHEROV.

4 - BLATCHE, SONGAILA, THOMAS, swing/JAMISON.

3 - swing/JAMISON, swing/BUTLER, McGUIRE.

2 - swing BUTLER, YOUNG, 2nd pick.

1 - ARENAS, JAMES, CRITTENTON.

FIRST ROTATION:

HAYWOOD, BLATCHE, JAMISON, BUTLER, ARENAS.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 11, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

In their 4 full seasons of existence, all under Jordan's direction, the Bobcats have never won more than 33 games. Jordan wasted lottery picks on Morrison and May when guys like Roy, Gay, Foye, Granger, Warrick, and Lee were still on the board. They've been trying for years to find a legit starting C so they could move Okafor to PF, yet they took Augustin in this year's draft when Brook Lopez was still on the board.

As for Pollin "tricking" or "cheating" MJ . . . bull. It was Jordan's decision to come back to play, in part because he thought he could "show the young guys w]how it's done" and in part to stroke his own ego and remind everybody how great he was. When he came back as a player he voided his GM contract (never mind the fact that everybody knew he was still the one running the show). Pollin was under no obligation to re-hire him as GM after his playing stint, and nothing Jordan did in his capacity as Wiz GM serves as a good argument for re-hiring him to run the team.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 11, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

javale needed to play more in the second half but nonetheless it was great to see him on the floor at all.

Posted by: bford1kb | January 11, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Jordan was poison as a GM, making poor draft choices (K. Brown), ruining Brown by ripping the 18-year-old in front of the team and the press, using his home in Chicago as a front office for a Washington team, trading for players just because they played at his alma matter, UNC, being a general prima donna and having zero knack for the job. Abe saw Jordan tanking the team and firing him was his greatest moment in a long history of poor decisions.

Of course, Grunfeld has been no better. This team has no 3-point threat since Mason left to force defenses to honor the perimeter. Inside, they have no natural power forward or even an average center with Haywood (a C/C+ center) out. That leaves the fast break - and this is no running team - and mid-range jumpers to score points. At the end of the game when teams start playing serious D, the Wiz can be shut down because there is no inside or outside threat. All D's have to do is guard Jamison or Butler closely in the middle territories and force them into bad shots, which is why we lose in the 4th quarter so much. That is why Grunfeld has been such a failure as GM: While he can spot the odd promising pick in the 2nd round, he has no understanding of putting together a team. That, and his loyalty to marginal/injured/aging players (Thomas/Arenas/Jamison) and awarding of ridiculous, long-term contracts to them which limit his maneuverability, even in cases (Stevenson) when no one else want them. Then there's letting Gilbert do his job and deciding who stays and goes (guess Mason should've partied with Gil more, rather than quietly being a consummate professional. Tapscott? He's been given a chess board with no Queen, rooks or Bishops on the board, just a line of ineffective pawns. Of course he's gonna lose until this team gets some real talent.

Posted by: SammyT1 | January 11, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

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