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Wizards (8-31) at Warriors (12-29)

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

Warriors: Jamal Crawford, Stephen Jackson, Andris Biedrins, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike.
(Monta Ellis, Marco Belinelli and Brandon Wright are out)

Refs: Monty McCutchen, Tony Brown, Derrick Stafford.

Line: Warriors by 4.5.

-The last time the teams met, on Nov. 24 in Washington, the Wizards crushed the Warriors 124-100 in Ed Tapscott's debut. Caron Butler scored 35 in that one and Andray Blatche was all over place and finished with 25 points,12 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and two steals. The Wiz had their best offensive game ofthe season with season-highs in points (124), rebounds (54), offensive rebounds (23) and margin of victory (24).

-The game opens a four-game road set for the Wizards, who have lost five straight on the road and are 2-16 away from VC overall.

-Golden State is 8-9 at home and coming off a win over Atlanta Friday night. Oracle Arena is always a tough place to play. Some of the best fans in the league and the building really seems to hold the noise very well. Always enjoy coming here, plus it's sunny and warm out there.

-Interim coach Ed Tapscott, citing continuity, said he will likely stick with the current lineup for a while.

-Yet another sign that Gilbert Arenas isn't particularly close to practicing: he has made most road trips this season but remained at home for this one so he could continue to rehab. Tapscott said Arenas is better served to be in one place where he can focus on rehab rather than bouncing around on a four city tour.

-Ran into Team President Ernie Grunfeld and VP of Player of Player Personnel (the guy who heavily scouted and also pushed hard to draft both Dominic McGuire and JaVale McGee) in the hallway. They are watching the Wizards and also doing some scouting of college players.


By Ivan Carter  |  January 19, 2009; 3:24 PM ET
 
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Hey Ivan when you ran into Ernie you should have said "so when do you expect to be fired. lol lol lol sike man im just playin but you should have asked him is he planning on making a move on the trade dealine.

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | January 19, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,
So at the beginning of the year the Wizards organization acted as though the cleaning of Gil's knee was much ado about nothing. In fact, it was stated over and over again there was no expectation of Gil being ready at the start of the season. Gil himself then came out and said we did not understand and that this would actually allow him to return more quickly. Now it is almost Feb and there is nothing from the Wizards, nothing from Gil blog (done?), and not even suggestion of a schedule or time frame for his return. A few weeks ago it was reported Gil was playing one on one with NY and others. How far away could he possibly be? I am sure you are aware, if you have read any of my prior posts, I don't care if he ever returns. I simply want some accountability for this organization which has mortgaged it's future on Gil and now sits silent like the Bhudda. Where you at Ivan?

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

-Ran into Team President Ernie Grunfeld and VP of Player of Player Personnel (the guy who heavily scouted and also pushed hard to draft both Dominic McGuire and JaVale McGee) in the hallway. They are watching the Wizards and also doing some scouting of college players.

Posted by Ivan Carter | Permalink | Comments: (0)
Ivan,

Did you ask him how he was going to fix this mess?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 19, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Did you detect any alcohol on Grunfeld's breath? Is he trying to drown his sorrows?

Are you suggesting that Grunfeld and the VP of Player Personnel (do you not know the guy's name?) are going to be scouting out West? What prospects are playing out there this week? Hardin and Jordan Hill? Darren Collison? DeRozan? The stiffs from Gonzaga?

Posted by: disgruntledfan | January 19, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Tapscott CAN NOT COACH. Once again he inserts Songalia as the first "5" off of the bench and what happens the very next possession Steven Jackson drives straight to the basket. Grant you, nobody was driving to the basket when AB was in the paint.

The scouting report is out. When Eddie "Waterboy Coach" Tapscott goes to "slow small ball" the green light is on for the team to attack the rim because Song. is in at the "5" instead of a legit 7 footer like AB, McGee or Opec.

THIS DUDE CAN NOT COACH...!!!!!!! DANG I LEAVING OUT I CAN'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE.

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 19, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

So far darius has played nine possessions at center and on those nine possessions the warriors have scored all nine times, on 6 possessions the buckets came in the paint, 5 were layups and crawford hit a little 6 foot runner. With jamison and songaila as a front line we have no chance defensively.

Posted by: bford1kb | January 19, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Easy on Darius....don't want to upset Ivan. Remember those fundementals? C'mon, just enjoy a nice clean screen or textbook two hand outlet pass.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Good one, Shadow.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | January 19, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I have been trying to give Blatche yet another chance but I remain convinced he is playing high. He has no depth perception, how do you deliver an air ball from 5 ft away?

Wiz were vocal about being upset they were missing the big party. I am sure Gil is rubbing it in as you know he has tickets to the most expensive events.

Wiz seem to be sleepwalking through this one. No positives from the 1st half except for a brief McGee sighting. Cool.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

jamison being left on magette to get absolutely burned is awful coaching, do you not notice the sixth man dropping 16, almost all of which were moves where magette completely blew by aj

Posted by: bford1kb | January 19, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

bford1kb,
Yep, at one point magette drove 3 or 4 times consecutively against AJ and easily scored on each. I wondered why they would even run another play.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Phil was comparing javale's big drive and finish to Kareem and then i blink and he's on the bench again, jamison and song kill us playing inside, blatche and mcgee should play together and darius should only play pf and jamison should see as many minutes at sf as possible to keep him from having any responsibility protecting the paint

Posted by: bford1kb | January 19, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

it was a mirage like appearance. Is that? Could it be? Hunh...guess it wasn't.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Pech in the game for 3 seconds and manages to jack a 3 up. Freakin' hilarious.

Just a horrible performance from start to finish. Out-worked, out-coached, out-hustled by a team with zero "All Stars" and lots of young players. Good thing AJ and Caron got their 40 or could have been ugly.

Seriously, these guys need to give some cash back to Abe.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Did not watch the game but here are the stats that make me scratch my head.

Jamison 38:20
James 35:34
Butler 40:58

McGee 4:52
Crittenton 14:57
Young 23:08

119-98 = 21 points why are the young guys sitting on the bench when the Wizards are losing by 20?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 19, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah,Yeah,Yeah, and what about Gilbert? i mean he ain't gonna block no shot's he's not going to clog the middle, and how dare any of you question Coach Tap's rotation he of the Tuft's university education and haven't any of you heard of their BIG MAN'S camp? Yeah that's what i said! where Songalia is a recent grad and an A list of former grad's Peter John Ramos,Michael Ruffin,Mel(dinner bell)Turpin and a host of others,LMAO!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 19, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

119-98 = 21 points why are the young guys sitting on the bench when the Wizards are losing by 20?


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 19, 2009 6:29 PM

It really only felt like 18. You get the sense there is no plan at all other than to get on the plane to go lose the next game.

I am starting to bang more on the Gilbert thing because the vacuum of information is too great and his status is critical to both player development and the draft. If Gil is still struggling, a given since he has missed every target, can this team go into next year counting on the big three to be healthy...again? Could any organization possibly be this stupid? With Gil's status so questionable, it is paramount to develop Critt as he is the only person who at least potentially could be a starting point guard. Mike James is a fine backup combo guard but is not starter material.

I understand AJ and Caron are veteran All-Stars and are paid to perform. Fine, give them 25-30 min each and let them get their numbers. Playing them 40 a night in a non-playoff year is again painfully stupid and all but assures one will go down before the year is out.

Divide up the rest of the minutes to the kids and let them play so we can figure out what the hell we have. Or we can just keep doing the same thing, achieving the same result, learn nothing new and then be dumbfounded once again at the start of next year when one or more of the big three are again unable to go and we have no contingency.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

-Ran into Team President Ernie Grunfeld and VP of Player of Player Personnel (the guy who heavily scouted and also pushed hard to draft both Dominic McGuire and JaVale McGee) in the hallway. They are watching the Wizards and also doing some scouting of college players.

This struck me as very funny for some reason. I really laughed out loud when I read this. Either Ivan is intentionally being funny and sarcastic, or he had a few brews before writing this.

Posted by: Darnell1 | January 19, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

The veterans don't know how to win. And they are having a bad effect on the youngsters. And the coach is in denial.

And the bloggers think Blatche and Young are the problem because Ivan says so. Yet they are the two highest rated Wiz players on 82games.com

This will take more than a steady hand from Obama to fix.

Posted by: Izman | January 19, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I 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 | Report abuse

McGee plays less than 5 minutes, Pecherov less than 1 minute, and Songaila plays 15 - you've gotta be kidding me. The season done for, over, yet Tap plays the 6'8" 30 year old ($4.3M) who plays like he's 38, instead of the seven footers who are 21 yrs old ($1.3M) and 23 yrs old ($1.4M). INSANE. It's also unacceptable that Mike James gets 35 minutes, and Critt(21 yrs old) gets 15 min. Ernie, play the young guys or fire the coach. Also, do you think you could get us a player who can drain the 3 with regularity? We've gotta be the worst 3-pt shooting team in the NBA.

Posted by: BulletsFan1 | January 19, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

The funniest thing about this week's inaugural events is that party animal Gilby isn't in town to live it up.

Enjoy the west coast Gilby!

LOL!

Posted by: doowop89 | January 19, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I 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 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The funniest thing about this week's inaugural events is that party animal Gilby isn't in town to live it up.

Enjoy the west coast Gilby!

LOL!

Posted by: doowop89 | January 19, 2009 7:45 PM

Not so. Ivan pointed out that Gil is in town "rehabbing".

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Man. Looks like everyone cooled off on Songaila and turning all the heat on Ivan. Geez.

I don't think Ivan ever said a bad word about Young (beyond his lack of defense, perhaps.)

Someone needs to find the last time Ivan said something disparaging about Blatche. That's assuming that anything he said was unfounded in the first place. Let me know next time you see him in the weight room after practice.

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.

Go ahead and call me a "homer" or whatever term is in vogue. But he's a good beat writer, provides us plenty of information and yes, entertainment. We could do a lot worse, and personally I'd rather not see it. So even though you all are intent on whining and complaining, at least direct it where it belongs.

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

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 organization's plans are to improve their product.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: crs-one | January 19, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"Not so. Ivan pointed out that Gil is in town "rehabbing".

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 19, 2009 7:58 PM "

Is anyone surprised?

Everyone knows where Gilby's priorities are.

Posted by: doowop89 | January 19, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

against golden state when song was next to aj on the floor the warriors got 60% of their possessions to result in layups or fouls during layup attempts, that is insanely futile interior d

Posted by: bford1kb | January 20, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Javale and blatche should be playing heavy minutes together

Posted by: bford1kb | January 20, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

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