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Wizards (8-32) at Kings (10-32)

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

Kings starters: Beno Udrih, Kevin Martin, Brad Miller, Jason Thompson, John Salmons.

Refs: Mike Callahan, Bill Kennedy, Haywoode Workman

Line: Kings by 2.5


-In his pre-game chat with reporters, interim coach Ed Tapscott said he would likely expand his playing rotation tomorrow night in Los Angeles in the second game of a back-to-back set rather than tonight against the Kings.

-Both of these teams stink but at least the Wizards can point to injuries as an excuse. The Kings are fully healthy yet are off the worst start since the franchise moved from Kansas City to Sacramento (a move that broke young Mike Lee's heart by the way) in 1985.

-Both teams rank near the bottom of the league in opponent field goal percentage so look for a high scoring game.

-Tapscott's pre-game points of emphasis: no first-side jump shots and pick-and-roll execution on defense.

-Injured guard DeShawn Stevenson did some shooting before the game and said he is moving closer to a return. He said his back is feeling much better and that he just needs a couple of practices before getting back into the action.

By Ivan Carter  |  January 21, 2009; 9:01 PM ET
 
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Comments

Blatche actually looking dialed in so far. A few folks have suggested going after Brad Miller but AB is spanking him early. Still early but this could be the start of another 1 game win "streak". lol.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 21, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Did not watch the game. Stat that stands out is AJ 42 mins and CB 44 mins and winning? Looks like we get more AJ and CB the rest of the year and a half a dozen wins. GO WIZARDS!!!!!!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 22, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

AB clutch free throws

Posted by: jeremydvid | January 22, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

bulletsfan,

You state you did not see the game yet feel compelled to comment on the mins posted in the box score? Really?

We had a 20 point lead with our starting 5 dominating the 3rd quarter. A starting lineup that includes Blatche and McGuire. Two of our key "younger" players, correct? Well, as soon as NY, McGee, Songalia, and JC entered the game Sacramento went on a big run and seized the momentum even after most of those guys were taken back out. So, had they even looked like they had a clue on the court they might have gotten more minutes!

Guess if you were coach we should have kept them in there so we could lose the game and a 20 point lead as easily as I've ever seen. Nice lessons for the young guys to learn! I nominate you as coach for next season!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 22, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Yeah,

Blatche had a nice game and nice to see him sink a couple of game clinching free throws.

Butler, on the other hand, had a nice game overall, but in the fourth and late in the game made many critical mistakes. 3 on 1, he takes it to the basket from the wing (misses contested shot)instead of passing to Blatche or McGuire for an uncontested dunk. He also fouled a Sac player on an out of bounds play with 20 secs left - plain dumb. And, he left Beno Udrih open for a three late when anyone watching saw the pass and shot coming. The sad thing was Butler did too, but lazily closed out on the play and Udrih drilled it.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 22, 2009 1:03 AM | Report abuse

bulletsfan,

I nominate you as coach for next season!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 22, 2009 12:54 AM

I accept all you need now is for someone to second the motion. I could have won more then 9 games this year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 22, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

bulletsfan,

Ha...your funny! But, if that's the case, you should already be in the league coaching!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 22, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

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