Wizards (7-27) at Bulls (15-20)

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

Bulls: Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon, Thabo Sefolosha, Tyrus Thomas, Aaron Gray.

Refs: Bob Delaney, Violet Palmer, Curtis Blair.

Line: Bulls by 5.

Notables: Interim coach Ed Tapscott likes to break the season into seven-game segments and one of those just came to an end. So tonight, he said he will likely shake up the rotation slightly. Look for some minutes for JaVale McGee and Juan Dixon. ... Chicago won the first meeting between the teams 117-110 on Dec. 6 United Center ... Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and Michael Ruffin are out for the Bulls.

Tapscott on what he wants from McGee, who has not seen the floor since the game at Boston last Friday: "Take good shots. I don't want him to feel like he can't shoot, just take good shots. Play the game intelligently and play the game with passion. Do that, and we'll be fine."

- I really wonder about the energy level tonight. This team - and the beat writers - has been on the road a lot lately and has played a ton of games and it's easy to be a little flat. (I'm downing a cup of coffee right to get going myself. Blame that on Rush Street). It will be crucial for them to come out and get off to a good start against a Bulls team that is shorthanded and recently lost at home to Minnesota.

By Ivan Carter |  January 9, 2009; 6:58 PM ET
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Off topic but what happened with the "D" league??????

Posted by: VBFan | January 9, 2009 8:08 PM

We should send Tapscott down to the D-league for some training.

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 9, 2009 8:14 PM

here comes the pain

Posted by: bford1kb | January 9, 2009 8:31 PM

Yea, come on out and get into a groove, looks like the Bulls to me.

Yea, come on out and lets play half-court set, looks like the Wizards to me.

30 Bulls, 16 Wizards.

Its no coincidence that we are a slow low scoring Team. It is by the design of what Taps thinks good offense is.

Like I said a good while back, these Wizard players have to beat the Team they are playing and also overcome their own terrible coaching philosophy.

That is too hard to do. It is totally unfair to the players.

Interim coach or not, if its this bad, you should not hold still, you got to let him go now.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 9:18 PM

I have the Bulls telecast and they are stunned at-

- How bad we are
- How quickly we got bad
- How McGee is not playing at least 20 minutes per night
- Why we arent trying to develop young players

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | January 9, 2009 9:24 PM

MeThinks AB just got punished for trying to keep the Wizs in the game by scoring, but ended up traveling with the ball.

ETan to the rescue. Go Taps

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 9:30 PM

Etan Thomas played ELEVEN minutes in the 1st half with 0 points and 0 rebounds.

Speechless.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | January 9, 2009 9:31 PM

Andray Blatche led the Wizards with 8 points in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Andray Blatche did not step on the court.

This, in a nutshell, highlights all you need to know about the Wizards coaching staff's decisions.

Posted by: psps23 | January 9, 2009 9:35 PM

Bull commentators obviously don't understand the big picture;you know the Wiz playoff drive and how the vets have earned their pt and young players need to ride the bench and earn their time in practice and ah, oh yeah, how playing them makes the Wiz uncompetative.

Posted by: pdarroch | January 9, 2009 9:38 PM

The Bulls announcers are incredulous that McGee isn't playing. They have brought it up on three separate occasions, and discussed it at lenghth.

Taps treatment of McGee is despicable. He needs counseling and some Prozac.

Hard to imagine this guy was hired by anyone to be in charge of player development. He should be allowed in the same room with anybody under 23.

This episode is providing us a good insight into the workings of the elusive Ernie Grunfield. The dude is going to start getting the brunt of the fans' revulsion - real soon.

Pamela McGee for President/GM.

Posted by: Izman | January 9, 2009 9:41 PM

No free throws at all in the first half. Boy, we are good at setting up Etap's offense.

Now all we got to is to figure out how to hit about 80% of our shots.

Not funny, in order to win with this offense you got to be hitting everything.

I wonder if Ed Tapscott realizes that, or is he purposely throwing the games, or he does not have to win any games, or is EG really coaching like some of you have inferred?

BulletsFan78, as bad as this is, you think the Ole Man might have a Michael Jordan moment, and fire both Ed and Ernie.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 9:43 PM

Let's see how many open shots our guys will pass up this half for fear of being pulled for taking "bad shots" (i.e. shots specifically designed by this offensive scheme).

Posted by: psps23 | January 9, 2009 9:50 PM

Even with the hustle, 1:55 to go in the 3rd, 51 points. Who is evaluating this Team.

It sure ain't Ms McGee.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 10:06 PM

What Pech just did at the end of the 3rd is all I would coach him to do. I would not want him doing anything else but spotting up and shooting.

Unfortunately, I ain't, or somebody that thinks like me, ain't the coach.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 10:13 PM

Well, I can't believe ETaps had the guts to get thrown out the game.

Did not think he cared, especially after he let the Majic maul his players down in Florida and he did nothing.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 10:17 PM

7 footer on a fast break puts up a weak layup that's easily blocked.

I was much more pleased with Critter's fast break. dunked with authority.

Posted by: crs-one | January 9, 2009 10:24 PM

New York is going off. If ETaps was still on the floor, would this be happening?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 10:26 PM

I'm really liking Crit right now.

Posted by: psps23 | January 9, 2009 10:33 PM

Who the hell does Ed Tapscott think he is? You are a damn placeholder and yet you have the gall to bench our first round draft pick for three games. Come on Grunsfeld, Taps is expendable, even something as small as starting a feud with McGee merits his firing. It doesnt make a damn bit of difference who we have coaching, get anybody with a pulse to replace Tapscott so long as hes willing to play the young guys.
How much simpler can it be? Play the young guys, play the young guys, play the young guys. Don't play Juan Dixon, hes not going to be on the team next year and theres no sense in showcasing him because no team in the NBA will want him, he's done for. Cut Etan and Songaila and James minutes.
Young, McGuire, Blatche, Critt, and McGee should get plenty of time. Cut back Butler and Jamison to 30 mpg (theres no sense in wearing them down, these games mean nada).
Pt- Critt 30 mpg James 12 Dixon 6
SG-Young 30, McGuire 18
SF-Mcguire 12, Butler 30, Songaila 6
PF-Jamison 30, Blatche 12, Thomas 6
C- McGee 30, Blatche 18

Put Pech in the D-League please for the love of god, Pech is the prototypical D-Leaguer

Posted by: emmet1 | January 9, 2009 10:34 PM

New York going off with JC. Wizs look like somebody. ETaps in the locker room.

Can we get more?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 10:35 PM

Emmet1,

There is value in what you say, but I want you to consider this, Juan Dixon is a tremendous fit for this Team.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 10:41 PM

Why do I feel like we won the game? I think Ayers has been holding out on ETaps.

Hire him now.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 10:45 PM

I too like what I am seeing from Crit. Reminds me of Larry Hughes in frame and movement. Nice to see NY get it going tonight as well. Hopefully he'll get some swagger back. Would love to see these two playing 25-30 min together regularly.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 9, 2009 10:47 PM

So now the development of Pech is now more important than Mcgee? GIVE THE ROOK SOME PAINT TIME! Mcgee's growth will be stunted by Wizards tough love approach to rookies. His friends, family, other NBA players, commentators... and talkbackers... question this move, and he rightly feels wronged. He either signs elsewhere for more than Abe is willing to pay, or we trade him, probably to Detroit, and he haunts us for a decade.

Posted by: SammyT1 | January 9, 2009 10:51 PM

Good thing the matchups dictated that Javale got a DNP tonight because we probably would have lost by 18 had he played.

I just don't see how Javale could have equaled Etan's 11 minutes tonight.

Posted by: jmg878 | January 9, 2009 10:54 PM

As I've said before, Jamison's leadership and veteran influence is just as important to this team as his 20 and 10.
Posted by: kalo_rama | January 9, 2009 7:49 PM
Kalo do you know anything about basketball. How can a guy who refuses to play defense be a leader? Just because he puts up 20 and 10 means nothing. What has he lead the Wizards to a 7-28 record this year. I love a guy who is 4-12 0-2 4-6 12 points and 11 boards the Wizards you resign him for 10 more years what a great player? The problem with this team is the top two player salary wise will not play defense and play out of position. What do you expect the young guys to do follow there lead, not play defense throw up bad shots and wait for a contract from an owner who is totally clueless and cheap?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 9, 2009 10:56 PM

"Would love to see these two playing 25-30 min together regularly.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows"

I agree. I haven't been watching most of the games lately so I haven't been able to see Crit play, but he really impressed me tonight. If these youngsters develop, Crit, Young, Blatche, and McGee could end up providing a great second unit to Gil-Caron-McGuire-AJ-Haywood. Throw in a top lottery pick, and that's a nice little 10-man rotation.

That should be a vision to work towards. Get those guys as ready as possible for next season, and this team could actually look like a real competitor. Shocking, huh.

Posted by: psps23 | January 9, 2009 10:59 PM

BulletsFan78, as bad as this is, you think the Ole Man might have a Michael Jordan moment, and fire both Ed and Ernie.

LarryInClintonMD.

BulletsFan78, as bad as this is, you think the Ole Man might have a Michael Jordan moment, and fire both Ed and Ernie.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 9:43 PM

Larry,

The old man used MJ to put fans in the seats and as soon as he said he wouldn't play anymore CHEAP ABE backed out of the deal that would have givin part ownership to MJ and fired him. (real class there). At least you get me Larry thank you

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 9, 2009 11:00 PM

Fire Ernie Grunfeld. He is a very stinky GM. This is ALL Ernie's fault.

Posted by: SteveC28 | January 9, 2009 11:00 PM

yet again, at least tap finally showed some life by getting tossed and stuck up for one of his guys, perhaps nick's unleashing can actually occur if tap bothered to watch the end, continuing to see javale get dnp's could not be any more depressing considering the fact that we play two pf's and etan sparingly at our five spot, and these pf's must play alongside jamison who can't guard anyone so we have three power forwards left to protect the rim and the 6'4 powerhouse etan, jamison and songaila can't effectively guard a single pf, and they are each expected to handle their man song's being the biggest on the other squad and jamison's the second biggest? Blatche is needed at the four to get jamison away from the rim alleviating his defensive importance to some degree, please enjoy the offensive rebounds, dunks and layups by guards, compliments of tap

Posted by: bford1kb | January 9, 2009 11:03 PM

"The problem with this team is the top two player salary wise will not play defense and play out of position.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 9, 2009 10:56 PM"

No, the problem with this team is the guy that makes $6 million a year and puts up 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 blocks, and 0 steals in 11 minutes of play.

Are you really complaining about Antawn Jamison, who drops 20/10 a night, for making $50 million when Etan Thomas, who produces the equivalent of a ham sandwich per game, was signed for $36 million? Really?

Posted by: psps23 | January 9, 2009 11:05 PM

matching the bucks offer on etan was absolutely awful

Posted by: bford1kb | January 9, 2009 11:08 PM

SteveC28

It's CHEAP ABE"s fault he hires the GM after hiring the Coach and tells the GM and Coach to make it work under the luxury cap?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 9, 2009 11:09 PM

Gymrat looked good on the court despite the fact that at 7 ft, Les BouleS need him in the paint and not 20 ft. away.

Gymrat looked frisky out there and was looking for his shot. He is basically a clone of AJ without the rebounding ability, less quickness, and taller.

Gymrat seemed to be getting the best of Drew Gordon, but then was yanked and didn't get more than 5 minutes. Oh well.

Of course, Juan didn't get much PT, but he might get cut before the date when contracts become guaranteed (1/10/09).

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 9, 2009 11:11 PM

I just don't see how Javale could have equaled Etan's 11 minutes tonight.

Posted by: jmg878 | January 9, 2009 10:54 PM

It's crazy land like a Blagojevich press conference.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 9, 2009 11:15 PM

I was looking for some minutes for JeVale McGee like you asked me to... just didn't see any.

NY fried though.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | January 9, 2009 11:21 PM

Chenier and Buckhantz keep talking about how the Wizards keep starting out in a hole.

And ETaps just said they have to figure out why they keep falling behind early. Yeah, he said that.

He then said they have to drive the ball, get it into the paint in reference to not get any free throws in the first half.

Ernie G., if Etaps does not know why the Wizs keep falling into a hole, when it is obvious to everyone else watching that 'slow ball offense' he is running; Do you really think he needs to be coaching your team Ernie G?

And Phil and Steve, need to stop being homers and flat out say that the Wizards Offensive philosophy is what is putting them in a hole and not due to any inadequacy of the players. For sure, It is not the Defense.

If some one of their stance would state this, then Ernie G, you can no longer keep putting up with this tomfoolery.

But Phil and Steve are not going to say it, but they are selling themselves short and the Team by not giving constructive honest criticism which will actually help the decision making for the Team.

Ernie G. this Team needs a decision from the Owner or the General Manager. If the Owner has to make it, I wouldn't want to be in your shoes.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 11:23 PM

I said it before-----This team ain't no good.
Sorry performance all around.
Yeah Nick got hot but so what noone else played hard.
Coach needs to rattle some heads and get as mad as the fans are.

Posted by: VBFan | January 9, 2009 11:44 PM

SammyT1,

Pech's development should not be above JM's. All Pech can do is shoot and when he gets off the bench, hitting the bottom of the net is all he should be measured by. Thats it and nothing more.

I cannot remember this guys name, but he played with the Wizs when Wes was coaching, he was from California and he broke scoring records when he was in College. And he had some great scoring games while he was a Pro.

But Wes wanted him to do everything else on the floor but score. He was average at everything else, but he was a superior shooter and scorer of the ball, but the Wizards fan never saw it. Wes wanted him to prove he could do everything else but that.

Its Deja Vu for me know. We want this Run and Gun Team to play slow and out of Position.

That Dog Philosophy for this Team Can't Hunt.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 11:48 PM

VBFan,

When you say this Team is no good. Do you mean their results or just flat out the Team? Explain/

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 12:12 AM

The scenerio of down early, come back, then lose is exactly that - a losers game. It's won or lost in the first quarter. What's the stat on scoring and rebounding for the WIZ vs. the league in that catagory.? Teams know with AGENT ZERO and HAYWOOD out, there's no experienced and quality depth to pull out a win late, so just get up early and then put on the clamps whenever the WIZARDS start coming back. Same old, same old, night after night - a losers game.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 10, 2009 8:42 AM

I cannot remember this guys name, but he played with the Wizs when Wes was coaching, he was from California and he broke scoring records when he was in College. And he had some great scoring games while he was a Pro.

But Wes wanted him to do everything else on the floor but score. He was average at everything else, but he was a superior shooter and scorer of the ball, but the Wizards fan never saw it. Wes wanted him to prove he could do everything else but that.

Its Deja Vu for me know. We want this Run and Gun Team to play slow and out of Position.

That Dog Philosophy for this Team Can't Hunt.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 9, 2009 11:48 PM

His name was Curtney Alexander, and you're right, he was a bum at every other element of the game besides scoring. Unfortunately, we gave him 2 years to find his shot, and he didn't.

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 12:29 PM

Courtney Alexander, my bad.

And there's a reason you couldn't remember his name.

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 12:30 PM

In fact, he isn't even in the league anymore (and that says a lot considering that he should only be about 28 or 29 by now). Besides those maybe 15 games over 2 years where he played to his potential and put up maybe 20-25 points, he did squat.

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 4:27 PM

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