Wizards (7-29) vs. Bucks (18-21)

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

Bucks: Luke Ridnour, Michael Redd, Richard Jefferson, Luc Mbah a Moute, Andrew Bogut.

Refs: Derrick Stafford, Tony Brown, Olandis Poole.

Line: Bucks by 3.

Notables: Behind 32 points from Jefferson, the Bucks beat the Wizards in Milwaukee 112-104 in OT. The rookie Mbah a Moute was also huge down the stretch that night....What is the difference between a 7-win team and an 18-win team? Other than the fact that Milwaukee has its two stars healthy (Redd and Jefferson), how about defense? The Bucks are giving up 96.9 ppg on 45.1 percent shooting while the WIzards are giving up 100 points per on 47.5 percent shooting..

-Jamison was a game-time decision with a sore knee but will go. He hasn't missed a game all season.

-Interim coach Ed Tapscott said he will continue to try and monitor the minutes played by Jamison and Butler with the idea of keeping in the 34-37 minute range.

-Two different folks I've spoken with, neither of whom work for the Wizards, have mentioned former Raps head man Sam Mitchell as someone to watch for as Ernie Grunfeld's next possible selection as coach. Word is that Grunfeld and Mitchell have a good relationship. Just throwing that out there.

By Ivan Carter |  January 12, 2009; 5:09 PM ET
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Wiz will win tonight. We match up well against Milwaukee and we are about as pissed off as a team can possibly be right now.

You heard it here first.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 12, 2009 7:00 PM

I'd be happy with Sam Mitchell. I think this team, as currently constructed, needs a tough, no-nonsense coach to kick their butts a little.

Posted by: tigerquoll | January 12, 2009 7:04 PM

Washingtons had enough cronyism, this is the age of Obama, give us the best man for the job not Grunsfeld's buddy. Avery Johnson, how hard is that, come on now.

Posted by: emmet1 | January 12, 2009 7:10 PM

So Brendan Haywood is a "star" now? The guy has one good season and now he's our franchise player?

We have 2 stars healthy Ivan, Antawn and Caron, remember we won 43 games last year, despite Caron missing 25% of the season.

Please stop making excuses for Tapscott, if I wanted to hear excuses I'd just tune in to one of his press conferences.

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 12, 2009 7:12 PM

Sam, your services are not needed here! How about Flip Saunders or a GOOD assistant from San Antonio or LA. Being around Pop & Phil, the others coaches surely learned something. If not one of them, swallow humble pie and bring back the best coach we've had in 20 plus years. EDDIE JORDAN!!!

Posted by: Gooddad | January 12, 2009 7:32 PM

Good to see that players who have earned playing time, like 0 points, 0 rebounds 0 assists, Etan Thomas get preference.

Meanwhile, lets let CB go one-on-one and keep killing us.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | January 12, 2009 7:33 PM

Finally! Very nice rotation. Glad to see most young guns getting playing time.

Posted by: demonj21 | January 12, 2009 7:41 PM

McGee and Blatche added way too much and we were doing far too well.

Back to small ball with Songaila and Antawn at 4/5!!

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | January 12, 2009 7:52 PM

Wow, Taps actually played:

Crit, Young, Mac, Blatche and McGee together.

They closed the gap and tied the game, changed the pace and complexion of the game, and played well together.

I wonder what Taps saw, because he broke this group up after about 3 minutes. Maybe somebody's hair was properly coifed.

Posted by: Izman | January 12, 2009 8:13 PM

The more we get away from Tap's coaching philosophy the better we play.

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 12, 2009 8:37 PM

I hope he gets ejected again, then we'll really take off.

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 12, 2009 8:37 PM

Gilbert Arenas
Antawn Jamison
Caron Butler
Etan Thomas
Mike James
Brendan Haywood
Darius Songaila
DeShawn Stevenson
Andray Blatche
Nick Young
Oleksiy Pecherov
JaVale McGee
Javaris Crittenton
Juan Dixon
Dominic McGuire
Dee Brown
TOTALS: $75,906,170

The 09-10 roster looks like this? The Wizards need to be healthy and start a lineup of Gil PG, CB SG, DM SF, AB PF, BTH C, AJ 6th man SF/PF, Crittenton, PG, Young SG, Songaila PF, McGee C.

Thomas 7.3, James 6.5, Songalia 4.8, Haywood 6.0, McGuire 825,497 are in their last years and the team has the option on Oleksiv Pecherov at 2.3.

I think the reason you need to see the young guys play this year, is to find out if they are worth resigning? I would not pickup the option on Oleksiv Pecherov his 2.3 would go to the rookie they draft which hopefully is a high round draft pick.

They could trade Thomas and James to the Bulls for Larry Hughes since everyone would be on the last year of their contract? They need to let Thomas 7.3, James 6.5, and Songalia 4.8 walk after next year. That will save them 18.6 and part of that would need to go to resigning McGuire. He will get a raise from his 825,497.

If they do not plan on resigning Haywood (he will demand more on the open market if he stays healthy then the 6.0 he makes this year) long term they need to get lucky in the lottery and draft a big man like Griffin or Monroe with the first or second pick.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 12, 2009 8:45 PM

The more we get away from Tap's coaching philosophy the better we play.

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 12, 2009 8:37 PM

Tap has a coaching philosophy?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 12, 2009 8:50 PM

His philosophy is back in play. Guard a 7 footer with a 6-9 forward, slow the ball down as much as possible, have players pass up as many open shots as you can during a set. Safe to say Tapscott is trying to lose the game.

Posted by: psps23 | January 12, 2009 8:57 PM

holy crap nick young is going off. too bad the wiz can't play defense or rebound

Posted by: babbtong | January 12, 2009 9:09 PM

Word is that Grunfeld and Mitchell have a good relationship.

Ivan, pick it back up. Why another re-tread coach? That would suck.

A couple notes from tonight:

A) Caron is sucking badly right now. He needs to drink his own "tough juice" and suck it up that he's not going to the play-offs this year.

B) Mike James should not be on the floor at the end of these games and most of all should not be taking shots at the end of these things.

C) NY should be starting next year, if not the rest of this season FOR next year.

D) D.Mac is 100% a "mini-Rodman"

I'm sure there's more but that's what I got out of this game tonight.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 12, 2009 9:36 PM

Another underwhelming performance by Caron. In Jan, he's giving us 14 ppg, 5rpg and 4 apg. That ain't gonna get it done.
Trade him now while he still has value.
He's not working out at the 2. It was worth a try, though. He HAS to play sf to be effective and that hurts us defensively.
Move him back to the 3, bench DM and start NY at the 2. We'll get our butts handed to us on the boards but at least we should be able to consistently score 90+.

Posted by: original_mark | January 12, 2009 9:39 PM

"Tap has a coaching philosophy?"

Lol, yeah clap from the bench and hope whomever he puts in there can score. ;)

Seriously, he really sucks and has no clue. I mean Scott Skiles out coached him tonight.

Scott "I smoked lots of pot with the boys before the game" Skiles, lol!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 12, 2009 9:40 PM

"Avery Johnson, how hard is that, come on now."

Good choice!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 12, 2009 9:41 PM

I think Wizards is following a script. They played a good game, but made sure they lost, so they can still have lots of lottery balls. How else can you explain why the coach sent in Crittenton, made sure he committed a dead ball foul and gave the opponent one more free throw? The whole point of fouling is to hope the opponent miss one or two free throws, and we get the chance to score. Dead ball foul gave them free throw and still keeping the ball! Sure you try to get steals, but when you got beat, wait until he gets the ball before fouling. It is not likely Ridnour will try to do anything detrimental to the Wizards other than holding onto the ball!

Of course that's not the only thing that was wrong (uh, sorry I meant right). Others like having no rebounders near the end of the game, so even after you get a stop, your opponent get offensive rebound and a fresh 24 seconds! And when they are up by 13 points they turned the ball over in several consecutive passions (in both Charlotte game and this one)!

So the only good thing I can say about recent games is that I am glad Wizards still remain near the bottom of the league.

Posted by: sagaliba | January 12, 2009 9:47 PM


How many people on this blog loved the tough defense played by MeTawn right before halftime where Luke Ridnour, all 6-2, 175 lbs and white, drove past MeTawn (6-9, 235) for an uncontested layup at the buzzer?

Please raise your hand for yes.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 12, 2009 9:58 PM

Tap is flat out ridiculous, the first thing he mentioned in his postgame press conference was giving the bucks extra possessions down the stretch and he still doesn't think playing javale is needed down the stretch, having a real center allows our pf's to play exactly that, the power forward position, did you notice how good blatche looked in the few minutes he was next to javale? I concur with the fact that it is time to put caron back at the three, nick needs to start. 1 james/crit 2 nick 3 cb 4 aj 5 ab
get dom as close to thirty a night as possible off the bench and javale should, like he should of all year, start seeing the plus side of twenty, crit has shown a serious ability to get himself in positions to make plays but he needs to push it every chance he gets to play up to his potential, with blatche and mcgee as a front line paired with crit we could run people out of the building. Is there any doubt that nick should have been force fed minutes all along?

Posted by: bford1kb | January 12, 2009 10:07 PM



I'm sorry but this is some of the worst coaching I've ever seen. They got numerous offensive rebounds because Bogut was just getting rebounds over the hopless Songaila!!!!

We actually played well enough to win this game if the coaching had been better. Nick Young was going off, and how many weeks have people been talking about giving him minutes. But TAPSCOTT WASN'T SMART ENOUGH to let NY play offense and put McGuire on Michael Redd till it was way too late.


Posted by: insanity999 | January 12, 2009 10:10 PM

I think Crit should get the starting nod for the next wave of games. He's clearly the most talented PG we have outside of Arenas, and regardless of whatever sets James can run, the offense flows much better with the ball in Crit's hands (mostly because Crit actually pushes the ball and gets things going before the defense gets set).

I'd also like to give NY the starting nod, but I'd be wary about watching his performance. He's on fire right now coming off the bench, nearly unstoppable offensively. So long as he gets 30-35 minutes, I won't care if Taps leaves him on the bench to start the games.

Finally, Butler should be fine at the 2. The intensity he's playing with has nothing to do with him being out of position. He's simply not bringing it right now.

Posted by: psps23 | January 12, 2009 10:34 PM

The glass is starting to look half full to me. NY has career highs in 2 of the last 3 games with limited minutes. DMac is playing a versatile game while developing as our enforcer, also not pressing on O. Critt looks to be a point guard I can get behind, love his length/handle/penetration but obviously needs to get friendly with Hopla. Blatche, while still grossly underperforming, is still more consistent than any time previously. McGee is inexplicably bottled up still...even with ET having an achy knee. And yes, need more Pech too.

I am also really enjoying not watching Stevenson. I know of course once he does heal up and Gil returns they will be the 1/2 again. Would be nice if this team could start looking forward instead of daydreaming about 3 years ago and what could have been.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 12, 2009 10:53 PM

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