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Wizards (10-38) vs. Nets (22-27)

Notes: Caron Butler is out (flu)...and I will be on the radio at halftime with Glen Consor talking Wizards...

Wizards starters: Mike James, Nick Young, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Darius Songaila.

Nets: Devin Harris, Vince Carter, Brook Lopez, Ryan Anderson, Trenton Hassell.

Refs: Joey Crawford, Mark Ayotte, Eric Dalen.

Line: Wizards by 1. (Huh?)

-The Wizards are 1-1 against New Jersey this season.

-Butler's absence leaves the Wizards with eight healthy players and only one starter (Jamison) who was expected to start at the open of the season. Bobby Simmons is out for the Nets along with Yi Jianlian and Eduardo Najera.

-The lineup will the 11th different one used this season by the Wizards. The team is 1-1 without Butler before tonight.

-For the record: the Wizards can't sign a player because they have the maximum of 15 under contract already. In that way this, situation is dfferent from last season during December when Eddie Jordan was forced to go with eight players for a long stretch because the team was right up against the luxury tax threshold.

-Tapscott on the possibility of Oleksiy "I get buckets son" Pecherov getting some run tonight: "Yeah, we were joking in the coach's meeting about what the over/under was for how many threes he's going to get up when he's in there because you know they're going up. I'll tell you after the game."

Put me down for four. As a matter of fact, share your own prediction in your comments posts and let's see who wins. He's put up 18 in 82 minutes of playing time this season.


By Ivan Carter  |  February 4, 2009; 5:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

With Songaila and McGuire in the starting lineup, Pech NEEDS to shoot every time he touches it. We may be down by 20 after 1. Hopefully Tap takes the restrictor plate off of MJ at least for one game.

Posted by: original_mark | February 4, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Was CB run down and susceptible to the flu? Is AJ next?
I think it's possible.
What's the Over/Under for the Wizzies 4th Q?????
I say under 15.

Posted by: VBFan | February 4, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Pech puts at least 6 & goes 3-6 from three

Posted by: SteveColter | February 4, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

umm, what?!

Why is Tapscott making fun of a player in the press? Absurd.

Only thing worse is not giving him a chance and still making fun of what he THINKS Pech will do.

Way to DEVELOP players, coach... sheesh.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | February 4, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I guess Jamison will try to save the day. Watch how Jamison try to be the big scorer but won't play defense.

He's going to ask for the ball on offense, but won't do exactly nothing to help the team on DEFENSE. Watch who Jamison is guarding and see how many points his man have for the night. Also, look for second chance points Jamison allow his opponent.

Skinny legs Jamison is not the answer.

Posted by: clifton3 | February 4, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"...when Eddie Jordan was forced to go with eight players for a long stretch because the team was right up against the luxury tax threshold."

Call me crazy, but Ed Jordan is looking like he did a pretty good coaching job last season. Certainly good enough to deserve more of a chance in the wake of an awful start. Maybe Grunfeld was just waiting for a chance to get rid of the guy.

If so, then Jordan is definitely having the last laugh.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 4, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"Why is Tapscott making fun of a player in the press? Absurd."

Good call UFN. I agree. It's funny when we say it, but that's why they call us the peanut gallery.

Speaking of which...

"Line: Wizards by 1. (Huh?)"

I almost missed that one. Nice delivery IC.

Posted by: crs-one | February 4, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Speaking about ball-hogging...Anybody notice Lebron has 18 of the Cavs 26 pts and 8 shots to the rest of the teams' 7?

The NBA.com site asks if lebron is going to go after kobe's 61 in MSG and apparantly he's bought in.

Posted by: crs-one | February 4, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz storm back from 10 down with McGee to take a 4 point lead, and Taps takes McGee out with 2:30 to play in the half. NJ then goes into the half with a 5 point advantage.

Do you think Taps will adjust his substitutions in the 2nd half?

No way

Posted by: Izman | February 4, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I hope all the Pech haters are watching this game. He's 7 feet tall, for goodness sake.

Why has he been the last resort? Bear in mind that what he's done so far (11 points, 2 rebounds and a hand on at least 2 or 3 more at halftime) is with probably no practice time with starters. He's probably not even in shape because he gets no run.

Just because he likes the 3 doesn't mean he should get no pt. Bench Song, start JM and give Pech the backup C spot. Run a couple plays for Pech down in the box as well as spot up 3's.

The dude is not a bust, folks.

Posted by: original_mark | February 4, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

1st half thoughts

Pecherov needs playing time. He has no idea what he is doing but is making things happen. He is playing better than the veteran Songaila. He can play a little, but he needs time to develop.

Speaking of Songaila, he is being abused by Brook Lopez. Abused. But its not his fault that his coach thinks he is a center for some reason.

McGee is awesome. 30+ minutes per game are required.

And finally, Antawn. He should be ashamed of himself. Simply pathetic. Havent seen anyone chucking up shots like that in a basketball game on any level.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | February 4, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

And finally, Antawn. He should be ashamed of himself. Simply pathetic. Havent seen anyone chucking up shots like that in a basketball game on any level.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | February 4, 2009 8:13 PM

But he makes up for it with the shut down D he plays

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 4, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

So let's see --- James demonstrates he can't guard Harris, so who does he guard in 2nd half? Harris. The Wiz' only run in first half is with McGee, Pech and Young, so who starts the 2nd? Songaila, James, and McGuire.

Don't blame the players, blame the poor guy who's been assigned to coach or the man who did the assigning. Tap may be a lot of things, but he's not an NBA game coach. Not even close. Boooooo!

Posted by: joe2chase | February 4, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards are unwatchable now.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 4, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

exactly..un freaking watchable

Posted by: original_mark | February 4, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Good game Pecherov! That's what we need from him. He needs playing time. We need to see what he can do, and he more than anyone on the team needs some experience to develop his game and get some confidence, and can benefit the most from our injuries more than any player.

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 4, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah this was a really bad game. Unwatchable... this is just getting worse and worse. How low can it go?

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 4, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Taps needs a brain scan to see if there is anything up there.

Posted by: Izman | February 4, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the Wizards are an embarassment to the league. In the second half they didn't even look like a pro team. It was like Varsity vs. JV. NONCOMPETITIVE AND EMBARASSING. And, as I said before, the Wizards NEED to have the #1 pick, they're not even trying to tank games, they're just horrible and can't help but lose, screw the NBA lottery.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 4, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

"exactly..un freaking watchable

Posted by: original_mark | February 4, 2009 9:05 PM "

LOL!

I haven't watched for 2 weeks!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 4, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Jersey shot over 60%.

Poor defense is the result of poor coaching and/or poor effort.

They've been a poor defensive team all year.

But that's counterbalanced by their lousy offense.

Okay, they can't score. I do expect a defensive effort and they just don't provide it. Or know how to.

This is going to be a long last 30 games.

Posted by: SteveMG | February 4, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry Darnell, only 32 games left in the season. The misery will be over soon.

Meanwhile, 40 losses already! (suprisingly it seems like 70 losses with the way they've been playing this year. Many games they've been blown out, not even in it.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 4, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I have said this before, but Tapscott has to go now. Tapscott let Antawn and Caron go nuts and held everyone else to a different standard.

That backfired and now the team has quit on him. And the Wizards need to get rid of him and not have the indignity of having the worst record in franchise history.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | February 4, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Ugly, ugly game. Did I read the box wrong, or were there no Wizards in the plus rating column? can't recall seeing that happen before.

Guess Brook Lopez is a pretty good player, however.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 4, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

From the AP report:

"Devin Harris scored 26 points, and the Nets shot a season-high 61 percent Wednesday night in a 115-88 victory over the worst-in-the-East Washington Wizards, who had Caron Butler absent with the flu and Antawn Jamison giving a should-have-been-absent 4-for-20 shooting performance. ...

"The scene for the Wizards was so disheartening that in the fourth quarter fans began to chant "Edd-ie Jor-dan!" Jordan was the coach who took Washington to four consecutive playoff appearances before he was fired by team president Ernie Grunfeld after this season's 1-10 start. Jordan's replacement, interim coach Ed Tapscott, is 9-29."

Wow...

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | February 4, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Lopez is solid, albeit not spectacular.

McGee has more skills and potential, but Lopez is getting 30 minutes a game and the confidence of the coach in crunch time. He's definitely improved since the beginning of the season.

On the other hand, McGee is still out of position on D about 30% of the time. He needs a big man coach, more minutes and the confidence of the coach.

Posted by: Izman | February 4, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, DC_MANN88, your feigned indifference is just adorable! 2 weeks without? You're not fooling anyone. We all know you're scrutinizing every single second of this neverending train wreck for the minutest evidence supporting your innumerable strident theories. No need to pretend. You're watching. We all know it. Like any truly great train wreck, you simply cannot avert your eyes!!

Posted by: ArchieTambo | February 4, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

it's appropriate that after AJ's comments in the paper today he plays this game tonight. The squad was 32-65 and aj 4-20, yikes, why were song/mj/aj on the floor when we were being gashed in fourth with 5 left? How could you not quit on tapscott?

Posted by: bford1kb | February 4, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

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