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Wizards (13-42) vs Spurs (36-17)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison.

Spurs starters: Tony Parker, Roger Mason, Matt Bonner, Tim Duncan, Michael Finley.

Refs: Violet Palmer, Bill Spooner, Derek Richardson.

Line: Spurs by 8.

-Manu Ginobili is out for the Spurs (ankle) but the WIz nontheless face matchup issues all over the place as they go for their first three-game winning streak of the season. First, Duncan presents major problems for Songaila and whomever else Ed Tapscott puts out there. James is a tough matchup for Parker and the Spurs are one of the league's best three-point shooting teams. That's a recipe for a whipping if the Wizards don't play well early.

-The current Wiz starting lineup is 4-6 in the last 10 games. That's the best 10-game stretch so far this season.

-Former Wizard Roger Mason Jr. has been huge for the Spurs all season. He's putting up 12 points per and has hit four shots to clinch wins so far this season. I spoke with Roger before the game and am writing about him for my Insider notebook for tomorrow's paper. Check it out.

By Ivan Carter  |  February 21, 2009; 7:39 PM ET
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Take the Wiz.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 21, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Probably should shut down comments for this game.

Wow, they are so far from being a competitive team against a quality opponent that it's shocking.

Posted by: SteveMG | February 21, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse


What the hell were you watching? It was a very competitive game until about 5 mins left in the 3rd. At that point, all the missed foul shots, open jumpers, and layups took their toll and then we lost the edge that was keeping it a fairly close game. BUT, we were pretty crisp again - sometimes the shots just don't fall including foul shots. Good defensive rebounding, one turnover in the first half, Songalia outplaying Duncan - there were many positives and for once this game was much closer than the final score would indicate.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 21, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

It was unbelievably painful to watch Roger drain 3 after 3 on our hapless defense. Just another twist of the knife in my back as a Wiz fan. At this rate, I can't imagine NOT finishing last this year, but I am equally sure the lottery ping pong balls will somehow give the top pick to someone else.

Posted by: edP2 | February 21, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz have provided McGuire a good development opportunity with heavy minutes and confidence from the coach.

Given his performance so far, what role (position, minutes, stats) does the Wizards management see for McGuire next year or the year after that given that his contract will be expiring at that time?

Posted by: Izman | February 21, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

What the hell were you watching?

They lost by 31 points at home. With the Spurs missing Ginobili.

Are you seriously arguing that this team at it now constituted can be competitive against quality NBA opponents?

The Spurs were toying with them.

Posted by: SteveMG | February 21, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

By and large I would say Tap has been coaching some fairly nice games the last 6/7 games. This game was not much different except I have no clue why Dixon was brought in instead of Crittenton at the end of the 3rd. I suppose he was looking for somebody to knock down shots other than AJ and CB, but that is when the game started to get blown wide open. Dixon can't shoot, can't play defense, can't run the offense - honestly, as much as I like him as a person he is NOT a NBA caliber player!!!

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 21, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse


OK so it was competitive "until about 5 minutes left in the 3rd." So what? That still leaves 17 minutes of a 48 minute game where you flat out get stoned, at home no less. Can you really lose by 31 and still call it a game that is "closer than the score indicates." Heck, we were already down by 21 going into the 4th! I agree with SteveMG, scoring 29 points in the 2nd half against anybody is the definition of non-competitive. Don't care who the opponent is.

Posted by: edP2 | February 21, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse


Uh yeah, bc I watched the game. It was a 9 point game with 5 mins left in the third while we were shooting below 40% and missed about 9 foul shots. Did it get blown open at that point? Sure...but it was a very competitive game until then!

Who cares if they were missing Ginobili! We are missing half out team!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 21, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse


Yes you can call it closer than that. Did we lose yes. Was it a horribly played game overall by us - NO. It got blown open in the end.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 21, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Everyone who thought McGuire was such an important player, where the hell was he tonight? He didn't show up in the game at all

Posted by: rcnasa | February 21, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse


He is like all 1 or 2 year players. Inconsistent!

But, he played some good d as usual, which is the one thing he does do consistently.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 22, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

I hope top management of wiz. developed an ulcer watching Mason kick the wiz in the rump. If they don't get rid of guys like YOUNG(horrible and not interested)--Mike James (nothing) Dixson (sorry can't cut it) he should go to U of Md. and be an asst. to Gary and learn how to coach and recruit. If anybody thinks that the wiz would be MUCH BETTER if Gil and Haywood were playing --NO WAY. The current coach is in over his head and the proof is what the players sayi.e. "we play hard--we have to cut down on mistakes--we have to play better defense". This is a team POORLY COACHED--they make the same mistakes game in and game out. The next thing will be to tear this team up and start over again. I would have rather had Mason than Young or Antonio Daniels (a class act) and by god EJ as coach--stupid is as stupid does--right Ernie. What a shame and embarresment for this city and the loyal fans. When you have two starters hurt and a young team and poor coaching decisions you can't possibly win. I say OUT WITH ERNIE--ERNIE and any other NON PRODUCER in this organization. Luxury tax my butt.

Posted by: vergens2 | February 22, 2009 4:52 AM | Report abuse


You can point out the number of years as much as you like. Then explain why player like Blateche is inconsistent? On a 12 win team nobody on the squad is worth keeping or is playing well!!

You have not been a Wizards fan for very long. Because if you have, then you know the number of young talent with the label of potential don't turn out well here. In fact, in the last 13 yrs there hasn't been a player the Wizards drafted stay with this team for very long which goes to show you that some of the young talent is not very good. McGuire is a nice player but he needs D-League help. He'll show up in some games but not in most.

Posted by: rcnasa | February 22, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

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