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Wizards (13-43) vs. 76ers (27-28)

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

76ers starters: Andre Miller, Willie Green, Samuel Dalembert, Thaddeus Young, Andre Iguodala.

Refs: Phil Roberson, Scott Wall, Tom Washington

Line: Philly by 5.

-Philly is 3-0 against the WIzards this season but has lost four straight.

-Interesting matchup: watch Philly's Louis Williams against Javaris Crittenton of the Wiz. When the teams met on Dec. 13 in Philly, they really went at it and Crittenton played one of his best games of the season. Williams is averaging 18.3 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 52.6 from the field.


By Ivan Carter  |  February 25, 2009; 5:25 PM ET
 
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Dalembert would be a good learning experience for McGee (or Blatche). Doesn't Lithuania have any national holidays?

Posted by: Izman | February 25, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Gilbert still thinks Iguodala isn't worth the money he is making?

Makes you kinda go "Hmmmm..."

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 25, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Any update on the status of Etan and Stevenson?

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 25, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

No alternates next season...

Can we please go back to red white and blue for our colors??? It was a great move for the Caps!

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 25, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Did you see that behind the back pass by Blatche?! Like I've said, if Washington won't play him right... Detroit will be happy to take him. He's got SKILLZ!

Posted by: eclectik56 | February 25, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

That's who Pitt's DaJuan Blair reminds me of -- the very young Elton Brand.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Dominic McGuire: 14 pts, 14 Reb, 2 Asts, 3 Blks, 1 Stl,

The kid is blossoming.

Posted by: psps23 | February 25, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah, right. I never said Marbury wouldn't be bought out. I said guys being bought out of expensive long term contracts just so teams could be rid of them because they think they're "garbage" (your word) in order to "send a message" (your words) even "if it costs them some money" (your words) was rare.

There's been 1 this year. That's pretty damned rare. Some might even say very rare.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 24, 2009 11:57 PM

Oh, and Darius Miles wasn't bought out. The league granted the Blazers a medical exception after he was declared physically unable to play after suffering what was then believed to be a career-ending injury, essentially voiding his contract. At which point, the Blazers waived him. When it turned out, less than 1 year later, that his career wasn't over and he could play, the exception was rescinded and his salary went right back on the Blazers' salary cap.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 25, 2009 2:03 AM "

Yes, Steve Francis was also bought out because he was a problem child since he came to the league, and they paid him his 30 mil to go away.

Yes, Miles was bought out, but the Blazers tried to hide behind his injury as a reason why.

Why else would a team pay a guy to go away? Probably because the team has a young nucleus and they don't need a problem guy like Miles to be a bad influence.

That's why they got rid of him, and threatened to sue any team who picked him up. He has played 19 games this season for another team. If the Blazers thought he was a good guy for the team, they would have kept him since they have to pay him anyway, because he's obviously able to play again.

How convenient for you to omit facts in an attempt to justify your weak arguments.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 25, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else see Dalmbert spontaneously fall with no one around him at some point in the third? I thought he must have had the ball or something, but he didn't and not a single player from either team was near him. He got up holding his elbow. What a dunce.

Posted by: VeCente115 | February 25, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad BTH doesn't feel like he has to walk on eggshells around Gilby. He exposed Gilby for the diva that he is. Kudos to him.

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Tapscott ran the idea past his captains, who approved, and by the time it debuted, at least one teammate mistakenly thought Gilbert Arenas had provided the inspiration.

"That's all because of Gil," Brendan Haywood said. "Gil came out there talking junk about how he was gonna win with the younger guys. And I was like, 'Man, I don't know, it's gonna be tough, you'd better get some vets on that group.' " And Gilbert's result, according to Haywood? "He served Mike James some good juice," the center said with a laugh.

(I also asked Haywood why Gilbert had adopted such a different media strategy during their recent rehabs. "See, me and Gil are different," Haywood said. "Gil's trying a lot of that superhero, Superman, change-in-the-phone booth, come-out-of-nowhere-and-shock-the-
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world type stuff. Me personally, I'm just trying to get healthy.")

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/24/AR2009022403370.html

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 25, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's a testament to the quality of care Gilby has been receiving from the Wiz medical staff:

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Arenas said he experienced stiffness in the area behind the knee until late January, when he met with a knee specialist in Miami. The specialist, according to Arenas, was able to identify the problem and improve the range of motion in the knee. "I went from 50 percent to 90 percent overnight," Arenas said. "Then I've just been able to steadily increase the amount of stress without experiencing any problems. Now, I'm just pushing it, pushing it, pushing it, just testing to see how much I can do and it feels good."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/24/AR2009022403664.html

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 25, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

The coaching really really sucks. How can you expect fans to root for bad coaching like this.

You ever heard of the saying 'You can fool some of the people all the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time.'

The Republican Party believes you can fool the people all the time. I'm not making this up. It is one of their beliefs. When it comes to politics they believe that the majority of the people are stupid. Even still evidenced by that moronic speech Bobby Jindall gave last night as a follow up to Presidents Barack Obama's speech. Anybody with half a brain had to know that what Governor Jindall said on National TV to a national audience had already been prewritten and was not a competent response to what the POTUS had just said at all.

Whenever I think about how long we have had to witness this bad ass coaching by the Wizards, I can't help but wonder who is the Republican running the show and calling the shots for the Wizards.

And no, I'm not calling out Republicans, but you have to really question some of them that are willing to accept 90% of the stimulus money for their state but they are willing to make a political statement about the rest of it that will help the poorest and the hardest hit by this economic mess.

Stimulus money is meant to be spent so that it brings the economy back, gives it a pulse, takes it off of life support so it can thrive on its on. But some Conservatives like Bobby Jindall donot want the poorest and the hardest hit to benefit and receive any of this money.

One such part of this money they don't want is employment benefits for partime workers. I ask why not, workers are workers, whether they are fulltime or not. Most times parttime workers are supplementing a fulltime obligation and for some Republicans to make political arguments against the POTUS calling this pork is pure lunacy. And guess what, it ain't fooling most Americans.

So why do we still have this incompetent coaching going on for the Wizards. Get real already, there must be a true blooded conservative Republican calling the shots for the Wizs somewhere. I know I might have burnt some bridges with this one, but I don't stand for ignorance and stupidity at any level. But what we as fans have had to go through since this Team started 1-10 is inexcusable.

And I ask how many of you are voting for Bobby Jindall for Pres 4-years for now, cause his stance against the Stimulus Package is purely political ploy for his Presidential aspirations and the people in his state be Damned. I'm not making this up, thats what some Republicans do.

I am just as mad at the political tomfoolery of the Republicans as I am of the continued bad coaching direction still allowed by the Wizards organization.

We get again to vote some of this ignorance out of our Congress and Senate, but we can only pray that somebody begins to make the right decisions for the Wizards.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 25, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

"We get again to vote some of this ignorance out of our Congress and Senate, but we can only pray that somebody begins to make the right decisions for the Wizards.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 25, 2009 10:35 PM "

Dems are doing what Les BouleS are doing. Bait and switch.

Talk about Character, Commitment, and Connection to the season ticket holders, but then declare Gilby out for the season only after you've renewed.

Dems talking about stimulus, but pushing a plan through without appropriate review.

Would you buy a house or car or sign a contract without reading the details first while the broker is giving you pressure to sign? I don't think so.

POTUS talks about change we can believe in, but he appoints retreads from the Clinton era with ethics issues. Huh? That's not change, that's more of the same.

POTUS believe in education...yes...private education for his kids.

The list goes on...

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 25, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Here's something interesting:

Barkley is back on TNT after his self imposed vacation after being arrested the second time for a DUI charge. Recall that when he was arrested, he said he ran a stop sign because he was in a rush to get blown by his favorite hooker. He will probably go to jail for 5 days. No suspension from TNT.

No comment from Wilbon about his close friend, but Wilbon easily bashes Phelps and others.

Marv Albert gets fired by NBC for his suspended sentence for a misdemeanor on sexual assault where served no time.

If Barkley was fired, while Marv didn't, then people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be crying like babies.

Talk about pure racism there.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 25, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Another loss. Yet only 5 minutes for McGee. He's not going to improve sitting on the bench.

The scouts and announcers and players on other teams recognize this kid's talent. It disgraceful not to play him when you are 13 and out.

McGuire has shown signs of improvement lately, but, at best, he'll be an average NBA player down the road. Yet he gets Taps confidence.

Posted by: Izman | February 25, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

looks like everyone was watching the MD Duke game

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 25, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

So DC_MAN88 you are a Republican Huh.

You know, your posts mostly make a lot of sense and are pretty good. I would not take offense to what I said about Republicans. I am a Political Scientist (whatever thats worth), but I know that all Republicans cannot be brushed with the same brush.

Its just that, the defining posture of the Republican Party is a controlled misguided philosophy meant for the benefit of a small minority.

So DC_MAN88, I'm not really against Republicans, I'm just making an analogy of flawed philosophy of both them and the Wizards.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 25, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"So DC_MAN88 you are a Republican Huh.

You know, your posts mostly make a lot of sense and are pretty good. I would not take offense to what I said about Republicans. I am a Political Scientist (whatever thats worth), but I know that all Republicans cannot be brushed with the same brush.

Its just that, the defining posture of the Republican Party is a controlled misguided philosophy meant for the benefit of a small minority.

So DC_MAN88, I'm not really against Republicans, I'm just making an analogy of flawed philosophy of both them and the Wizards.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 25, 2009 11:26 PM "

Doesn't matter if I'm a republican or democrat or independent. I only pointed out contradictions that are glaringly obvious and can't be disputed.

And, it's only been what, a little over a month already?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123560612118376885.html

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 25, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, you did point out what appears to be contradictions and more of the same. But, if that was really the case, why did every single Republican in the House vote against the Stimulus package?

And all those cronies from the Clinton Administration, the last time I checked, the country, the whole country, was doing pretty damn good under that Administration, even the quarter million dollar crowd and above.

I was in the Military doing the Clinton Administration and could not keep track of the conservative Republicans that made a killing on the stock market but badmouthed President Clinton with every breath. Made no Damn sense.

The POTUS picking the Clinton crowd is to much like right, like picking a Damn Good Coach.

You learn from history, if somebody was successful at doing something you might want them on your Team. Whats wrong with that.

Yeah, I know, some Republicans hated the Clintons and still do. Pity on them. They need to get over it and do whats right for the country as well as someone needs to do whats right by the Wizards.

Can you feel me DC_MAN88?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 26, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

DC_MAN88 and LarryInClintonMD.

I enjoy reading both of your posts. Since you keep it real and do not take personal shots at the other people who post on here.

Unfortunately this how sad things have gotten. Sports is supposed to be an escape from reality, but because how bad this team is, we end up talking politics?

I agree with you Larry, Abe has run this organization like George W. ran the country (into the ground). Don’t give Bill a free ride though, he was lucky to be president during the dot com bubble and walked away with big bucks (90 million on a 400,000 a year salary?). All politicians (including Obama) are like Cheap Abe they are in it for themselves; they do it to make money! Just like Abe doesn’t care about the fans, politicians don’t care about the general public.

Larry, you say you are a Political Scientist? I believe the only way to solve the country’s problems are to get rid of both parties. Everyone runs as an independent and that way there would be no partisanship. No one would feel obligated to vote along party lines and all this BS right wing, liberal crap that is on the 24 news shows could come to an end.

Sorry to ramble but I watched the Terp/Duke game so I don’t have any comments about tnights Wizard game.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 26, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

"Yes, Steve Francis was also bought out because he was a problem child since he came to the league, and they paid him his 30 mil to go away."

He was a problem child for the Rockets, Magic, Knicks. But he was never a problem child for the Blazers, the team that actually bought him out, because he never played a single nanosecond of basketball for them. The Knicks traded Zach Randolph to the Knicks for Francis because because they needed to clear salary and roster space for Greg Oden. Randolph had a longer, contract than Marbury's (2 years longer at about $33 mill more) and swapping him for Francis's shorter contract saved the Blazers millions of dollars, even with them having to pay about $30 mill in the Francis buyout. The Blazers never had any intention he would ever play for them, so Francis "problem childhood" never entered into it. It was purely a money saving maneuver from the word "go."

Yes, Miles was bought out, but the Blazers tried to hide behind his injury as a reason why.

Why else would a team pay a guy to go away? Probably because the team has a young nucleus and they don't need a problem guy like Miles to be a bad influence.

That's why they got rid of him, and threatened to sue any team who picked him up. He has played 19 games this season for another team. If the Blazers thought he was a good guy for the team, they would have kept him since they have to pay him anyway, because he's obviously able to play again.

How convenient for you to omit facts in an attempt to justify your weak arguments.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Of course, that is complete fiction (mixed in with a bit of feverish conspiracy theory). Miles was not bought out. That is a simple, easily verifiable fact that any 7 year old with an Internet connection could check. (Apparently your mom's basement doesn't have WiFi.) They waived him after receiving a medical exception from the league, which had the consequence of wiping his salary off their cap and having insurance pay off the rest of his contract. They didn't "pay him to go away." His going away didn't cost them a dime. (Until it turned out that his career wasn't actually over, of course; then it cost them a lot.) Sure he was a jackass, and sure they were glad to be rid of him, but that doesn't change the basic fact that they didn't buy him out. Simple. Irrefutable. Fact. Period.

You've now moved from being wrong to being actively delusional, making up obvious falsehoods and hoping no one notices, most likely because you can't tell the difference anymore. The fact that you probably believe your own bad fiction makes it even sadder.

Really, nothing more need be said.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 26, 2009 1:17 AM | Report abuse

EDIT:

That should read: The Blazers traded Zach Randolph to the Knicks for Francis . .

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 26, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

EDIT:

That should read "Randolph had a longer, contract than Francis'" . . .

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 26, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Larry,

This is a sports thread in case you did not know. Nobody want's to hear your political blathering in here!

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 26, 2009 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, you're right Rphilli721. I apologize, but to continue to see this Team continually play like crap when it is totally the fault of bad coaching just throws my motor out of sync.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 26, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

"Yeah, you did point out what appears to be contradictions and more of the same. But, if that was really the case, why did every single Republican in the House vote against the Stimulus package?"

Again, would you sign something that you had zero time to read it beforehand?

"And all those cronies from the Clinton Administration, the last time I checked, the country, the whole country, was doing pretty damn good under that Administration, even the quarter million dollar crowd and above."

Clinton rode the dot.com wave, and the dot.com wave started going bust as he was exiting.

Don't forget, 9/11 happened because Clinton fell asleep at the wheel during his 2 terms.

"I was in the Military doing the Clinton Administration and could not keep track of the conservative Republicans that made a killing on the stock market but badmouthed President Clinton with every breath. Made no Damn sense."

Everybody made a killing because of of the dot.com wave. That's why they call it capitalism.

Right before leaving, Clinton of course pardoned his brother in law, and Mark Rich. Bush didn't even pardon Scooter Libby, as most liberals thought he would.

"The POTUS picking the Clinton crowd is to much like right, like picking a Damn Good Coach."

So right that people were backing out left and right after it was revealed they had ethics issues. I guess that's like picking a pee wee football team and then realizing some of those kids were high schoolers.

"You learn from history, if somebody was successful at doing something you might want them on your Team. Whats wrong with that."

Like how Clinton picked Greenspan, who just happened to admit that he dropped the ball in not predicting this recession?

Like how Clinton slept while Al-Quaeda planned 9/11?

Maybe Clinton was too tired b/c of Monica.

"Yeah, I know, some Republicans hated the Clintons and still do. Pity on them. They need to get over it and do whats right for the country as well as someone needs to do whats right by the Wizards.

Can you feel me DC_MAN88?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 26, 2009 12:13 AM ""

Biden said during the debates that the job of the president doesn't allow the luxury of on the job training. I guess he was right.


Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 26, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

"He was a problem child for the Rockets, Magic, Knicks. But he was never a problem child for the Blazers, the team that actually bought him out, because he never played a single nanosecond of basketball for them.

The Knicks traded Zach Randolph to the Knicks for Francis because because they needed to clear salary and roster space for Greg Oden. Randolph had a longer, contract than Marbury's (2 years longer at about $33 mill more) and swapping him for Francis's shorter contract saved the Blazers millions of dollars, even with them having to pay about $30 mill in the Francis buyout. The Blazers never had any intention he would ever play for them, so Francis "problem childhood" never entered into it. It was purely a money saving maneuver from the word "go.""

I guess you have the inability to see the Steve Francis pattern. If he was a problem child for all the teams he's played with, including Maryland, hmmmmm, it's a sure thing that that trend will continue.

Maybe you thought Stevie would have turned himself around while in Portland.

"Of course, that is complete fiction (mixed in with a bit of feverish conspiracy theory). Miles was not bought out. That is a simple, easily verifiable fact that any 7 year old with an Internet connection could check. (Apparently your mom's basement doesn't have WiFi.) They waived him after receiving a medical exception from the league, which had the consequence of wiping his salary off their cap and having insurance pay off the rest of his contract. They didn't "pay him to go away." His going away didn't cost them a dime. (Until it turned out that his career wasn't actually over, of course; then it cost them a lot.) Sure he was a jackass, and sure they were glad to be rid of him, but that doesn't change the basic fact that they didn't buy him out. Simple. Irrefutable. Fact. Period."

You sure are gullible.

If Miles was so decrepit that he they requested a medical exception, then why did they send a letter to all the teams threatening legal action if another team claimed him where he would have to play at least x games to count against the Blazers cap?

Suddenly, Miles received the miracle potion and now he's playing again, to the blazer's "surprise."

"You've now moved from being wrong to being actively delusional, making up obvious falsehoods and hoping no one notices, most likely because you can't tell the difference anymore. The fact that you probably believe your own bad fiction makes it even sadder.

Really, nothing more need be said.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 26, 2009 1:17 AM ""

I can't be wrong if you're admitting your wrong. Enjoy the Starbury bone that you had to swallow...for your sake, try not to choke.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 26, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

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