Wizards (10-37) vs. Grizzlies (11-35)

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

Grizzlies: Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, Marc Gasol, Darrell Arthur, Rudy Gay.

Refs: Leon Wood, Olandis Poole, Greg Williard.

Line: Wizards by 4 1/2 (that's two games in a row that they've been favored)

-DeShawn Stevenson is out tonight with lower back pain. Interim coach Ed Tapscott said tthe back has given him problems the last couple of days so the decision was made to hold him out.

-The Wizards are looking for only their second two-game winning streak off the season while the Grizzlies have lost 12 straight, including four straight under coach Lionel Hollins, who replaced Marc Iavaroni on Jan. 25.

-Jamison is averaging 24.5 points and 13 rebounds in the last four games....Gasol leads all rookies in shooting (51.4 percent).

By Ivan Carter |  February 2, 2009; 5:02 PM ET
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Wow, what a couple of amazing days for me. First, the Wizards are NOT the worst team in the league. Then, I find that they have actually previously won two in a row (oh how soon I forget!) Then playing the awful Grizz, we actually may win two in a row and be the THIRD WORST team in the league. Wow.

My head is just spinning right now.

Posted by: charley42 | February 2, 2009 6:36 PM

Here's a wild idea - play people at their natural position:

Crit (pg), Young (sg), Butler (sf), Jamison (pf), McGee (c).

This combo is much better than Taps' starting five, but then again, that's not saying much.

Posted by: Izman | February 2, 2009 6:39 PM

Tap is changing his strategy, first it was slow-ball, stall-ball, keep the score low so he can say "Hey I'm not a bad coach, we only lost by 12!". Now he's in full "inflate-the-stats" mode. Run-n-gun, inflate the scoring averages so our players are more attractive in trades.

Posted by: twigmuffin | February 2, 2009 9:08 PM

MeTawn gets 29-13, and Les BouleS get blown out by Memphis, a team that lost 12 in a row.

Not surprised.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2009 9:54 PM

Given that player development is about the only thing left for Wiz management to achieve in this season, here's how I'd rate today's play by the young players:

McGee = C
Young = C
Mac = D
Crit = D
Pech = F
Blatche = N/A

Where will these guys be by the end of the year?

I would hope that Tapscott compensation is tied to getting at least two of these guys to a solid B rating.

Posted by: Izman | February 2, 2009 10:02 PM

Losing at home to a team that had lost 12 in a row - I think this is a new low. Why do any of us even care about this team anymore?

Posted by: tigerquoll | February 2, 2009 10:02 PM

Izman,

I would give Blatche and McGuire B's for their overall season improvement. Next year when they are a couple of the first guys off the bench, I think you'll see some real depth developing on this team.

As for this game, I don't even know what to say. All you guys in here got your wish with JC and McGee getting critical minutes. McGee obliged with turning in the two plays that put the nail in the coffin with about 4 mins left. Two 3 pt plays by Memphis courtesy of Mr. McGee not that he was responsible for the lose. He just erased all doubt of the outcome with those two plays. If you gave Songalia his size and athletic ability, you would have one of the best big men in the league.

McGuire did nothing to impede Mayo, a rookie, and lost mins down the stretch, but then NY played him some and I don't think he even knew where Mayo was on a few plays. His defense is atrocious! AJ at least tries, but just doesn't have the ability - hops, power, quickness - at his position. NY has it all except the desire.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 2, 2009 10:21 PM

Oh..I should add..

McGee +/- -21
Songalia +/- +7

JC +/- -20
James +/- +1

Now considering everyone played enough mins for this stat to matter and they all played mins when the game was in doubt - it is telling for this game.

Huh, guess the little things and experience DO matter even though neither veteran necessarily played outstanding.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 2, 2009 10:31 PM

The only thing to care about now is how to get rid of MeTawn and the rest of the riff raff crew in exchange for CBosh.

If EG wants to win now, and he signed people based on that, then if he gets the #1 pick, he needs to trade it. This team doesn't need any more youth projects.

http://sports.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090202.wsptraps0202/GSStory/GlobeSportsBasketball/home

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2009 10:48 PM

Let me put this differently.

If you were Taps and your pay was tied to getting at least two of six youngsters to a solid B level of performance by the end of the year, what would you do?

Posted by: Izman | February 2, 2009 11:10 PM

Let's face it. The Wiz have one of the worst records in the league bc they have one of the worst teams. They lost two players (GA and BTH) who would have made them respectable. They also lost the AD of previous seasons even before he was traded. They are anchored by two vets who would make up the pieces of an otherwise good team. The rest are young players some of whom have promise and some who don't. Then there are other vets who might be assets on some quality teams as spot players. Next year with the return of GA (maybe) and BTH along with an impact player up front by draft or trade, and the continued development of some of the young players they may be on the way to respectability. That is a lot to ask for. right now the only thing that makes sense it to give the young players an opportunity to show what they are worth.

Posted by: browneri | February 2, 2009 11:24 PM

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