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Spurs 100, Wizards 78

Just pure domination. The Spurs dismantled the Wizards in predictable fashion tonight and didn't even need to play particularly well to do it. San Antonio became the latest team to shot better than 50 percent against the Wiz en route to extending its home win streak over the DC ballers to nine games.

Caron Butler warmed up but was a late scratch with that hamstring injury. He told me that he will try to play Saturday night at Dallas.

By Ivan Carter  |  March 7, 2009; 1:25 AM ET
 
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I guess the best we got out of this trip to San Antonio were Larry from Clinton's reports from River Walk.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 7, 2009 2:30 AM | Report abuse

The difference had very little to do with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. They played 24 and 18 minutes and Ginobli was out.

And Roger Mason, who everyone was moaning about the loss of last week, had only 4 points.

The Wizards got run over by guys like Ime udokwu(??), George Hill, Malik Hairston, Jacques Vaughn and Matt Bonner.

It was simply an extremely well coached team playing an extremely poorly coached team.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | March 7, 2009 6:29 AM | Report abuse

ultimfootnetwork: "It was simply an extremely well coached team playing an extremely poorly coached team."

Would it were so simple. Then all we'd have to do is get another coach.

Let's hope you're correct. Be interesting to see who the next victim -- er, lucky recipient of the honor -- turns out to be.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 7, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

I was going to say the same thing as Ultimate, above. There's been much talk about how the Wizards talent is so incredibly poor, Ivan wants to dump everybody but Jamison, etc., but look at the Spurs' lineup. As starters, they have one of the all-time greats in Duncan (who historically averages only 34 minutes a game), a great point guard, Mason, who was a bench player for the Wizards, Michael Finley, who is so old that I think my grandmother slept with him a couple of times, and Matt Bonner (insert joke here).
That goes to show that if you have a great player, a great coach, and a commitment to defense, you can go far. The Wizards have none of the above this season. And when he comes back, Arenas may or may not be a great player. That's why I think the Wizards need to use, rather than trade, their lottery pick, so they at least have a chance to pick up a great player.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | March 7, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

And they need to use it on the best defensive player they can find....

Posted by: flohrtv | March 7, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

OUCH. Noncompetitive once again.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 7, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Les BouleS were issued a certified Chris Brown beatdown last night.

It was ugly.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 7, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

"The Wizards got run over by guys like Ime udokwu(??), George Hill, Malik Hairston, Jacques Vaughn and Matt Bonner.

It was simply an extremely well coached team playing an extremely poorly coached team.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | March 7, 2009 6:29 AM "

Same thing happened a few nights ago, although at a much worse level, to a depleted Thunder team missing Durant and Greene.

Of course, the apologists came out and defended Les BouleS saying the Thunder also beat Dallas, as if that mattered.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 7, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Is anyone wondering how much HAYWOOD is missed. Check last night for a clue. We need a dominant center. And HAYWOOD is NOT a dominant center. Just sayin' he's the best we got.

McGEE fumbled mucho passes in traffic last night. So many the rest of the guys began going to other options and TAP took him out. He's a rookie, a newbie who becomes a power forward when he fills out. We need a legitimate center for this team.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the draft fans have broken down to the Thabeet vs Griffin group. Suppose the Wiz get the third pick and both are gone. Then who do they take?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 7, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

If the pick can't be swapped for some veteran interior toughness, I'd go for Harden. It's not like this team is stocked with multi-talented SGs.

Posted by: mugsybol | March 7, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

The Laugh Out Loud Laugh O'Lympics featuring Eddie Jordan,Mike O'Koren,and Roger Mason Jr.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 7, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Use the pick and keep the nucleous. With the right coach and the right pick, this Team will be downright surprising next year.

LarryInClintonMD,

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 7, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I flipped between Celtics-Cavaliers game and Wizards game last night. For Celtics, the development of Powe allows Celtics to afford loosing Posey. In Wizards' case the slow development of Young makes us still wondering why we let Mason go. Not just Powe and Young, Big Baby Davis, another 2nd year player also developed into quite a role player, way ahead of Wizards' youngsters.

Tapscott not only failed as a head coach, he failed as a player development director as well!

Posted by: sagaliba | March 7, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"The Wizards got run over by guys like Ime udokwu(??), George Hill, Malik Hairston, Jacques Vaughn and Matt Bonner.

Tuff to watch.
Their bench players are miles ahead of ours.
As is every other team's.

Very frustrating !

Posted by: VBFan | March 7, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Quote: "McGEE fumbled mucho passes in traffic last night. So many the rest of the guys began going to other options and TAP took him out"

McGee was -1 for the game. The starters were -25, and they played against the second string for a good portion of the game.

See the previous comment about Big Baby. Doc Rivers has him playing with confidence.

Posted by: Izman | March 7, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Now that McGuire has gotten minutes and the confidence of the coaches and the Post, how do think he's done generally (other than improving over his first season)? For example, who do rate equal to him from another team?

What role do you see him playing next year for the Wiz?

Posted by: Izman | March 7, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Remember remember the 12th of November
A healthy Gilbert Jamison and Haywood with Butler coming off the bench light up the Spurs 110-95. When we are healthy, we can beat these guys (it helps also if Arenas gives us 43 points on 15 of 20)
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=251112027

Posted by: emmet1 | March 7, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I think the coaching staff is having an effect on some of our youngsters.
NY & JM & Critt started the season like balls of fire now it looks like they are looking for lighter fluid. What happened to the spark??
I thought they'd show improvement with playing time....Wrong again.

Posted by: VBFan | March 7, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Having the third pick would be a real dilemma. I've seen Harden play a few times, and have been less than impressed. He is not athletic, turns the ball over a lot, and seems way too passive. That being said, I would look to one of the 3 Wake Forest players with the 3rd pick. I love Teague, but I agree with most everyone on this blog that the Wiz desperately need a big nasty at either the 4 or the 5.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | March 7, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

How about that guy who abused THABEET down low a couple of weeks ago? He sure looked good for one game at least.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not convinced that Thabeet is a clear lock for #2, so if this team doesn't get the #1 pick, there would be some good options after Griffin. There's Monroe, who's shown some potential in scoring, rebounding, & passing in the toughest conference (the argument I always here about Thabeet). Then there Harden & Hill from the desert.

This team appears to have a guaranteed top 5 pick, so that gives the team options at PF/C with Griffin, Thabeet, Monroe & Hill. Then in the backcourt, there's Harden and maybe even Rubio. Not saying that anybody outside of Griffin would help immediately, but there are still options...

Posted by: -CN- | March 7, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young where are you???
I was a NY booster early on.
I think he has the same disease that Blatch had early on. Looks like AB is recovering from it. Maybe he could help NY adapt to the Big Time.
I think NY is realizing that he ain't as good as he thought and there is more to the NBA than having a pretty J and that dribbling to the hoop is a lot harder than in HS & USC.
Wake up Nick! The Wizzies need you.

Posted by: VBFan | March 7, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

A season like this one has happened to most NBA teams. It's just hard to see how the Wiz will dig out. Like the Spurs, they seem to value stability. Stability for stability's sake is no virtue if the group has no real leader and no track record of getting to the next level. There's lots of parts on this team that may benefit other teams, but on this team they're just parts....and some may have plateaued--like Young and Blatche.

As things look now, a lot of longshots have to come in: Zero and BTH have to come back and perform close to their past level; they must draft Griffin; and they need a coach who can motivate and raise the overall basketball IQ of the group.

That's a lot to hope for. As a season ticket holder--undedecided whether to renew--I just want see whoever is on the floor emulate the every-possession effort shown by Jamison, Butler and Songailla.

Posted by: civiccenter | March 7, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Blatche played his position in Butler's absence -- forward in the game v. the Hawks. He is clearly more prepared as a forward than as a center. When he started taking jump shots, I think I heard a collective cringe from the Verizon cetner... then the shots landed.... 4 for 4....

McGee, it is a 50/50 showing. During last year's draft I felt we needed a true center.. McGee was not a bad pick by no means - with proper coacher, his skills would have improved & been more consistent. But w/o Haywood, he had to step up & be the center.. this also would have worked w/ proper coaching...

This draft, we do need a true center to back Haywood up... Thomas frankly is not promised & we have to stop turining one player into another...

About the spurs game, we got our behinds kicked. There is more than enough finger pointing to go around.

Posted by: 2StepsAway | March 7, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"Is anyone wondering how much HAYWOOD is missed. Check last night for a clue. We need a dominant center. And HAYWOOD is NOT a dominant center. Just sayin' he's the best we got.

McGEE fumbled mucho passes in traffic last night. So many the rest of the guys began going to other options and TAP took him out. He's a rookie, a newbie who becomes a power forward when he fills out. We need a legitimate center for this team.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2009 8:44 AM "

Let me know when someone the caliber of Shaq, DRob, Ewing, Olajuwon, or DHoward are coming out. No dominant centers in this upcoming draft though. Keep dreaming.

Les BouleS had a minute chance possibly with Okafor this past off season, but that's history. They instead, decided to pay 50 mil to a jump shooting tweener and $127 mil to a gimpy guard, and used Gilby's cap relief welfare to target Dee Brown while not bothering to court Mason.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 7, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

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