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Wizards 106, Kings 104

Crazy finish. The Wiz escaped with a rare win and stayed out of the NBA basement thanks in part to referee Eli Roe who ruled that Francisco Garcia's foot was on the line on the long jumper Garcia made with 3.8 seconds left. The shot would've tied the game but the refs stuck with the call after a video review. The replays I saw were too close to call but Garcia said it was the "right call."

The amazing thing about the last play was that Nick Young got sucked in by a driving Beno Udrih and left Garcia open in the corner. I asked Young was what he was thinking and he said he "had to help on Udrih." A layup doesn't beat you there Nick.


Tapscott addressed that part of the last play after the game: "I didn't see the shot because I was looking for the guy that got sucked in on the drive. I was saying something to him that I can't repeat."


By Ivan Carter  |  March 15, 2009; 9:27 PM ET
 
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"A layup doesn't beat you there Nick." Condescending to the young guys much? While true, why take a shot at the guy? The earlier parts of the paragraph would have done just fine in getting your point across, you are belaboring the point that the young guys are to blame. how well conceived was the untouchable vet's 18 foot jump hook with his man all over him prior to nick's defensive gaffe? or song's lollipop pass to no one in particular? or juan failing to step and challenge martin on the last shot after dom is trailing him coming off the screen? There are plenty of problems that need to be addressed that don't involve people named nick, andray and javale. The double standard is sickening. Also a three doesn't beat you there, it ties the game.

Posted by: bford1kb | March 15, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Bford,
Didn't see the game, but I agree with your sentiment. Vets have been given a pass all year long. There only seems to be accountability when it comes to the young guys. Bad D, bad shots, low intensity and careless passes are forgivable offenses so long as you've been in the league for more than 4 years.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | March 15, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Just remember that it's not about the young guys getting a free pass. It's about holding everybody accountable.

Ivan was right to call out Young here. This is tactics 101.

Posted by: psps23 | March 15, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I know it's hard to remember, but in the previous loss to the Magic, Crit, Young and McGee played well together.

They also had it going in the 1st half today (e.g., McGee had 9 points and 4 boards in 10 minutes).

But predictable, Taps stuck with his starters through most of the 3rd quarter, who played with no energy or skill and who made a game of it.

Then Taps blows a gasket when Young misses a defensive assignment at the end of the game, but Jamison misses a defensive assignment on 75% of the plays run in his direction on every night. And Taps never says a word about that.

Posted by: Izman | March 15, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

WIZ win, but reading the posts here it gives the appearance that we lost. Wow. Comes out as, YOUNG has NO B-ball I.Q. Maybe, maybe not. Somehow, almost every opponent in every game manages to beat the WIZARDS defense to death in end-of-game scenerios. Ole`. And when the LIZARDS run into a truely great defensive club, the game's over after one quarter. But singling out individuals for vitriolic frustration is great coaching I guess.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 15, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Everyone knows that Young is a horrible defender. Why was he even on the court?

Let's hope that the hamstring injury for Butler is not serious, but keeps him out for the rest of the season...so Tapscott doesn't run him completely into the ground.

Posted by: agrazian | March 15, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards tried to lose by putting their worst defensive players out there at the end but the Kings knew exactly what to do in order to further secure more ping pong balls. It was a game of nobody really wanted to win but the referee had to give it to someone at the end. Too bad the referees hate the Wizards too.

Posted by: JohnWWW | March 15, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Idiots; please lose this game - that is exactly what Sacramento did. Did you see the missed shots in the final minutes? They tanked it! First pick is needed.

Posted by: johnbear1 | March 16, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Wizards did loose the game. Right now every game in the win column is a lost oppertunity. Wiz should create a season ending "injury" to Butler, Jameson, Sangalia and James.

Posted by: szuwang | March 16, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Only saw the last 10 minutes of this one, but that's a perfectly valid criticism of Nick Young's defense. Making the comment doesn't imply any disrespect of the rest of his effort. A coach would have to be deaf, dumb, and blind not to notice.

It's his job to point it out. Stroking a player's ego, however, isn't necessarily in the job description.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 16, 2009 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Nick played a pretty good game except for that brainlock... but as someone said on the Bullets Forever site at that point, "What's Nick Young doing out there at this point of the game?"

Having the most ping pong balls is no guarantee of getting B Griffin anyway...

Posted by: khrabb | March 16, 2009 4:15 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who noticed that Kevin Martin walked his a** off on that last shot? He took 4 steps to get from the top of the key to the wing! But yet Taps is getting on Nick for going after Udrih? How about defending your team from getting bad calls, Taps? This has been a rough season on all of us (the fans included), but the one thing i've yet to witness is Taps sticking up for his players on bad calls (and their has been plenty). He didn't even defend Jamison when AJ got his tech. When Stepen Jackson got thrown out last night, Nellie left right behind him (but I wouldn't hang around for that beat down either). What happens if Martin makes that shot? Does he cuss out Nick or the refs for blowing that obvious travel?

Posted by: CBell29 | March 16, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

And speaking of travels, I watched the Hawks vs Blazers game yesterday and noticed that Joe Johnson utilized someone's infamous crab dribble early in the 1st quarter. And to even hear that the nba is CONSIDERING changing the rule to accommodate that move for a "certain someone", is the biggest insult to the league i've ever heard! Why don't David Stern just give him the title and get it over with!?!

Posted by: CBell29 | March 16, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

LOOSING!!! LOOSING!!! WE TALKING ABOUT LOOSING MAN!!! NOT WINNING MAN, BUT LOOSING MAN!!! WE TALKING BOUT' LOOSING MAN, NOT WINNING'.

Oh, my bad, man, i was having an A.I. flashback. He uh' he had that .. interview tha' udder' day.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 16, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Ok, I just watched the play over and first and foremost, A THREE DOESN'T BEAT US!!! A three TIES the game. Second, Nick wasn't the only one who got sucked in by Udrih's drive. Jamison also left his man (Nocioni, who was spotted up behind the 3 point line too) to head towards the rim. So they were both in the wrong. What happens if Garcia swings it over to Nocioni (he was wide open and after Jamison and Nick ran towards Garcia, nobody would've made it over to Nocioni to challenge his shot) and he makes the shot to tie the game? Does Taps chastise AJ afterwards? I doubt it seriously.

Posted by: CBell29 | March 16, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

cbell29L"Am I the only one who noticed that Kevin Martin walked his a** off on that last shot? He took 4 steps to get from the top of the key to the wing! But yet Taps is getting on Nick for going after Udrih? How about defending your team from getting bad calls, Taps?"

Wouldn't that be poor coaching, though? To let your own player's mistake go unremarked, using the excuse that your opponent got away with traveling?

One doesn't cancel out the other. You're supposed to work on your own game, regardless of what happens to the other guy.

Not if you're hoping to improve, that is.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 16, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Late game execution--both offense and D--have not improved over an entire season. My sense is now, "out of respect for the vets," when we need a bucket in the last few seconds we always very predictably go to Caron or AJ--and then they get doubled or tripled (except in the Indiana game) and force up a bad shot. Same thing again last night with AJ at the end. These are both solid offensive players but not Vince Carter get-their-shots-off-against-anyone. There's no ball movement when games are tight; just throw it to AJ and pray.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 16, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't that be poor coaching, though? To let your own player's mistake go unremarked, using the excuse that your opponent got away with traveling?

Part of coaching is standing up for your players. The second part of my post was, where was Taps when AJ got hacked on consecutive plays and got a tech? I have never seen him stand up for any player (other than Jamison and Caron) on the floor or in the media.

Posted by: CBell29 | March 16, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Ok Ivan, you made a valid point on Nick's mistake. However, once again there have been plenty of games when CB and AJ have made similar mistakes and were never called out. But, I can see why you seem to get on Nick and AB alot. They both have unlimited potential, but often it seems like they are playing at half speed or almost like they are "air heads". DMac and McGee seem to be more serious with their games.

Lastly, could you please ask Tapscott a "tough" question, like you asked Nick? How is it McGee barely saw any minutes in the second half after playing a great 1st half? J Thompson, a fellow rookie, played 36 minutes before fouling out.

He was the 12th pick in this year's draft. In the meantime, McGee gets about 12 minutes and is picked only 6 slots after him. Now if McGee's game looked liked OPEC's I would understand then, but we all know it does not at all. If you are going to call out Nick and AB, then Tapscott is as much as a good candidate to be called out as anybody.

Posted by: BulletsFever | March 16, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

CBell29,

I saw it too. It was an egregious travel. 4-steps out above the 3-pt line with clear control of the ball.

Yeah, thats what Tapps should have been jumping up and down about. NBA players go the wrong way all the time on critical plays. Even on designed plays they almost never go as planned.

This just validates the enormous ignimity of ones coaching analogy as it pertains to the game.

Chastize ur guy cause he went the wrong way. When clearly, the game could have been lost by a 3-pt shooter who took four steps above the 3-pt line and the refs did not call it.

This gives LBJ all the amunition he needs.

CBell29, glad you saw that too.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 16, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I think we're trying to tank without looking like we're trying.
There's no other reason for JM to NOT play much in the 2nd half.

Posted by: original_mark | March 16, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, we can't even get THAT right.

Posted by: original_mark | March 16, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

No, it would not be poor coaching to actually respond to what is really important on the floor. And a three wins the game, not tie it. Check the score. Mike James missed the second free throw to put the Wizs only up by two.

And as a competent NBA coach you cannot let a player take 4-steps wit' the ball wit' the game on the line and totally ignore it. Thats what you call moronic.

Getting faked, checking the wrong guy, loosing your man are basketball mistakes that you take along with the wins and the loses.

However, total disregard to an illegal play that could have cost you the game and you choose to chastize your player for a normal bad decision that all NBA players make is the epitomy of incompetence.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 16, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"There's no other reason for JM to NOT play much in the 2nd half"

Didn't he have 5 fouls?

Posted by: cballer | March 16, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Ok, I just watched the play over and first and foremost, A THREE DOESN'T BEAT US!!! A three TIES the game.
------------------
True, but in a tie game, James doesn't get that foul. more than likely sending the game to overtime.

Posted by: crs-one | March 16, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Ok. 3 ties game.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 16, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Nick's moving blocking foul 40 seconds earlier (which led to 3 points) was an even stupider defensive move. He is absolutely clueless on defense. I hope the Wiz can package him with either James or Etan to someone in the offseason.

And it's a good thing that coach's early burning of all our timeouts didn't come back to be the final nail in another stunning loss.

Posted by: rbelleisle | March 16, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

NO!!! Confusing.

We are mixing up the last two plays.

CBell29, the non-call 4-step travel was the last play. That shot could have won the game as I stated above.

The previous shot that was reviewed would have tied the game if ruled a three.

Ivan Carter is guilty of knowing clearly what is in his mind, but not translating it to print in his game ending analysis above.

Ivan has clearly lost the last play. The last play, the non-called travel play could have won the game.

Ivan's analogy has confused the point in that the last shot would have won the game and not tied it.

Ivan is calling the reviewed play the last play when clearly it is not.

So CBell29, your first take was correct and Ivan and others here are incorrect in asserting that the last play would have tied the game.

The last play, the non-called travel would have WON THE GAME!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 16, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

KALO_RAMA,

Talking about the Wizards tanking. I'm looking around and I think there's one other Team tanking for a ping pong selection.

Can anybody say the DETROIT PISTONS.

BULLETFANS78, whatausay?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 16, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

And if you read Ivan's whole blog again, it is clear that he has mixed the last two plays into one. His last paragraph confuses which play is actually being discussed by Tapps.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 16, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Samson151:

Granted, that is a coach's due - point out errors of both a physical and mental nature. It's HOW it's done that makes a difference. Obviously, TAPS approach with YOUNG is not working. His game has regressed defensively. NICK gives all the appearance of being proud and stubborn, probably not the best personality traits to have in the NBA. But when one approach doesn't work, a good coach tries another, and another until something clicks. A great coach pretty much figures out what will work from the git-go and implements it fairly quickly. Publically flogging an individual player is not the measure of a good coach or a great one. Which is where the WIZARDS are currently.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 16, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Look, let's call things for what they are -- it was a horrible play by Young to collapse in the paint on Garcia's shot, and as CBell points out, for Jamison to do the same thing on that play.

But let's also understand why those guys did that -- that is the Wizards' defensive scheme. They are taught to collapse into the paint any time anyone drives. That is in great part why they give up the 5th highest opponent 3 point percentage in the league. Do you think it was a coincidence that, needing a 3, Sacramento drove the ball to the rim? They knew it would free up guys on the 3 point line.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | March 16, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

While looking up the opponent 3 point percentage stat I referenced above, I found it pretty interesting that the teams in the bottom 5 include Sacramento (worst), New Jersey (second worst), and the Wizards (5th worst). It might be coincidence that Eddie Jordan coached at each place, but is it possible that the defensive principles used by those teams were introduced or adopted by Jordan?

Posted by: disgruntledfan | March 16, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

So CBell29, your first take was correct and Ivan and others here are incorrect in asserting that the last play would have tied the game.

The last play, the non-called travel would have WON THE GAME!

LarryInClintonMD


Larry, I'm aware of that. I think Ivan has us a little bit confused cause he mentioned the Garcia 3 as the last play of the game when it was Martin's 3 that would've won the game.

Posted by: CBell29 | March 16, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

And thanks for the backup on the "Taps is the worse coach" bandwagon. LOL!!! Please bring bach "The Real Eddie"!

Posted by: CBell29 | March 16, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

larryinclinton: "No, it would not be poor coaching to actually respond to what is really important on the floor. And a three wins the game, not tie it. Check the score. Mike James missed the second free throw to put the Wizs only up by two.
And as a competent NBA coach you cannot let a player take 4-steps wit' the ball wit' the game on the line and totally ignore it. Thats what you call moronic.
Getting faked, checking the wrong guy, loosing your man are basketball mistakes that you take along with the wins and the loses."

Never heard of a good coach who encouraged players to make excuses for their own failings.

You can criticize Tapscott all you want for not protesting the travel. But you can't criticize him for pointing out an obvious error by a young player.

Makes no difference whether the game was on the line or not. Young players learn when they stop worrying about what the refs are doing and start paying attention to their own performance.

Fans can debate stuff like calls and schemes and coaching strategies. A player can't control any of that. All the player can control is what he did on that particular play.

So a coach who saw a mistake and didn't point it out would be a negligent coach.

The coach can be nice about it, the way John Wooden was, or mean like Bob Knight. or couch it in Zen like Phil Jackson.But he has to make the young player aware of it when it happens.

Otherwise he's not a coach, in my book. He's a freaking showman.

Not that there aren't a lot of showmen out there pretending to be coaches.

However, total disregard to an illegal play that could have cost you the game and you choose to chastize your player for a normal bad decision that all NBA players make is the epitomy of incompetence.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 16, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"However, total disregard to an illegal play that could have cost you the game and you choose to chastize your player for a normal bad decision that all NBA players make is the epitomy of incompetence."

I should point out that the above paragraph looked like I wrote it, but I didn't. I consider it misguided.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 16, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

At that point in the game, with seconds left, it does Tapscott no good to ride the officials about a blown call on the opponent. If the refs didn't see it, they didn't see it. Complaining about it isn't going to change that. Now normally the benefit of complaining is that you get a makeup call later on in the game, but since the Kings were taking what would be the last shot of the game, Tapscott didn't even have that option. The only measurable result that he could have gotten out of screaming at the refs would have been getting T'ed up, which is the last thing he wanted in that situation. And there's no point in him complaining about it after the game because his team won.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 16, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Play Jm til he fouls out. What difference does it make. He may actually learn how to play with fouls. That's a lesson every player needs.


Here's a nice article about the Wiz...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/steve_aschburner/03/12/wizards/index.html


And one pretty telling quote...


A visitor to Washington's locker room Monday night revealed all sorts of roughhousing, jabbering and clowning around, and remarked that this might be the most immature post-game locker room in the league. Giddy, maybe, from a 110-99 victory over the Timberwolves? Nah, said a staffer. They're like this every night.

It sounds to me like some leadership that should be coming from the vets and coaches is missing.

Posted by: original_mark | March 16, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

disgruntledfan, we've had this same problem now for years. I don't understand why this is never addressed. We've been collapsing and leaving shooters open for 10 years now. Is it because we haven't had a interior defensive presence?

I don't buy that because BTH is, if nothing else, a big guy with a long wingspan.

Posted by: original_mark | March 16, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

How the he11 can youngsta's stop thinking about referees with JAMISON always in their ear?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 16, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Being big with long arms doesn't automatically equate to being a defensive presence.

Haywood is most effective defensively in man-to-man situations, where he can use his size and strength to push opposing post players out of their comfort zones. But his lack of footspeed, lateral quickness, and vertical lift means he's of more limited value when it comes to rotating over in help defense on quick, driving wing players going to the basket.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 16, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Come Kalo, you can't be serious, you can't get a Tech for pointing out on the spot that the player is traveling.

Not enough time to get a Tech' and if Tapps did something so bad to get a Tech in that short of time, it clearly would say something about his intelligence.

The point is, if Tapps would have been seen pointing out to the Refs after the game was over that the shooter clearly traveled and that is was a badly blown non-call, he might have gained some invaluable cred/respect from his players.

Instead, he chose to portray the same miserable coaching traits towards his inexperienced young players.

It's early Kalo, you had your coffee yet, you usually get me good. I think I got you on this one.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 16, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

lol...the Wiz could win the remainder of the games and Tap would still get killed in here on a regular basis...past the point of ridiculous.

NY making a boneheaded play...what a shocker! It's why he will never be the player he should be. Then to say he "had to go with Udrih" tells me more about him than the actual mistake. Weak.

Ummm...McGee's mins dwindled bc of major foul trouble in the second half along with his usual dose of blown assignments. I believe he got his 5th foul at the end of the 3rd or beginning of the 4th.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 16, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Young is a terrible defender. Honestly, I see little to no chance of that changing. The question is: With a full roster, can he be effective/consistent enough offensively to provide an instant scoring punch off the bench in limited minutes? That's where his real measure of improvement is going to be. Right now, his reliance on easy/lazy fadeaways and his reluctance to go to the basket makes even his offense unreliable.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 16, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Walked his ass off? Hardly. I just watched it five times in slow motion and if he did travel it is extremely close. Seems to me nobody on the court could tell when it was at full speed at all. Refs , players, and coaches alike.

Just another thing your nitpicking in a frustrating season. Besides, it did not go in so who cares!

And it's LOSING...not LOOSING!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 16, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Kal, right on again!

I've posted several times about his reliance on that cross-over fadeaway jumper move of his. It's his pet move and pretty much unstoppable, which is good. However, that move is not going to lend itself to being consistent. Fadeaways are usually last resort moves for NBA players not first option moves for that reason.

Similarly, Blatche used to always pump fake before shooting a mid-range jumper, which led to his shooting inconsistencies. He is starting to go straight up more often without hesitation and his shot seems to be improving bc of it.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 16, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

On Blathce . . . he appears to be playing with more bounce and livelier legs since his return from injury.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 16, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that too. He seemed to struggle with just getting dunks at times especially in traffic and he's what 6'11" with a decent wingspan. Probably another indication of his not so great work habits with getting in shape. EJ used to dog him on that consistently. He would almost always blame Blatche's erratic play on not being in tip top shape.

That being said, he is having by far his most consistent productive season although still a lot of room for improvement. I still see some hope with him. NY, I am not so sure about anymore.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 16, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

For some reason Blatche seems to have an aversion to fully extending his arms when shooting around the basket. Even on layups at point blank range he has a tendency to release the ball below the rim and try to roll it up and over.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 16, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

That being said, he is having by far his most consistent productive season although still a lot of room for improvement. I still see some hope with him. NY, I am not so sure about anymore.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 16, 2009 1:05 PM

I see both players improving corrsponding to palying time, its that simple. I believe Young had 16 points yesterday and played more soildly tha in the past defensively. For a head coch who systematically has amnesia with respect to the defensive liabilities of his major minute players and then to point that out about the Nick Young/Garcia play explains why this team is fractured.

Corner help is an achilles heel of almost every team, particularly when the perimeter defense is habitually weak. Veterans are vulerable as well and sometimes you live with the luck of the draw *See Jason Terry Yesyerday vs. Lakers.
The other point is with no one to defend the rim (Songalia can't) other teams attack the rim and the Wizards have no choice but to help in the lane or give up the two point shot). My comment is not a snub on Darius because he is our best on ball low post defender but he is impotent at the rim.

Posted by: NewManagement | March 16, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

it's fine to point out NY's mistake in the final seconds...but let's not forget that it was, in large part, the veterans who squandered that lead. they should be help accountable as well. i hate Tap.

Posted by: superwilks | March 16, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Walked his ass off? Hardly. I just watched it five times in slow motion and if he did travel it is extremely close. Seems to me nobody on the court could tell when it was at full speed at all. Refs , players, and coaches alike.

Just another thing your nitpicking in a frustrating season. Besides, it did not go in so who cares!

And it's LOSING...not LOOSING!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 16, 2009 12:43 PM

Not quite sure what you looking at homie! But as he curled off the pick, he had the ball in his hands. He then took 4 steps to get the shot off. And if you want to nitpik, maybe 3 steps if you want to count that as his pivot foot.

Posted by: CBell29 | March 16, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The Wizard doesn't have good one on one defender that oftentimes opponent beat them with penetration and those team with good ball movement will always have their 3 point shooters open...especially in the wing. We have that shooter in Mason last year but was not taken advantage fully because of poor spacing and ball movement.

As for NY and AB, I believe that they've been asked to do too much which they are simply not capable of doing. NY for example is just an offensive player. Right now he's as defensive liability as AJ. AB will be better once he plays in his natural position (PF/SF) and playing along side BH will be better for him. Hopefully next season with a new coach, new system, and Agent Zero, BTH and others coming back and experience on thier back that the youngster will have a better season next year.

Posted by: Dave381 | March 16, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

NY made a mistake----MAYBE--- if he played more he'd learn.

Or he can sit with Pech & stagnate.

Posted by: VBFan | March 16, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Also, i immediately thought Martin traveled. Even if just 3 steps, they were 3 enormous steps to curl around the defender. It's hard to catch the ball facing the sideline and curl around, square up and fire a 3 without a dribble. I imagine if they had called a travel, Martin would not have protested. It was incredibly obvious. That is not nitpicking. It's an understanding of basketball.

Posted by: superwilks | March 16, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I never had a problem with noting that nick made a mistake by leaving garcia, a guy sacramento wanted to shoot the 3, but writing, "A layup doesn't beat you there Nick," is ridiculous, a three doesn't beat you there either, this line is more about railing nick than about noting how the wizards need to improve. There has yet to be a shred of accountability for the veterans who get smashed repeatedly and every mistake made by a young guy has 4 quotes revolving around it the next day in the paper.
Did you see the possession and subsequently the shot aj put up with the 3 point lead? Let's just pass it to aj and let him create like he's kobe, the result a challenged 18-foot, off-balance jump-hook.

Posted by: bford1kb | March 16, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Agree bford1kb on AJ's shot. I was watching the game with my 6 yr old son and said that why is AJ throwing up those awful shots. Why not AJ be the decoy and let NY get the shot.

Posted by: Dave381 | March 16, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

lol...the Wiz could win the remainder of the games and Tap would still get killed in here on a regular basis...past the point of ridiculous.

Ummm...McGee's mins dwindled bc of major foul trouble in the second half along with his usual dose of blown assignments. I believe he got his 5th foul at the end of the 3rd or beginning of the 4th.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 16, 2009 12:23 PM

No point is never to far to pass when you are talking about Tapscott. He is a hypocrite and plays favorites way too much for my liking. There is no place in professional coaching for his type of coaching, period. He coaches just like a high school coach. I never thought I would see somebody worse at in game substitutions then Eddie Jordan until Tapscott came along. Again, what was the point of firing Eddie J. then....?????

As for the McGee thing, thanks for letting me know it was a foul trouble issue. I don't look at the games in the 1st and 3rd quarters much anymore because I know the lineups are always the ones that ended the game last night, except AB is on the bench and CB is in.

Tapscott has all by himself pretty much made me stop watching all of the games or even pieces of them anymore. I wanted Martin to hit that shot so bad I can not even describe it.

Not because of ping pong balls for the lottery, but just to stick it to Tapscott. He played that lineup way to long in the 4th quarter and almost burned them out. Losing would have served him right.......

Posted by: BulletsFever | March 16, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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