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Wizards (14-45) vs. Hawks (33-26), Stevenson Done For Season

Update: Caron Butler is a late scratch (hamstring tightness).

Wizards starters: Mike James, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche, Darius Songaila.

Hawks: Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams.

Refs: Luis Grillo, Dan Crawford, Curtis Blair.

Line: Atlanta by 4.

-Spoke with DeShawn Stevenson before the game and he said that he's undergoing surgery later this week to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. That means his season is officially over. He said it would be roughly two months before he can resume hoops activity.

-The Wizards are 0-3 against Atlanta this season and 0-12 against the Southeast Division.

-The Hawks got in at six a.m. this morning because of bad weather in Atlanta where they lost a tough one to the Cavs last night 88-87. (Another phantom call that when LeBron's way). The Wizards should be fresh after getting yesterday off.

By Ivan Carter  |  March 2, 2009; 4:50 PM ET
 
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Well,I guess its better the Wizards need to lose all the games they can. They need a good draft pick so its good so they can lose all the games they have.

Blake Griffin We need you

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | March 2, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Well,I guess its better the Wizards need to lose all the games they can. They need a good draft pick so its good so they can lose all the games they have.

Blake Griffin We need you

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | March 2, 2009 6:53 PM

These types of comments are beyond idiotic. You are not a fan of this team if you are rooting for them to lose in order to POSSIBLY get a higher draft pick. Only the phony d-bag "fans" come up with reasons to root against their team.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

brandonjamal13: "Well,I guess its better the Wizards need to lose all the games they can. They need a good draft pick so its good so they can lose all the games they have. Blake Griffin We need you"

Never works that way, since the lottery came into effect. That's eliminated the perceived advantage teams got from tanking at the end of the season.

Lot of fans have said that, though. You're far from alone.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

The old "tight hamstring" excuse for "Tough juice" huh?

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 2, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he got a tight hammie. Good for him. Hope Jamison gets one two. Maybe Pech might get a start. Since it appears Taps want to go with a one guard offense.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 2, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

another point on Jamison - he's rarely injured. He also heals quick. That's certainly another plus in his favor and why I am a Jamison supporter.

Posted by: washwiz | March 2, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"These types of comments are beyond idiotic. You are not a fan of this team if you are rooting for them to lose in order to POSSIBLY get a higher draft pick. Only the phony d-bag "fans" come up with reasons to root against their team.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 7:01 PM "

Phony or not, it's the truth!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 2, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

McGee, Blatche and Crit were - by far - the best Wizards in the first half.

Will they get any confidence from the coaching staff in the 2nd half? Going in, none of them think so.

p.s. Before the game, Tapscott was blaming the losses in the second game of back to backs on the young players. Way to go, Taps.

Posted by: Izman | March 2, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 7:01 PM These types of comments are beyond idiotic. You are not a fan of this team if you are rooting for them to lose in order to POSSIBLY get a higher draft pick. Only the phony d-bag "fans" come up with reasons to root against their team.

Hey I am a big Wizards fan what are you talking about. So they should win games? so they wont have a good draft pick your 14-45 what sense to make to win. your going to be in the lottery regardless

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | March 2, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"McGee, Blatche and Crit were - by far - the best Wizards in the first half."

Shocking that you opted to leave Dominic McGuire, 8 assists - 0 turnovers, off that list. Didn't see that one coming.

Posted by: psps23 | March 2, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I've loved McGuire for a long time now, so don't get me wrong. But I did chuckle at starting shooting guard.

Posted by: crs-one | March 2, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

By the way, in the first half McGee had 2 blocks, but also forced at least 4 other misses that I counted, and 2 other dishes on drives to the basket from players deciding not to attack.

Posted by: psps23 | March 2, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Naw, not shooting guard, he is doing a better job of point than MJ has done overall. DOM is good and a keeper. James has got to go.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 2, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Larry in Clinton i'm all in for showing Mike the door, no wonder Byron Scott(NO hd.coach)helped him pack when he was traded for AD and on another note we've got the lamest organ player in the league, Lurch of the(AddamsFamily) would be a better motivator on the pipes.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 2, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

"The old "tight hamstring" excuse for "Tough juice" huh?

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 2, 2009 7:22 PM "

I hope you agree that Gilby is not so tough either by not playing in this meaningless game also.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 2, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"Spoke with DeShawn Stevenson ... He said it would be roughly two months before he can resume hoops activity."

DeShawn hasn't technically STARTED hoops activity this season. But I'm glad he's getting surgery, and I hope he picked his own doc.

Good line, bozomoeman.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | March 2, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

From USA Today:

With his Warriors out of the playoff race and burgeoning with untested young players, Nelson announced a plan last week to keep one healthy veteran out of uniform in several upcoming games.

Resting veteran players to give more time to youngsters is hardly unusual in the NBA, but most teams don't do it this way -- and not with 25 games still left in the regular season.

"You're tempted to feel like people are giving up on us or whatever, but anything can happen in this league," third-year pro Kelenna Azubuike said last week. "Hopefully I'm one of those guys who he feels should play."

Nelson has been widely considered reluctant to use young players during much of his career, but his latest move definitely backs up his longtime objections to that perception.


While Jackson, Crawford, Corey Maggette, Monta Ellis and even 22-year-old center Andris Biedrins get days off, rookie Anthony Randolph, C.J. Watson, Anthony Morrow and Marco Belinelli will get more starts and extended minutes. It probably won't help the Warriors' record this spring, but Nelson insists it will pay off next season and beyond.

Posted by: Izman | March 2, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Izman

Look the Wizards are doing the same thing. CB didn't play so we needed MJ's leadership

James min,39:23 4-13 pts,9 ast,3 to,3

instead of

JC min,19:41 5-9 pts,10 ast,3 to,0

and Jamison's 23 and 9 (40 mins) plus his shut down defense keep Williams to 28 tonight

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 2, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Ed Tapscott has no interest in winning games. How can anyone fault fans for wanting the number one pick with a coach such as this.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 2, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey 78, Did you just take a dig at that Tarheel fellow?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 2, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Man, just shut up with the coaching whining in here. This is a shell of the team we'll see next year even more so tonight with CB out.

Ok, McGee had a good game tonight so guess what? He got a ton of mins. Unlike Young who I would not mind getting some DNP's for his atrocious play as of late.

- McGuire might be the best passer on the team and definitely is from the forward spot.

Listing the progress/current level of play of the "young" guys:

McGuire
Blatche
Crittenton
McGee
Young
Pech

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 2, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

This was a good gane for our young guys, we simply were not as solid on several key defensive possessions, Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams killed us. McGee was really solid and sort of reminds me of a less skilled Ralph Sampson,

The lack of a creditable 3-point shooter has been a glaring weakness. I think we can improve our defense next year with different schemes. Even though we lost it was encouraging the way our young guys played(with the exceptionog Nick) against a real good Atlanta Hawks team.

Posted by: NewManagement | March 2, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

NewManagement,

Yeah, but why would you say something like that with your user name showing your bias?

It's true I see hope if we stay healthy next year bc the "young" guys will all be in their proper roles along with MJ and DS with very valuable experience from this season.

We simply can't consistently score with good teams bc of our inexperience. There is always that 5 min lull or sometimes a quarter that loses the game for us. But, that is the nature of rookies and second year players.

Young is playing like garbage. He needs a wake up call whatever that may entail!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 2, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

DC_MAN88

Swift was bought out of his contract with New Jersey on Sunday after playing in six games this season.


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 2, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I think N Young is figgering out that playing in the NBA ain't like college.
J Johnson showed him in the 4th how to play like a pro.
I thought he had something to offer but now it looks like he could well be a bust.
he turned the ball over then got schooled by JJ.
I think he started to believe he is better than he is.

Posted by: VBFan | March 2, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wilbon said on PTI or somewhere that an old pro told him he would love to have NY in the gym for a while so he could just pound on him and teach him how to play like a man.

This pretty finesse game that he plays is getting old especially when he doesn't shoot well bc there is nothing else he does well on the court. NOTHING.

Everything about his game stinks right now and, yeah, I don't think he realizes that he is much closer to being a bust right now than not. He's got a lot of maturing and growing up to do!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 2, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

If we even had enough bodies on the roster to make it possible, I would love to have him take a seat for about 3/4 games.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 2, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

This pretty finesse game that (Nick Young) plays is getting old especially when he doesn't shoot well bc there is nothing else he does well on the court. NOTHING.

Everything about his game stinks right now and, yeah, I don't think he realizes that he is much closer to being a bust right now than not. He's got a lot of maturing and growing up to do!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 2, 2009 11:17 PM

What planet are you living on? In just his second NBA season, Nick Young is averaging double digit points with a solid shooting percentage while often getting limited minutes. Please people, if you have NO clue what you are talking about, save the comments section for those that do.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

One more note on Nick Young: ALL of his numbers have improved across the board this year, down to every last statistic. So for those that are calling him close to being a "bust," here's a nickle... go buy an f'ing clue.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

IAN, you have to drop some knowledge on these fools that don't understand the draft. The 3 worst teams have the best odds of getting the first pick - 25, 20 and 14% odds respectively. 25% odds are orders of magnitude better than say finishing with the 8th worst record and having a 2.8% chance. Why should the Wiz settle for the 8th pick, at best, just to win a few more games this year? Only a fool thinks that way. Only a person that wants the Wiz to be mediocre thinks that way. Also, by finishing in the bottom 2, the Wiz will almost certainly get a top 3 pick, and have a great shot at Greg Monroe, who will be an All-Star in just a few years. LOSE, LOSE, LOSE. Sit Jamison and James more - they should not be playing 40 minutes. Crit, McGee, Young, and Pech need more minutes.

Posted by: BulletsFan1 | March 2, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Three point shooting is a problem for the Wiz on both sides of the court.

On offense, it's clear that dribble penetration would open up some more looks. Last year Antonio Daniels was the kind of ball handler who could open things up a bit. Crittenton has that ability sometimes. It helped to have a good perimeter shooter like Mason too.

Season average is a dismal 32.2 percent.

On the other side, it seems like the perimeter guys are cheating inside in order to help with interior defense. The spacing against Milwaukee in particular looked terrible. Regardless teams continue to kill the Wiz from beyond three point range. Tonight was no exception.

Some good things tonight, but in the end the Wiz didn't get the job done. Tough loss.

Posted by: JPRS | March 2, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

@Barno,

Seems like people have enough of a clue. Nick Young has been terrible outside of scoring the basketball. Not a clue how to play the NBA game and the biggest problem of this entire season has been the drop off from where Roger Mason was last year and Nick Young has been this year.

Dominic McGuire, on the other hand, looks like he will could be a big time player in the NBA. He could average 10/10/10 with 2-3 blocks per game while locking down the opposing teams best player. His defense on Joe Johnson was pretty impressive as well.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | March 2, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young isn't a bust. But that doesn't mean he's actually a good player. He can score the ball, but that hardly makes him special in the NBA. There's a long list of players, past and present, who put points on the board without really having positive impact on the game. Unless he expands his game significantly (and I don't necessarily mean defense or playmaking, even though it would be nice if he did a little of either), Young would seem to be headed for that list.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

"Also, by finishing in the bottom 2, the Wiz will almost certainly get a top 3 pick"

That's far from a given.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Barno,

I got a nice chuckle from your post. You my friend are the clueless one. Have you seen him the past 5 games or so? Terrible.

The NBA is littered with guys that can get hot and score on occasion as Kal pointed out. But, he is worthless when his shooting is off as has been the case more often than not lately. Plus, his on court demeanor sucks as well when it's not falling in for him!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

And, to make things clear.

I did not say he is a bust. I just said that he is playing closer to a bust than a potential star lately. That is a fact!

He just has to decide how bad he wants it. I'll take Crittenton and his future right now hands down over NY's bc JC's attitude and "want to" seems far ahead of Young's.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

"Update: Young's second season has been filled with exhilarating highs and frustrating lows, and he currently finds himself in the latter. Over his last five games, Young is averaging just 5.4 points and shooting just 29.4 percent (10-for-34) from the floor, the Washington Post reports." - ESPN

Here you go Mr. Barno! Guess I am so clueless? LMAO This from a guy that averages barely over 1 rebound and 1 assist per game not to mention his atrocious defense. In fact, he might be the worst defender on the team and that is saying something on this squad.

So, perhaps, you Mr. Barno should be the one to not post anymore in here!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Also Barno - I present your statement:

"One more note on Nick Young: ALL of his numbers have improved across the board this year, down to every last statistic."

Really? Certain about that? How about his 3 point shooting % dropping from 40% to 32.7%? Does that not count for a "shooting" guard? LOL
Maybe it's an improvement to you for that number to go down a whopping 7%!

Next time, if your going to attack me, come with something not so weak and flat out wrong!!!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Jamison is like a black hole--you give him the ball and it is NEVER coming back. He doesn't try to draw the defense and doesn't look to pass it around. Often times, he hoists a 3 point shot after getting the ball as well. A power forward looking to shoot the 3.

Posted by: wlewis3609 | March 3, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

wlewis,

Nick Young is a black hole! Announcers around the league make fun of him bc of it (NBA pass). I've never heard that before about Jamison and I don't agree myself. Maybe tonight when he was the only remaining "go to" guy with CB out he was more aggressive in getting his shots, but that's his job!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 1:11 AM | Report abuse

rphilli721,

You truly are a complete and utter moron, and it's beyond evident at this point. I suppose Gilbert Arenas's NBA career has been a bust, since all he does is score? Wow, just wow. I can't even fathom the stupidity you must possess.

You continue to mention Young's "last 5 games" as if that is the end all be all of his career thus far. Two of those 5 games Nick Young got 11 minutes!!! So either you are being disingenuous, or you are a moron. Which is it?

As far as you claims that I was "so flat out wrong" in stating that Young has improved statistically across the board, I wonder why you only pointed to his 3-point percentage as not improving this year. Is that the best you could do??? Of course it was, because his Field Goal %, Free Throw %, total 3 pointers, total points, total free throws, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, assists, turnovers, assist-to-turnover ratio, blocks, number of PF, minutes ALL HAVE IMPROVED THIS SEASON.

rphilli721, you literally are an imbecile. The definition of one, really. If you can't leave the conversations on this board to people who know what they are talking about, you will continue to embarrass yourself further.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 3, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Barno,

I think your last post proves how weak you really are. Can't even stay within the bounds of fair play. Awww...

Obviously I struck a nerve judging by how defensive you've gotten. Check the thread dude! Nobody agrees with you. And when you use the word ALL that means without exception. 3 pt shooting % is a very important stat for a shooting guard. Usually the second stat mentioned. Otherwise, I'm glad your impressed his assists have gone from .8 to 1.2 a game and most of his other "improvements" that you are so impressed by are along those same lines.

Are you related to NY? Maybe you are NY bc only he could be so narcissistic about such underwhelming "improvements"...LMAO.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 1:55 AM | Report abuse

On the subject of Young's numbers:

It goes without saying that the reason most of his total production numbers (ppg, rpg, apg, etc.) have improved over last season is simply because he plays more minutes. And, given the additional PT, the marginal uptick in most of those numbers is actually pretty unimpressive. If you actually breakdown what the numbers represent, he's actually gotten worse in some key areas.

Last season he attempted a total of 478 FGs and took a total of 124 FTs. So far this season, he's attempted a total of 533 FG and 126 FTs. His ratio of FGA to FTA has fallen pretty significantly; basically, he's taking a lot more shots, but getting to the line less. Add to that the fact that he took a total of 100 3-pointers last season and has taken 110 so far this season, and it's pretty clear he's relying more and more on his jumpshot, which is not a good thing since his 3 point percentage has fallen badly . (As for his FG% "improving" . . . I'd hardly call going from .439 to.443 anything to write home about; it's a statistically insignificant change.)

As I've said before, as long as he continues to settle for long fadeaway jumpshots and shies away from using the benefits of his quickness and athleticism to attack the basket and get to the line, he'll never be anything more than a poor man's (insert name of high scoring NBA guard who made a career of putting up nice-looking but ineffectual numbers on bad teams here).

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Yep, Kal, the evidence is mounting.

I don't expect Barno to get it. I have no clue where he is coming from at this point.

I think the thing that is most disappointing is NY shows no inclination to change or improve, but maybe he still will by default or a change of heart.

Even offensively, I know Tap and maybe even EJ have suggested publicly that he get better at catch and shoot or one dribble and go up. He too often does his signature over dribbling then crossover then fadeaway jumper. Granted that is hard to defend, but also hard to be consistent with and it also allows the defense to reset.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 2:39 AM | Report abuse

NY is not a spot up shooter...he is a dribble and pop player. He needs to play to get his rhythm but the moronic coach, sat him when he was in stride, saying " why change a good thing" while the team was losing every game.
NY reminds me of Earl "The Pearl" with his shake and bake...but it is hard to cook when the kitchen is closed...thank you coach tapped out.

I love NY's game, and yes he appears melancholy but so did "Pearl".
The problem with this team as I have been redundant in explaining is the defensive scheme...it is beyond faulty, and does not allow for the max from the personnel.
Otherwise JMc would not be jumping and running all over the place, and would be camped inside, and switching to remain on whoever was posted inside. This would allow the primeter players to face up with the shooters, instead of backing into the lane , allowing 2-3 open shooters per posession.
This would require a coach with a clue...ah per chance to dream....
Also this would allow the team to fast tempo on offense which LClinton has been screaming for adnausea....

It is a crime to keep playing AJ 40+, with AP sitting.
Mike James is pathetic...I am also starting to wonder about EG, allowing these inadequacies to proliferate.

Posted by: mricklen | March 3, 2009 3:31 AM | Report abuse

mricklen,

Exactly, he is not a spot up shooter. But, he needs to add wrinkles to his offense as well as improve in every other facet of being an NBA player. There is a reason for him being so inconsistent on offense (constant fadeaway jumpers). But, don't blame the coach for his lackluster play lately. If he played/shot better, he would get plenty of mins and has in the past. He has to make shots bc he provides little of any other value on the court.

I could care less if he is "melancholy". He plays lazily and gets pounded like a kid on defense. Joe Johnson just abused him on a few plays!

The opposite of NY is JC who hustles, plays tough, plays with fire, and seems to be pushing himself to be better. I don't see those traits in NY unfortunately. As someone stated earlier, he plays like he thinks he is better than he is. Hell, McGuire has surpassed NY on the development ladder and he was a much later draft pick and has nowhere near the offensive talent, but is a more effective player.

Finally, I'm not sold on our defensive schemes either, but I don't blame it for JM "running and jumping all over the place". That is how the guy plays the game right now. Partly bc of some of his assets (athletic ability) and partly bc he is out of position often (his own inexperience).

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Alright, I am almost done with dissecting NY!

Good lord.

Someone stated earlier that there has been a huge drop off between Mason and NY. Very true! Why? Well, besides being a much better all around player, Mason almost always shoots after jumping straight up and down. Therefore, he is much more consistent with his shot. NY fades on nearly every shot and unless he works to correct that he will probably always be a very inconsistent shooter even though he has loads of offensive talent even more than Mason.

Enough said! Whew...

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Kal and rphilli721, you guys are completely correct. All it takes is a look at NY's per minute production and you see that his rebounds are down, assists are down, steals are down, even his points are slightly down. This is per 36 minutes..

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/y/youngni01.html

Barno jumps in this forum once in a blue moon and tries to be the authoritative voice. He needs to stick to the Redskins forum where he can continue to rail (rightly or wrongly) about LaCanfora.
I usually try to stay on the sidelines during these little 'blog spats' but when a guy is flat out wrong AND offensive, I feel compelled to say something.

Personally, I like Nick and attribute part of his problems to being yoyo'd in and out of the lineup and high expectations. (Why expect him to be able to guard a much bigger JJ anyway?).

That aside, some posters here are jacka**es who rarely offer anything constructive but pops up occasionally just to try to annoy other posters. He's kinda like a human herpes virus. You should ignore him and hopefully he'll go away.

Posted by: original_mark | March 3, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

rphilli: "So, perhaps, you Mr. Barno should be the one to not post anymore in here!"

My vote is you all stay. It's far more entertaining. Barno seems to be continually inviting folks to leave forums (presumably, to him). Hope nobody pays attention...

As the wag proposed for the motto of the Dept of Homeland Security:
"This is a free country, sort of."

Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

orig_mark,

Yeah, I could tell. I wasn't going to take the bait except to destroy him with fact. Next time he will be summarily ignored as he is not even a worthy adversary in debating basketball.

I don't know about high expectations, but I did not think McGuire would jump ahead of him this quickly or maybe ever as a basketball player. He simply is doing something wrong in his development right now and I think a lot of the "frustrated" comments from players like Jamison are directed towards NY. Much like the past couple of years it has been aimed at AB. The team could obviously use a consistent 3rd scorer this season and he just can't do it or hasn't yet.

The yoyo'ing comment to me is always just an excuse by people in here mostly. He is not dedicating himself propery or motivated to get to the next level. If he is and it's not workng, well, he better try something else or maybe he is just not that good.

Someone had a very good quote on NY...something like "there is a difference between being an NBA talent and being a NBA player". That is a perfect way to put it. I thought he would be closer to being an NBA player this year ala McGuire than just an NBA talent.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

This is an interesting question:

If you were a GM for another team and you could have either have Blatche or McGuire, whom would you choose? Contracts etc... aside.

It's close, but I would probably take McGuire. I think Blatche's height makes it a closer decision than it otherwise would be.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I am also starting to wonder about EG, allowing these inadequacies to proliferate.

Posted by: mricklen | March 3, 2009 3:31 AM

I'm a supporter of EG, but I wonder, too. Aren't CB and AJ playing too many minutes for their own future good, especially since young players could use the development time? Seems that the team is not using the opportunities that this year presents, to rest older legs and develop younger ones.

Posted by: 7snider7 | March 3, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Nick Young is a spot up shooter but he is useless if his shot is off. That's the difference between him and Javaris. Javaris contributes in other aspects of the game(assists, rebounding, defense, and intensity). Nick just shoots.

The difference between Blatche and McGuire is similar though Blatche is capable of contributing in other facets of the game, but sometimes sleepwalks. The other thing with Blatche is when he goes to the whole, he shies away from contact. Some people dissed Gilbert by saying he initiated contact on his drives to the basket. Blatche will never be a consistent scorer as long as he is scared of contact.

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 3, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

One comment about NY's development or lack therof.

Never ever underestimate the impact of coaching on a players game and Team results. I understand where we are coming from in making purely individual analysis, but we when we do, that analysis is only partly correct.

You see their is inner and outer motivations. Players that are motivated from within will tend to do well in most situations. Players that are motivated from without will not do well in most situations.

DOM, JC, AJ, PECH, GA, are mostly inner beings. NY is certainly motivated from without.

NY needs competent coaching badly and Teams need competent coaching in order to succeed. Teams are outer phenomena and their success is directly attributal to their coaching, or lack therof.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 3, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I would take Blatche in a heartbeat. 10 out of 10 times without blinking an eye.

Blatche is also one of those outer motivated players where proper supervision is required for his success.

McGuire, being a self motivated player, we see what he is capable of already, and it is good.

Andre, on the other hand, we don't know how good he is until he gets proper coaching. His upside is enormous.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 3, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

... I find it odd that no one has mentioned Dixon and his lack of playing time. We need improved 3 point shooting... TRY DIXON! We need better ball movement ('this one and that one is a BLACK HOLE')... TRY DIXON (remember in November and December he was playing some point and the ball was
moving a lot better then it is now...)

We all should be able to agree that we ain't winning 10 more games this year!

Hopefully, we get another big man in the off-season (trade pick for a vet. and a later 1st rd. pick)to make this team go (the Wiz are injury prone... so we need to be REALLY deep at every position).

Tap is looking at game like we playing checkers and the is chess... we know we going to lose but making the same moves every game and losing like we do don't make since.

I guess me saying play Dixon has to purposes:
1. I think he can get the job done and we should see what he got before the end of the season
2. Playing Dixon would represent TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

... its like watching the same car wreck over and over again!

Posted by: fishin41 | March 3, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

NY has as much game as anyone on this team...it is difficult to display from the bench...when given the opportunity he is sensational...another that would benefit from JM in the post defensively with a new scheme.
As for the RPH saying JM's problem is inexeperience...I agree exactly...that is why you simplify the scheme...
Utilize his athletic ability by having him posted underneath and just switch underneath with whomever is posting inside...he will be formidable with the simplification, and the entire defense will be upgraded by allowing the preimeters to stay with their men....as sinple as it gets...
No more need to be scrambling and jumping outside, which is pathetic to watch...
Also this team needs more physicality...there is no muscle on the entire team, including "tough juice"...we need a banger and most likely more than 1...
I love the 76'ers , every one of them is a physical specimen, tough, strong...we have "delicate" players at every position, no toughness or great foot speed, JC the lojne exception...
So the Wiz are soft, slow and poor shooters, with bad schemes to suffice for these inadequacies...wow how do they ever lose?

Posted by: mricklen | March 3, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"If you were a GM for another team and you could have either have Blatche or McGuire, whom would you choose? Contracts etc... aside."

If I were the GM of a good playoff team that was looking to move into the mix of contenders, I'd take McGuire in a heartbeat. Quite simply, he knows how to play the game in a way that positively impacts winning, and that can often have more value to good teams than raw talent (take Roger mason, for example). On a rebuilding team that's at the bottom of the ladder and trying to climb up, it might be a tougher choice, simply because for teams at the bottom, upside and potential are pretty prized commodities. They can better afford to gamble and wait (although my personal feeling is that waiting on Blatche to "get it" is like waiting for a train that isn't coming).

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I am glad they got off NY and got on the 4 year vet (Blatche) who has been far more unimpresive to me then Young. Honestly with his coaches, teammates, announcers, and fans telling him to step up he still plays like he isnt even a post player. If McGee had a more consistent jumper I'd play him over Blatche. The one thing he can do is knock down a 15 foot jumper. But he never goes after rebounds but lets them come to him.

McGuire and McGee are by far the most aggressive of the young bunch! Nick just has to learn how to use his athletic gifts ALL the time.

How about Stevenson...Yea his back is hurting and I can not imagine but Nick almost is averaging the same amount of points as him and he was a starter last year! Once (and he will) Nick rebounds and gets into the passing lane more he will be ok. People didnt see Mason's worth and now San Antonio is loving him. Roger wasnt always the player he was. He had TIME 2 grow and contribute. We look through Arenas mistakes because he beat some buzzards but how many buzzard beaters did he need to hit because of his result of wreckless play. But we let them go and we let him do his thing!

I do hope we get blake griffin cause he is going to wear Blatche's soft a** OUT. If Blatche doesnt buck up he is going to feel like he got hit by a train! I think Brendan, Dom, and Griffin would love going against each other in practice. They are all gritty!

Posted by: SkinzFan4lyfe | March 3, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Kal,

I think that is a pretty good assessment. Although I would say that Blatche has shown signs of improvement this year. He is at the very least much more consistent than in the past and plays slightly tougher than before.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

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