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Wizards (14-49) at Wolves (18-44), Mike James out

Wizards starters: Javaris Critttenton, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire.

Timberwolves: Sebastian Telfair, Mike MIller, Jason Collins, Kevin Love, Ryan Gomes.

Refs: Eddie F. Rush, David Guthrie, David Jones.

Line: Minnesota by 4.

-Mike James is out with the flu so Crittenton gets the start.

-Talk about your battle of the lightweights: the WIzards have dropped five straight while the Puppies have lost nine straight overall and 10 straight at home.


By Ivan Carter  |  March 9, 2009; 7:24 PM ET
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Hey Ivan you said you expect Flip Saunders,to be the Wizards next head coach. Can you give us more information on that or you are just speculating he will be.


Posted by: brandonjamal13 | March 9, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse


How bout tap actually keeps him there and plays him starters minutes.


Posted by: mikejc80 | March 9, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

he finally starts and it's due to illness not sound coaching, I'll take what I can get

Posted by: bford1kb | March 9, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Check it out, DSong isn't actually playing against a center and he looks like a competent NBA contributor. Shocking what these players look like when playing in position at times.

Posted by: psps23 | March 9, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, can Abe afford Flip Saunders, especially when he's still paying Eddie Jordan? Aside from using the Michael Jordan money, Abe has never put up $$$ for an expensive coach. That's why I think Tom Thibedoex will be the next coach, he'll be much cheaper than a bigger name.

Posted by: twigmuffin | March 9, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

how many people would have to be out with illnesses for McGee to get minutes?

i'll put the over/under at 5

Posted by: superwilks | March 9, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow. A pointless win for the over the hill gang. Too bad they don't have a Senior Olympics. The planning and thinking process of this organization is so shortsighted it is easy to see why they have not had a winner in 30 years. Ojh I forgot they made it to the second round three years ago. The teanm is 15-49 and yj\the rotations would make you think they still have a chance to make the playoffs. The best part of this game was the stretch when in the 4th Quarter when the young guys pushed the lead to 17.

Tapscott is an incompetent punk who has bullied his young players all year. It is absolutely malpractice what he has done to these kids. Their degenerating play is on him. Their defensive lapses are on him because he failed as a coach to develop e cogent system. It has not worked or weither the vets or the younguns.

And for all of you Ernie Grunfeld Lovers, he is fortunate that he has an ailing owner who is loyal to a fault. Because he needs to be kicked to the curb along with Tapscott and his entire cast of characters. Any other organization would have moved Jamison and gave the keys to Blatche (jAMISON GIVES UP JUST AS MUCH AS HE GETS).

A win over a mediocre Minnesota team without its best player is meaningless. This is the part of the season where a smart orb\ganization would begin playing McGee , Young and Blatche significant minutes. And a smart organization would also hire Avery Johnson as the coach irrespective of whart Gilbert Arenas thinks. If this guy is so uncoachable that he balks at a coach denmanding he plays defense then he and the guy who signed him need to be run out of town. We will never win until we stop this nonsense veteran meritocracy crap that permeates this losing organization.

Posted by: NewManagement | March 9, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Twigmuffing, would not Mark Jackson be cheaper and better than them all.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 9, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse


Who has been the best player on this Team all season long?

Antwann Jamison, Count yourself as an Antwann hater.

Ernie G. still has some rope. Tapscott you are right about. But getting rid of Jamison is like throwing the baby out wit' the bath water.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 9, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I can not really find a reason why McGee only got 12 minutes tonight. I could care less about giving minutes to Young, but at this point McGee should be getting 25 minutes a game minimum. I would like to see him start a couple games, and play starters minutes with the first team. The only logical reason I can find to give Songalia all these minutes is to drive his numbers up to move him in the offseason.

I will not write off Ernie Grunfield just yet. He got us Javale McGee in the draft. Blatche and McGuire in the 2nd round. How many teams have 2nd rounders that can contribute as much as Blatche and McGuire do for this team?

Grunfeld needs to make a move to get Chris Bosh this off season. I pray everyday that we get the #1 pick in the draft. Blake Griffin would be an enormous asset to put a package together with Jamison or Butler for Bosh. If you bring a player in like Bosh, with a healthly Gilbert, and either Caron or Jamison you will instantly compete. Once you have those three you have to piece guys around them. Your Rondo, Powe, Davis, and Perkins. We have guys like that in McGuire, Blatche, Stevenson, and McGee to fill those roles.

The Raptors know they are going to lose Bosh in 2010. They are going to move Bosh this offseason or before the trade deadline next year if they are smart. If you give them a package that is reasonable (#1 overall pick, Jamison, and Nick Young or someone to make the contracts worth), they will have to seriously consider it. The Wiz would then have 1 year to resign Bosh. With Etan and James coming off the books in 2010 they would be able to offer a max deal extension to Bosh.

Does anyone not agree with this move?

Posted by: dominic10464 | March 9, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Our GM situation could be a lot worse. You could have Kevin McHale.

-He never could put the right pieces around a once in a decade player in Kevin Garnett.

-He traded away Brandon Roy for Randy Foye. Doh!

-He traded away OJ Mayo for Kevin Love and Mike Miller. Doh!

-Secret Joe Smith deal that cost them draft picks.

His team is awful. I don't know how Minnesota fans can accept this guy being your GM. I think all of these moves are worse than anything Ernie has done.

Posted by: dominic10464 | March 9, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I pray everyday that we get the #1 pick in the draft. Blake Griffin would be an enormous asset to put a package together with Jamison or Butler for Bosh.


I keep telling yawl that you cannot give up value when you are making a trade. Giving up the #1 pick along with Jamison or Butler for Chris Bosh is lunacy. Chris Bosh ain't nowhere near that damn good and you are killing the nucleus of The Team to do it. Geez.

Listen, Keep the pick, and Keep your NUCLEUS IN TACT. Get a good Coach for crying out loud.

You do not never ever, ever ever get better in basketball by subtraction. You must always add.

All you nitwicks that keep saying trade Jamison, or Butler, or Haywood, or Blatche, are delusional. You add to this mix with first, a good competent coach and 2nd with your primetine draft pick.

You package your deadweight, ETON, DSON, MJ, maybe Pech and you fleece somebody. If you ain't fleecing nobody, you do not give the keys away.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 10, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

And can anybody tell me what value the Boston Celtics traded away for Garnett and Allen.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 10, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

al jefferson is a monster and jeff green(draft pick to sea, now okc) has shown serious growth this year, gomes is solid but is nothing to write home about and gerald green, telfair combo probably will never amount to anything, green is already out of min and in dallas, not sure if anyone else was moved in those trades but there is value that left boston

Posted by: bford1kb | March 10, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

You package your deadweight, ETON, DSON, MJ, maybe Pech and you fleece somebody. If you ain't fleecing nobody, you do not give the keys away.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 10, 2009 12:00 AM

Larry, To get someone to take Eton, Dsong and Pech would be beyond fleecing. But I would do Jamsion and the pick for Bosh in a heartbeat. Bosh is demonstrably better younger player than Jamison, a better one on one defender and a player who commands double teams.

Evereyone around here gets caught up in their numbers, which are not impressive given the minutes they play and the freedom to play with impunity. Both are terrible defenders. Jamsion and Butler are vastly overrated as exhibited by our record (15-49).

Posted by: NewManagement | March 10, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

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