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Wizards (15-50) vs. Orlando (47-17)

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

Magic starters: Rafer Alston, Courtney Lee, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Mickael Pietrus.

Refs: Sean Corbin, Derrick Collins, Gary Zielinski.

Line: Orlando by 8.

-Hedu Turkoglu is out for the Magic with left foot tendinitis.

-The Wizards are 0-13 against the Southeast Division and need a win tonight or March 25 against Charlotte to avoid becoming the first team to go winless in its own team division in NBA history. That's kind of amazing but true.

-The Magic clinched a playoff spot the other night but can still make a run at a higher seed so the Wizards can fully expect to get Orlando's best shot tonight.

-According to my man Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, Patrick Ewing wouldn't mind a call from Ernie Grunfeld this summer.

He'd probably be good for JaVale McGee but I'm not sure that Ernie would go for an inexperienced guy for this team.


By Ivan Carter  |  March 13, 2009; 5:24 PM ET
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I would let Ewing be an assistant but not head coach here. What about Tom Thibodeau?

Posted by: djnumb | March 13, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

One thing I can't stand, and I've been complaining about this since EJ too over.. The defense system sucks! Why our tallest center have to keep coming out to help guard the PG? Once our center come out, it an easy inside basket for our opponents. Hope we get a defense minded coach next year. Is Avery Johnson a defense minded coach?

Posted by: demonj21 | March 13, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

We went round and round on this one before Ivan.

Fallout was whether NBA Stars made good coaches. What determined an NBA star was in question and whether if deemed one, did they/could they make successful coaches.

I am all in. Hire em.'


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 13, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

J Crit will be running point next year with Gil at the 2. Give Grunfield credit, we have no point guard issues anymore.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 13, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody see my Tarheels squeak by Va'Tech today? Did you notice how ugly and unorthodox that Tyler Hansbrough plays. Thats the only way he knows how to play and in the Pros he will have the same ugly game. It's the same game that Alonzo Mourning had coming out of G'Town.

What people don't understand is that game is built on strength and guts, in which Alonzo epitomized.

Tyler is low on the draft board 'cause he is short for a power forward and his game is ugly.

Will it translate to the pros is the question. There are many reasons why it will not. But I submit that it will and it will be because of the fact that it is ugly and unorthodox. It's like checking a good left handed guy, if you know what I mean.

And one last point, why I am so high on Tyler. If you look at him play right now, would you believe that he is going to break the alltime ACC scoring record?

No you would not, but it is a testament to how tough and good this guy is.

If I am right about this guy, he is the type of player, where you put him in the game and forget about him. And guess what, at the end of the day, there won't be no complaints about his game.

I am praying that if we donot get Blake Griffin or some other glamour guy you guys are hollering for that the stars line up and Tyler Hansbrough is Wizard come next season.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 13, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Watching the second half of the Orlando-Wiz. Anyone notice how other team's players always seem so much more muscular than our guys? Geez, even JJ Redick looks cut compared to our guys. I always thought it was the guys Grun drafted, but maybe it's the trainers. Blatche has been in the league for 4 years and should at least have the semblance of a forearm by now. Darius, with a little conditioning could jump over two credit cards instead of one. Even our hustle & muscle guy, Mcguire, looks a bit soft. We look like one of the basketball history channel 1970s teams.

Posted by: SammyT1 | March 13, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

SammyT1, nice. A good coach will round these guys into shape.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 13, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Earth to Taps:

The youngs are better than the vets.

McGee held his own versus Howard in the 2nd half.

Herky jerky coaching diminishes the confidence of the young. Just let them play.

Jamison scored 36, but whomever he guarded, scored at will.

Posted by: Izman | March 13, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse


Congratulations on the new TV job.

Just be aware that if you start picking on any of the young Wizards without justification, you'll be the focus of everyone of my blogs both here and on the blog.

Good luck!

Posted by: getabigboyoffense | March 13, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

God. The LIZARDS have been so-o-o-o bad for so-o-o-o long that losing by ONLY a few seems like a victory.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 13, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse


Great coaching option, but didn't he spurn our offers - TWICE? DAMM, I'd love to see him on the sidelines next year as our head coach.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 13, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

He'd probably be good for JaVale McGee but I'm not sure that Ernie would go for an inexperienced guy for this team.


By Ivan Carter | March 13, 2009

What do you call ETaps?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 14, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

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