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Wizards 95, Bobcats 93

What a way to go out. The Bobcats may have just tossed their playoff hopes into the dumpster with a stunning loss that was featured by 19 turnovers, including seven in the fourth quarter, 11 missed free throws and two missed layups in the final second. Wow.

Give the Wizards credit for coming back from a 20-point first half deficit and for holding on after nearly blowing a six-point lead late. Dominic McGuire unwisely fouled Gerald Wallace with the WIzards leading by three with 6.5 seconds to play but Wallace missed the free throw that would have capped the three point play and Emeka Okafor and Boris Diaw then blew putback lay ups.

"They both rushed it," said Antawn Jamison, who scored 27 points.

The win doesn't help Washington's lottery chances but did prevent them from making bad history. They were 0-14 against the Southeast Division. Not team has ever gone winless in divisional play.

"We didn't want to be the first," said Nick Young, who played really well and scored 23 points including 8 in the fourth quarter.

By Ivan Carter  |  March 25, 2009; 10:38 PM ET
 
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Comments

A win is a win.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 25, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Ivan please don't go. But i understand you have to do whats best for you.you were the best man, we love you i wish you all the success as possible. Stop by sometime in the near future.

we love you Ivan.

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | March 25, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Here comes Gilbert.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 25, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Tonight was the Nick Young highlight show. Loved the block on (the much taller) Boris Diaw.

Posted by: satchmore | March 25, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it ironic for Ivan's last written words on the Insider to be: "Nick Young, who played really well and scored 23 points including 8 in the fourth quarter"?

Posted by: Izman | March 25, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Nick flashed his potential tonight. Put that kind of effort out consistently and this team has its playoff caliber SG (I'm tempted to say "starting" SG, but I think it's clear he's much better off the bench).

Posted by: psps23 | March 25, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love Ivan's parting comment that Nick Young "played really well" after two years of not exactly thinking so!

Posted by: joe2chase | March 25, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

thanks for all you've done ivan. i will really miss reading your posts

Posted by: hibachi | March 25, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

If only EJ was still the coach on this team....we'd see Gilby get 40 min on Saturday...

It is disturbing though, to read that Gilby not only has been on road trips to support the team, but hasn't even been on the bench for home games.

Sad.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 25, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young is a bust! Nick Young sucks! Where are you retards now?????

Posted by: Barno1 | March 25, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Someone please dig up the countless quotes on here from people attacking me when I said Nick Young is not a bust and has statistically improved across the board this year. I'd love to put some names next to those quotes after what he's done the last 2 weeks.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 25, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally this fool has found some sense!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4016230

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 25, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

"We did everything we were supposed to do all year," Wizards forward Andray Blatche said. "We came out aggressive and with a sense of urgency."

This is a joke, right? Yeah, Blatche, you guys did it... in the 73rd FRICKING GAME of the season.

Low-expectation-having-mother@!^#%*... . What you want, a cookie?

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | March 26, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

"This is a joke, right? Yeah, Blatche, you guys did it... in the 73rd FRICKING GAME of the season.

Low-expectation-having-mother@!^#%*... . What you want, a cookie?

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | March 26, 2009 12:08 AM "

Yeah, like how AJ let Diaw drive and stuff it in his face.

JaTravel is so desperate for court time that he always plays beyond his means.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 26, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

No fair claiming complete vindication for Nick Young after one good game... it does seem like he's better coming off the bench, though.

Nick's a frustrating player for coaches and fans alike. The coaches see the defensive lapses, the problems with concentration and effort, interspersed with those tantalizing bursts of ability. The fans see a guy who clearly could put up 10 points in a given quarter and somehow manages not to, most nights.

Sort of reminds you of the Wiz as a whole.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 26, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

No fair claiming complete vindication on Nick Young off one good game.

He looked very good tonight. Showed why they drafted him. Tantalizing flashes of ability, mixed with, well, other stuff.

Let's hope it continues.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 26, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Is this departure voluntary, Ivan? Not that you could say, one way or the other. Just that I'm hoping the Post isn't making one of those 'changes in direction' that involve throwing somebody under the bus... you're a good journalist.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 26, 2009 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Ivan I am very sorry to learn you are leaving. I looked forward to reading your posts. I wish you all the best for the future and hope you land in a better place.

Posted by: junkmail0153 | March 26, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Please!!!! Don't go there about Nick Young(LA SMOOTH/HERKY JERK) he played okay last night but where has he been against the good teams? He has been the invisible man the Bobcats don't scare anybody including an undermanned Wizard squad who tried like hell to give the Bobcats the game giftwrapped mind you and Charlotte still couldn't win it. Nick Young should be further along in his maturation process on and off the court, his roomate(McGuire) has stepped it up even though he gave up that layup and foul in the waning seconds, man! that was ugly.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 26, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Ivan is going to be the host of Comcast's Washington Post Live...at least that is my understanding.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 26, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

No fair claiming complete vindication on Nick Young off one good game.

He looked very good tonight. Showed why they drafted him. Tantalizing flashes of ability, mixed with, well, other stuff.

Let's hope it continues.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 26, 2009 7:51 AM

Exactly. This isn't the first time he's played close to the full potential of his talent. However, if he does it again on Saturday, against Detroit, it will be the first time he's done it two games in a row.

That's his real problem.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 26, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"However, if he does it again on Saturday, against Detroit, it will be the first time he's done it two games in a row. That's his real problem.

EJ and Tap and most coaches will say that inconsistency is the biggest issue with young players. It's not surprising that Nick has these problems. His effort seems to be questioned and that is a real problem (same criticism with AB).
I think that the lack of a regular rotation and guaranteed minutes contributes to this problem. Really was Deshawn playing so much better than Nick this year? It would be nice to see Nick get a guaranteed 10-12 mpg to allow him to play through mistakes and develop that consistency. Maybe the next coaching staff will see it this way.

Posted by: original_mark | March 26, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

What does Stevenson have to do with anything? They're two different players. The fact that he was playing poorly (never mind the fact that he was injured, apparently seriously, and trying to play through pain) is utterly irrelevant to the issue of Young's inconsistency.

"His effort seems to be questioned and that is a real problem"

The problem isn't that his effort has been questioned. The problem is his often questionable effort.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 26, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

saying nick hasn't had good back to back games yet is disingenuous. He has scored in double figures in 9 straight. Playing the same position makes it relevant to discuss deshawn when talking about nick's inconsistent play earlier in the season.

Posted by: bford1kb | March 26, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

No fair claiming complete vindication on Nick Young off one good game.

He looked very good tonight. Showed why they drafted him. Tantalizing flashes of ability, mixed with, well, other stuff.

Let's hope it continues.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 26, 2009 7:51 AM

You guys are out of your minds. Nick Young has been on a tear lately, ever since we got in that debate on here about whether he's a bust or not. Seems some folks on here simply can't admit when they are wrong.

Exactly. This isn't the first time he's played close to the full potential of his talent. However, if he does it again on Saturday, against Detroit, it will be the first time he's done it two games in a row.

That's his real problem.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 26, 2009 10:03 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

"Exactly. This isn't the first time he's played close to the full potential of his talent. However, if he does it again on Saturday, against Detroit, it will be the first time he's done it two games in a row." - Kalorama

Totally untrue. A few months ago he put a string of very good games. Career highs in 3 out of 4 games.

01/09/09 vs Chicago - 28 pts.
01/12/09 vs. Bucks - 30 pts
01/14/09 vs. NYK - 33 pts.

And he also have strings of 2 or more good games so your comment is baseless.

Posted by: Dave381 | March 26, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

saying nick hasn't had good back to back games yet is disingenuous. He has scored in double figures in 9 straight. Playing the same position makes it relevant to discuss deshawn when talking about nick's inconsistent play earlier in the season.

Posted by: bford1kb | March 26, 2009 10:34 AM

THANK YOU!

Posted by: Barno1 | March 26, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"saying nick hasn't had good back to back games yet is disingenuous. "

I didn't say he hadn't had good back-to-back games. I said he hadn't had back to back games where he played up to the full potential of his talent. Big difference. (At least it is to those who judge performance by actually watching the performer rather than selectively scanning the box score after the game.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 26, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

"I said he hadn't had back to back games where he played up to the full potential of his talent." - Kalorama

If averaging 26 pts per game in a 4 game stretch is not then I don't know what is.
what do you want him to do? Back to back games of triple double. Get real.

Posted by: Dave381 | March 26, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"If averaging 26 pts per game in a 4 game stretch is not then I don't know what is. "

Yeah, well that much is abundantly obvious.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 26, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"Playing the same position makes it relevant to discuss deshawn when talking about nick's inconsistent play earlier in the season."

No, it really doesn't.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 26, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Good game for the Wiz. The Clippers won which helps out with the ping pong balls/lottery.
Ivan, best wishes and thanks for writing this blog and doing a great job with it.

Posted by: jeremybozz | March 26, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

hahahaha how is it not relevant to discuss the starting sg's play when considering how well the back-up plays? I'm sure deshawn's 30 guaranteed minutes of awful basketball had no affect on nick. oh yea must of forgot the "full potential" was on display last night but not earlier this year in the career high setting stretch. The box score is my only friend.

Posted by: bford1kb | March 26, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"Yeah, well that much is abundantly obvious."

That's all you can say....boy, I'm totally disappointed.

Posted by: Dave381 | March 26, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

How does Stevenson's poor play (for which there is a quantifiable, physical cause) justify, explain, or excuse Young's inconsistent play? The one has nothing to do with the other. The fact that Young is playing better than an injured, hobbled Stevenson was doesn't automatically mean that he's playing as well as he can or should be.

"The box score is my only friend."

Tell me something I don't know. And, like friends sometimes do, he only tells you what you want to hear, instead of giving you the whole truth.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 26, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"That's all you can say...."

Oh, there's much more I can say. But since you're clearly unable or unwilling to see the fairly obvious truth that just because a guy scores a lot of points on a bad team doesn't automatically mean he's playing well, I don't really see much point in wasting my time saying it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 26, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

deshawn got way too many guaranteed minutes, minutes that nick could not have, tapscott himself said he was going to unleash nick and still only injuries have led to his newly found extended minutes, during which he happens to be playing fairly well, acting like I do not watch basketball and take the box score as scripture is a crude attempt at discrediting what I have to say

Posted by: bford1kb | March 26, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, there's much more I can say."

I agree. You can say "Oh, I screwed up. I'm not the perfect genius after all.

Here is what you wrote down

"I said he hadn't had back to back games where he played up to the full potential of his talent." - Kalorama

I answered 26 ppg in 4 games (w/c is back to back to back to back). You can write as a Harvard lawyer but the context are poor....just plain gibberish.

Posted by: Dave381 | March 26, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

NY may have played well offensively, but man, that last minute. He had a hand in both of those late turnovers that gave Charlotte hope. Both were boneheaded plays on his part, with lax passing and ball security. I admit, I missed the good stuff earlier (I only caught the last 2 minutes of the game - usually the most painful ones in close games), but those plays really stuck out to me.

Posted by: grounder | March 26, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

What NY did last night was actually mix it up for once, play some defense, hustle, and he still scored! That is playing closer to his potential. Not coasting to 26 points bc his shot just happens to be falling.

I was hoping Blatche would get some love in here. I think it was the most hustling, toughest game I've ever seen him play. He played his arse off. Probably the best game I've ever seen him play!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 27, 2009 12:52 AM | Report abuse

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