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Wizards-Clippers In-Game Thread

From the stuff-you-already-know dept.:

Wizards are 16-52. Clippers are 16-51.

Somebody's about to get win No. 17 tonight, which is good in the NFL, not so good this deep into an NBA season.

The floor is yours to rap about tonight's game. Keep an eye out for game-time decision Caron Butler, lest the Wiz be down to 10 active players again tonight.

Ivan says he'll be watching from start to finish ("glutton for punishment," I think is the term) and will check in the morning, potentially with some news of great import ... at worst with some observations for you all to bat around.

By Keith McMillan  |  March 18, 2009; 10:20 PM ET
 | Tags: Butler, Clippers, futility, in-game  
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Comments

In game thread? Is the format changing? And did I miss something? Who is Keith McMillan?

Introduce yourself.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 18, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Kalo_rama, BulletsFan78, Izman, Samson151, Rphilli, Barno1, CJ658, Glawrence007,....

Whats going on?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 18, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

The young boys are playing well.

And on a separate but related note, the Clippers defense is just awful. Putrid. Words can't explain how bad defensively they are.

Posted by: psps23 | March 18, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

McGee was out of position 3 or 4 times - and committed a silly foul. Who cares? He dominated the game and has a line score that any center in the league would be happpy to have (except the part about getting only 12 minutes).

Taps will go back to his starters for most of the 3rd quarter - lose the momentum and eventually lose the game.

Posted by: Izman | March 18, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

What's this potential 'news of great import' I wonder? A new coach?

Posted by: dante232 | March 19, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

I think the news is Gilbert related. How many minutes did Tapscott play AJ tonight? Had to be well over 40. No time for Pech in spite of foul trouble for Songalia. I was back and forth between games but I don't think Pech played.

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 19, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Well at least they didn't hurt their chances of receiving a higher pick.

Shocking that Tapscott couldn't see that the team was playing much, much better with McGuire and McGee on the court.

By the way, I'm convinced that McGuire is the best facilitator of the offense this team has healthy right now. Nobody else comes close to the smarts and efficiency that McGuire uses when moving the ball on offense. Crit and James may be better ball handlers, but neither see the plays develop as quickly as McGuire. The team suffered significantly in the second half when the ball was taken out of McGuire's hands.

Posted by: psps23 | March 19, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Pech played about 39 seconds at the end of the 1st half.

I would guess either Gilbert or Haywood related as well, regarding the "news" above.

Posted by: psps23 | March 19, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I know it was just a meaningless end-of-season game, but the plus-minus stats for this game are striking. In particular:

McGuire: +20
Young: -31

!!!

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=290318012


Posted by: joe_sill | March 19, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

McGee was out of position 3 or 4 times - and committed a silly foul. Who cares? He dominated the game and has a line score that any center in the league would be happpy to have (except the part about getting only 12 minutes).

Taps will go back to his starters for most of the 3rd quarter - lose the momentum and eventually lose the game.

Posted by: Izman | March 18, 2009 11:48 PM

So-easy to predict. Thanks Izman!

Posted by: closg | March 19, 2009 5:35 AM | Report abuse

LarryInClintonMD

Ivan is gone, he could not take covering the Wizards anymore. I think he is on TV some where?

Go Terps

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 19, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

McGuire, not Young, not McGee, may yet be Ernie's best Wizard draft. The guy works really hard and plays smart basketball. He may not have all the physical skills of Young (on offense) or the leaping ability of McGee but he knows how to maximize his skills.

Yeah who is Keith McMillan?

Posted by: tundey | March 19, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

YO! KEITH,INTRODUCE YO' SELF DIDN'T YO MOMA TEECH YU ANY MANNERS?

Posted by: dargregmag | March 19, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely agree, tundey. McGuire is a player in the truest sense of the word. McGuire, Crittenton, Young, McGee, and Pecherov will all be up for new deals after next season (McGuire unrestricted FA, the rest team option years). My bet is that re-signing McGuire will be at the top of the priority list.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 19, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

SI.com has a region by region breakdown of the best draft options in the NCAAs. At the top of each region's page is a photo of the best regional pick. The first three (Blair, Griffin, and Hill) have photos of the respective players making solid offensive moves. The 4th shows Thabeet crying as he gets manhandled by DuJuan Blair (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2009/columns/story?columnist=ford_chad&page=TourneyWest-090318).

Seems fitting, somehow.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 19, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Arenas will be back for the last 3-4 games of the season

Posted by: aepstein8 | March 19, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The profile on Thabeet also includes this gem:

However, short of his exceptional shot-blocking skills, it's hard to see how his game will translate to the NBA. But if players like DeSagana Diop have a place in the league, so will Thabeet.

Talk about damning with faint praise.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 19, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Gentleman; and I use that term with all due respect What do you guy's think happened to Georgetown this year overated,poorly coached,no depth as a long time Hoya fan i was seriously dissapointed. I welcome all input.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 19, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"Just ran out of gas," Jamison said. "We did a great job as far as matching their energy and moving the ball. As the second half wore on, we couldn't convert offensively and defensively.

HMMMMMMMM

Wonder why he is running out of gas??????
Wonder why CB is wearing down?????

HMMMMMMMMM

Posted by: VBFan | March 19, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Another day, and Kal's up early trying to pick a fight.

But gee Kal, didn't SI make Thabeet the top prospect in the region? That would make him a top 4 or 5 pick. Which is where I've been saying he'd be for months.

Thabeet's line from the 6 overtime game 19pts, 16 rebounds, 6 blocks. while battling for position all night with a 6'9" 275lbs center.

Jamison and Butler have been "rode like rented Mules" by Tapscott. The Wiz will be lucky if he doesn't ruin one of those guys.

Posted by: flohrtv | March 19, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes I wonder if we are playing our veterans so that we do lose. After consistently watching how well the youngsters play together... I am convinced if they were being given heavy minutes we would have easily won another 10 games by now.

Posted by: dante232 | March 19, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

One more loss! Keep'em comming, I want that #1 pick for next year.

Posted by: Fontana1 | March 19, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"Thabeet's line from the 6 overtime game 19pts, 16 rebounds, 6 blocks. while battling for position all night with a 6'9" 275lbs center."

Not to be a pest, but didn't Thabeet play something like 53 minutes that game? To me, that's not an impressive line for a player of his supposed ilk in that amount of minutes.

Posted by: psps23 | March 19, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

how do you know when a team is really stupid? When it lets a guy like novak scores 23 points in 26 minutes...jeez....

Posted by: stevie2 | March 19, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

And an out of shape Gil showing up for the last few games of the season are going to benefit us how?

Is this supposed to get us geeked up to renew our season tickets?

McGuire is a nice player for sure. With scorers around him and a decent defender behind him, he becomes even more valuable and effective. The only thing standing in the way of him becoming invaluable is a consistent jumper just so ppl can't slough off and even that has improved from last year.

For all of the guys hating on EG, you have to admit that he has a good eye for talent. That includes Pech !!

Free Pech.

Posted by: original_mark | March 19, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"Another day, and Kal's up early trying to pick a fight. "

Do you actually think I was directing this specifically at you? Ye gods, your ego is astounding. I barely think about you when I read your posts. I certainly don't think about you any other time.

"That would make him a top 4 or 5 pick. Which is where I've been saying he'd be for months."

I don't recall ever saying he wouldn't be a top 5 pick. Oh, wait, that's because I never said that. I've never doubted he would be a high lottery pick. What I have said is that he doesn't have top 5 BA talent or impact. And SI saying that "it's hard to see how his game will translate to the NBA" and comparing him to DeSagana Diop (DeSagana Diop!!) is a damn good reflection of that.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 19, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"For all of the guys hating on EG, you have to admit that he has a good eye for talent. That includes Pech !!"

You almost made it mark, but you stumbled on the dismount.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 19, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and if you'd actually read the entire profile (instead of stopping at the parts you thought helped make your point) you'd have noted that the writer very specifically said that "A huge tournament could help boost his stock from the mid- to early lottery, but it's doubtful he'll become a superstar," which pretty clearly indicates that, as things currently stand, they don't consider Thabeet a "him a top 4 or 5 pick" and think he'd need to show big in the tourney to achieve that status.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 19, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

SI.com has a region by region breakdown of the best draft options in the NCAAs. At the top of each region's page is a photo of the best regional pick. The first three (Blair, Griffin, and Hill) have photos of the respective players making solid offensive moves. The 4th shows Thabeet crying as he gets manhandled by DuJuan Blair. Seems fitting, somehow.

Unbelievable. Just unbelievable. Clearly this fan doesn’t like Thabeet for whatever reason. Way to pick out one article on SI that depicts him as less than he really is. Why not “copy and paste” the thousands of other articles that depict him as a top 3 pick and an instant impact on defense? Gee, I wonder.

But according to this logic, Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, and Bobby Gonzalez all must be idiots who know nothing about basketball and talent. Laughable. But I bet you would be quick to agree with some writer over at SI. Isn’t SI the home to the respectable “Peter King”. Yeah, I read their stuff all the time, LOL!!!!

Posted by: cj658 | March 19, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

http://www.nbadraft.net/

Sorry to burst bubbles, but why don't some folks just chew on this for a while.

Posted by: cj658 | March 19, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

There is a chance of Hasheem Thabeet going ahead of Blake Griffin.

Hasheem Thabeet the 7'3 265 Center from Uconn has a legit shot at being the number 1 pick in June's NBA draft. Last year at this time everybody had Michael Beasley a lock at the number 1 pick and even up until the 2008 NBA draft more than 75% of NBA teams would have picked Beasley over Rose. I think that Blake Griffin will be the top pick at this point, but I thought Beasley would have went 1 last year. one good point is the need of a center over a power forward. There are a ton of Power forwards that are good and coming out and playing in the league right now. The league lacks centers and there are only a few good ones entering the Draft this year. Other than Thabeet,I only see Cole Aldrich, B.J mullens, and Jerome Jordan being 1st Round picks and that's if they enter. some think Mullens is coming back.
I think Thabeet has just improved his stock from a lottery pick to top 5 after his 15 point, 11 rebound, 10 block triple double vs. Providence and after last night's 8 point, 16 rebound, 7 block game last night vs. Syracuse he is now the guy competing with Griffin for the number 1 pick. Two years ago it was Oden or Durant with more in favor of Oden. Last year it was Beasley or Rose with more in favor of Beasley( maybee should have been Mayo?). This year it's now Griffin or Thabeet with more in favor of Griffin and me being one that is more for Griffin.
Thabeet's numbers so far are 13 ppg, 10.5 RPG, and 4.2 BPG while shooting 63% from the line.

Posted by: cj658 | March 19, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

http://www.examiner.com/x-3360-Newark-Sports-Examiner~y2009m2d14-Thabeet-makes-strong-statement-to-be-1-overall-pick-in-Junes-NBA-Draft


My point is, one can find articles anywhere that bash a particular prospect, or ones that rave about a particular prospect. It's not hard.

Posted by: cj658 | March 19, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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