Wizards (14-47) at Spurs (40-20)

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

Spurs: Tony Parker, Roger Mason Jr., Matt Bonner, Tim Duncan, Michael Finley.

Refs: Dick Bavetta, Eric Lewis, Rodney Mott.

Line: Spurs by 12.

-Caron Butler, was a gametime decision but will miss his third straight game with hamstring tightness after testing it out during the pregame.

-Manu Ginobili remains out for the Spurs while Drew Gooden, who was just signed as a free agent, will be inactive.

-This is nothing less than a brutal matchup for the Wizards. The Spurs have a nasty post player in Duncan of course but also have two other things that kill the Wizards: a penetrating point guard in Tony Parker and a bunch of shooters who can spot up and drain threes.

By Ivan Carter |  March 6, 2009; 8:11 PM ET
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Whos been on the Riverwalk in San Antonio? I tell ya, its nice. Stayed at a hotel that shadows the Riverwalk for two weeks. The evenings on the Walk are fantastic. The Alamo is only about a block away. Very nice place to visit.

Went during the month of August. Hot as hell. But inside conference during the day and riverwalk by night. Had a ball.

Tapscott should make it mandatory for them to spend an extra night before or after the game just to do the RiverWalk. I tell ya, it could only be a positive thing for the Team.

But, I have no confidence that Tapscott does anything out of the ordinary with his Team.

Zen Master he ain't.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 6, 2009 8:47 PM

Anyone watching this game tonight must realize that the WIZ need an inside presence to succeed. I think BLATCHE and McGEE will become excellent PF's. What we need is a center to be the guardian of the rim. The individual who makes the slashers think twice about going inside.

Its anybody's guess who GRUNFELD will pick in the next draft. If they think BLATCHE is a bust then they'll get a PF and ship 'DREY out keeping McGEE at the five. I think JaVAL's best position is as a four not a five, but we'll see. Wait till late JUNE and the answers will magically appear.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 6, 2009 10:28 PM

Is Taps insane or stupid?

In a freakin' blowout, he's playing AJ for 43 minutes and McGee for 6 minutes and Critt for only 15 minutes.

Posted by: charley42 | March 6, 2009 10:30 PM

charley42:

To answer the rhetorical question.....YES!!!!Take your choice.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 6, 2009 10:48 PM

I think EG pretty much let Tapscott do anything this year to this team - he was just glad Jordan was gone.

I just got an email from the Wizards selling lower level/club tix for $50....haha, that's a good one. April Fool's joke is a bit early. I may go for $10....please.

Posted by: t-train | March 6, 2009 11:10 PM

Scary athletic. That's how the Spurs' announcers described McGee. Five times.

Other than that, they ridiculed the Wiz throughout the night and harped on several poor plays by McGuire, expressing surprise that the Wiz were high on him.

Again looking at the +/-, Jamison, McGuire and the starters had big negatives. Somebody needs to buy Taps and AJ a mirror.

Posted by: Izman | March 6, 2009 11:15 PM

"Is Tap insane or stupid?"

Ummm...what are you talking about? Crittenton played 26 mins, McGee 15 mins, and since I only watched the 2nd half I do know that Jamison did not play the entire 4th quarter. Which means the most mins he could have played were 36 mins if he played the entire 1st 3 quarters without a breather. I doubt that happened. So, the box score you may have seen is incorrect in that regard. Anyway, your agenda is your agenda.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 6, 2009 11:19 PM

Izman,

Yeah, McGuire and AJ are playing against Duncan and Parker etc... while the other guys get Oberto, Udoka, whomever... It's an undermanned starting lineup to begin with for us.

If you thought this game was going to be close when we are playing the Spurs in SA with virtually our entire projected starting lineup injured, well, don't know what to tell you. The layup drill by the Spurs in the 3rd quarter was a little embarrassing, however!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 6, 2009 11:25 PM

Make that Jamison 31 mins, McGee 20 mins, Crittenton 23 mins...so I believe that is he final correct amount of mins, which still does not fit your agenda. Facts be damned!

NY are Blatche both played more mins than Jamison as well.

NY continues to stink up the joint!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 6, 2009 11:32 PM

My minutes were correct at the time that I wrote them.

Posted by: charley42 | March 6, 2009 11:39 PM

Quote: "If you thought this game was going to be close ..."

Huh? The Wiz are 14 and out. They've been out of it since preseason. The starters are terrible. Taps keeps blaming the youngsters. My point is to play the youngsters that have promise like McGee and let them get on-the-job training.

This is not complex.

Posted by: Izman | March 6, 2009 11:42 PM

Except that when I looked at them at that point in the game WaPost had Jamison at 43 minutes and they changed it since.

Posted by: charley42 | March 6, 2009 11:44 PM

McGee was the only player to play okay tonight. Young was close to being okay, despite his poor shooting (can you actually believe he had a semi-complete performance?). Everyone else had awful nights.

And despite Izman's clear agenda against Dominic McGuire, he yet again led the team in assists. Pretty impressive for a 2nd year, 6'9 forward forced to play shooting guard who apparently has no upside.

Posted by: psps23 | March 6, 2009 11:53 PM

"Scary athletic. That's how the Spurs' announcers described McGee. Five times.


Posted by: Izman | March 6, 2009 11:15 PM "

And?

Les BouleS still got stomped on.

Being "scary athletic" doesn't necessarily translate to being a great NBA player and contributor.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 7, 2009 12:07 AM

Tim Duncan is clearly not "scary athletic," and look how great he is.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 7, 2009 12:08 AM

DC_MAN88, McGee is a scary athletic and he'll be a great ball player. But you can't ask a rookie to win every game. McGee right now is all bone. Once he beef up he'll be great. Especially along with Blake Griffin.

Posted by: demonj21 | March 7, 2009 12:55 AM

"DC_MAN88, McGee is a scary athletic and he'll be a great ball player. But you can't ask a rookie to win every game. McGee right now is all bone. Once he beef up he'll be great. Especially along with Blake Griffin.

Posted by: demonj21 | March 7, 2009 12:55 AM "

Sounds like you're describing another Marcus Camby, who never beefed up.

How does "beefing up" associate with being great? Didn't Hot Plate Williams beef up also?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 7, 2009 1:58 AM

DCMan,

Yeah, scary athletic is not a prerequisite to anything. It helps, but he also shows a complete lack of understanding on the court. He has no go to moves, doesn't know where to be on the court, can't set screens, etc etc.... Not saying he won't be good, but your looking at 2/3 years down the road still. Until then he is where he should be, being a young backup player with potential.

Young stunk! He did not have a good game. Nobody did really except McGuire did hound Mason all game like he should have last time, but I believe he guarded Parker a lot the first game although I am not sure.

Charley, you were still wrong and you used bad information to back up your biased proclamation that Tap is insane or stupid. If you watched the game, you could easily see the numbers were off. How about just thanking Tap for taking on this thankless job bc nobody on earth would be doing that much differently with this remaining squad.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 7, 2009 2:42 AM

"Quote: "If you thought this game was going to be close ..."

Huh? The Wiz are 14 and out. They've been out of it since preseason. The starters are terrible. Taps keeps blaming the youngsters. My point is to play the youngsters that have promise like McGee and let them get on-the-job training.

This is not complex."

Seems complex to you as Blatche, McGuire, and Young (when he can hit a shot) all get a lot of mins out there. First, that is part of the problem bc they are supposed to be talented up and coming role players not major contributors. Second, you pick out McGee, the one "youngster" who is the furthest behind all the others except maybe Pech and he gets less mins for that reason.

Very simple!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 7, 2009 2:56 AM

You can add Crittenton in there too. He gets a lot of mins for essentially a rookie.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 7, 2009 2:58 AM

Plus, McGee played 30+ mins the other night bc he was having a positive impact on the game for once. Therefore, he got extended mins. It's obvious to me that Tap has no agenda except to try to play the guys that are playing the best even though we are overmatched virtually every game this year bc of injuries.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 7, 2009 3:01 AM

How does "beefing up" associate with being great? Didn't Hot Plate Williams beef up also?

DC_MAN88, sorry you're still stuck in the hot plate williams days. Some people just can't move one. I am not saying McGee may not be him but you have to take your chances. I am sure Abe thought R.Wallace, B. Wallace, R. Halmonts, etc could have been a hot plate williams and look where that gotten us. My point is, move on from the old and see what the new have to offer. Otherwise, we'll be the same ole Bullets because we're so obsessed what happened in the past.

Posted by: demonj21 | March 7, 2009 3:14 AM

"I may go for $10....please.Posted by: t-train"

I'd make them pay me at least $15. Plus the parking.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 7, 2009 7:15 AM

"My minutes were correct at the time that I wrote them.Posted by: charley42"

That's how Bernie Madoff describes his board meetings.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 7, 2009 7:17 AM

Maybe Tapscott and Grunfeld don't want to see the kids in action, because they're afraid the fans will lose all hope.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 7, 2009 7:20 AM

I don't know if I see anyone on the Wiz who's "scary athletic." I do know that the team is "scary bad."

Posted by: shovetheplanet | March 7, 2009 8:01 AM

"DC_MAN88, sorry you're still stuck in the hot plate williams days. Some people just can't move one. I am not saying McGee may not be him but you have to take your chances. I am sure Abe thought R.Wallace, B. Wallace, R. Halmonts, etc could have been a hot plate williams and look where that gotten us. My point is, move on from the old and see what the new have to offer. Otherwise, we'll be the same ole Bullets because we're so obsessed what happened in the past.

Posted by: demonj21 | March 7, 2009 3:14 AM "

Am I "stuck in the Hot Plate" days or is the Les BouleS team stuck in the past 3 decades of total ineptitude on how a franchise should be run based on the owner being a cheapskate who doesn't want to spend where needed.

Maybe it's a coverup where if he does spend where he thinks it's needed, they don't work out, and then he gets exposed for his ineptitude?

It's clearly becoming obvious now based on the ridiculous Gilby and MeTawn and MeShawn and AB resignings, and of course, the OPech, NY, Peter John Ramos picks, and of course the Dee Brown summer pick up, nevermind the Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallance, Rasheed Wallace, and Devin Harris giveaways.

What a complete joke of a franchise.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 7, 2009 8:46 AM

"How about just thanking Tap for taking on this thankless job bc nobody on earth would be doing that much differently with this remaining squad." You are nuts you do not thank someone for volunteering to complete a task they are incapable of, he should be fired and not put back in the front office. thinking that no one else would do much differently is absurd, the wins/losses might not be different but the rotations would be drastically altered by a coach with a brain, hopefully benefiting us down the road, unlike the current philosophy of letting the worst defensive frontline I've ever seen get murdered every 1st and 3rd quarter. Song is not a center and aj is not a power forward. Why do we still slow every possession down? Bad defensive teams generally opt to avoid halfcourt execution and for good reason, with our post game and lack of shooters trying to walk it up the floor is embarrassingly foolish, limiting the possessions to try and avoid being blown out isn't working by the way, please turn at least one game we play into a track meet and see what happens. I recently read an article from espn.com that said mcgee should be receiving more consistent minutes, and should be given extended floor time in at least a handful of games, he also said that maybe we should have put him in the dleague where he could be the focal point of the offense and play heavy time. this is coming from a league analyst not just a depressed wizards fan whose stomach turns when thinking about songaila trying to deny a drive to the rim. Scary athletic, is a good way of describing jm, his speed, quickness and leaping ability are all freakish for his size but he certainly lacks any semblance of a polished game at this stage, leaving him as just a scary athlete for the moment.

Posted by: bford1kb | March 7, 2009 1:44 PM

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