Wizards (14-48) at Mavericks (37-25), Butler To Return

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

Mavericks starters: Jason Kidd, Antonie Wright, Erick Dampier, Dirk Nowitzki, Devean George.

Line: Mavericks by 11.

-Butler, who has missed three straight games with a hamstring problem, will go for the Wizards.

-Josh Howard is out for the Mavs (sore left ankle).

-In the first meeting between the teams on Dec. 21 at Verizon Center, the Mavs won 97-86. Jason Terry came off the bench to score 25 for the Mavs that night while Nowitizki went for 23. Jason Kidd had 11 assists. The Wizards shot 39.5 percent and had 16 turnovers.

By Ivan Carter |  March 7, 2009; 7:49 PM ET
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Antawn with 5 turnovers in the 1st half and a bunch of forced shots.

Im sure thats the young guys fault.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | March 7, 2009 9:41 PM

the second unit of crit,ny,cb,ab and jm played very well and as soon as mcgee stepped off of the floor dallas proceeded to score at will inside, a ten point lead entirely evaporated in 5 minutes

Posted by: bford1kb | March 7, 2009 9:44 PM

Going into the 4th Q the almighty captains are 11-31 from the floor with 9 turnovers.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | March 7, 2009 10:24 PM

I don't want to nitpick, but our "veterans" make a slew of asinine mistakes.

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 7, 2009 10:24 PM

mcgee seeing a whopping 2 second half minutes is inexcusable

Posted by: bford1kb | March 7, 2009 11:00 PM

As someone with high school level coaching experience, Tapscotts performance is appalling.

The stretch in the 3rd quarter where the game was decided was when the Mavs went zone and the Wiz did not stop running a man-to-man offense.

That would be unacceptable for an 8th grade team.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | March 7, 2009 11:26 PM

mcgee seeing a whopping 2 second half minutes is inexcusable

Posted by: bford1kb | March 7, 2009 11:00 PM

He pulled him after Bass got an offensive rebound in the second half. Out of all of the turnovers, horrible shot selection, poor defensive rotations and mistakes which are to voluminous to count, HE PULLED THE KID FOR A MISSED ASSIGNMENT. If you are going to coach tying playing time MISTAKES DO it across the board.

I could buy the veteran argument if these guys would win a game every once in a while and they ahve had a whole season to try. All you cats who have been serving the double-double, two All Star mantra re Jamison and Butler are straight tripping. They are both statistic hunters and don't make their teams better. They have been relegated to one on one, ineffective jumpshooters.

With the decline in play since the Tapscott rein and the obvious tension between Tapscott, McGee and Young, how do you even keep Tapscott in the organization.

To play these ineffective old guys all of these minutes this late in aseason when the teams record is 14 AND 52 (OR WHATEVER IT IS) IS PLAIN STUPID.

Posted by: NewManagement | March 7, 2009 11:30 PM

Right. Totally absurd coaching to let the captains play awful basketball and then pull youngsters after 1 mistake.

What was gained by playing the veterans so heavily in the 2nd half and not getting McGee minutes? Nothing.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | March 7, 2009 11:40 PM

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