Wizards (17-57) at Pacers (30-43)

Wizards starters: Javaris Crittenton, Dominic McGuire, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche.

Pacers: Jarrett Jack, Brandon Rush, Danny Granger, Jeff Foster, Roy Hibbert.

Refs: Ken Mauer, Jim Clark, David Guthrie

Line: Pacers by 9.

Javaris Crittenton got the nod at starting point guard with the team sticking with its plan to rest Gilbert Arenas on back-to-back games. Without Arenas and Mike James, Crittenton is the only solid ball handler on the roster, so you can probably expect Dominic McGuire, Caron Butler and Andray Blatche to do their part to take the ball up the floor from time to time. . .

Darius Songaila (sprained neck) will dress but he will only play in an emergency situation tonight. "I hope we don't have an emergency," Wizards Coach Ed Tapscott said. "Although with us, you never know -- we seem to have one on a weekly basis." Tapscott added that he would like to have Songaila get in a few practices before putting him on the floor again. . .

Arenas traveled with the team to Indiana but will not play, Arenas said he will continue to "tour" around the league with his teammates the rest of the way. "I think it's great. I think it allows him to absorb some of the things we're doing," Tapscott said. . .

The Pacers are coming off a disappointing loss to Chicago on Saturday that dropped their playoff elimination "Tragic" number to four games. This game has the potential to be ugly with the Wizards shorthanded, on the road and coming off close loss to Detroit on Saturday night. . .

By Michael Lee |  March 29, 2009; 6:56 PM ET
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Iffin ya watchin that Carolina Oklahoma game.

Can you see now why I say Offense first.

Can you see why Defense is the imbodiment of institution, courage, and intelligence.

Iffin ya can't score, defense means nothing.

Can you see why now how important coaching and institutional success is.

Its why I been sayin all year that the Wizards players cannot win games and overcome terrible incompetent coaching at the same time.

Can you see now why I keep and kept sayin that these players and the Team is nowhere as bad as they look.

And all you bloggers that keep thinkin that the players is responsible for this crap of a season do not have a clue.

BulletsFan78 knows this, Kalo_rama knows this, and many others on this blog.

Did any of you believe that them Carolina Tarheels would do this to them Oklahoma Sooners?

Did of you believe a Blake Griffin led team would fair this poorly against the Heels and Tyler Hansbrough?

You see this is the result of good players, good coaching, and a winning system.

The Wizards have good players, they lack in the other two departments.

Iffin ya don't know ya better ask somebody.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 29, 2009 6:57 PM

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 29, 2009 7:09 PM

"This game has the potential to be ugly with the Wizards shorthanded, on the road and coming off close loss to Detroit on Saturday night. . ."

I could be wrong, but a team with a 17-57 record usually has its share of ugly games. This team has had only a few qualities games on the season. Every game has the potential of being ugly.

Posted by: superwilks | March 29, 2009 7:24 PM

You see all of you Defense Guru's really don't know what defense is.

All season long I've been hearing that AJ can't play defense, and Gilbert can't play defense, and Javale is always out of position, and on and on.

The one comment all along about Defense that has been correct is those bloggers that have correctly pointed out that the defensive scheme for the Wizards sucks to high heaven.

You see now that we are nearing the end of this unfortunate season, I am not letting slide no more these incompetent comments about the Wizards not being able to play Defense.

You see not being able to play Defense is a coaching phenomena.

The North Caroling Tarheels just proved it to the nonbelieving butts by jackin up them Oklahoma Sooners.

You see the Defense that the Heels play comes from Defense 101. Its basic and its institutional. Play it well and great defensive players will bow before you when their Team does not understand what Defense 101 is.

Defense 101 allows you to stop the other Team more than they stop you and it never and I mean never hampers your Offense.

You see Gilbert had it right three years ago when he quarreled with Eddie Jordan, when Eddie decided he wanted to concentrate on Defense and not focus on Offense.

What Eddie Jordan did not realize then was that only a few Teams in the NBA at that time could stop the Wizards. There Defensive schemes was not stopping the Wizards. The Wizards were winning. He should have built on that and not taken a step back by focusing on Defense. If Teams cannot stop you with there Defense, why do you need to change your focus to Defense? Stupid.

The Carolina Tarheels would never make that mistake because they know what Defense is.

And I know in my heart and my guts that the right coach for the Washington Wizards next year who also understands this is Mark Jackson.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 29, 2009 7:39 PM

Comment: Tapps said he likes to script the first three plays of the game, but with Gilbert he does not have to do that because Gilbert can see things as they happen and make plays.

Question: Did Tapps ever play basketball at any level, or is he just clueless?

Answer: If I had to guess, he has never played the game at any level and he is clueless.

Do you think that when Showtime came down the court wit the ball it was scripted, or Bird, or Jordan, or Wade, or Robertson, or The Pearl, or Cousy, or Lebron, or Kolby?

No it ain't scripted its basketball by players on the court. Tappscott greatest mistake is not believing in his Team and allowing them to excell. He uses the excuse or experience of lackof to make decisions on the floor that means nothing to the success of the Team. Jordan was guilty of the same.

You see you have to go with all you have and any decision that detracts from all you have is tomfoolery.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 29, 2009 8:22 PM

This team has a lot of problems but the defense is the biggest problem and until it improves this team will never be competitive!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 29, 2009 9:21 PM

How many pick & rolls can a team run before the coach figgers out how to get his team to stop it????
BBall 101.
Someone needs to get enrolled in this class.

Posted by: VBFan | March 29, 2009 9:50 PM

We only lost by 9pts. If Gilbert was playing he would have made up the difference, so we would won this game. I have looked back and there were a number of games we lost by less than 10pts. If Gilbert plays in those games we win them all. By my calculation we will win 55 games next year with Gilbert healthy.

Posted by: twigmuffin | March 29, 2009 10:29 PM

Larry in Clinton - your enthusiasm about offensive oriented hoops is wonderful. But enthusiasm can be ill placed. As good as it looked with Gil playing well against the Pistons, even when our offense was firing on all cylinders this bunch never went beyond May playoffs hoops. The goal should be to be still standing around June 15.

I learned many years ago that in the NBA, NFL and MLB offense puts people in the seats, gets you into the post season and gives a fans good measure of excitement that the team is successful, But teams that go all the way in these sports usually do it because they make defense a higher priority than the other teams they face in the playoffs. We should not get caught up in the euphoria. Should we run more? Yes and with Gilbert we can. His ability to see the court, make the pass to give teammates easy scores was and still is incredible. I had honestly forgotten just how great he is with his court vision after all this time away. But still, unless we get more serious about D, it will produce the same results as in the past 4 years.

I don't have hard numbers, but my gut says to me that over the years offense wins over defense in playoff situations only about 25% of the time. That is why we need a coach that will not ignore the D. Our offense is not the problem when we are healthy. That is why I still think Avery Johnson is the best man for this coaching job. He took the Mavs to the next level by convincing a run and gun team to play more effective D.


Posted by: stanlong23 | March 29, 2009 11:33 PM


Yes, true, but the current organization is constituted around an offensive philosophy. Hence my rantings about new ownership. As long sufferers its time.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 29, 2009 11:58 PM

"We only lost by 9pts. If Gilbert was playing he would have made up the difference, so we would won this game. I have looked back and there were a number of games we lost by less than 10pts. If Gilbert plays in those games we win them all. By my calculation we will win 55 games next year with Gilbert healthy.

Posted by: twigmuffin | March 29, 2009 10:29 PM "

You mean how we would have also won the Detroit game had Gilby played?

oh, he did play, and shot 3-12 while AI and Rasheed were out.

What's clear to me is that Les BouleS have a better chance of winning these kind of games with BTH vice Gilby.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 30, 2009 12:18 AM


Them Teams you describing that focus on offense but fail on Defense are not the ones I'm alluding too.

You make the mistake in thinking that because I emphasize Offense that I don't also emphasize Defense.

If you read my blogs carefully, you note that I emphasize Team Defense that wins.

You see, Eddie Jordan wanted to emphasize individual Defense which is nothing without a winning Team Defensive philosophy.

Playing Etan Thomas because you thought he was better defensively than Haywood was a dumb decision. Etan Thomas detracted from the effectiveness of the Team, while Brendan Haywood added to the effectiveness of the Team. Team Defense is the Key. Not individual Defense.

You see I am talking about championship Teams that know what Defense is. Go back and look at all them championship Teams and analize them and you will see that along with their good Defense they also had superior offensive play.

When the Wizards went to the playoffs four years in a row and not three like some bloggers keep sayin, they were on the crux of moving up.

They listened to the pundits about playing defense and changed what was successful that had gotten them that far.

They should have stayed the course. There defense would have gotten better. For you cannot beat Teams consistently without knowing what Defense is.

However, the point is mute due to fatefull injuries brought on by ill-fated decisions.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 30, 2009 8:29 AM

Correction: the point is moot... not mute,

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 30, 2009 10:00 AM

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