Wizards (17-58) at Grizzlies (19-54); Haywood Will Make Season Debut
Wizards starters: Javaris Crittenton, Dominic McGuire, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche.
Grizzlies: Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, Marc Gasol, Darrell Arthur, Rudy Gay.
Refs: Mike Callahan, Ed Malloy, Zach Zarba
Line: Grizzlies by 3.
Brendan Haywood will make his season debut tonight in Memphis. Haywood knocked on interim Coach Ed Tapscott's hotel room door this afternoon and told him that he was ready to play. Tapscott plans to play Haywood for 20 minutes off the bench, likely using him for 10 minutes each half.
This is decision rather sudden and surprising since Haywood stressed that he needed "five-to-10" practices before he played in a game, but the reality is, given the Wizards' remaining schedule, he would only have about two or three hard practices the rest of the season.
Yesterday, Tapscott said that Haywood wasn't close to getting back because of his wind. He mentioned how Haywood had the ball in the post and attempted one of his turnaround jumpers. "That normally is a good shot for him," Tapscott said. Then Haywood shot an airball. "He looked at me and said, 'No legs,' " Tapscott said with a laugh.
Things changed in a hurry, though. "First thing I asked him was, 'This isn't an April Fool's Joke is it?' " Tapscott said, recalling their meeting this afternoon. "He said, 'No.' "
... As for Gilbert Arenas, it doesn't appear that he's going to play. He worked out with Haywood before the game, delivering entry passes to the post. But he was wearing his cutoff black sweats rather than his uniform. He also was cracking jokes in the locker room, rather than wearing his headphones and tuning out the world, like he usually does when he's going to play.
"He's always a gametime decision," Tapscott said with a shrug. "We said we will try to stay away from any back-to-back situations. And if we have a back-to-back like this, considering who he is, I think we owe it our fans to let them see him if he's going on a back to back."
... As I reported earlier, Darius Songaila will play tonight after missing the past four games with a neck injury. Songaila said he originally got hurt against Sacramento but continued to play the next four games out West, even after aggravating the injury in the first game of the Wizards' road trip in Utah after colliding with Andray Blatche on a rebound.
... Dominic McGuire will try again to contain Memphis rookie O.J. Mayo, who scorched the Wizards for a career-high 33 points on Feb. 2. His teammates gave him a hard time about his defensive performance that night, so he will probably be a little more charged up tonight.
... The NBA schedule maker surely didn't see this coming last summer, but the thought of the Wizards and Grizzlies playing on April Fool's Day makes me laugh a little bit.
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