Wizards (19-62) at Celtics (61-20)

Wizards starters: Javaris Crittenton, Dominic McGuire, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, JaVale McGee

Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Stephon Marbury, Tony Allen, Leon Powe, Kendrick Perkins

Refs: David Jones, Olandis Poole, Eli Roe

Line: Celtics by 4.5

A lot of folks are looking for updates on the Flip Saunders situation. This is what I know. Saunders will be the next coach of the Washington Wizards. I just spoke to someone today who informed me that this thing is as close to a done deal as you can get. The Wizards want him. Saunders wants to coach the Wizards. He's agreed to come. The two sides are close to getting all the details of the contract completed soon. I've spelled out the parameters of the deal before, which fall in line with reports that Saunders is coming for four years and about $18 million. Expect an announcement some time next week. I'll come back with more later.

... Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas are out. Jamison played the first 81 games and saw his season come to end after developing some bone spurs in his right ankle. Jamison originally injured himself during the Wizards' 109-101 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He experienced more discomfort in the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors. Jamison said that he will get a few opinions after the season, but the injury could require surgery. "Don't know what's going to happen if surgery or something has to a part of this," Jamison said. "Hopefully not, so I can rest and take it from there. If it is, it's just another bump in the road."

Jamison came one game shy of his sixth 82-game season. "I feel fortunate enough to make it except for one game, with the way things went," he said. "To play them was a big accomplishment. But it's something serious."

Haywood and Arenas are sitting for precautionary reasons. There are a lot of questions about the health of Arenas and why he didn't play after April 2. Arenas wanted to test his left knee, but after playing two games and having a 20-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, the team didn't feel the need to tax him during this comeback. The primary reason he missed the last six games is because the team was pleased with his performance and didn't want to risk any setbacks or other injuries with the team playing for nothing but pride right now. "Why risk it?" one source asked.

By Michael Lee |  April 15, 2009; 8:03 PM ET
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That is good news on Flip,But why is BH out tonight Mike.

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | April 15, 2009 8:24 PM

I think "why risk it?" fits perfectly for Haywood as well as Arenas for tonight's game.

Posted by: Chad32 | April 15, 2009 9:17 PM

My sentiments also, Why Risk It?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 15, 2009 9:49 PM

As I look at Marbury, it is very possible had D'antoni started fresh with Marbury, laid down the law and let the past be the past, he might have been a little more successful in his Knicks coaching debut.

More successful might not mean much more with that group, but when you ostracize a part of the group like he did it eventually works against you.

Being a new coach, why would he want to make decisions about Marbury based on old baggage.

You think he might want to give Marbury a chance to prove himself under his tutelage.

Instead, he made up his mind from the get go that Marbury would not play for him.

Most times forgiveness may foster success.

Ya' know they say you can get more with honey than you can with vinegar.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 15, 2009 10:04 PM

Looks like ETaps is going out with a big win, great job!

Wait isn't that what George W. said to Brown after Hurricane Katrina

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 15, 2009 10:05 PM

If McGee is used properly next year and he excells, would he have a chance to make the rookie allstar game as a 2nd year player, or is it just the rookie allstars from this year that get picked to play next years rookies.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 15, 2009 10:09 PM

why hasn't Blatche played?

Posted by: h20law2000 | April 15, 2009 10:31 PM

Pech got 10 boards in 29 minutes

Posted by: original_mark | April 15, 2009 10:32 PM

MVP: Juan Dixon

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | April 15, 2009 10:36 PM

Hate to see Dixon go out like that, but he more or less cost us 3 games in a row. The reality is we didnt have anyone else who could pretend to play PG.

At the end...no Crit, Blatche, Arenas, james, Antawn, Haywood, Etan, Deshawn.

Wow

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | April 15, 2009 10:40 PM

Now let's hope the Clippers beat the Bobcat tonight (I doubt it) but if they do, more ping balls for us. Now, how can the Caps lose at home? This is why I never get too excited about 'em Caps. They tend to always lose to either Pitt or NY Rangers in the playoff.

Posted by: demonj21 | April 15, 2009 10:41 PM

Watching Juan Dixon play this season has been like watching my favorite dog get too old to see, hear and walk. You know...he can't hold his water anymore ...he's in pain constantly.
Finally, you put him in the car for that final drive to the Vet.

Thank goodness this season's over.

Posted by: bozomoeman | April 15, 2009 10:43 PM

Avery Johnson is the right man for the job. Give the brother a chance. Aw, damn! Too late!

Posted by: DudeCameron | April 15, 2009 10:45 PM

At the end...no Crit, Blatche, Arenas, james, Antawn, Haywood, Etan, Deshawn.

Wow

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | April 15, 2009 10:40 PM

Wow, just wow.

Throw in losing AD and Mason off last year's team too.

19 wins sounds about right.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 15, 2009 10:53 PM

"

Avery Johnson is the right man for the job. Give the brother a chance. Aw, damn! Too late!

Posted by: DudeCameron | April 15, 2009 10:45 PM "

Give the brotha a shot?

How did Wes Unseld, Gar Heard, Leonard Hamilton, Eddie Jordan, and ETap work out?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 15, 2009 10:57 PM

Man I thought this was a Wizards blog?! The post about Flip coming that I just commented on last night is pushed off for the 20 freakin MMPG bs posts! No one cares about that crapola. What a bunch of horse you know what.

Thanks alot dude. We got a new coach coming in. Got a draft coming up. End of the season. Lots of changes coming and stuff that needs to be done. All kinds of things you could be talking about for us Wizard fans.

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 15, 2009 10:59 PM

"Watching Juan Dixon play this season has been like watching my favorite dog get too old to see, hear and walk. You know...he can't hold his water anymore ...he's in pain constantly.
Finally, you put him in the car for that final drive to the Vet.

Thank goodness this season's over.

Posted by: bozomoeman | April 15, 2009 10:43 PM "

Old dog?

In pain constantly?

Sounds more like Gilby...

Strained abdominal muscle, dislocated clavicle, multiple knee surgeries, etc.

Gumpy Gimpy Gilby keeps on gimpin'

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 15, 2009 10:59 PM

Had to chuckle at the Dixon post. What a shame? He looks like he is done as a professional basketball player. There is simply nothing he does well as a pro and shooting is not one of'em either. His shot is garbage these days! Anyway, happy trails Juan!

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 15, 2009 11:16 PM

Hell, I told all of yuv's once befo' Jaun Dixon has to shoot first and then pass. He can't play no other way.

He can't bring the ball down and set up the offense. He has to bring the ball down looking to shoot or pass right away.

Blame Tapscott for having him try to do otherwise.

Just an example of Taspcott's whole season of mishandling and miscoaching the Team.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 15, 2009 11:20 PM

at least Dixon is only the second worst PG on this team. That honor goes to James. there, i said it.

Posted by: superwilks | April 15, 2009 11:24 PM

"Had to chuckle at the Dixon post. What a shame? He looks like he is done as a professional basketball player. There is simply nothing he does well as a pro and shooting is not one of'em either. His shot is garbage these days! Anyway, happy trails Juan!

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 15, 2009 11:16 PM "

In a debacle of a season where BTH hurt his hand, Gilby not only did not have a triumphant return, but registered another lost season after signing for max money, the coach was fired, and the team lost 63 games despite having 2 healthy all stars, it's really sad when it comes down to ridiculing Juan Dixon's career and future.

That's really a "can't see the forest for the trees" kinda moment there.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 15, 2009 11:35 PM

It was tough to watch Dixon play PG the past few games -- he's a guy that I want to root for given his history with the region and this team. The only defense really is that he's more of a SG than a PG. Almost wonder if Nick Young would have been a better play at PG once Crit went out.

The only upside is that it gives the Wizards a better shot in the lottery. Crittenton had another good game; Songaila played well; McGee had some good minutes as did Young; Butler wanted this one and played a great game.

Side note in reference to the Saunder's hiring -- is the Cassell signing likely as an assistant? What's the likelihood of that happening too?

Posted by: JPRS | April 15, 2009 11:40 PM

Juan Dixon is the worst PG in the NBA -- he is awful and Tapscott might even worse because Juan showed against Toronto in back to back games that he had no business on the floor in the 4th quarter -- yet Tapscott goes back to him and not surprising - in the final 4 minutes we get a missed shot, 1-2 from the free throw line and 3 terrible, terrible turnovers. Good riddance Juan and Tapscott.

Posted by: Chad32 | April 16, 2009 12:03 AM

Don't get me wrong, I loved dixon when he was at Maryland, and he even had some decent seasons with the wizards, but I agree dude sucks now...he single handedly lost the game for us tonight, everytime he touched the ball in the fourth quarter he had a turnover! Blake on the other hand is having an impressive influence on the blazers and I see him having a long and prosperous career.

Posted by: bbachrac | April 16, 2009 12:26 AM

"Juan Dixon is the worst PG in the NBA"

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 16, 2009 12:48 AM

"Juan Dixon is the worst PG in the NBA"

That might have something to do with the fact that he's a shooting guard.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 16, 2009 12:49 AM

I can't believe anyone actually watched this game. You missed out on a good Mavs/Rockets matchup.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 16, 2009 12:52 AM

Is it wrong of me to hope that there's still a place for Juan here next season, even if it's as a 12th-man, towel-waving, borderline mascot?

I know I'm speaking (typing) with my heart, not my head, but whatever.

Posted by: nittanybruin | April 16, 2009 7:15 AM

now that it's finally over.. this torture. When will da Wiz start to find some of those good solid euro players.. Gasols, Fernandez, Ginobili, Parker etc etc? Pecherov is not even in the same category as them? who drafted this guy anyway? About time we get with the rest of the league.

Posted by: I-495 | April 16, 2009 9:27 AM

No, Dixon is not a PG, not even an emergency serviceable PG (like Stevenson or Mason). In NBA for these many years, he hasn't improved his ball handling skill to be able to either dribble or pass out of pressured situation. That's why this is probably his last NBA season (sadly, I like the guy).

MeGee played for close to 30 minutes and got only 1 defensive rebound (2 total). He is probably the only center that I know got boxed out by offensive players on the defensive end! Looks like McGee's strategy is to let the offensive players get the rebound and then try to block his shot. There is one sequence Celtics got 4 consecutive offensive rebounds, McGee got one block, and probably altered others, until Celtics got smart, sent the ball outside, and drained a 3 pointer!

Posted by: sagaliba | April 16, 2009 9:28 AM

juan dixon is terrible now

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 16, 2009 9:36 AM

"Is it wrong of me to hope that there's still a place for Juan here next season . . . ?"

Yes.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 16, 2009 10:44 AM

Guys, I don't know what game you were watching last night, but it looked to me that Dixon was doing just what the coach wanted him to do. The turnovers appeared to be intentional and poorly disguised. Is it possible that he has been inserted in the last 5 games to ensure we did not win? Give it some thought.......

Posted by: SPUD2 | April 16, 2009 11:11 AM

18 million for four years of the Flip Saunders show. Another brilliant decision from the best run franchise in professional sports.

Posted by: jake177 | April 16, 2009 11:32 AM

Juan had a nice little career in the NBA. He made a little money. He should now go on to is life's work. Maybe coaching or something.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | April 16, 2009 11:42 AM

Let's not mention or discuss players that shoot in the 30s FG% and 50s FT% - those players don't exist in the NBA or on the Bullets. Dwho???

Avery should've been the pick - last time I'll say it.

I am looking forward to not having to listen to Tap gratuitously using strings of big, fancy words to communicate nothing of substance - the nonsense spewing will end. I hope they give Tap the MJ treatment and boot him out the door. Jeez, wasn't granting him a whole year of Fantasy Camp enough.

Posted by: BulletsFan1 | April 16, 2009 11:52 AM

Taps a nice guy though. Not much of a coach but a nice guy.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | April 16, 2009 1:21 PM

Avery Johnson is the right man for the job. Give the brother a chance. Aw, damn! Too late!

"Give the brotha a shot?

How did Wes Unseld, Gar Heard, Leonard Hamilton, Eddie Jordan, and ETap work out?"


Wow DC_MANN88 he said give THE brother a chance not A brother a chance! Someone's showing his true colors!!! He was specifically talking about AVERY JOHNSON himself not the color of the man's skin as it had anything to do with coaching!

But if we were talking about color lets talk Lebron, Kobe, Carmelo, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, Carlos boozer, Deron Williams,Tayshaun Prince, Michael Redd, Chris Bosch, Jason Kidd, and Dwight Howard...Oh wow the whole USA team how'd that work out for YOU?!?! Maybe if JJ Redick, David Lee, Kirk Hinrich played they would have done better...DARN!

Posted by: SkinzFan4lyfe | April 16, 2009 9:16 PM

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