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2009-10 Season Opener, Wizards at Dallas

Wizards (0-0) at Mavericks (0-0)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Fabricio Oberto, Brendan Haywood

Mavericks: Jason Kidd, Quinton Ross, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Erick Dampier

Line: Mavericks by 8.

With Antawn Jamison out the first couple of weeks, Flip Saunders decided to go with Mike Miller as his starting shooting guard. Miller beats out DeShawn Stevenson and Nick Young, who were also vying for the position. Saunders said Miller can offer some scoring, rebounding and other qualities to help the Wizards' starting unit, which will already feature Brendan Haywood and Fabricio Oberto. No need to put all the pressure to score on Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler.

"Mike does a lot of the intangibles that helps the other guys perform at another level," said Saunders, who picked Miller because of. "Mike's ability to shoot the three, which stretches the floor, and his ability also as a [shooting guard] to rebound. He's a great rebounder. Tawn, got you 10 rebounds a game, however he got them. Mike might be able to get you seven or eight -- which is going to more than you get from most twos."

Miller has started 186 of the 213 games he's played since winning sixth man of the year in 2005-06. He said he would've been fine with whatever decision Saunders made, but welcomes his responsibilities as a starter. "It's going to be knocking down shots when I have to, rebound and play defense, be in the right spots so they can depend on me," he said. "My game is pretty easy to fit in. I'm going to go out there and try to help them be better, make plays for guys and be in the right spots."

Saunders said he would use DeShawn Stevenson primarily against reigning sixth man of the year Jason Terry. "They have three guys who are great scorers," Saunders said, mentioning Terry, Dirk Nowitzi and Shawn Marion. "Jason is going to do what he does. You can't let Jason [Kidd] set up all three of those guys and get them off."

As Saunders prepared for his first game as coach of the Wizards, he said he that now that "popcorn has popped and butter is on" was just like fans who "come to see what shows up."

"Like all opening games, you're excited about playing," he said.
"Do I wish I could play a CYO team, yes? Rather than Dallas. It's not college where you can schedule a Division III school, it's only 29 other teams you can play. So I think it's going to be a good challenge for us."

I asked Saunders what he expected from Gilbert Arenas. "I'm waiting like you. I'm like everybody else. I'm waiting to see. I think he's going to come out. I think he'll be aggressive, with the things that he does."

Saunders also was asked about Arenas's reluctance to speak to the media this preseason. He talks to me. That's all that matters," he said with a laugh. "I'll be honest, I don't think right now he has a lot to talk about. It's been 15 months, he sat around, he hasn't played at all. I think he's gotten to the point that no matter what he says, it doesn't matter, because everybody is going to judge him by what he does on the floor.

"I think at this point, he says, 'I'm going to play and how I play is going to be first line of defense of what's going to be said about me," Saunders said. "He's going to talk over time. But right now, he's more concerned about trying to get between the lines and doing what he needs to do to get back and have people recognize him not for what he's talking about but what he's doing, as far as actions. . .I think everything is a little bit different. You never hear a lot about Garth Brooks when he's retired, but now we comes back and starts playing, you're going to hear a lot more about him."

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban calls Arenas's move from being one of the most open and talkative athletes to going silent is an excellent way of promoting himself.

"What a better marketing route could he have made? He started a blog and he started talking, and when you talk a lot and you shut up, people [media] want to know, 'Ok, Am I going to be the guy who makes him talk?' I'll ask him all these questions and I'll write all about the questions I asked and how he refused to answer, and I'll write three stories a day on when Gilbert Arenas will talk and what I think he should be saying and what he's thinking. You guys will do all the talking for him and he'll save all his breath."

"He's recognized by having dealt with the media so much and playing the media to his advantage that the best way to get media attention is to have gone from talking a lot to not saying a word," Cuban said. "I never thought that about Dennis Rodman until I talked to him a bunch of times and realized the guy was just a master media player. The guy knew what he was doing . . . He's obviously doing it the right way."

By Michael Lee  |  October 27, 2009; 8:28 PM ET
 
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Comments

anybody got a link to the game?

Posted by: ewww | October 27, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

i is live on comcast sport net cable

Posted by: rnorris6 | October 27, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

i live in chicago

Posted by: ewww | October 27, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Go to washingtonwizards.com they have a link to listen to the game live hope that helps

Posted by: rnorris6 | October 27, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

thnaks

Posted by: ewww | October 27, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

This guy foye is a$$ he's jackin like Gil 1.0 and playin 0 D La Bomba is fryin him. where's NY?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 27, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

breakout year for blatche

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | October 27, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

ARENAS is getting hot!! YEAH!! Caps just won and the Wizards are winning too!! Now if only the Skins could start winning...

Posted by: rachel216 | October 27, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Mark it down:

3:26secs left in 2nd quarter of game1, Gil finally got that look again in his eye.

good sign!

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert's back

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | October 27, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

For those out of market, check League Pass if you have digital cable. It's free this week.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 27, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Blatche is looking nice. The whole team is looking good.

Posted by: murphyz | October 27, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Alright, nice first half by all.

Saunders:

-Playing big! Now there is a fresh concept.
-Blatche, nice game thus far.
-Do I really actually see us playing a modicum of defense. Yes!
-GA is looking better than I thought he might and has stopped matadoring on the defensive end. Wow!
-Butler, where are you?
-Seems like NY is not starting the season in the rotation. Bout time he earns his professional stripes. Might pay off by the end of the season.

Keep it up!

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 27, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm No NY and almost no JMcV? I guess Flip is going Larry Brown on us? Vets only

Posted by: SwiftIT | October 27, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Agree with rphilli about the defense. Dallas shooting only 43% in the first half. Not seeing the open threes you are used to seeing from opposing teams. At least we can say this for the first half of the first game of the season.

Posted by: cannontl | October 27, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

a bit late for a link, but i still think most of you who cant watch the game would be happy to see the 4th quarter.

http://www.freedocast.com/forms/PopOut.aspx?sc=532A427231D72143109A

that should work fine. enjoy!

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

i like how the defense has been playing. we're not allowing too many uncontested shots like we've become accustomed to the past few years.
blatche is playing like he's 2 years overdue..me likes it a lot.
gilbert...i'm gonna withhold judgment until i see it for at least 15-20 games.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Caron is forcing it right now, we need a heavy dose of Gilbert in the 4th

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | October 27, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

LOL @ Adam Morrison getting his championship ring.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Very telling that NY is riding the pine. Strictly a situational player, IMHO.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

really love how hard-nosed this team is. in previous seasons, these wizards would have folded at the face of adversity in the second half. love that we can control the tempo and play to our strengths.
oberto and haywood on the floor at the same time, with 3 scorers, makes us very formidable defensively, as well as offensively (outside AND at the post)...this is something we have lacked in the past.

these next few games will tell us whether today is an aberration or a true change in mindset of this team.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Gil is really seeing the floor tonight and guys are making their shots when he does pass. Nice!

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

stevenson...we need to trade him. i feel bad that he's so bad, but then i realize that he's made a boatload of money (and doesnt even have a consistent jumpshot for a 2-guard), and stop feeling bad immediately.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like McGee, Young and Mcguire did not make the basic rotation. Mcguire has played a minuter or two, Mcgee even less.

Posted by: cannontl | October 27, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

"GILBERT IS BACK!"

Posted by: Kev29 | October 27, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

DS is fairly decent at hitting the WIDE OPEN jumper. If contested, he's worthless on O.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

damn if blatche makes that it's a double double.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Flip will get rid of any D (DeShawn)

Foye just put Nick Young on the trading block

Posted by: Kev29 | October 27, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I must say we look better than I expected so far...hopefully we hold on.

Not 1 minute for Nick Young? Ouch.

But Debrick's play may change that.

Gil is frickin BACK. whew, great to see it

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

"DAGGER!!!"

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Guys are playing because they have more than one facet to their game. NY doesn't measure up. Foye and DS play defense.

And we get our first dagger and it's still October. I'm beyond happy.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 27, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

YEAH BUDDY

Posted by: SDMDTSU | October 27, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

That season ticket money doesnt hurt as much anymore now.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | October 27, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

damn...it really sucks for people like McGuire and Young....heck even mcGee only got 1 minute.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

it was only one game. but man. that was beautiful.

Posted by: crs-one | October 27, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Foye has been in the league only one year more than NY but the difference in basketball IQ is stunning.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

rest assured, if our team plays like they did today, i think this lineup can compete with (and even beat) most teams in the league.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Foye is probably better right now than Ricky Menudo will ever be...nice move Ernie. Foye will be HUGE this year, and so will Miller.

Great win without our 20/10 guy...gotta love it!

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

It's early, it was only one game, but it sure was nice.

Posted by: larryrob | October 27, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

That trade looks pretty good right now. I haven't seen the Wiz play defense that well in about 10 years...STRONG START!

Posted by: garg8050 | October 27, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

OK, where are all you Arenas haters? He's baaaaack. The whole team looked great. Foye is the truth. Blatche played like a seasoned vet. I wish Nick could have gotten the minutes Stevens got, otherwise I was impressed. All without Jamison. WOW

Posted by: garrybrown | October 27, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

t'was a good night for DC. as opposed to last night. damn snyder.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

This guy foye is a$$ he's jackin like Gil 1.0 and playin 0 D La Bomba is fryin him. where's NY?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 27, 2009 9:28 PM


???????????????????????!
Go back to the Lakers blog page!

Posted by: zxhoya | October 27, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Blatche - 20 pts, 7 rebs. Sweet.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

29 and 9 for Gil.

20 and 7 for Dray.

Sweet

Posted by: Kev29 | October 27, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz brought a tear to my eye tonight.

They hit open shots.

They played defense.

They ARE better then the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas gave it thier best shot and the Wizards didn't crack. This team is for real.

And Gil is definately back. As the game went on Gil actually got better. It's a long season, but man they looked good tonight.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 27, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

so many lineups available for Flip....Gil, Foye, Miller, Blatche, Haywood was sweet

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

For those Wizards' doubters:

Gilbert is back and he's as explosive as he was in the 2006-2007 season. He dominated at key times and got others involved early including Haywood.

Foye is the best 2 guard we've had since Larry Huges and is a great compliment to Arenas. NY isn't going to see much, if any, playing time based on what I saw tonight from Foye.

Miller is a very underrated, all-around player. He does a little bit of everything: 3-point shooting, good passing, strong rebounder for his size better defender than I thought. He's a smart and unselfish player.

Oberto is limited offensively, but plays tough defense, sets good picks, and does a lot of the dirty work. Nice backup and compliment to BTH. Good pickup by EG.

Blatche looks serious for once and played smart ball all night. We didn't even miss the usual 20-10 we get from Jamison. Can he play at a high level consistently.

Haywood's presence on defense can't be underestimated. No easy layups for the Mavs - liked the hard foul on Marion late in the game.

THIS TEAM HAS THE MAKINGS OF SOMETHING SPECIAL SO ENJOY IT.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 27, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

That was quite impressive. The Wizards are going to be very good this year. Move over Ovie, the King of DC is back!

Posted by: dominic10464 | October 27, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

hurts me to say this, but if this team performs like this for the next 2-3 weeks, does that warrant a trade of Jamison? he DOES count for $12.5 M per year, and we could probably benefit from moving that big contract of his, since he is only in year 2 of 4.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

if we can trade jamison and stevenson for a couple of expiring contracts, that gives us leeway to sign someone like Bosh.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

The game ball has to go to Ernie Grunfeld. Foye, Miller & Oberto, not to mention Blatche (a second round draft pick) were all fabulous in their roles tonight. I hate to even metion it, but the football team in washington that will remain nameless should take note.

Posted by: Gary22 | October 27, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

"if we can trade jamison and stevenson for a couple of expiring contracts, that gives us leeway to sign someone like Bosh."

uh, no. Let's win a bunch of games with this squad and then get real happy when our 20/10 guy comes back

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

"hurts me to say this, but if this team performs like this for the next 2-3 weeks, does that warrant a trade of Jamison?"

No way, Jamison is 20/10 a night right now but you might cut back his minutes.

Oberto will back up Haywood, but the only thing that makes me think is Blatche is reaping the rewards right now to having a big man playing next to him.

Blatche played real good next to Oberto, and Oberto is a passing machine.

What does Flip do then?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 27, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

"I hate to even metion it, but the football team in washington that will remain nameless should take note."

as a season ticket holder to both franchises, words cant express how happy i am to fully forget about one and dive headlong into the other

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

The key stat is Blatche with 20/7 and 2 blocks.

If he can keep up production like that then this is a playoff team with a chance to get past the second round.

Nice to see Arenas shake off the rust. Let's check back in 25 games and see how his knee is holding up...

Posted by: p1funk | October 27, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

"I hate to even metion it, but the football team in washington that will remain nameless should take note."

That's hilarious, I was thinking the same thing. :)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 27, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Larry in Clinton,
You ok? Ticker alright? Just checking cause that was some exciting basketball tonight.

Only one game blah blah blah....but Gil looks truly scary again. I would like to take this moment to officially eat my hat as I honestly did not think we would see him perform at this level again. Hat is delicious.

Unbelievable balance and depth...even with horrific officiating we had endless resources to sustain. wow. This could be a lot of fun.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 27, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

here's the thing about Oberto, his "guile and vet tricks" that make him effective are all fouls, so anytime he gets extended minutes he will pick up quick, cheap fouls. Especially againts league darlings like Dirk

So blatche will always get minutes....and Oberto will always be effective in his own way during the limited minutes he's in

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

So many different looks this year and some immediate dividends with all three of the new acquisitions. Very few wasted possessions on offense or defense. They made Mavs work on both ends of the court -- the Wizards didn't settle for shots on offense, and on defense, frankly they out-hustled the Mavs tonight.

Arenas looked great -- and distributed the ball as well as shooting a high percentage. Blatche and Oberto did great work. Pretty much everyone who saw floor action contributed.

What a difference a year makes.

Posted by: JPRS | October 27, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

if we can trade jamison and stevenson for a couple of expiring contracts, that gives us leeway to sign someone like Bosh.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse


That would be nice. Does anyone out there want to give Antwan's bum shoulder $36 million???

Posted by: p1funk | October 27, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I know it is just one game, but can somebody say DEFENSE! I actually saw DEFENSE from this team. Thank goodness for no more stupid "switching" defense both Eddie's love to run.

I and many others often asked why they ran that defense last year. Amazing what a good coach can do for a team. AB and Haywood look real comfortable now that they do not have to deal with both Eddie's stupid "mind games".

For all of the folks calling for Ernie's head last year, you might want to rethink your stance. I feel bad NY and McGee did not get any run, but that rotation Flip ran was on point and I guess somebody has to be the odd man out

Redskins Who????? How "bout" them Wiz.....!!

Posted by: BulletsFever | October 27, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I said it in the preseason and I'll say it again: Jamison would best serve this team as a sixth man. He's an unorthodox scorer, who is neither a PF or SF and is just too small to handle legit PFs.
Blatche was giving Nowitzki all he could handle tonight AND was scoring too.
If Blatche continues to play like he did tonight, I don't think it's automatic that Jamison gets the starting job back. Unfortunately, Blatche has been his own worst enemy in the past.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah -- and perimeter D! Did the Wizards hold any team to 22 percent 3-point shooting last year? Let alone a team like the Mavs with several good perimeter shooters?

Granted, it's just one game. But this is a better way to start the season than 0-5.

Posted by: JPRS | October 27, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

When the Wiz signed Saunders, I posted that he will go down as the greatest coach in team history.

Mark my words, it'll happen.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 27, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I know it is just one game, but can somebody say DEFENSE! I actually saw DEFENSE from this team. Thank goodness for no more stupid "switching" defense both Eddie's loved to run in the past.

I and many others often asked why they ran that defense last year. Amazing what a good coach can do for a team. AB and Haywood look real comfortable now that they do not have to deal with both Eddie's stupid "mind games". They finally have a coach who comes at them straight.

For all of the folks calling for Ernie's head last year, you might want to rethink your stance. I feel bad NY and McGee did not get any run, but that rotation Flip ran was on point and I guess somebody has to be the odd man out

Redskins Who????? How "bout" them Wiz.....!!

Posted by: BulletsFever | October 27, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

if we can trade jamison and stevenson for a couple of expiring contracts, that gives us leeway to sign someone like Bosh.

Hell no.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | October 27, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Team work.
If we can keep that concept thru the season. WOW!
EG looks like Ernie Genius.

Posted by: VBFan | October 27, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Les BouleS looked good tonight. The ball was moving and everyone was involved. All this though, needs to be caveated with the fact that they played against a creampuff Mavs team that has no interior defense, no interior scoring, no front court speed, and no dependable back court scoring. Les BouleS can beat these kind of teams.

Gilby had a good game, but took 21 shots. I did like his passes to BTH. To me, AB was the key to the game b/c he kept the Mavs honest.

Did anyone see JaTravel stand next to BTH? He looked about 2 inches shorter.

The only thing fanatic Les BouleS fans need to think about before getting overhyped is that this team may be blown up next season. BTH could be gone, because they resign BTH, Eminem, Foye, and Caron to big money.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 27, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Great game!!! Team Defense, Blatche, Foye, good coaching, Gil with 9 assists...wow.

Hey folks it was only one game but a win on the road against Mavs and without AJ brings lots of hope. But let's not talk about trading Jamison.

We have lots of weapons as expected. The key is Gil's head. He chose his spots wonderfully. He trusted his teammates.It is clear his talent is back.

Coaching decisions...I think Flip will play matchups till he really settles with his steady 8 man rotation. We saw McGuire and no Young or McGee but that will change according to opponents.

A fast start will do wonders for this team mentally. A nice streak out the gate would be wonderful. Let's see what Atlanta has for us on Friday.


BmoreRev

Posted by: stanlong23 | October 27, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

"Did the Wizards hold any team to 22 percent 3-point shooting last year?"

or in the past 5 years? All that switching never worked for our lazy, nonthinking defenders. maybe flip's way will get us an avg at least D, which would be huge for a team that will score in droves

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Arenas, Butler and Haywood all played 38 minutes. Usually in a game like this in the past, Gil and Caron would be well in the 40's. Haywood got many more minutes than he would ever get under EJ.

Blatche and Foye got 35 and 30 respectively.

Posted by: cannontl | October 27, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Oberto made Dirk work though...you can just see how annoying he is...it was great. LOL

Posted by: SDMDTSU | October 27, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

if we can trade jamison and stevenson for a couple of expiring contracts, that gives us leeway to sign someone like Bosh.

Hell no.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | October 27, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

And No again! Maintaining the chemistry of this team is the reason EG held fast, against a strong tide, and now is certainly not the time to muck with it.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 27, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

If the Wiz would have played defense the way they used to tonight, they probably would have lost this game.

Posted by: cannontl | October 27, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Trade Antawn???

We are going to need every guy on this team to compete with the deep rosters out there. We win one game and everyone wants to trade our most consistent player the last 5 years.

Nick Young might be in some trouble though.

Posted by: isnadd | October 27, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Can we get a WE WANT LARRY! cyber chant going....I am dying to hear from him.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 27, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

DC_MAN88,
The Mavs are a legitimate playoff team and
Caron is not a free agent until 2011.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

"Gilby had a good game, but took 21 shots."

Good, hope he takes 25 next time.

"The only thing fanatic Les BouleS fans need to think about before getting overhyped is that this team may be blown up next season."

I'll take that to mean you think this team is really good and we may be disappointed if it gets disbanded. Nice to see you are on board with the team EG assemebled!

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey, where are all those Gilbert and Blatche haters tonight? I figured 88 would at least complain about Gil only getting 9 assists.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | October 27, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

"If the Wiz would have played defense the way they used to tonight, they probably would have lost this game."

BINGO
-sherm lewis

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Wow. Wow. Dallas. On the road. No Jamison.

Gil. Fearless. Passing. Eye of the Tiger.

Haywood. Lane Patrol. Nothing easy Inside.

Foye. Foye? Foye!

Miller. Little Things. Vision. Savvy.

Oberto. Nowitzki in Lockdown. Physical Inside.

Stevenson. On team Why?

APB. McGee. Young. McGuire.

No. Open. Threes. Or. Open Twos, for that Matter.

Ernie. Offseason. Genius.

1 of 82. Can't get Excited.

Too Late.

Posted by: keithward64 | October 27, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey, where are all those Gilbert and Blatche haters tonight? I figured 88 would at least complain about Gil only getting 9 assists.
______________

I think he did by ragging on him for taking 21 shots.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Yikes. Forgot Dray. Antawn Who?

Posted by: keithward64 | October 27, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

"DC_MAN88,
The Mavs are a legitimate playoff team and
Caron is not a free agent until 2011.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse "

If you were impressed by the Mavs (eg. Drew Gooden, JKidd, JTerry, and Dampier), then you impress easily.

WRT free agency...you still have to budget, and BTH, Eminem, and Foye...probably only 1 can stay.

NY got a lot of hype early this offseason....didn't even make it in the game, but was still laughing it up on the bench.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 27, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

f we can trade jamison and stevenson for a couple of expiring contracts, that gives us leeway to sign someone like Bosh.

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 11:10 PM

What is the fascination with Bosh compared to AJ and AB? I'm sure that if the Wiz traded AJ, (they aren't) Blatche would be his successor. No need to get Bosh.

Posted by: zxhoya | October 27, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

"Good, hope he takes 25 next time.

I'll take that to mean you think this team is really good and we may be disappointed if it gets disbanded. Nice to see you are on board with the team EG assemebled!

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse "

I hope he takes 35 shots/game.

If you're so hyped about this one win, it'll be funny to hear you downplay their first loss.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 27, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I actually think this is a good place for the Wizards to start. They get to play a team who isn’t known for playing a lot of “D”, which should help them find some much needed offensive chemistry.

CP ate Kidd up the last time in the playoffs and Kidd is a year older so we will see if Gil is back to his old form.

I think the biggest problem will be how AB and Oberto guard Dirk? Are they both going to be in foul trouble by half time?

Win or lose the season doesn’t really start till about 10 games after AJ comes back. That’s when we will see what this team can really do. Larry, run and gun!

Good luck, break a leg….sorry knowing this team that might just happen.


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | October 27, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse


Thought this was the right team to play in order to get the offense on track.

Gil good game 9 ast any time you get 9 or 10 ast you have the green light to shoot 21 shots. Foye looks like a nice fine and ab didn't foul out like Oberto.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | October 27, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to the eternal pessimist DCMAN to bring up something negative and it involves next season. What a dolt!

-Blatche - fantastic game maybe two bad plays for an entire game with many many more great plays.
-Arenas back? - yes. The impressive thing to me is he played defense for the first time since he arrived in DC. He got down in a defensive stance and defended so much I thought I was hallucinating. What happened? He even blocked a Kidd three pointer from out of nowhere.
-Oberto, love the haters on that signing. Yeah, he got in foul trouble, but I've never seen a player in the league defend Dirk as well as he did in limited minutes. He was all over him. And, his smarts showed through on offense with a couple of brilliant patient passes.
-Foye, great game. Looks like he will keep NY on the bench with his scoring and all around game.
-Miller, great all around game. Two open three pointers two makes. The efficiency was great.
-Caron, not his best offensive game, but he actually played like tough juice. Ripping down rebounds, playing Marion tough etc...

The only player that played subpar was DS.

They flat outplayed Dallas top to bottom. If not for Barrea, we would have won by 20 or more. When is the last time we got a lead on a quality opponent and kept it to the final buzzer in their building? Just a great start.

Let's go Wiz!

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 27, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

"If you're so hyped about this one win, it'll be funny to hear you downplay their first loss."

Unlike you I am a fan of this team, so am excited by what any impartial observer would call a very solid win with many good signs be it only the 1st game.

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

dc mango wrote:

"The only thing fanatic Les BouleS fans need to think about before getting overhyped is that this team may be blown up next season. BTH could be gone, because they resign BTH, Eminem, Foye, and Caron to big money."

Why do we need to think about that? This is now. I think all DC 'fans' are allowed to get hype after a sweet opening night win against a team that despite what you say is NOT a cream-puff team. Shawn Marion + Dirk + Kidd + Terry + Gooden. Dallas is a legit team, maybe not a top 5 team, but this was a good early test for the Wizards. And a Wizards team not known to play particularly good interior or perimeter defense played a solid game on an opponent's court.

I think it's weak sauce to come here as the self appointed wet blanket. Almost everyone here has noted that it is just one win, and this team might fall apart in the next game. But tonight was a nice win, and right now they haven't lost a game, so see if you can choke off some endorphins by enjoying the positive result tonight.

I don't expect this season to be without it's trials. I mean the team only won 19 last year, but I see no reason to dwell on the next off-season at the beginning of this season.

Posted by: gconrads | October 27, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

"When is the last time we got a lead on a quality opponent and kept it to the final buzzer in their building? Just a great start."

I'm relataviley

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

"When is the last time we got a lead on a quality opponent and kept it to the final buzzer in their building? Just a great start."

I'm relatively new to this blog...and it's great to see so many obviously long time fans voicing the exact same thoughts I have.

We've all seen this team for years, and this version looks better...no doubt! even after 1 game

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

very interesting....the top 3 performers in the PLUS/MINUS category tonight are....
1. Randy Foye +16
2. Fabricio Oberto +15
3. Mike Miller +12

that tells us all we needed to know about our offseason acquisitions. BALLLLIN!!!!

Posted by: kman2 | October 27, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

I couldnt wait to 88 and 78 to get here...I'm just gonna call y'all 166 collectively.

Gil took 21 but made 10. That's damn near 50% thats called being efficient.
Gil took 21, but 4 people took at least 14 and Haywood even got 10 shots up.

Now the Mavs are creampuffs, but they won 50 last year and we won 19. We couldnt beat the damn Nets last year but all of a sudden we're SUPPOSED to beat teams like Dallas? Come on man...be consistent.

It's game 1 and you're talking about next season...just slit your wrists already. Foye is restricted. He's not going anywhere. Teams don't have much money to spend so players are going to sign smalled contracts. With James coming off the books (if they keep him like they should...) It's possible that they will all be back.

You can't take a game that they play well, score efficiently, play solid defense and take every punch from Dirk in the 4th and STILL pull it out. That's something that the Wiz NEVER used to do. I know I used to wait for the other team to make a run and us to crack. They threw a punch and we threw 2. It was beautiful and you can't help but have something negative to say....

And still be wrong as usual.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | October 27, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Nice to go from one of the worst backcourts in the history of the league to, potentially, one of the five best in the league.

The Wiz' guards completely controlled this game, from the opening tip on. Gil was transcendent. Foye was scintillating. Miller did everything. Kidd, Barea, Ross, etc. were total non-factors in this game.

Our guards dominated and destroyed their guards. Ballgame.

Posted by: keithward64 | October 27, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

DC_MAN88,
I have to say, even with all of your prior negativity, I am a little surprised that after a tremendous opening night for the Wizards you are still laser focused on trying to find a downside. Even if that takes projecting past the current year...which started..ahem ..uh tonight.

Believe you could win the lottery and not see beyond your new found tax burden. Hope there is something in life that does make you happy.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 27, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Some real nice things to like, a lot better passing than was to be expected.

There will be some problems once Jamison gets back, as there are going to be some problems with people getting enough touches (meaning, we have a lot of scorers).

If we can keep up the pace and our bigs stay healthy, we'll be alright. Would like to make a switch of Nick Young for a player like Songaila though.

Posted by: m1ke3i6 | October 27, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

"-Arenas back? - yes. The impressive thing to me is he played defense for the first time since he arrived in DC. He got down in a defensive stance and defended so much I thought I was hallucinating. What happened? He even blocked a Kidd three pointer from out of nowhere.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 27, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse "

Yeah, and what about when lil JJ blew by him at the 3 pt line for a layup?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 27, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Oberto is like the Nocioni I never wanted!

It's good to have a big pest type player with the intensity to take on the other teams bigs and contest their favorite spots.

Buuut. Even Etan knew when to attempt a jam. Obert has to take that shot late in the game when he is wide open with the ball. If the mavs had gained some momentum there I was going to be annoyed with that lack of offensive desire on his part. But instead I can revel in the memory of BTH's HUGE dunk in the 1st quarter, I didn't know he could jump that far. ... wait, he didn't know he could jump that far either.

Posted by: gconrads | October 27, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

"Why do we need to think about that? This is now. I think all DC 'fans' are allowed to get hype after a sweet opening night win against a team that despite what you say is NOT a cream-puff team. Shawn Marion + Dirk + Kidd + Terry + Gooden. Dallas is a legit team, maybe not a top 5 team, but this was a good early test for the Wizards. And a Wizards team not known to play particularly good interior or perimeter defense played a solid game on an opponent's court.

I think it's weak sauce to come here as the self appointed wet blanket. Almost everyone here has noted that it is just one win, and this team might fall apart in the next game. But tonight was a nice win, and right now they haven't lost a game, so see if you can choke off some endorphins by enjoying the positive result tonight.

I don't expect this season to be without it's trials. I mean the team only won 19 last year, but I see no reason to dwell on the next off-season at the beginning of this season.

Posted by: gconrads | October 27, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse "

It's called reality.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 27, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Here's my bit of realism/negativity...I dont think Gil played any defense, Kidd is pretty darn spent.

On the other hand, I'm in the minority who doesnt care if Gil plays D so long as he is dropping 25/10 or whatever

Posted by: divi3 | October 27, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

If you were impressed by the Mavs (eg. Drew Gooden, JKidd, JTerry, and Dampier), then you impress easily.

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Actually, I'm more impressed with Nowitzki and the fact that they were in the playoffs last year and should be the mix again this year. I'm sure it was just an oversight on your part not to mention their best player, since you were listing the guys that might just stand out as "impressive".

Re NY, he is what he is.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

"I couldnt wait to 88 and 78 to get here...I'm just gonna call y'all 166 collectively.

Gil took 21 but made 10. That's damn near 50% thats called being efficient.
Gil took 21, but 4 people took at least 14 and Haywood even got 10 shots up.

Now the Mavs are creampuffs, but they won 50 last year and we won 19. We couldnt beat the damn Nets last year but all of a sudden we're SUPPOSED to beat teams like Dallas? Come on man...be consistent.

It's game 1 and you're talking about next season...just slit your wrists already. Foye is restricted. He's not going anywhere. Teams don't have much money to spend so players are going to sign smalled contracts. With James coming off the books (if they keep him like they should...) It's possible that they will all be back.

You can't take a game that they play well, score efficiently, play solid defense and take every punch from Dirk in the 4th and STILL pull it out. That's something that the Wiz NEVER used to do. I know I used to wait for the other team to make a run and us to crack. They threw a punch and we threw 2. It was beautiful and you can't help but have something negative to say....

And still be wrong as usual.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | October 27, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse "

Maybe they miss Josh "True American" Howard more than Les BouleS miss MeTawn.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 27, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

After reading the optomistic smoke that MICHAEL LEE reported pouring forth from the player's mouths, it will be interesting to see if indeed rebirthed synergies are the operative words tonight, or rather the same old hackneyed defense. If you can't stop 'um, pack it in, 'cause you ain't gonna' out score the MAVERICKS in the same tried and blue WIZARDS free-for-all fashion they've employed on offense over the past six years.

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 27, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

O.K. give me some humble pie with crow. This is NOT the team I've grown to know and hate for the past six seasons. I shouldn't climb on board the train after only one game, but tonight's performance was so totally different from the bumbling WIZARDS of the past. This was genuine NBA b-ball. Off tonight's extravaganza, the WIZ should go into the play-offs as the four or five seed in the east.

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 27, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Point differential:

R. Foye +16
F. Oberto +15
M. Miller +12
A. Blatche +9

Wow. Those diffs. aren't garbage time minutes either. Just one game, but that one game gives at least a very early read on the value of the new additions.

Posted by: JPRS | October 27, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

"DC_MAN88,
I have to say, even with all of your prior negativity, I am a little surprised that after a tremendous opening night for the Wizards you are still laser focused on trying to find a downside. Even if that takes projecting past the current year...which started..ahem ..uh tonight.

Believe you could win the lottery and not see beyond your new found tax burden. Hope there is something in life that does make you happy.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 27, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse "

The Shadow does not know b/c he only read the last paragraph of my first post, not the entire post.

If you're associating win the $$$ lottery to winning the first game of the season, then no further reason is needed on why you're overly hyped about the first win.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

"Obert has to take that shot late in the game when he is wide open with the ball. If the mavs had gained some momentum there I was going to be annoyed with that lack of offensive desire on his part"

What I liked was when Gil fed him mid-4th and he was totally unguarded for the easy lay-in. He is so offensively non-existent, teams dont even look at him. Great Gil went him there

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Oberto or DeJuan Blair????

How's that look now.
Dirk woulda loved to be playing against Blair. I don't think he wants to see Fab O for a long time.
The Mavs are a 50 win team in the tuff west.
Good job Flip.

Posted by: VBFan | October 28, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

"Actually, I'm more impressed with Nowitzki and the fact that they were in the playoffs last year and should be the mix again this year. I'm sure it was just an oversight on your part not to mention their best player, since you were listing the guys that might just stand out as "impressive".

Re NY, he is what he is.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 27, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse "

And Dirk is a creampuff too who's never been able to carry his team deep into the playoffs consistently.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

ok, Gilbert did NOT have a perfect night. So far as I know no one did. Break downs happen, the point is you could tell he was focused on playing D, getting his teammates involved, and being aggressive.

All of those are net positives. So what's with trying to prove a point? JJ gets past him so he didn't play D? Plus as you mentioned JJ got by him at the 3pt line which means he got by everybody. JJ is an NBA player, that is going to happen. Did someone not get scored on tonight?

If I'm trying to enjoy a steak tonight, why should I worry about next year's dinner?

Posted by: gconrads | October 28, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Foye's defense is even better than DeShawn. How long can Phil keep him out of the starting line-up? He's quicker than I thought. I wouldn't give up on Nick yet. He'll get an opportunity. DeShawn didn't really impress us with anything tonight. No one is getting traded this early.

Posted by: ptp23 | October 28, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Sorry-watching Lakers game-not Phil-Flip

Posted by: ptp23 | October 28, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

"Oberto or DeJuan Blair????

How's that look now.
Dirk woulda loved to be playing against Blair. I don't think he wants to see Fab O for a long time.
The Mavs are a 50 win team in the tuff west.
Good job Flip.

Posted by: VBFan | October 28, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse "

And I'm sure you were convinced about LaBradford Smith after his game against MJ too.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

DC_MAN88,
I was obviously not making any such association. Just honestly feel bad for you. Again, I truly hope there is something in your life that actually makes you happy. Not the bitter gotcha happiness of a quick retort but genuine happiness.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 28, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

divi3 and DCMAN,

Learn the game! GA absolutely played maybe his best defensive game as a Wizard if based on positioning. Wow, you're such an idiot DCMAN! Barrea blew by him once for a layup. BFD! That dude is about as quick as they come in the league and kept the game as close as it was with the spark he provided.

I've never seen this core of players play that solidly defensively over the course of an entire game. I never felt the Mavs would generate enough offense to win the game. And, it was not the risky jump passing lanes kind of D. It was solid fundamentals on that end. I, for one, was amazed. Didn't think it would happen that fast. Saunders is the man and is already twice the coach that EJ was ever.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

"ok, Gilbert did NOT have a perfect night. So far as I know no one did. Break downs happen, the point is you could tell he was focused on playing D, getting his teammates involved, and being aggressive.

All of those are net positives. So what's with trying to prove a point? JJ gets past him so he didn't play D? Plus as you mentioned JJ got by him at the 3pt line which means he got by everybody. JJ is an NBA player, that is going to happen. Did someone not get scored on tonight?

If I'm trying to enjoy a steak tonight, why should I worry about next year's dinner?

Posted by: gconrads | October 28, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse "

Enjoy your chuck steak now...it may be dogmeat next time.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

DC Mug:

"It's called reality."

Reality?

Next year's possible moves are your reality?

Tonight is reality. Tonight exists. Tonight was real. Hypothetical speculations about next season's roster is anything BUT reality. THAT is reality. I don't have words for how dumb that comeback was.

I would agree if you had said it's only one game, but you should have stopped yourself because this sky is falling nonsense indites everything else you spew.

Posted by: gconrads | October 28, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

FOYE and MILLER were brought in with a purpose. That design has now been revealed. Man what a difference OBERTO, MILLER, and FOYE have made on this team. So cool to see NY and MJ collect splinters on their collective azzes. McGUIRE got a few minutes. McGEE got 30 seconds of burn at the end of the first half. A SAUNDERS sop for hard work no doubt. DAVIS didn't scratch either, but that's not surprising. CRITTENTON and JAMISON out of course.

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 28, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

ok, now you are just being a troll.

Posted by: gconrads | October 28, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

"divi3 and DCMAN,

Learn the game! GA absolutely played maybe his best defensive game as a Wizard if based on positioning. Wow, you're such an idiot DCMAN! Barrea blew by him once for a layup. BFD! That dude is about as quick as they come in the league and kept the game as close as it was with the spark he provided.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse "

Learn the NBA!

Are you referring to Gilby guarding JKidd (36 years old) who's lost 3 steps, doesn't shoot, and had no big men athletic enough to flush his passes?

Or, are you referring to JJ Barea who's about 1 heard shorter than Gilby?

The best thing about the Les BouleS defense tonight was having BTH back there to man the paint.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Great game, great win. A good start , but still some rough spots to iron out.

Defense overall was good, but they still haven't overcome their "small, quick PG" problem. Barea and Terry were getting into the lane like they had an all-day E-Z pass. Foye's a very good scorer, but he demonstrated again that he isn't really a PG. When he was on the floor as the primary ballhandler, the offense started to bog down and devolved into more one-on-one play and less ball movement. Flip should consider starting him at SG with Arenas, bringing MillEr in to sub fro Foye, then bringing Foye back in to sub for Arenas. That way Foye is always on the floor with another playmaker.

Oberto played a very nice game. Not much in the stat sheet, but he played tough defense and moved the ball around nicely. He's more mobile that I thought he was. Blatche had a great game, but he's had great games before. Until he proves otherwise over a long stretch, consistency is still a concern. If he comes out in Atlanta and doesn't play with the same focus and efficiency, ti's the same-old same-old. Haywood did a nice job early, playing off the the other guys and looking for his offense in the flow. Devolved a bit later on into some forced shots and holding the ball (with predictable results). More good than bad, overall though. Miller needs to be more aggressive looking for his shots. But, on the flip side, he was strong on the boards and if "he's too unselfish" is the worst you can say about the guy, then that's not a bad thing.

Arenas was great, but the first game back after a long layoff is often spectacular because the player is running on so much adrenaline. How he comes out in the next game, after the tiredness and aches set in, will be really telling. But overall, he certainly looks to be in great shape physically, and his instincts are still sound. But I would be surprised if he comes out with the same energy on Friday. Pleasantly surprised.

Oh, and anyone suggesting that the Wiz should even consider trading Jamison based on this one game is an idiot.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

"Barrea blew by him once for a layup. BFD! That dude is about as quick as they come in the league and kept the game as close as it was with the spark he provided."

Glad you were watching the same game I was. Did you see GIL return the favor two possessions later? He's back barring injury of course, a permanent WIZARDS caveat.

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 28, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

"DC_MAN88,
I was obviously not making any such association. Just honestly feel bad for you. Again, I truly hope there is something in your life that actually makes you happy. Not the bitter gotcha happiness of a quick retort but genuine happiness.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 28, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse "

I honestly feel bad for you.

I hope there's more to life than feeling giddy over finding a piece of lint on the floor that wiggles when the heat turns on.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

"Glad you were watching the same game I was. Did you see GIL return the favor two possessions later? He's back barring injury of course, a permanent WIZARDS caveat.

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 28, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse "

Was that the one where he was called for a charge against JJ after he used to elbow to push off, and then complained to the ref?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Let him have his thing. After he spent all summer talking down on Foye and Miller. Now it's they're going to leave. He just wants to be negative. Like a child that acts out in a supermaket for attention. Just ignore it.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | October 28, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey, let's trade JAMISON. He wasn't even missed, right kalo-rama?

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 28, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

"Tonight is reality. Tonight exists. Tonight was real. Hypothetical speculations about next season's roster is anything BUT reality. THAT is reality. I don't have words for how dumb that comeback was.

I would agree if you had said it's only one game, but you should have stopped yourself because this sky is falling nonsense indites everything else you spew.

Posted by: gconrads | October 28, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse "

You're an idiot for focusing on one sentence of my post that put things in perspective nevermind the few paragraphs where I said Les BouleS looked good and how I liked Gilby's passes to BTH.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Gotta love Barkley and the TNT crew.

Comments on the highlights revolved around the Mavs not bringing it, being disappointed in them, etc... No respect! We should ride that train the whole season. Not one mention of the fact we totally outplayed them the entire game including defensively. Hey Charles, we might actually just be a much better team 1-9 than the Mavs and a lot of other more nationally recognized teams. Maybe about midseason they will recognize. For now, I like being under the radar.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I like Michael Lee, significant upgrade over Ivan Carter, but that summary from Kal is likely better than anything that will be written in the Post or Times tomorrow. Well done.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 28, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

The best thing about the Les BouleS defense tonight was having BTH back there to man the paint.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Can we say to the big man, "welcome back, welcome back, welcome back?"

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 28, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

no, he said two plays later. You are referring to the next play. And if you are suggesting that JJ got the better of Gil tonight?... well I'm wondering if that shows up in the stat sheet.

Posted by: gconrads | October 28, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

"Let him have his thing. After he spent all summer talking down on Foye and Miller. Now it's they're going to leave. He just wants to be negative. Like a child that acts out in a supermaket for attention. Just ignore it.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | October 28, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse "

LOL!

And you're the moron who couldn't wait to come on this blog to read posts by myself and BF28.

You're stupid.

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"I couldnt wait to 88 and 78 to get here...I'm just gonna call y'all 166 collectively.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | October 27, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse "

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

"no, he said two plays later. You are referring to the next play. And if you are suggesting that JJ got the better of Gil tonight?... well I'm wondering if that shows up in the stat sheet.

Posted by: gconrads | October 28, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse "

No, I'm suggesting that you're stupid if you are suggesting that I suggested that JJ got the best of Gilby tonight.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

"-Arenas back? - yes. The impressive thing to me is he played defense for the first time since he arrived in DC. He got down in a defensive stance and defended so much I thought I was hallucinating. What happened? He even blocked a Kidd three pointer from out of nowhere.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 27, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse "

Yeah, and what about when lil JJ blew by him at the 3 pt line for a layup?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 27, 2009 11:53 PM

He came right back at him and got a foul call. Cheer up and enjoy W's....they're rare

Posted by: BurgwithaU | October 28, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

It was confusing why Flip Flop didn't start AB ahead of Oberto. Oberto is no threat to score, and was quickly relegated to the bench after 2 quick fouls.

If AB can sustain this, there's no reason to inject MeTawn back into the starting lineup once he's ready.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

"Glad you were watching the same game I was. Did you see GIL return the favor two possessions later? He's back barring injury of course, a permanent WIZARDS caveat.

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 28, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse "

Was that the one where he was called for a charge against JJ after he used to elbow to push off, and then complained to the ref?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

No-o-o-o, the one where he scored and one while re-arranging BARREA's hairline.

SHADOW:

Every blog has one unhappy camper at least. But DC makes a good point. We don't win without HAYWOOD, and that's a fact, no matter how excellent the other players were tonight.

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 28, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

"Obert has to take that shot late in the game when he is wide open with the ball. If the mavs had gained some momentum there I was going to be annoyed with that lack of offensive desire on his part"

What I liked was when Gil fed him mid-4th and he was totally unguarded for the easy lay-in. He is so offensively non-existent, teams dont even look at him. Great Gil went him there

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2009 12:01 AM

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That was a great moment -- Oberto had a couple great assists too. His strength is definitely as a defender. He also knows his limits, so when he does get his looks underneath the basket odds are he's going to convert (e.g. career 57 percent FG compared to a guy like Michael Ruffin who was a career 40 percent FG percentage).

With the other scorers on the team too, he just needs to facilitate and help other teammates get clean looks (e.g. helping to move the ball around the floor; setting picks). He did that tonight.

The +15 differential tells the story.

For this game he was a really good defensive match-up against PF like Nowitzki. Against ATL I'll be curious to see if Blatche gets the starting nod.

Between him and Blatche too, they seemed to get the Mavs a bit out of rhythm, because you go from a guy whose scoring range is limited to about 5 feet from the basket to a guy with a pretty good mid-range game. The Mavs didn't make the adjustment. That may be one reason Blatche was able to get those clean looks early -- the Mavs played Blatche the same way they played Oberto and Blatche converted his looks.

Posted by: JPRS | October 28, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

DC Muck:

You are a tool for suggesting that tonight's win should be tempered by next year's off-season. Period. It's just a dumb thing to suggest. No matter where it showed up in your post. First last or otherwise.

"The only thing fanatic Les BouleS fans need to think about before getting overhyped is that this team may be blown up next season. BTH could be gone, because they resign BTH, Eminem, Foye, and Caron to big money."

As if being excited for a nice win is A. overhyped. or B. we need you to give us some perspective. We have last season and most of the last 20 seasons to help us keep that in perspective. If we need your help reminding us how fragile success can be we'll let you know.

How about this for a rewrite: Some overhyped fans might think it's a good idea to ditch a 20-10 player who was out tonight with an injury. But 1 game isn't a season, and the odds are good that Jamison's presence on the court will be just as valuable as his presence in the locker-room by the end of the year.

Posted by: gconrads | October 28, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

I have to say how nice it is to watch a game and have nothing to complain about from the coaching standpoint. Wow, we even went big with our supposedly thin front court and dominated at times inside.

To Kal and others bemoaning the problems with small quick PG's. Ummm, who doesn't have problems with those types of players??? It's why they are in the league and NBA players. No? The question should be did we let them control the game enough for their team to win and the answer in this case is obviously no.

DCMAN, must have missed the next possession where he blew by Mr. Short But Quick for an And1 while leaving Barrea on the floor. Exposing those player's weaknesses is what smart good teams/players do. And he/we did. So, I am done with your unintelligent negative babble. Bye bye!

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Oberto's assist to Miller on the 3pt show was really sweet too. He was really deep inside the paint and that pass was something the wizards haven't seen a lot of the last few years. A solid inside out play.

Also, Gil's ability to draw two defenders looks to be a nice mix with players that can set and shoot with a quick release.

Posted by: gconrads | October 28, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Oh, one last point.

I have to disagree with another comment you made Kal, but overall I like your positive outlook.

I absolutely thought Foye ran this offense fairly effectively. As well as Areanas? Of course not. No backup PG plays as well as the starter. The good news was there was no huge drop off either. The start of the 4th was a great test and the team kept the lead the same until about the 7 minute mark with Foye running the show. Not much more you can ask and I'm sure his effectiveness in this offense will only improve. I told you guys that Foye was a great pickup.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

"To Kal and others bemoaning the problems with small quick PG's."

I wasn't "bemoaning" anything. I was simply breaking down what I saw. The same as I was doing when I said: "Great game, great win." and "Defense overall was good."

Context is everything.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

"DCMAN, must have missed the next possession where he blew by Mr. Short But Quick for an And1 while leaving Barrea on the floor. Exposing those player's weaknesses is what smart good teams/players do. And he/we did. So, I am done with your unintelligent negative babble. Bye bye!

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse "

I'm surprised you can even spell "unintelligent."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

The most impressive Wizard tonight? I vote for either Blatche or... Oberto(!) And THAT shocks me.

Oberto provided EXACTLY the sort of smart game that has been advertised. He was physical, did a good job on interior defense, and seemed to me to do a good job guarding DN.

I was pleasantly surprised, but the Wiz seemed to make it tough for Dallas (a team tough to beat in its own building) to score. Was that really the Wizards?

No, of course we won't play that well every night, but that is a QUALITY win versus a good to very good team (50 wins for how many years in a row?).

Posted by: psdfx | October 28, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

"DC Muck:

You are a tool for suggesting that tonight's win should be tempered by next year's off-season. Period. It's just a dumb thing to suggest. No matter where it showed up in your post. First last or otherwise.

As if being excited for a nice win is A. overhyped. or B. we need you to give us some perspective. We have last season and most of the last 20 seasons to help us keep that in perspective. If we need your help reminding us how fragile success can be we'll let you know.

How about this for a rewrite: Some overhyped fans might think it's a good idea to ditch a 20-10 player who was out tonight with an injury. But 1 game isn't a season, and the odds are good that Jamison's presence on the court will be just as valuable as his presence in the locker-room by the end of the year.

Posted by: gconrads | October 28, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse "

Gnads,

Your name is a tool, so you be one too.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and of course---it was good to see GA doing his thing (DCMAN even had to find negatives about Dallas to be negative---nothing really he could say about the Wiz). I don't mind Gil shooting 21 times, by the way, if they are in the flow of the offense and he is getting other people involved---and he did.

Miller, great on the boards, good passer, and hit the only two wide open looks he had from distance.

Foye won't always shoot that well, but even before tonight I thought he was a steal for us.

So what will happen in the first 10 games? I would have said 6-4 or 5-5 before the game, but I might have to say 7-3 now. Maybe still 6-4, but we'll see Friday if this was a fluke or a sign of things to come.

I'll hope for the latter.

Posted by: psdfx | October 28, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

As for Foye: When he was running the show, the Wiz stayed in it mostly with defense. As I said, the offensive flow they had with Arenas was pretty much gone. They scored something like 6 points in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the 4th, when Arenas was on the bench. That is not good offensive management. There was a lot of one-on-one and long jumpers. It didn't hurt them because the Mavs were having trouble scoring as well. But in that situation, when your defense is controlling the other team, you need the offense to be efficient and open up the lead. That didn't happen until Arenas returned. Again, as I said, Foye is a very good player, but he's not really a PG.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and anyone suggesting that the Wiz should even consider trading Jamison based on this one game is an idiot.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Agreed. Totally.

Even IF we keep playing well without him, it is a great problem to have to figure out how to work an all-star into an already-playing well lineup.

But what an interesting thing to see PF be a strength tonight--withOUT AJ!?? That was unexpected.....

Posted by: psdfx | October 28, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

DCMANN,

I'm surprised you can cut and paste unintelligent so well. Sure as hell couldn't spell it on your own without some help. Smile! lmao

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Re: Foye, I thought it was an up-and-down deal with the flow when he was in. Sometimes good, sometimes a bit stagnant. He likes to push the ball up the court---but I wonder if there is room for Javaris to get some PT when his ankle improves, and to leave Foye mostly at 2...

Posted by: psdfx | October 28, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm wondering the same thing psdfx. I think Crittenton's better ball skills and floor vision could help. But by the time he gets back (whenever that may be) the door to the rotation may be locked tight.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Why are you guys so surprised by Oberto? You think he started for the Spurs bc he sucked? I mean, really, come on. And, his ticker has been fixed.

The dude is solid. Maybe not offensively, but virtually every other aspect of the game, he is. Plus, he knows his strengths and weaknesses and never plays outside himself. Something a few of our young guys need to learn.

He played DN about as well as I've ever seen a player in the league play him defensively. Major reason why DN missed 15 of 25 shots although he still got his numbers in the end. Blatche also played surprisingly well defensively against him. The only guy DN embarrassed was Haywood on a few possessions and that is just a flat out mismatch on the perimeter. So, no surprise there.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

rphill--
re:Oberto, I thought he looked slow and decidedly NOT physical in the little I saw him in the preseason. I guess part of that could be that he is enough of a vet to know it was preseason.

But long before they ever signed him, I posted here that we needed at least one tough interior player that could come in and bang---and that doesn't need to shoot much. (As much as I hid the women and children when Michael Ruffin used to shoot free throws, I loved the way he played. And he was COMPLETELY missing any clue on offense.) I guess if we had low (non-existent, for me) expectations, it was just nice to see that he is (in my mind) exactly what we needed.

Posted by: psdfx | October 28, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Kalo, if we keep playing like this, that door may close for Javaris. It was interesting for me to see exactly what Flip thinks of NY, DM, and JM. We don't know yet if Javaris had a chance at getting some PT at the backup 1 position. But in any case, it has been a LONG time since our coach had tough decisions about playing time...

Posted by: psdfx | October 28, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

I think Critt has some nice skills and upside, but there is a reason he has been a career backup thus far. One being, his shot is terrible. Whereas, Foye was *the* star of the T'wolves last season albeit not a great team. But, the dude is used to taking 4th quarter shots etc... I think you saw that tonight.

Safe to assume the rotation will be locked down before he returns and will probably only see time this season if the proverbial injuries strike. But, a nice third option to have nonetheless.

Looks to me like NY, McGee, James, and Critt are the odd men out of the rotation with NY probably getting some mins eventually especially if DS continues to struggle.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

"I think Critt has some nice skills and upside, but there is a reason he has been a career backup thus far. "

Yes, a career backup PG, which is exactly the role we're suggesting for him on this team. By contrast, Foye had his best season in Minnesota when he was playing primarily at SG. He's a scorer and very potent one. But he's not a primary playmaker.

"One being, his shot is terrible. "

But his ballhandling, penetration, and court vision are not, and these are things that you want your PG (even a "career backup") to have.

"But, the dude is used to taking 4th quarter shots etc... I think you saw that tonight."

I also saw that the offense largely slowed to a crawl in the 4th quarter when he was running it. Foye's a fine player, but running an offense is not his strength. Putting him on the floor with someone else who can share the duties (be it Arenas, Miller, Crittenton, or someone else) will help him and the team.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

lol...I see your point, but, again, there is nothing to suggest that Critt is better than Foye at anything at this point either. He may or may not "run" this offense better, but his limitations may also slow the offense down just as easily. At least Foye can shoot and shoot well and get his own shot virtually at will in much the same way GA does. So, hey, we'll see. I'm sure at some point Critt will get a chance to show us what he has got. I think this injury is really an unfortunate setback for him.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 1:43 AM | Report abuse

There was a lot to like about tonight's game, most of which has already been commented on. A couple of other things I liked:

1. Flip Saunders seemed to put people on the court at the right times, in the right combinations. Who knows what the Ed(dies) would have done with this year's roster, maybe they would have used it well, maybe not. But based on a 1-game sample, Flip knows how to use the players he has.

2. Thank the powers that be that we don't have to watch the Wizards waste time with that boring, ineffective shuffle motion thing (yes, I know, technically it's a "weave") that did nothing but run time off the shot clock. You all know what I'm talking about. God I hated having to watch that 20 times a game.

Posted by: bucky_katt | October 28, 2009 1:46 AM | Report abuse

As for Foye: When he was running the show, the Wiz stayed in it mostly with defense.

As for Foye: When he was running the show, the Wiz stayed in it mostly with defense.

As for Foye: When he was running the show, the Wiz stayed in it mostly with defense.

This sentence deserves repeating over and over! It's almost too good to be true.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

There was a lot to like about tonight's game, most of which has already been commented on. A couple of other things I liked:

1. Flip Saunders seemed to put people on the court at the right times, in the right combinations. Who knows what the Ed(dies) would have done with this year's roster, maybe they would have used it well, maybe not. But based on a 1-game sample, Flip knows how to use the players he has.
____

I don't think that is a one game fluke.

It's the difference between a coach with one of the best all-time winning percentages and Finals and Conference Finals appearances on his resume vs a guy with a career .44 winning percentage who has never made it out of the second round.

I think EJ was a classy guy and did a decent job getting the franchise out of years of doldrums, but he was not taking this team any further. Saunders potentially can with a little luck.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

"Again, as I said, Foye is a very good player, but he's not really a PG."

Which is exactly why I have said for awhile he should start at 2. And here's some blasphemy for y'all...Caron's spot is not guaranteed, at least in mins played.

Foye at 2 with Miller at 3 looked real good tonight...don't be surprised if Flip determines:

Gil
Foye
Miller
Jamison
Haywood

is our best lineup

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

divi3,

Why don't you let Flip handle the lineup? Seems to be doing a pretty decent job thus far. This is not EJ's Wiz anymore, Dorothy.

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Where is Dargreg's nonsense when you need it? The perpetual EJ slurper and EG hater. I told you you would be eating crow this season!

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Great game last night! I had to stay up to see the finish. It looks like this is a team that can sustain a lead until the final buzzer. Poor officating though but that still didn't get the Wiz down. I was surprised that Dom got so much playing time but was glad to see it. I like that guy. Everyone played extremely well and the bench provided them with lots of support. Other than the officiating, I didn't see any negatives. Go Blatche! Hope he will be consistent like he said he would. One last note, it is interesting that when the only player who gave the Wiz props for teams to look out for was Garnett last night. And to those who thought the additions made over the summer weren't enough, How you like us now!

HA! GO WIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ivyleague | October 28, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

happy days guys. i like kal and psdx assesment of Foye. I kinda saw it the same way hence my post last night during the game. he was really just finding space to shoot whenever he had the ball in his hands and he did get mildly abused while trying to cove barrea. overall a good game but unless flip wants him to be Vinnie "
The Microwave" Johnson he's gonna need to also be a better facilitator. i liked what i saw from all of the new guys, even OLDberto was gettin it in. Caron still looks like he's forcin it, it just feels like he's not fitting right to me. good thing it's game 1. great job wiz great posts fellas.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 28, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Only one game blah blah blah....but Gil looks truly scary again. I would like to take this moment to officially eat my hat as I honestly did not think we would see him perform at this level again. Hat is delicious.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 27, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

hat is delicious. classic:)

Posted by: crs-one | October 28, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Hold up everyone. Pump ur brakes a little bit. There are 82 regular season games and we've only played 1. Antwan Jamison is very valuable to this team and he fits in well with GIl and CB as our 1 2 3 scorers. The big three compliment each other very well. We had the best record in the Eastern conference when these three were healthy together and we didn't have a bench that could compete with the one we have now. We also beat the Boston Celtics three out of four times the year they won the championship and Gil didn't play not one of those games. Go figure. Our bench is deep as ever and all real atheletes know that is a team is only as good as its 12th man. Make that 15th man.

The season is long. NY will have plenty of time to burn although I was very disappointed that he didn't get a chance to play last night. It's all about match up and DS drew the defensive assignment on Jason Terry last night. That's a major reason why NY didn't play. Personally I would've liked to see NY and Jason Terry go at it. How else is NY going to learn to play the defense that you want him to play if you don't play him with the core players. We also need to keep his confidence up.

Posted by: JWADE4 | October 28, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

As for Foye: When he was running the show, the Wiz stayed in it mostly with defense. As I said, the offensive flow they had with Arenas was pretty much gone. They scored something like 6 points in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the 4th, when Arenas was on the bench. That is not good offensive management. There was a lot of one-on-one and long jumpers. It didn't hurt them because the Mavs were having trouble scoring as well. But in that situation, when your defense is controlling the other team, you need the offense to be efficient and open up the lead. That didn't happen until Arenas returned. Again, as I said, Foye is a very good player, but he's not really a PG.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2009 12:55 AM

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Great analysis Kal in the above comment as well as your first post-game comment.

In the case of Foye at PG I think he'll get better once he gets more familiarity with the rest of the team. The flow with him at PG and Miller at SF in the 2nd quarter seems to point in that direction (e.g. 2nd quarter rotation of Foye-Stevenson-Miller-Blatche-Haywood). They had a mini-run in the mid 2nd quarter right before the big one when Arenas subbed in as PG and Foye moved to SG.

http://popcornmachine.net/cgi-bin/gameflow.cgi?date=20091027&game=WASDAL

SG is a more natural fit for Foye -- and the pairing with Arenas makes him even more dangerous. But my expectation is that some of the offensive flow issues with him at PG will work themselves out over the course of the season.

Posted by: JPRS | October 28, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"DCMANN,

I'm surprised you can cut and paste unintelligent so well. Sure as hell couldn't spell it on your own without some help. Smile! lmao

Posted by: rphilli721 | October 28, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse "

Not surprised with your weak response.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

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