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Oberto To Start for Haywood On Sunday; Butler Will Rest

After suffereing a slight sprain of his right ankle against the Mavericks, Brendan Haywood was held out of practice, and isn't expected to play against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Haywood was the last player to leave the court on Saturday, using the extra time to work on free throw shooting after missing all six of his attempts from the foul line the night before. He didn't appear to have any problems lifting off his foot while shooting free throws and wasn't walking with a limp.

Coach Flip Saunders said he won't rule out Haywood completely until he sees how Haywood feels tomorrow, but he wasn't optimistic. For now, Saunders is expecting to start Fabricio Oberto at center, with Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee splitting the minutes at backup.

"I'm sure he'll play against Detroit" on Tuesday, Saunders said about Haywood. "Since we're flying today and there is an afternoon game tomorrow, I doubt if we'll play him tomorrow. We'll go with Fab."

Oberto scored two points with three rebounds in about 13 minutes on Friday. Saunders said he will probably use Oberto for about 20 minutes, which will nearly match his total minutes played this preseason (21:27).

Saunders said he plans on sitting a veteran player at least one game during the preseason -- something he has done for some time -- and Caron Butler is the first up to bat. Butler will sit out against the Raptors, opening up the door for either Mike Miller or Nick Young to start at small forward.

Gilbert Arenas continues to remain silent with reporters, but that didn't stop him from appearing in a new NBA on TNT commercial with "The Office" star Rainn Wilson. Arenas has a couple of lines and Wilson even refers to "Hibachi!"


By Michael Lee  |  October 10, 2009; 2:12 PM ET
 
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I'm willing to bet that commercial is going to get somebody on this site cookin'...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | October 10, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

This commercial was actually kind of....boring.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 10, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Blatche deserves the start. He can play the 5 (although he's better suited to the 4) and he is finally showing he can put his play together consistently. I like the acquisition of Oberto a lot, but he hasn't played enough with this team yet. Blatche knows the core group well and should get the start. I'm surprised Flip doesn't see it this way.

Posted by: JoeTink | October 10, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I thought the commercial was hilarious!

Posted by: charley42 | October 10, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

i do not consider starting as a reward for preseason game.For AB it is better to come from the bench until he manage to take the starting job from AJ.This man is focused this year.
I am against most of the negative comments.
made on arenas. He did the right thing. He has mixed up the offensive part of the game.He will add his own defensive contribution in the regular season.
I insist, DM should have major minutes in this ball game.

Posted by: gtefferra | October 10, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

...I was at the game last night. GA just doesnt seem very focused. In contrast AJ, CB, BTH, NY, even AB all appeared locked in. Its not just that GA didnt shoot in the first half, he really didnt even insert himself into the offense. I think the only assists he got were off first passes. GA rarely got involved in 3rd and 4th passes into the offensive sets.
He was a little better in the second half, but Dallas' guard defense was much more lapse by that point. And his 2nd half turnovers and poor passes should be a concern too. I think its going to be quite a while before we see Gil back in allstar form...

...funny sidenote, my friend sitting next to me asked GA during halftime warmups if he was going to shoot at all. GA replied "...nah, I'm a point guard now. Those other guys will do the shooting." (we were seated courtside wedged between the scorer's table and the Dallas bench--very sweet seats). Btw, I got a chance to have some banter with Mark Cuban before the game started too. Asked him if he brought his checkbook...he said he couldnt get too excited with the replacement refs. Jason Kidd is even more amazing close up, at one point he flew into our laps and almost bowled us over going after a loose ball. Lots of fun...

Posted by: oddjob1 | October 10, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

joetink: "Blatche deserves the start. He can play the 5 (although he's better suited to the 4) and he is finally showing he can put his play together consistently. I like the acquisition of Oberto a lot, but he hasn't played enough with this team yet. Blatche knows the core group well and should get the start. I'm surprised Flip doesn't see it this way."

What? This is a preseason game, not the first round of the playoffs. It's a chance for a new guy to play a little. Doesn't mean anything.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 10, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

seems like oberto is gonna play a lot more than we expected. too bad the Cash we got in the 2nd rd can't seem to get off the end of the bench. he and foye look like hot garbage.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 10, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Are players still getting their ankles taped the way Haywood's ankle collapsed looked like he didn't have any tape at all.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 10, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

It seems to be that Nick Young has moved ahead of the others as the starting guard opposite Arenas. He is not perfect but he is ready. I like his size at that spot a lot more than the others. But whoever does start in the backcourt, they have got to defend the three better than they did last season or the other night. If they continue to give away points in bunches like that they will always be in a struggle to just ourscore the other team.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | October 10, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

"It seems to be that Nick Young has moved ahead of the others as the starting guard opposite Arenas. He is not perfect but he is ready. I like his size at that spot a lot more than the others. But whoever does start in the backcourt, they have got to defend the three better than they did last season or the other night. If they continue to give away points in bunches like that they will always be in a struggle to just ourscore the other team.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | October 10, 2009 9:09 PM "

So what good are Eminem and Foye who can't beat out NY and can't even get a starting spot on a lottery team?

Both Eminem and Foye will then walk at the end of this season (I think both will be unrestricted) and then what will Les BouleS be left with?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 10, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Interestingly enough, the Wiz actually held the Mavs to 47% shooting, not too far from Saunders stated goal of getting the opposition to shoot at 45% or below.

Also, the Mavs only shot 28.6% (8-28) from three point range. It did seem at times like the Wiz were closing out better on three point shooters and often causing them to drive within the three point arc for a shot or pass (or causing them to miss the three point shot if they made an attempt).

Last night's game was actully lost at the free throw line where Dallas made 86% (37-43) of their free throws and the Wiz made only 62% (26-42).

Posted by: cannontl | October 10, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 10, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

"

Interestingly enough, the Wiz actually held the Mavs to 47% shooting, not too far from Saunders stated goal of getting the opposition to shoot at 45% or below.

Also, the Mavs only shot 28.6% (8-28) from three point range. It did seem at times like the Wiz were closing out better on three point shooters and often causing them to drive within the three point arc for a shot or pass (or causing them to miss the three point shot if they made an attempt).

Last night's game was actully lost at the free throw line where Dallas made 86% (37-43) of their free throws and the Wiz made only 62% (26-42).

Posted by: cannontl | October 10, 2009 10:09 PM "

No matter how you put it, the Mavs were blowing out Les BouleS until the end where garbage buckets and lack of interest from the Mavs made the final score a bit less lopsided.

Note also that Les BouleS shot worse from the 3 pt line, and had 7 more turnovers...where Gilby had 5 in 21 minutes.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 10, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

It's absurd that if Haywood goes out the entire defense just collapses.

And Arenas is still a head case at the age of 27? About time he grows up, I think.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 10, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

"It's absurd that if Haywood goes out the entire defense just collapses.

And Arenas is still a head case at the age of 27? About time he grows up, I think.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 10, 2009 11:15 PM "

Sounds like the tide is finally turning in my favor.

Mwahahahahahahahahaha!!!

I think Gilby turns 28 in Jan.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 10, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Does Fabricio look out of shape, or is it just me?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 10, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

"Last night's game was actully lost at the free throw line where Dallas made 86% (37-43) of their free throws and the Wiz made only 62% (26-42).Posted by: cannont"

Right. Plus Dallas had a small advantage in 3 pointers, and seven fewer turnovers. In the Wiz' favor, they made had the edge in FGs, FG percentage (53%), and 6 more boards.

When Jason Kidd hits 4 of 7 threes, you know the fates are with him. He usually doesn't hit that percentage on layups.

What does it all mean? Frankly, not much. Wouldn't have if the Wiz had won, either.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 11, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Someone needs to remind DCMAN that its the preseason...

Posted by: DMoney28 | October 11, 2009 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the tide is finally turning in my favor.

Mwahahahahahahahahaha!!!

I think Gilby turns 28 in Jan.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 10, 2009 11:19 PM

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yes. the tide of popular opinion rests on the words of the world renowned SteveMG.

and mike miller looks nothing like eminem. it's simply not clever.

Posted by: crs-one | October 11, 2009 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Two preseason games in and I am stoked about McGee's continuing progress. That said, I hope Ernie works on getting us a rent - a - center that can play for this season.

It is nearly unanimous here that Oberto had and awful game on Fri. Last tues, I thought he actually played pretty good D, but maybe just cuz he was playing 2nd and thrid stringers.

Of course that's what he brought in for, so I hate that there might be a thought of him starting.

I am not worried about Gil's actions the other night. Petulant or not, he is testng things in the preseason. Now is the time to run all the new plays. Practice what come difficultly to you when it doesn't matter so it comes naturally when it does matter.

Help your other players (NY) get better now, so they are better later.

Looking forward to tonight's game.

Posted by: Blurred | October 11, 2009 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Why the hell is Oberto even in the league. This guy is a bum. He might have had talent at one time. This is why the Wiz will continue to loose. They should be developin Blatche and McGee. Not some guy who shouldn't be in the league. Until Nick, Blatche and McGee become regular players look for another sorry season.

It's amazing how other teams draft and develop young players and we keep playing Jamison, Haywood, Butler. Jamison and Butler are guns that don't look for teammates. You'll never have team chemistry with them. Almost like playing with AI. Just watching the games so far Gil is trying to pass but it's a black hole when they get it. I'm sick of the Wiz. I thought Flip would let the best players play. Oh well, I guess I'll be a frustrated fan again this year.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | October 11, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing how other teams draft and develop young players and we keep playing Jamison, Haywood, Butler. Jamison and Butler are guns that don't look for teammates. You'll never have team chemistry with them. Almost like playing with AI. Just watching the games so far Gil is trying to pass but it's a black hole when they get it. I'm sick of the Wiz. I thought Flip would let the best players play. Oh well, I guess I'll be a frustrated fan again this year.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | October 11, 2009 7:31 AM


THE FREAKIN' SEASON HASN'T STARTED YET!!!!!!!

Just because BH, AJ and CB are our starters (for good reason I might add) doesn't mean that the young guns haven't been developed and will not play! Calm way down, give the team a chance to fail, you may be surprised and feel compelled to jump back on the band-wagon with all your might.

Posted by: zxhoya | October 11, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Best players? I think Flip does play the best players. Yes, we need to develop Young, McGee, and Blatche. They happen to be some of my favorite players too, and I hope they form a "Big Three" some day. But starting them or playing them heavy right now? 14 win season at best. After seeing the team, although it is early, I can say the pessimists here are crazy, the optimists are a little too optimistic, and 50 wins is the goal, but 45 wins is a little more possible. If they all play like they can 80% of the time, we're in excellent shape. If they slack off, there will be plenty of debate continuing.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | October 11, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Players who lost weight during the offseason:
Mike James: 25 pounds
Gilbert Arenas: 22 pounds
Caron Butler: 11
DeShawn Stevenson: 10
Brendan Haywood: 7
Andray Blatche: 5

Well, at least they'll look OK for the team photo...

Posted by: Samson151 | October 11, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Apparently a survey of NBA general managers selected Mike Miller as the off-season's most underrated acquisition.

Who'd a thunk it?

Posted by: Samson151 | October 11, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"Stevenson, to my surprise, seemed to show no ill-effects from the back surgery."

What is there to surprise? As I said last season, disk surgery, if successful, should not have ill-affect on his mobility. Unlike other surgery that you may be put into cast for a while and don't know the result; if unsuccessful, you should know it soon after surgery (a couple days most).

In addition, since there was nothing damaged (the nreve was pinched but not dmaged. If damaged then surgery will not help it), there is not much rehab after surgery either. Of course, long lay off may cause some rustiness, but not on mobility.

Posted by: sagaliba | October 11, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Two games into the exhibition season and the whiners and pulers are out in full force and Samson thinks we're playing track and field.

Objectives: 1) stay healthy, 2) test different rotations, 3) get the cobwebs out, 4) learn the new playbook and 5)build chemistry.

Winning and individual all-start performances can wait.

Posted by: Izman | October 11, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

yes. the tide of popular opinion rests on the words of the world renowned SteveMG.

In my house I'm both czar and king.

Unless I have to walk the dog, take out the garbage, vacuum the spare room....et cetera et cetera

Posted by: SteveMG | October 11, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"Why the hell is Oberto even in the league. This guy is a bum. He might have had talent at one time. This is why the Wiz will continue to loose. They should be developin Blatche and McGee. Not some guy who shouldn't be in the league. Until Nick, Blatche and McGee become regular players look for another sorry season.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | October 11, 2009 7:31 AM "

LOL!

And this is the magic piece that EG said completed his masterpiece for this season.

A 34 year old dude with a bad ticker and limited skill set.

People were saying he's out of shape.

Didn't he play in the euro leagues this past summer?

I predict the DSong bashers will be crying for their mommas this season when/if Umberto gets on the court.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 11, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"Someone needs to remind DCMAN that its the preseason...

Posted by: DMoney28 | October 11, 2009 1:03 AM "

And these are the same people who said last season, "it's only the first 10 games!"

How'd that season turn out?

Whatever.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 11, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"and mike miller looks nothing like eminem. it's simply not clever.

Posted by: crs-one | October 11, 2009 3:14 AM "

Eminem....say it 10 times.

Eminem = Marshall Mathers

Eminem = Mike Miller

Ever wonder how the name "Eminem" was derived?

I give you 3 chances.

clue: it has nothing to do with both being white dudes or looking alike.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 11, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Let's see Oberto with the starters.
Foye & Miller also need to work with the starters. They looked lost playing Dallas.
Glad to hear that Haywood was working on his FT's. Shudda had Gilbert with him.
Guess we did need that shooting coach after all.

Posted by: VBFan | October 11, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Let's see Oberto with the starters.
Foye & Miller also need to work with the starters. They looked lost playing Dallas.
Glad to hear that Haywood was working on his FT's. Shudda had Gilbert with him.
Guess we did need that shooting coach after all.

Posted by: VBFan | October 11, 2009 11:39 AM

u could look at him w/the starters if u want to but that would only simulate a doomsday situation when AJ AND BTH are unavailable unlessu r talking bout starting fab @ tha 3. but he'll look like a$$ today with the starters and Haywood out. he did hit his avg friday 2pts 3 rebs

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 11, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"and mike miller looks nothing like eminem. it's simply not clever.

Posted by: crs-one | October 11, 2009 3:14 AM "

Eminem....say it 10 times.

Eminem = Marshall Mathers

Eminem = Mike Miller

Ever wonder how the name "Eminem" was derived?

I give you 3 chances.

clue: it has nothing to do with both being white dudes or looking alike.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 11, 2009 11:18 AM
much more clever than you thought crs

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 11, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

LarryInClintonMD posted:
Does Fabricio look out of shape, or is it just me?
___________________________________________
Larry, you and Fabricio are both out of shape.

Posted by: phil27 | October 11, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

izman: "Samson thinks we're playing track and field."

Hmmm? You've lost me with that one.

And not for the first time, either.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 11, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Samson, yesterday you likened going from 26 minutes to 40 minutes in a game to going from 1 mile to a marathon (26.2 miles) in constant ratio of points/min and miles/minute.

Marathons are in track and field, and it's much harder to maintain a constant ratio for 26 of anything. Holding a constant ratio of scoring per minute from 26 to 40 minutes is much easier, particularly given that basketball has time outs.

I also quoted Blatche's points and minutes per minute just for you, but you missed that too. It's going to be a long season.

Posted by: Izman | October 11, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

the Wizards are rudderless on defense without Brendan Haywood.

So sayeth Michael Lee.

That's Michael, DCMann and me.

Case closed.

More seriously, that's a pretty troubling observation. We're talking Haywood not Bill Russell.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 11, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"Samson, yesterday you likened going from 26 minutes to 40 minutes in a game to going from 1 mile to a marathon (26.2 miles) in constant ratio of points/min and miles/minute.Marathons are in track and field, and it's much harder to maintain a constant ratio for 26 of anything. Holding a constant ratio of scoring per minute from 26 to 40 minutes is much easier, particularly given that basketball has time outs."

I was making fun of your argument.

izman: "I also quoted Blatche's points and minutes per minute just for you, but you missed that too."

If I had, no doubt I would have made fun of that, also.
Posted by: Izman

Posted by: Samson151 | October 11, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

izman: "izman: "I also quoted Blatche's points and minutes per minute..."

What's a 'minute per minute'?

OK, I'll stop now.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 11, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

In my house I'm both czar and king.

Unless I have to walk the dog, take out the garbage, vacuum the spare room....et cetera et cetera

Posted by: SteveMG | October 11, 2009 11:08 AM

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i hear you:)

i should have made the point that my comment had nothing to do with you in particular...just that he took the opinion of any internet commenter as a signal of public opinion. just so happened it was your name.

Posted by: crs-one | October 11, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Eminem....say it 10 times.

Eminem = Marshall Mathers

Eminem = Mike Miller

Ever wonder how the name "Eminem" was derived?

I give you 3 chances.

clue: it has nothing to do with both being white dudes or looking alike.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 11, 2009 11:18 AM
much more clever than you thought crs

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 11, 2009 12:09 PM

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in regards to your reasons for calling him eminem, i stand corrected.

but really. initials? seriously?

coincidence alone is not enough to qualify something as clever.

Posted by: crs-one | October 11, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"in regards to your reasons for calling him eminem, i stand corrected.

but really. initials? seriously?

coincidence alone is not enough to qualify something as clever.

Posted by: crs-one | October 11, 2009 4:13 PM "

May not be clever, or original, but still clever enough to trick you.

;D

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 11, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Oberto: +14 at the moment, mid- 4th quarter. Jeez, it takes a pretty insecure point of view to hammer on a rather inexpensive role player, 6 more fouls per game vs big men, a few extra assists, several rebounds. Role players play (wait for it) roles. And if anyone really wants to make a legit point of analysis, I'm all ears, I'll respect the opinion, but don't just cut and paste the ravings of another hater as if it proves a point because two people are negative rather than one.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | October 11, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

i should have made the point that my comment had nothing to do with you in particular..

That's okay; that's the way I understood it originally.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 11, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

May not be clever, or original, but still clever enough to trick you.

;D

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 11, 2009 4:33 PM

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it's what i get for thinking you would come up with that nickname based on something more than initials. i give you far too much credit.

Posted by: crs-one | October 11, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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