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Wizards (4-3) at Bulls (5-2)

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

Bulls: Lindsey Hunter, John Salmons, Luol Deng, Tyrus Thomas, Joakim Noah

Line: Bulls by 6.5.

Fabricio Oberto will start against the Bulls tonight and Coach Flip Saunders said that he plans on using Andray Blatche as the first big off the bench all season. "Dray is probably going to be our first big off the bench, it might be better to get him in that routine. Have him in a set spot so that we don't change the way he plays," Saunders said.

Saunders said he doesn't know how long he would use Arenas, Miller and Butler tonight, with the primary goal for the evening being leaving Chicago with everybody else in good health. The news that Jamison would miss at least the first three weeks of the season wasn't very deflating for the Wizards, who have seen Jamison making steady progress in the past week. "It's not as devastating," said Caron Butler, who expects to see Jamison back on the court as early as next week. "It continues to happen, but we're going to stay optimistic and remain positive."

Saunders hinted that Jamison's injury may open the door for Paul Davis to hold onto that final roster spot. He has yet to talk to President Ernie Grunfeld about keeping Davis, but expects to have a conversation about the Wizards' front court depth soon. The Wizards have until Monday to announce their regular season roster. "You never want to go into a season with only four big guys," Saunders said. Davis "has actually been pretty productive in the time that he played. We tried to get a good look at JaVale [McGee] and Andray and those guys."

By Michael Lee  |  October 23, 2009; 7:57 PM ET
 
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FLIP FLOP SAUNDERS: "He's really ahead of where we anticipated, but we're being really conservative right now," Coach Flip Saunders said on Friday."

Whatever Flip Flop.

Flip Flop associating MeTawn's injury as an opening in the door for Paul Davis to make the team is like dinner time with the steak still in the freezer with the fallback being dry dog food instead.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Dray!!!

Also, shut up. DC_MAN.

Posted by: IrenePollin | October 23, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

DeJuan Blair:

15 minutes, 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals.

Our second round pick: Nothing cuz we didnt use it to draft Blair.

Posted by: original_mark | October 23, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Flip Saunders as the spin doctor as in i ain't got no idea about the extent of my own player's injury, dude get a clue; and by the way Paul Davis is a big white turkey! LMAO

Posted by: dargregmag | October 23, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"DeJuan Blair:

15 minutes, 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals.

Our second round pick: Nothing cuz we didnt use it to draft Blair.

Posted by: original_mark | October 23, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse "

DeJuan "Michael 'Sweettooth' Sweetney" Blair...cut by the Celts today.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The 3rd Q isn't pretty. We are in the process of being blown out.

For a team that claims to have many offensive weapons, we look in trouble w/o Jamison. The 3rd Q isn't pretty. We are in the process of being blown out.

Miller isn't scoring, Butler and Arenas don't shoot well. Blatche was the leading scorer in 1st half.

Too many T/Os, this seems to be consistent over the preseason, indication of players haven't gotten the new system down yet.

Posted by: sagaliba | October 23, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

"This Wizards frontcourt, though thin, is quite formidiable when complared with the rest of the League. "

No, it's really not. At best it's average when compared with the rest of the league. There's not a single frontline player who really excels at the things you need big men to do. The most productive frontcourt player is Jamison, and he gets most of his offensive production well away from the basket. Everyone else is average or below at pretty much every phase of the game at this point (a couple have potential to be more, but as of yet that potential is mostly untapped).

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 23, 2009 12:28 PM |

I could beg to differ with this, but I won't. I will let little lady time bear out how this front court will stack up against the rest of the League.

Little Lady Time is fast approaching.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 23, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

A terriable game! Wiz's starters shot a combined 7 for 29 (24%). The only one that shot a decent percentage (Miller) scored only 2 points and picked up 4 fouls early.

NY shot 1 for 5, and Foy shot 5 for 12, no sparks off the benche either. Looks like this team has trouble scoring when Jamison is down!

Posted by: sagaliba | October 23, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

2nd blowout of the preseason!

Posted by: sagaliba | October 23, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Quick, who's got Lorenzo Williams or Ike Austin on speed dial?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I only saw the box score...DSteve was MINUS 28...no wonder he can't feel his face...wow.

Posted by: MBUSA | October 23, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Stop frettin 88, you gonna' have the weak of heart throwin' in the towel and the season hasn't even started yet.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 23, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

"I could beg to differ with this, but I won't. I will let little lady time bear out how this front court will stack up against the rest of the League.

Little Lady Time is fast approaching.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 23, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse "

Hey little lady time...you could beg to differ, but then you'd further embarrass yourself.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

"Stop frettin 88, you gonna' have the weak of heart throwin' in the towel and the season hasn't even started yet.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 23, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse "

Who's throwing in the towel? Really can't get worse than last season, or can it? I don't think so, but never say never.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Greetings All,
Been a while since I posted but I have been following pre-season activity and checking posts here periodically. Other than Gilbert moving well once again, which I incorrectly thought would not happen, I see few positives at this stage.

Can anyone recall the last time Caron Butler had any significant impact on a game? There was a game two years ago against the Celtics where Caron made one breathtaking play after another and I felt he was on the verge of becoming an elite player. Where is that guy? He seemed to go into a shell last year and I suspect the season took a toll on his ego/confidence.

Now with Jamison out it seems Gil will again have to provide superhuman effort to even keep this team competitive until AJ returns. Can Gil sustain that for long without potentially re-injuring himself?

Front court is paper thin even with Jamison playing. Haywood is back but seemingly has forgotten anything Hopla had previously instructed with respect to free throw shooting. Oberto is serviceable but I am hard pressed to think of another team he would start for, even if their starting PF went down. Understand Blatche has better skills but Saunders has him coming off the bench for a reason, he still cannot be counted on for consistency. A coach needs to know what he is going to get from his starters. Perhaps a consistent 6th man role will help him with this. McGee is the future but Kal nailed it the other day when he compared him to 1st year Rasheed Wallace, little understanding of how to play the game although capable of the spectacular.

Back court is obviously in better shape, really like what Miller brings and Foye is a solid backup for Gil. Don't see Stevenson or NY contributing much based on pre-season performances.

Clearly Saunders is the best coach this team has had in ages but that alone is not going to get this team to the playoffs; I don’t see how anyone could realistically look beyond that goal at this stage.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 23, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Gil 3 for 12 4 ast and 3 to's no need for him to change his game?

Hard to win many games when a team has 17 to's and only 14 ast's!

Has Cheap Abe sold next years 2nd round pick yet?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | October 23, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Anybody notice Orlando is 8-0 and just crushed Atl 123-86?


Bass sure looks like a good free agent signing!


Look on the bright side we got Fabricio Oberto?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | October 24, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Ty Lawson really looks good.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 24, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Jamison to miss 13-15 games. You would think this puts a real crimp in my 50-win prediction.

I startin' to sweat a little bit. Who amongst them Wizards can step up and help keep a 50-win season in site.

My bet, Mike Miller. Yes Sir!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 24, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

When Jamison got injured I immediately thought of a couple of season's back when Jamison was out (the same year Gil and Caron got injured, but before their injuries) and the team couldnt win. Everyone came to the consensus that the team needed Jamison and stopped bashing him and stated the fact that he was the captain and the team just couldnt perform without him. I know Blatche is older and more experienced now and we have a different team, but I just kept thinking of that season-timeframe. Jamison will be missed...

Posted by: washwiz | October 24, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

just like the skins O line, the wiz knew they had garbage depth/talent in the frontcourt (still don't know what to do with all the backcourt personnel) and failed to spend money/obtain real free agent help (Oberto is no threat). Too late, 6'9" L. Kleiza (FA and straight up baller) went to play in Greece (some nut tried to chastise me for pointing this out months ago on this blog). Anyone with half an eye for talent would have known that the only reason he was not starting was because of the Melo fellow. Tightwad Abe and his no scouting staff missed out on a great backup/successor for Jamison. I mean this guy shoots lights out 3 pointers and won't hesitate to take it to the hole. Denver would not pay him so he booked.

Posted by: jenksredskins | October 24, 2009 1:17 AM | Report abuse

the hate is coming out strong 78 has renewed vigor in his rapid posting tirades and 88 consistent as ever with hating on anything and everything, no matter what the wiz do the hate will still be spouted by those two

Posted by: bford1kb | October 26, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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