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Morning brew

Michael Lee reports on the Wizards' point guard shortage for today's newspaper and introduces us to Earl Boykins.

Here's the Washington Times's Mike Jones take on the Boykins signing.

The DC Sport Bog gets into numerology and says the Wizards have made height historyagain.

Here's more on Tuesday's game from Bullets Forever's JakeTheSnake and Mike Prada.

Also, Prada was profiled in Washingtonian.

Truth About It offers Gilbert's seven third quarter turnovers, in pictures and words.

Dime says the Wizards need to man up. And NBC Washington's Web site -- well, this headline says it all: Same Ol' Crappy Wizards.

Elsewhere in the league:

Old Superman's team beat new Superman's team last night. After the game, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst offered his thoughts on the team's long view. And LeBron James claimed that he would not talk about free agency any more this season. Here's Adrian Wojnarowski's take on Yahoo! Sports.

And finally, The Daily Zap:

By Alexa Steele  |  November 12, 2009; 11:11 AM ET
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Caron has only 4 assists in seven games this season and he has averaged 4 assists PER GAME each of the last two seasons??

Maybe that's why he had nothing to say after Tuesday's game. This year's assist total tells us much of what we need to know about what is wrong with his game.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 12, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Stop bashing Caron!!! The team is not at full strength he is not a "point forward" so why all the angst about Caron dropping "dimes" there has been numerous post during this losing streak about Caron this Caron that, opposing teams know that it's either Caron or Gilbert and basically that's it as far as the Wizard's scoring goes so until AJ,MM, and to a lesser extent Randy Foye come back let's all stay calm.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 12, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse


Butler averaged more assists the last two seasons because with only he and Jamison as the only viable offensive threats, teams were making a concerted effort to force the ball out of his hands. This is a new coach, a new system, new personnel and he's struggling to adjust.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 12, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Caron is too smart not to be able to adjust to a new coach. It could be that Flip has already lost some of the players, or that Butler is nursing an injury he hasn't revealed or something more prosaic: that a team culture of losing and frustration has set in. Maybe Butler has reached the early stages of decline, pushing 30 now and after years of being overworked by Jordan and Tapscott (see also Arenas, Jamison). He wasn't as good last year as he was the year before, and is worse this year than last, suggesting a gradual descent from the mountain. I love him as a player, and he will probably turn it around once he has Jamison to take the perimeter & mid-range heat off him, but it is a worrying development all the same.

Posted by: SammyT1 | November 12, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Tough to rack up many assists passing to DeBrick, Oberto, and Haywood

Posted by: divi3 | November 12, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag,

Caron is a wing player who touches the ball second only to Gil and he's averaging about one assist every two games. If you think it's no big deal, name another wing player with Butler's minutes who's the 1st or 2d option on offense with those paltry assist totals. I'm aware of the fact that Caron is no Paul Pressey, but Blatche isn't a "point forward" either and he's managing to get more assists than Butler despite not getting as many minutes or being the team's primary option. Do you think Flip is only referring to Gil when he says the ball just "keeps sticking" on offense?
BTW, if a team's defense is geared toward stopping him and Gil, shouldn't Caron do something to negate that, like pass the ball?

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 12, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Butler is playing one dimensional and has been for a while. It's just standing out more right now. He likes to shoot it right in front of peoples face or either a series of between the legs dribbles and then shoot in your face.
Nobody is trying to dogg him out but why shouldn't we expect more from our "All Stars"?

Posted by: millineumman | November 12, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"Caron is too smart not to be able to adjust to a new coach. It could be that Flip has already lost some of the players, or that Butler is nursing an injury he hasn't revealed or something more prosaic: that a team culture of losing and frustration has set in."

Or it could be something as simple and obvious that the adjustment is an ongoing process that simply hasn't played itself out to its conclusion yet.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 12, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

This is crazy. New coach, new system, franchise player returning after 3 years, let alone changing his entire game, not to mention Jamison being out then Miller and Foye. The team that was the "Phoenix Suns of the East" is having problems scoring...but the defense is 9th. I figure somewhere along the line they'll be able to score some points. Jamison is going to be a huge addition because Oberto can't score and they collapse the middle so Caron and Gil can't slash. So you can continue that, or let Jamison and Blatche shoot butt naked open shots. Since Jamison's defense is so bad to some people...if the defense falls to 15th all because of Jamison...the scoring is going to go up. It's not even 10 games into the season and you guys are hitting the panic button. It's not like last season at all. Let it play out.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 12, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

It's not even 10 games into the season and you guys are hitting the panic button. It's not like last season at all. Let it play out.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 12, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

SDMDTSU,

You're right last year November 12, 2008 the team was 1-5 now they are 2-6 which means they're twice as good?

At least I can sleep well at night knowing if Flip gets canned 11 games into the season ETaps is still in the organization to bail us out like he did last year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 12, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

what's really bizarre to me is that Gil looked like an MVP type player in his 1st game back, but now looks like the rusty, winded guy you would have expected from the get-go. I'm glad he played so well against the Mavs, because you know "it" is still there, even if he'll be awhile adjusting.

Caron was an all-star off the strength of Gil and Antawn. Perhaps we should take him for what he appears to be, namely a solid player who can border on excellence with the right guys on the floor but isnt going to carry 50% of the load successfully.

Posted by: divi3 | November 12, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Here's some actual news:

The Charlotte Hornets fired Byron Scott as coach.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4648162

The really interesting part is that the coaching is being taken over by the GM, whose failure to secure talent around CPaul is what put them in this position, with Tim Floyd (aka the worst coach in NBA history) as his top assistant.

This has train wreck written all over it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 12, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"what's really bizarre to me is that Gil looked like an MVP type player in his 1st game back, but now looks like the rusty, winded guy you would have expected from the get-go."

not bizarre at all. The first game back after a long layoff is often fueled by adrenalin and nervous energy. I said after the first game, when everybody was all giddy, that the real measure of where he stood would come in the subsequent games, and that he likely would look as energetic.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 12, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Did any body notice Blair started for the Spurs since Duncan was out...http://www.nba.com/games/20091111/DALSAS/boxscore.html

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 12, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

while the Wizards 2nd round pick is sitting in Abe's bank account collecting interest?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 12, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION:

"and that he likely wouldn't look as energetic. "

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 12, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Hornies were in New Orleans... it's the Bobkitties in Charlotte.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 12, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"while the Wizards 2nd round pick is sitting in Abe's bank account collecting interest?"

3pts on 1-2 shooting in 20mins, somehow i dont think that would have solved our prroblems

Posted by: divi3 | November 12, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

You're right last year November 12, 2008 the team was 1-5 now they are 2-6 which means they're twice as good?

At least I can sleep well at night knowing if Flip gets canned 11 games into the season ETaps is still in the organization to bail us out like he did last year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 12, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Last year had disaster written all over it...getting blown out in pre-season games they never looked like they had a chance. Losing to the Nets in the opener...they looked terrible...and did nothing well.

The defense is much improved. We just have to wait for the offense to get back. Jamison and Miller are going to be huge components to the offense. Dee Brown and Juan Dixon are not walking through that door.

If they're twice as good as last year that's 38 wins...a little better than that...and they're in the range I put them in before the season...42-45 wins.

Relax.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 12, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Okay gang , just a little food for thought. As Gil was questioning the ref. (Crawford), he repeadly said (get out of my face Gil). He then not only was noticeably disturbed that Gil would ask for an explanation about a non called foul on one end of the floor and something much less called at the other, was then assesed a technical foul (Gil also being Captain should be afforded the on court courtesy that is almost always given), and then the same official (Crawford) shook his head in agreement with cry baby lebron after he vehemently screamed at him. Mind you lebron should have been whisled for a charge three bumps into Petrius before an over the back foul on Z was called and lebron went beserk because he felt Howard shoved him. Double standards is so very noticeable to everyone execept the powers to be. Totally unfair tratment of all the Wizard players, BH literally had people haning onto him on a couple of put back dunks, and Dre is not going to get any calls his way.

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | November 12, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Way too much negativity on this board, as usual. I'm certainly willing to let it play out, and I think the Wizards will be just fine once we get into next year.

The Wizards schedule this year poses a big test, and thus far we're not making the grade. But we're not too far from where I figured we be (3-5) at this point of the season. I didn't figure we'd beat Dallas, but I did think we'd get Miami at home and Indiana on the road. I look at the rest of November and figure we won't be any better than 3-4, which will put the Wiz at 5-10 going into December.

In December we get a chance to play teams who won't make the playoffs, but 9 of those 15 games are on the road. So we'll be lucky to get close to .500 by the end of the year. In January we play 11 of 16 games at home, and with a healthy crew, we should be rocking and rolling.

It's a test of the mettle of the Wizards' fans. Are you going to stick with our team or continue to bellyache?

Posted by: zinger1 | November 12, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Chris Paul's stock not so high anymore. Seems to me he is about as accomplished in his career as GA.

As far as this season is concerned, any correlation or references to last season are just plain stupid. Different year, different players, different injuries, different coach - no comparison. I think we'll see Foye, Jamison, and MM back on Saturday. Sprained ankles for a basketball player are usually no big deal. I know my ligaments are so stretched out it's near impossible for me to sprain them anymore.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 12, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Jamison and Miller both LOOKED like they had dislocated shoulders, assuming they will be back at 95-100% and healthy the rest of the way is very rose colored glasses.

However I do agree that if those guys are back and healthy, team will be completely different than the doo-doo we're watching now.

Posted by: divi3 | November 12, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

bossclifnpooh2,

Maybe Gil needs to start blogging to achieve the star status and gets the star treatment. :)

Posted by: sagaliba | November 12, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Paul's stock is still high. It's the value of the assets around him that have plummeted. He's still one of the best PGs in the league, but the rest of that roster is talent poor.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 12, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"Chris Paul's stock not so high anymore. Seems to me he is about as accomplished in his career as GA."


Somebody needs to tell Gilby to pick up his gold medal. Sheesh!!

Posted by: tgif11 | November 12, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

^^ that's the only reason he doesn't have one like CP3

Posted by: tgif11 | November 12, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"Way too much negativity on this board, as usual. I'm certainly willing to let it play out, and I think the Wizards will be just fine once we get into next year... It's a test of the mettle of the Wizards' fans. Are you going to stick with our team or continue to bellyache?"

Hey, I've stuck by this team for 30 lousy seasons, 200+ tickets to home games - a solid majority of which they lost - and watched almost every agonizing, boring & listless game this year and last. I & everyone else have earned the right to bellyache. It is our heritage, history, birthright, destiny and curse ;)

Posted by: SammyT1 | November 12, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Too much negatives ? yea, why not? He told us that his dream is to be a shampion but he has only 4 assist in 7 games.He is shooting 34%, he is the second worest defender among the starters .He is also second in turnover.What is going on? is he looking for EJ? Is he in bad shape with the new coache?
Our reporters are as strong as our team, they are giving us informations after we know it, atleast they should be able to put rumors.I know CB is not injured,I know what he used to do when he has a bad shooting night. He has several close triple double games last season, why he is not dishing some this year?Is he still the capitan? Did he loss some power?
There should be something.

Posted by: gtefferra | November 12, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Is it too early to think about this?

http://hoopshype.com/draft.htm

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 12, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

They got Les BouleS picking #6....

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 12, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

1 => Dave Hopla not coaching on the team anymore.

+1 => Les BouleS shooting woes

----------------------------

2 => Hmmmmm...

* I guess West Unseld Jr. has more value to the team than Dave Hopla.

Go figure.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 12, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

For D. Blair's sake, thank goodness the Wizards did not keep him on the team because he would have had a major career ending knee injury by now. Go and have a great 18 year career, Blair, and always remember that you were just a decision away from having no career!

Posted by: JohnWWW | November 12, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

caron is not the problem...caron is forced into the position that he know occupies...the problem is miller/jamison not being on the court...those two represent leadership and toughness for the wiz...these guys are going to be at the forefront if the wiz are to be successful...caron feeds off these guys and benefits from their basketball iq...gil is too quirky and is coming off almost two seasons of not playing nba-level ball...forget about gil for at least another 15-20 games because he will be a non-factor...you will only see glimpses...even after the wiz are full strength it is going to take another 10-15 games b4 they start to gel (hopefully it's not to late-the hole is not too deep) the injuries have really staggered this team (i'd still question and blame the medical/training staff)...it's only 8 games in but severe damage to this teams mental acumen(please keep the medical/training staff away from that part of the team :-) could create a negative landslide if they don't get some wins/confidence soon re: washington redskins...let's go wiz!!it's starts in detroit on saturday...(LUCKILY for the wiz they don't play tonight--FRIDAY the 13th :-) peace yall...

Posted by: ronniecope106 | November 13, 2009 3:15 AM | Report abuse

caron is not the problem, but the obvious decline in his skills leaves the team wanting. he does turn the ball over, he doesn't shoot a high percentage, and he doesn't share the ball. he sounds like an overpaid, overrated NY.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 13, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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