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Bobcats (6-9) at Wizards (5-9)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood

Bobcats: Raymond Felton, Stephen Jackson, Tyson Chandler, Boris Diaw, Gerald Wallace

Line: Wizards by 4

This is a matchup of two teams that are trying to bounce back from early season slumps. The Bobcats have won three in a row after losing seven consecutive games, while the Wizards have won two in a row after losing eight of nine. The Wizards have not won three games in a row since April 2008.

Antawn Jamison had his fourth double-double of the season last night in Miami. He joins Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Emeka Okafor and Gerald Wallace as the only players in the NBA to record four double-doubles in their first five games.

A night after getting first win against Dwyane Wade, Gilbert Arenas will meet with Gerald Wallace for the first time since their infamous collision on April 4, 2007. Wallace said last season that he still doesn't recall falling on Arenas's knee, but it will be interesting how Arenas responds tonight, after scoring a season-low nine points against the Heat.

Arenas has been slumping from beyond the three-point line of late. He missed both of his three-point attempts in Miami and is 3 for 22 (13.6 percent) over the last five games after going 20 of 45 (44 percent) in his first nine.

Earl Boykins will face the last NBA team he played for before joining the Wizards, but he said it won't be anything special. "I don't carry any animosity," said Boykins, who averaged 5.1 points and 2.7 assists. "It's a regular game to me. Another divison game. it's going to be important that we bring the same energy we did [in Miami]."

Boykins is averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 assists in six games with the Wizards. He has 10 points and nine assists in just under 21 minutes against the Heat, which is the most assists by a Wizard off the bench since Juan Dixon had 11 assists on Nov. 7, 2008.

The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly considering bringing back Allen Iverson nearly four years after they traded him to the Denver Nuggets. Charlotte Coach Larry Brown said that despite his tumultous departure from the 76ers, there is no better place for the former Georgetown standout, league's most valuable player and 10-time all-star to be.

"The thing in the past -- that's over. You're getting a guy who's motivated, who's always been an unbelievable competitor," said Brown, who coached Iverson for six seasons in Philadelphia. "I don't think deep down he ever wanted to leave Philly. He's said, deep down, numerous times that's where he wanted to finish his career. Let's hope he has an opportunity to come back. If it's not Philly, somebody will pick him up. I'm confident of that."

By Michael Lee  |  November 28, 2009; 6:38 PM ET
 
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Comments

DS comes in off the bench before Foye?
We need buckets!

Posted by: tgif11 | November 28, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Unacceptable effort from the team tonight.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | November 28, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Boy. Eatin' some crow on this one.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 28, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Selfish, selfish, selfish.

Posted by: twomangame | November 28, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Jeezus, trying to root for this team is like dating a psycho girl.

One good night or two and then another crash-and-burn that has you questioning everything.

Posted by: farstriker | November 28, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Well I guess we just witness the flip side of last nights Miami game.

This has got to be the only 5-9 basketball team that has the audacity to walk out on its home court with the attitude that the opposition would be too intimidated to play them.

The entire roster ought donate the game check to charity.

Flip should have pulled the starting five after the first 5 minutes of the third quarter. "The Big 3" embarrassed themselves.

Posted by: bozomoeman | November 28, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that this team overlooked the Bobcats at all. The Wiz lost this game because they are, by FAR, the least athletic team in the division if not the entire Eastern Conference. It would be nice to know that when the jumpers aren't falling we can rely on some game-changing defense. In short, the Wiz can make a game of it with anybody in the league if their jumpers are falling. If they're not, it's a wrap.

Posted by: tgif11 | November 28, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

P.U.
If this continues, we're looking at a roster overhaul. Oh joy. Can't wait.

Posted by: creativefunk | November 28, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

You might be able to make the excuse about back to back's late in the season but now no way was Flip outcoached? maybe, but i think he was outscouted i don't know who our advanced scout is but hopefully he ain't gettin paid on a per game basis. They did the same thing to Cleveland last night. The Bobcat's seemed to know what the Cav's were going to do and the same thing tonite with the Bullets of course when you live and die by the jump shot then you see the result one thing about the "princeton" it got you easy shots and in the way the Cats were overplaying it might have resulted in the Bullets getting some layups and easy buckets.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 28, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

one thing about the "princeton" it got you easy shots and in the way the Cats were overplaying it might have resulted in the Bullets getting some layups and easy buckets.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 28, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

CAN YOU PLEASE LET YOUR DEATH GRIP ON EDDIE JORDAN'S SACK?!?! PLEASE??? Geez.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 28, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Gilby is really sacrificing for the team.....only if "sacrificing" is a synonym for "stinking it up."

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/tiger_woods_cheating_rachel_uchitel_exposed_source/celebrity/67747

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 28, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone need a reason not to tune into homer station if the game is also broadcast on espn?

At halftime, with the score at 42-32 in favor of the Bobcats, Steve "Homer" Buckhants had this to say:

"Maybe they are tired from this back to back game..."

Whatever Stevie. Maybe you are tired from stuffing your fat cheeks over Thanksgiving.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 28, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Ted Leonsis:

Exercise your right of first refusal in a different way.

REFUSE TO BUY THIS TEAM!!

Posted by: 2020doc | November 28, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

"Ted Leonsis:

Exercise your right of first refusal in a different way.

REFUSE TO BUY THIS TEAM!!

Posted by: 2020doc | November 28, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse "

Let's not forget, a few years ago, Abe accepted about $50 mil from the city to make renovations to VC such as upgrades to the lux boxes and to install a jumbo high def screen.

In return, the deal was that he would give up VC upon his death and DC would take ownership.

Therefore, Teddy Big Bucks may eventually get to buy Les BouleS and a franchise of ticketmaster, but VC goes to DC.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 28, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

did I mention P.U.? Cause I'm outta the country right now and I can smell it from the pacific...like funky mesh surf shoe bacteria. Yuck, Buck, the team just sucks,

Posted by: creativefunk | November 28, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

@DCMAN,

Don't let facts get in the way of your story. VC and the team are Ted's for the taking. The city does not get the arena.

Well, what can you say. The psycho girlfriend analogy is perfect. We did not match their energy level. It's as simple as that. As far as jump shots not falling, you can say that about virtually every team in the league. Not many dominate low post players anywhere. That being said, we are bigger than Charlotte and just got outworked. Charlotte is a funny team in that they play 5 guys that all look about the same size, but they are all athletic and stout. They definitely had their way with us tonight.

Arenas seems to be hitting a wall. If he doesn't break out of his recovery sometime soon to avg at least 20 pts and 6 assists our best laid plans may never come to fruition and an alternate plan will have to be figured out. Doubt that can happen this season either.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 28, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

rphilli721

The question I have is why didn't we match their energy level. The Wiz haven't had enough success this season for their focus to wander. It's baffling.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Arenas shut it down for a couple weeks as he has dead legs for sure. Let Foye and Boykins take over the PG duties and give him a chance to regroup before he suffers further injury.

Posted by: and_1 | November 28, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

"I wouldn't be surprised to see Arenas shut it down for a couple weeks as he has dead legs for sure. Let Foye and Boykins take over the PG duties and give him a chance to regroup before he suffers further injury.

Posted by: and_1 | November 28, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse "

Dead legs after 15 games?

Stop making excuses.

His shot has been off since three seasons ago season, and his legs haven't been the same since the same 3 seasons ago.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 28, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Did Gilby and Caron take jumping lessons from Songalia the past 2 years?

Posted by: awb9h | November 28, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

EG = buyer's remorse tho shopping with other's money

I hope Leonsis comes in and cleans house.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 28, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

"Did Gilby and Caron take jumping lessons from Songalia the past 2 years?

Posted by: awb9h | November 28, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse "

Looks to me like Caron had a decent game...Gilby and MeTawn, not so much....to the enjoyment of fans in this well attended game.

Gilby had zero FT attempts....shocking. Maybe he was worried that Gerald Wallace was going to go for the kneecaps this time.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=291128027

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 29, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Dc_littleman, you should start your own blog, that way you can post all you want and I won't have to read your drivel.

Why the hell are you worried about Tiger and Gil sex life? You need to get out of the basement and find your own girlfriend.

Posted by: zxhoya | November 29, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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