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Morning brew

It's game day for the Wizards, and they'll be looking to avoid their fifth straight loss in Miami against the Heat. Last time they lost five in a row? March, when they had their seventh and final losing streak of at least five games of the 2008-09 season.

Michael Lee mentions this in his preview story, which primarily focuses on the offensive struggles of players like Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler. In other news, Mike James is out for a few weeks with a broken finger.

Mike Prada of Bullets Forever comprehensively dissects this piece from Ken Berger's blog on CBSSports.com

The Washington Times reports that the Wizards are among the best bargains in professional sports. So hey, the team has that going for it right now.

The Miami Herald writes about the Heat's suddenly fortified bench, and the Herald's Heat blog reveals Michael Beasley's Afro.

Etan Thomas writes a blog entry on Hoopshype.com in which he asks this question: "Is it possible to impose a fine or forced firing when a team trainer or doctor consistently misdiagnoses numerous players?" Wonder who he could be talking about?

On the lighter side, DC Landing Strip posted more of its interview with Nick Young, who spoke about his standup and rap careers.

Nationally, ESPN.com's Marc Stein released his latest power rankings on Monday, and the Wizards have gone from No. 12 to 21. And in case you were seeking a second opinion, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated has the Wizards pegged at No. 19 in his power rankings.

The Stephen Jackson "Get-Me-Out-Of-Golden-State!" saga got crazier as his agent, Mark Stevens, blasted Warriors Coach Don Nelson on Sunday.
Now Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears writes that Nelson is willing to accomodate Jackson and trade him.

New York fans envision LeBron James in a Knicks jersey, but what about a Clippers jersey? NBA.com's David Aldridge takes a look at possible James landing spots -- and also explains why Phoenix is off to such a hot start.

Superman vs. Superman on Wednesday as Shaquille O'Neal faces Dwight Howard in the first meeting of Cleveland and Orlando since they met in the conference finals. The Plain Dealer called it a "Rivalry Renewed." Using some of the logic Cavaliers fans like to use: How can Cleveland fans call it a rivalry when they've never beaten Orlando?

The Rockets and Tracy McGrady are not on the same page with his return. McGrady says he'll be back next week but the Rockets push the breaks on those plans.

The Grizzlies try to move on with or without Allen Iverson.

Around the league...

Five games Monday night, and among the notables: Manu Ginobili scoring 36 to carry the Spurs to a 131-124 win over Toronto; and Steve Nash dropping 21 points and 20 assists on the Sixers in the Suns' 119-115 win. Here's NBA.com's Daily Zap to get you caught up:

By Ed Guzman  |  November 10, 2009; 8:59 AM ET
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NY needs a media ban, whenever he's intervied it's all lifestyle and personal quirks or whatever, never basketball. i can see why some of us on here think he doesn't care.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 10, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

NY is waiting for the day he is traded back to the west coast, then he will do interviews about how lame DC was.

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to have Nick on my squad playing pickup...NBA though? Not so much.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 10, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Some how, some way the Wizards luck needs to get better.

Posted by: millineumman | November 10, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to have Nick on my squad playing pickup...NBA though? Not so much.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 10, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse
that's funny cuz i dunno if NY would take you in either capacity. He will become a solid NBA player once he leaves just like most of our guys do. Look at Sheed, Webb, Rip as just a few guys that the wiz let go too soon. BTW Rip was the only one that wasn't moved because of his lack of maturity and professionalism among other issues (Techs and Weed). NY has the tools to be a good NBA player he just doesn't have the confidence. You look at his film from USC vs. Today he's a different guy. He's not agressive or decisive, he's just out there, but for this i blame flip. he's not using NY the way he said he would and i don't think NY's been given as much opportunity this season as he should ( Deshawn Stevenson, really), but then again maybe Flip knows that he's got a makeshift lineup right now and is just tryin to figure this lineup out. No eminem or Metawn really screws up his 8-9 man rotation.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 10, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Go Wizards!

Posted by: rickgonz | November 10, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I saw someone say we should play Nick against Wade. Nick would get mauled like a wild bear against Wade. Say what you want about the last game. DeShawn played Wade well. It was mostly contested jumpers that he made and with one of the top 3 players on the planet....that's honestly the best you can ask for. Great offense ALWAYS beats great defense. Think about HOW Wade scored his points. e bullied Foye, He went around Miller. Regardless of if you like DS, go look at the stats. Wade's points came when he WASN'T in the game.

Wade was 5/6 with 11 points when DS came in. He then went 1/3 with a TO for his 13 1st quarter points.

2nd quarter Wade starts on the bench, Foye comes in for Stevenson. When Wade comes in he puts up back to back 3's and gets that assist inside to O'Neal for the dunk and DS comes back in. Wade goes 0/1 and hits 2 free throws for his 21 first half points.

21 points 1/4 for 4 points with DeShawn in the game in the first half.

2nd half: DeShawn comes in at about the 11:00 mark WADE DOESN'T SCORE FOR 6 MINUTES...with no assists either (so he wasn't breaking down the defense for easy layups for others.) Until Stevenson goes out Wade is 1/3 with a TO.

Miller comes in and Wade scores 6 in a minute. and 8 to finish the quarter. 10 points for his 31 after 3. So after 3...Wade is 2/7 with 2 TO's with DeShawn in the game.

Wade scores 2 more to bring him to 33 until Stevenson comes in. In the 4th quarter Wade goes 2/5 with 2 free throws a turnover and the intentional foul FT at the end to bring him to 40.

So with DeShawn in the game: Wade was 4/12 with 3 turnovers. Wade was 14/26 in the game. I don't know how much you all like math but I believe that means he was 10/14 with DS on the bench. So what do you wanna say DS wasn't checking him when he was in? So Gil played him that well? Is that what you're going to say now?

Do the research before you say dumb stuff like put Nick on him.

http://www.nba.com/games/20091104/MIAWAS/playbyplay.html

It's all there.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 10, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

hollywood...if you look at Nick from USC and now he is the same player. He wants to iso, dribble too much and shoot his fadeaway. He's not better than everybody in the NBA like he was in college, and he hasn't shown a willingness or ability to improve on the basic fundamentals either. If you think Nick has shown 1/2 as much as Rip or Sheed...you're pretty much retarded. What was the excuse last season? He got plenty of clock. Tools don't mean anything without hard work.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 10, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Nice work SDMD!

Been saying all along that DS plays pretty good defense and does all the little things. People in here see him miss some open shots and think he brings nothing and/or would rather have NY in the game. I guess so they can watch Wade go off like a volcano and pray that NY can hit a shot or two to offset the 20 pts he'll give up to Wade in a matter of minutes.

Give it up NY lovers. He is thus far a bust. No growth or willingness to learn with bad attitude and pouting equals sit your a s s down. Blaming Flip for his poor work habits and lack of basketball IQ sounds like something NY would say. Excuses. Please. Ride the pine until you learn how to drop a dime and know the offensive and defensive sets.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 10, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I got a feeling that we win tonight. No reason why we should really with injuries piling up once again and no cohesion, but I have a feeling we will. Caveat - GA and his calf play and are ok.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 10, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

NY still looks and acts like a teenager and it's a man's league. He's nowhere near the player Rip was when Rip was here, and moving Young to a new situation isnt going to suddenly make him practice harder, learn the system, play D, pass the ball, or take his JOB seriously.

Only time may (or may not) do those things, and with Foye head and shoulders the better player on every level- I dont see why the Zards should be inclined to wait on Nick.

As for the Wade matchup, DMac is the guy who should be checking him, enough with Deshawn

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This team is really missing Mike Miller, I think. His pass-first mentality and rebounding were really balancing things out with that starting five and it's amazing how things have disintegrated in the games he's been out. Looking forward to seeing how things come together when he and Antawn get back.

Posted by: tigerquoll | November 10, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"This team is really missing Mike Miller"

I think we're missing Gil. 29/9 made everyone else look better.

Having AJ and MM back will be huge of course tho

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind seeing a little D-Mac on Wade he's bigger and maybe that weight could wear him down some...but then again, Wade is much quicker so that could be bad too.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 10, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

No one is really going to stop Wade...I just think DMac deserves Deshawn's minutes at this point, especially after watching the Suns game

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young aka Young Sushi is not a bad player, but he is in a bad situation. With this team of veterans, and with Flip as Coach, there seems to be no spot for him in the rotation. I can see him getting at least 20 minutes of time on half the teams in the league, however.

As for the idea that Nick isn't focused on basketball that has seemed to make its way into this thread: that is not the case at all. If you read Part 1 of the interview, or other parts of his prior interviews, you'll see that he's genuinely answering questions about his role on the team and the team's expectations.

He doesn't come up with the questions, he just answers them. He's a good guy for granting these interviews, and we should consider ourselves lucky for being able to see a local athlete as more than an inaccessible celebrity, but as a regular guy like you or me.

If NY went silent, a la Gilbert, we wouldn't have this luxury. So enjoy it, don't criticize it.

Posted by: ninefttall | November 10, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Again-Put Nick or Dom on him. Their length bothers Wade.

Posted by: ptp23 | November 10, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

So with DeShawn in the game: Wade was 4/12 with 3 turnovers. Wade was 14/26 in the game. I don't know how much you all like math but I believe that means he was 10/14 with DS on the bench. So what do you wanna say DS wasn't checking him when he was in? So Gil played him that well? Is that what you're going to say now?

Do the research before you say dumb stuff like put Nick on him.
Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 10, 2009 11:44 AM

Thank you. Not only is Deshawn our best defender but he is also the new heart of the Wiz now that Gil doesn't clown anymore. He was also robbed in the dunk contest. (where is Desmond Mason now???) Ducktails are win and so is Deshawn "mr. fifty" Stevenson.

Posted by: prescrunk | November 10, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

@divi3,

DMc is capable and I'm sure he might see some time tonight against Wade. Thought he should have gotten mins last time vs Wade. But, to ignore SDMD's post and act like DS is not of value is ignorant. He will become particularly useful once the offensive arsenal is restored bc he will do the dirty work and doesn't need the ball much like Oberto. Right now, it's not working with Oberto on the court either bc too much offense is missing and he begins to stick out. That changes and all of sudden he's praised again like he was the first few games for what he can offer a solid team.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 10, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

^ couldn't agree more. Rep added.

Posted by: prescrunk | November 10, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

rphilli721:

I said from the day we signed Oberto that he basically sucked and I wished we'd signed Joe Smith instead. I'd hoped I was wrong when Oberto had a few moments, but really he's looking terrible these days and AB should get 40mins a game. We'r simply not going to win with a 2pt/2reb guy like Oberto logging heavy mins while AJ and MM are out.

imho, DS looks much less athletic than he was while DMac is still skying out of the gym contesting rebounds againts 7 footers. And hustling his a** off to get back on D. Guess I see upside in DMac and slow decline in Deshawn- so why not play DMac since he's just as effective?

Or at least get him more than trash minutes...

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

One, Oberto does not suck in his intended role. In fact, he has looked like the perfect prescription for certain needs of this team. Playing mean defense on Dirk, setting nice screens, making great passes from the post, etc etc... But, with offense disappearing like Health Care votes, like I said, he starts to stick out bc he is not intended to be nor is he an offensive player. We were supposed to have plenty of offense! Remember???

Two, is DS's athleticism on the upswing? Of course not, he's approaching 30 with a back surgery. Has he been relatively effective for all things non-offensive? Yes. Would DMc be better all around on the court? Not sure. I trust DS in some situations more than DMc still although DMc surely is more athletic. Tonight, I would like to see DMc on Wade if he gets going and I think he will after the hustle he displayed against the Suns.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 10, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"I trust DS in some situations more than DMc"

Whom do you trust more to not take a terrible shot?

"One, Oberto does not suck in his intended role. In fact, he has looked like the perfect prescription for certain needs of this team."

Agree to disagree. He's completely floor bound and basically just tries to pick up charges, I find it ludicrous that he's getting 20mins a night while AB gets 28. Though I do like Fab's passing abilities for sure.

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Barista, no Kareem with the morning brew?

Posted by: midlevex | November 10, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I trust neither DS or DMc to make an open shot. And, neither really forces shots enough to make it an issue.

Oberto being floor bound means little to nothing to what he brings to the team. His floor bound self did a pretty nice job defending DN, setting picks, making passes, blocking out, taking charges, etc.... that's exactly his game and something every team needs. Guess we would win much more with Joe Smith's 2rb/4pt game right now.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 10, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Referencing the original post, Etan raises a number of interesting questions in his blog entry, particularly regarding some of the antiquated terms used to describe the relationship between players and management in the NBA.

On other things:

Oberto is very good at the intangibles of the game. However he seems to have a near complete lack of any tangible on court assets. Whether that translates to him "sucking" depends on what you value more.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 10, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Again-Put Nick or Dom on him. Their length bothers Wade.

Some people just don't get it. If Foye got bodied down low...WHAT DO YOU THINK HE'S GOING TO DO TO YOUNG? He would put that little scrawny boy in the basket WITH the ball.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 10, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Smith is playing less than 10mins a game, Oberto is logging 20 yet somehow cant score or rebound any better

But no, i dont think Joe Smiff would be the difference between us winning and losing right now, I just think he's a better player than Fab

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Their length bothers Wade."

Wade is at or near the top of the league among guards for both dunks and blocks. So I'm pretty sure length doesn't bother him all that much.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 10, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Whether that translates to him "sucking" depends on what you value more."

I'll take 5rebs and a block (hasnt blocked a single shot all season) in 20mins over the ambigous ability to "annoy" other players any day, but that's just me.

but again, i'm splitting hairs on the fringes of the team's problems

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Don't remember Etan was misdiagnosed by Wizards' medical staff. Since when did Etan play with an injury?

And what this reference about "reporters covering the league would be fined if they misreport, contort facts or simply write blatant lies?" :)

Posted by: sagaliba | November 10, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

If it's about length, you might as well stick Brendan out there instead of Nick. You'll get about the same results.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 10, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I like to see we start Haywood, Blatche, Butler, DsShawn and Arenas for Miami.

DeShawn to guard Wade, and Bltache to provide more offense, to avoid "3 offensive role players" situation as Saunders put it.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 10, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"I'll take 5rebs and a block (hasnt blocked a single shot all season) in 20mins over the ambigous ability to "annoy" other players any day"

Based on his current output Smith wouldn't average a full block per game even if he played 20 mpg. He also wouldn't average a full single apg, while Oberto is averaging 3 (a high number for a non-ballhandling, big man playing limited minutes), a nice thing to have on a team that seems to have issues with offensive continuity.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 10, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

As I said, I like Oberto's passing...although 1 of his 3 assists a night occur when he is wide open 3ft in front of the basket yet still passes the ball to someone cutting baseline.

And if we're going to use "based on his current output at 20mins"....i'd be fine with the 8pts/6rebs/.6blocks that the ol'Terp would bring

but really, I want AB to be getting 38mins a night

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"As I said, I like Oberto's passing...although 1 of his 3 assists a night occur when he is wide open 3ft in front of the basket yet still passes the ball to someone cutting baseline."

So? As long as it ends up in a basket. Two points is two points.

I like Joe Smith, but I really don't see much of a need for another nondefense playing, jumpshooting big man on this team.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 10, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The only person's length that has a remote possibility of staying with and bothering Wade is DMc's.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 10, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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