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Morning brew

To borrow Michael Lee's phrase from his postgame thoughts, Friday night's game will be remembered for the Wrath of Tawn.

Nothing pretty about the 102-86 loss to the Pacers in Indianapolis. Antawn Jamison, to his credit, spoke up and let his teammates have it. But other than that, there wasn't much in the way of highlights. Certainly not in the box score. Well, Brendan Haywood getting 19 rebounds looks impressive.

The Washington Times was also on hand for this listless performance.

Not a good way to end the week. And look, the Phoenix Suns are coming up. The same Phoenix Suns team that just knocked off the previously undefeated Celtics at home.

As usual, the highlights courtesy of NBA.com, such as they are:

Around the league...

We had 13 games on Friday and plenty of highlights, from the Cavaliers' LeBron James dropping 33 on the Knicks at MSG to the Blazers sporting "Rip City" jerseys in a home win over the Spurs to the Lakers' Kobe Bryant scoring another 41 at home against Allen Iverson and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Speaking of Iverson, he gave an entertaining interview to Yahoo Sports.

Here's NBA.com's Daily Zap to get you caught up on Friday's slate:

By Ed Guzman  |  November 7, 2009; 7:37 AM ET
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I'm a Wizards fan living in Miami. It's particularly frustrating to see how the Heat is far exceeding expectations including last night's knocking-off of the previously unbeaten Nuggets while the Wiz are sinking rapidly to the ranks of the league's also-rans. The main difference I see between the two teams is how, in the absence of a decent supporting cast, Miami's true superstar Wade just dominates the game. In contrast, Arenas seems to regard the Wiz as having such a similar poor supporting cast. He thus also attempts to do as Wade does and dominate the game. However, as good as Arenas is, he is no Wade and he is just attempting to play beyond his basic game. The hope is that somehow Arenas will start to trust his teammates to a greater extent and play more under control (within the offense). There is some hope that will occur when there is an additional obviously capable body in the lineup in the person of Jamison.

Posted by: phil27 | November 7, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Six games into a season that was meant to be about redemption, the Wizards (2-4) are already confused about the path they want to take -- and if they want to take it together.

By Michael Lee
Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Wizards have a new coach, a new system, 3 new players (Miller, Foye and Oberto) 2 players back from injuries (Gil and BTH), but it was when AJ got hurt in preseason, I knew it would take time before the Wizards found the right winning chemistry.

Last night the team had more turnovers than assists? It is going to take till the end of November before the real Wizards (if nobody else gets hurt) play the way they are capable of.

For those who believe the current players have a chance at winning a championship, you will get your renewed optimism in December.

For those of us who see the Wizards for who they are, understand a below .500 record over the first 20 games will have an effect on where they get seeded in the playoffs. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think this team can win a road playoff series against Cleveland, Orlando, Boston or Atlanta (if all teams are healthy)?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 7, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

For those of us who see the Wizards for who they are, understand a below .500 record over the first 20 games will have an effect on where they get seeded in the playoffs. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think this team can win a road playoff series against Cleveland, Orlando, Boston or Atlanta (if all teams are healthy)?


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 7, 2009 8:46 AM

If all teams are healthy is the key. Chances are that realistically all teams won't be just as the Wiz's are not now.

You just got to hope you are playing your best and then anything can happen.

With KG down last year Boston was out in the second round, though they were thought to still be able to make it the East Champioship.

Now, even a healthy Wizard Team IMO would need to finish 4th or better to have a clear shot at the 2nd round.

Thus BF78, I feel that seeding is everything for this Team and the only way for them to beat any one of those Teams you mentioned.

Winning a home series at home in the 1st round might present the anything can happen attitude 2nd rounder against the aforesaid teams.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 7, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Stop using injuries as an excuse. Sure, we have two starters out, but so is Indiana. Murphy is a starter, Dunleavy had been one (sort of like Miller), and Foster is a key reserve.

I am not sure this team is as deep as people keep on saying it is. NY simply cannot play. He played 15 mintes (less than 9 mintues if you discount the garbage time), and there were 2 turnovers because he was moving out of position just at the time when his teamates passed the ball to him. As I said, with Jamison out, this team needs Blatche to score 20 points to win:

Game 1: Blatche 20 pts, W
Game 2: Blatche 13 pts, L
Game 3: Blatche 30 pts, W
Game 4: Blatche 7 pts, L
Game 5: Blatche 10 pts, L
Game6: Blatche 1 pt, L (Blowout)

We can very easily go 2-9.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 7, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Larry,

I don't think health is the only issue here (as I said, Indiana was without key players as well). This team simply played disjoined when things not going well. Yes, a new coach, new system, and some new players may be the reason. But Flip needs to figure out a way to right the ship. As a Wiz fan, I hope this can happen quickly. Before that, I am not sure if we can make the playoff, let alone the seed #4-5.

BTW, Haywood now tied for 5th in offensive rebounds and tied for 6th in total rebounds. Haywood and Blatche tied for 19th in blocks.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 7, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Why are you all worried?
NY lovers (and there is plenty of you on this board), don't worry, he is going to turn it around the next game and score 40 points. He will look like he care and he will totally transform himself into someone that can play basketball, all in one day!!!
Butler will start earning his $10 million a year salary, Arenas will perform like the other stars that have a contract above $110 mill (you know Kobe, Lebron, Wade, Garnett...). And Oberto just spoke to Tim Duncan and he told him over the phone how to score 30 points and 15 rebounds. Haywood will continue playing hard to con the Wizards into giving him a $50 million deal next year. So watch out Phoenix.
Needless to add, they are all very afraid of Jamison yelling at them again. He even threatened to take away their guaranteed salaries.
It's all going to be fixed up starting this Sunday.... No worries.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | November 7, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

This just in:

MeTawn injured his other shoulder after tossing the fruit tray after the game.

BTW, all this drama surrounding Gilby, his fiance, and Shaq. It's too bad if it's a distraction.

Laura Govan may be a cheatin' ho, but it takes two to tango, and by far, NBA ballers aren't monks when they are on the road.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 7, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Keeping things in perspective it's still early but a good start gives most teams a cushion, but when you start off poorly, panic can set in and then you start to "press" and before you know it you're on a losing streak and if key players are injured then it can snowball into something worse. Flip had better get a handle on this and soon,wonder how the Sixers and EJ are doing? LMAO!

Posted by: dargregmag | November 7, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

---(From Yesterday Before the Game)

Listen I'm one of the few big Nick Young Fans here but starting Nick makes no sense.

Saunders is really screwing with Young. He doesn't play him at all in the opener. Then in the 2nd game he starts him in the 2nd half and promptly pulls him and doesn't put him back in. Then he doesn't play him at all the next game. And now he's starting Young? You think Nick will play with any confidence? Not!

Starting to wonder about ole Flip. Young is going to be so tight he'll make a couple of bad plays and then Flip will bury him again. And old Flip aint getting much love especially in light of him not being able to see that Mike Miller's arm was jangling down to the floor. Me thinks the bloom is off the rose.Posted by: dovelevine

Hmmm. Who called it??!!

Posted by: dovelevine | November 7, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I hope we can win 19 games this year.
Maybe we need to get another set of eyes to help Flip.
Maybe Eddie Tap can give him some tips.

I'm really bummed. I thought games like this were behind us.
Gil needs to grow up and be the man.
Very poor game. BH & RF played OK but the rest of the team stunk.

Posted by: VBFan | November 7, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Gotta give it to Brendan. He's in a contract year and I'll be damned if he isn't playing like it.
Regarding Arenas, when he was at his best and the team had its most success, he played off the ball quite a bit and Larry Hughes would man the point. Flip would be wise to find ways to allow Foye handle the ball and let Gil do what he does best. This team appears to be seriously flawed because our best players (Butler, Jamison and Arenas) are all 'tweeners. Each is too small to play the position to which his skill set is best suited. Yeah, Charles Barkley played power forward at 6'6", but he made up for his lack of height with power, toughness, and sheer physicality. Are any of the Big 3 capable of doing that?

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 7, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"Gotta give it to Brendan. He's in a contract year and I'll be damned if he isn't playing like it."

He's got a bad case of Ike Austin Syndrome.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 7, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@Dargreg,

Yeah, the Sixers are 3-2 and tearing up the league. You're a joke.

As far as Blatche is concerned, he has actually impressed me all 6 games. The numbers have not been there every game, but it's obvious his approach and professionalism on the court have changed. The Indiana game was a throwaway game for the whole team and I don't expect AB to be the player to get the team in a rhythm.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 7, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The Sixers have beaten the Knicks in OT, Milwaukee, and NJ barely. Yippeee!

I've never had a problem with BH's effort contract year or not. 6th in rebounding in the league is not too shabby for a center that too many in here have too little appreciation for.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 7, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Watching McGee trying to guard Hibbert (yes the offensive juggernaut known as Roy Hibbert) was hilarious. Shows you how much McGee needs to improve his game and his physique before you can even consider him to be a starter, which, again I predict is still 2 years from now at the earliest, if ever.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 7, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Watching McGee trying to guard Hibbert (yes the offensive juggernaut known as Roy Hibbert) was hilarious. Shows you how much McGee needs to improve his game and his physique before you can even consider him to be a starter, which, again I predict is still 2 years from now at the earliest, if ever.

Posted by: rphilli721

Agreed. I give McGee credit for sticking his nose in there and trying, but his build is so slight that he just can't keep stronger players from backing him down, leaving him to wait for his guy to release the ball and then attempt the block. If his work ethic is good, he'll be a player in a 2-3 years, IMO.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 7, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Here is an interesting stat to chew on:

- The Wiz are 9th in the league in defense currently and 22nd in the league in offense.

- The previously staunch defense of the Sixers is ranked 22nd in the league, while their offense is 8th.

Goes to show the influence a coach and coaching style has. The good news is it's nearly a given that our offense will improve. Not so sure about the Sixers defense though.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 7, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

@ArmChair,

I agree. Like his willingness and hustle and athleticism. He just needs to combine that with intelligence, experience, and a stronger physique, which is not going to happen in time for next season. Maybe the following season. Then again, he may just be that permanent energy guy off the bench, which is not a terrible scenario either. Time will tell.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 7, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Here is an interesting stat to chew on:

- The Wiz are 9th in the league in defense currently and 22nd in the league in offense.

- The previously staunch defense of the Sixers is ranked 22nd in the league, while their offense is 8th.

Goes to show the influence a coach and coaching style has. The good news is it's nearly a given that our offense will improve. Not so sure about the Sixers defense though.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 7, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

___________________________________________
You know the Sixers is a pathetic team at this point but they are still better than the Wiz.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | November 7, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't know that yet. Maybe right this second with Miller and Jamison out combined with the way we are playing. Get back to me after about 25 games and that assessment will most likely be completely different.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 7, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

We've already shown that we can play with the best in the league and then give no show performances against the likes of Indiana. The Sixers got destroyed by Boston and another powerhouse. Barely beat NJ by 3 whom we managed to blowout. Beat NY in overtime and also beat the lowly Bucks for their sterling 3-2 record. Yeah, they're great and as far as I know completely healthy. After 25 games I almost guarantee we have a better record and a much better team.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 7, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"And old Flip aint getting much love especially in light of him not being able to see that Mike Miller's arm was jangling down to the floor."

Or, you can put it in this way: Since NY cannot be counted on, he had to use Miller despite a bad arm, because the game was still winnable at the time.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 7, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Relax people don't you remember it's........"OUR TIME"

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 7, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"He's got a bad case of Ike Austin Syndrome."

And why do you say that?

Yes, this is Haywood's contact year. But it is just a fact of life for an NBA player that every few year will be his contract year, nothing Haywood can do about that. All he can do is, either play well in his contract year, or play poorly in his contract year. I certainly would rather see former than latter.

What makes a bad case of Ike Austin Syndrome is not when you play well in a contract year; it is when you don't show up AFTER you sign a fat contract.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 7, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"And why do you say that?"

Because just like Austin (and any number of other middling big men) he's chosen his contract year to have a "breakout season" after a long career of being decidedly average.

Coincidence? I think not.

"What makes a bad case of Ike Austin Syndrome is not when you play well in a contract year; it is when you don't show up AFTER you sign a fat contract."

No, it's when you don't show up for years before your contract year, play well when you're contract year arrives, sign a fat deal, then go back to being a stiff as soon as the ink is dry. Two down . . .

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 7, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

. . . play well when your contract year arrives . . ."

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 7, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Certainly being overly cynical about Haywood. Don't see much difference between him now and 2 years ago.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 7, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Gotta give it to Brendan. He's in a contract year and I'll be damned if he isn't playing like it.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 7, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to do with a contract year. The dude is finally getting regular minutes without having to worry about getting yanked from the game for the likes of Etan Thomas or D. Song.

He was always showing this type of play the last two years, but he could not get any consistent minutes from Eddie J., thus most folks thought he was soft and had no game. He now has a coach who believes in him and that carries alot of weight when in contrast he had to deal with the likes of Eddie Jordan's mind games.

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 7, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

What makes a bad case of Ike Austin Syndrome is not when you play well in a contract year; it is when you don't show up AFTER you sign a fat contract.


Posted by: sagaliba | November 7, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Could not agree more sagaliba. The jury is still out on that observation until next year. Haywood is nothing like Ike Austin. First of all, Ike always had a weight problem and that year he filled in for Zo happened to be the year he was at his lowest playing weight and fighting for his first "big contract".

Secondly, if I am not mistaken (could be wrong), he got traded and had to play in a different system from the one he was flourishing in. He ended up gaining his lost weight back and the rest is history.

Now, Haywood unlike Ike, has something to prove. For all of the folks who keep calling him soft and having no game, generates constant motivation for him to excel. He is a student of the game and everyone within the organization always comments on how smart the guy is when it comes to the game.

Could it happen that Haywood flatlines after signing his new contract next year, maybe? But I don't think so. If he is able to stay with the Wiz I think he will only get better and turn out like Ike......

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 7, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

But I don't think so. If he is able to stay with the Wiz I think he will only get better and turn out like Ike......

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 7, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Correction - not turn out like Ike...........

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 7, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Haywood is nothing like Ike or Mike for that matter. Don't know that I expect him to get appreciably better in the future, but I don't expect any drop off whatsoever either. Plenty of anecdotal evidence of his basketball savvy, obsession with staying in shape, etc etc... Never has struck me as the type of player to do that and he hasn't. With an Erick Dampier you could see coming from a mile away.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 7, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

BulletsFever,

"Nothing to do with a contract year."

NOTHING to do with a contract year? Do you seriously believe that an NBA player a) in the last year of his contract and b) looking at his last big-money deal isn't in any way motivated by those two facts? To say Brendan's play has NOTHING to do with his current play is an overstatement at best.

"He was always showing this type of play the last two years, but he could not get any consistent minutes from Eddie J., thus most folks thought he was soft and had no game."

Could not disagree more. Jordan's inconsistent minutes had nothing to do with Haywood's reliance on that fade-away jumper which he has largely ditched this year in exchange for actually finishing plays inside the paint and using his weak hand around the basket. Brendan's always been a fairly good offensive rebounder, but the overall agressiveness he's showing now, which Jordan often asked for but rarely received, is indeed a revelation. If Brendan "always" played like this under Jordan, Brendan would've gotten the playing time he felt he richly deserved, especially when you consider the other options.
As a fan of the Wiz, I hope this is type of play we can expect from Brendan this year AND beyond, but I'm officially skeptical.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 7, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

they need to find a means to turn it around otherwise it is better to rebuild,i am tired of hearing promises.

Posted by: gtefferra | November 7, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

"And why do you say that?"

Because just like Austin (and any number of other middling big men) he's chosen his contract year to have a "breakout season" after a long career of being decidedly average.

Coincidence? I think not.

"What makes a bad case of Ike Austin Syndrome is not when you play well in a contract year; it is when you don't show up AFTER you sign a fat contract."

No, it's when you don't show up for years before your contract year, play well when you're contract year arrives, sign a fat deal, then go back to being a stiff as soon as the ink is dry. Two down . . .

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 7, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

That's a negative. Brendan's last complete season was also considered a "breakout season," when he averaged career highs in points and rebounds. Brendan's averages are up for one very good reason. His minutes are up!

He has always made the case for more time on the court and he is averaging a career high 33 minutes per game (third on the team this year, and almost 10 mpg more than his career average of 23.8). His numbers are greater not because he is giving more effort, but simply because he is on the court more. More minutes, more points, more rebounds. The math is not that difficult.

Posted by: bpybay | November 7, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Brendan may be a limited player, but he plays within his limitations, and never tries to do more than he is capable of. He is a very solid defender, and a very dependable teammate -- one his teammates trust, to a man. He is fundamentally sound defensively, is a good communicator on the court, and has developed an adequate offensive game (reminds me somewhat of a Bill Wennington offensively).

It was not a coincidence that this team lost more with him out than it did with Gil out. Basketball is more than points and rebounds. He does all the intangible things that don't show up in the boxscore. He is, after Gil, the most valuable player on this team, without question.

How in the world can ANYBODY compare him to Ike Austin?????

Posted by: bpybay | November 7, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Here are some surprising statements from Gilby and Mike Lee about Les BouleS. Take them as you will:


""It's just going down the tube right now," Gilbert Arenas said after scoring a season-low 13 points, which allowed him to surpass 10,000 for his career. "

"The frustration could be seen upon entering the locker room, as a shattered fruit plate rested against a wall, cantaloupe, grapes and strawberries scattered everywhere, symbolizing an already splintered team. Six games into a season that was meant to be about redemption, the Wizards (2-4) are already confused about the path they want to take -- and if they want to take it together. "

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/06/AR2009110604387.html

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 7, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

As a team, they need to sit down and view the tape of the Dallas and New Jersey games, as well as the first half of the Cleveland game, for the things they did right, and of the Miami and Indiana games for the things they did not. They had particularly crisp ball movement in both of their wins, as well as in the first 17 minutes against Cleveland and the first quarter in Atlanta.

In the other games, they resorted to a ton of one-on-one and the ball went from one black hole to another. Caron, especially, is guilty of not passing the ball. I don't particularly care about his points and rebounds the past couple of games. He is simply NOT playing particularly well right now. It is impossible to play team ball when the ball is sticking to any one player. You can be aggressive without shooting every time you touch the ball.

Same goes for Gil. He seems to be worried about numbers (assists in this case). You cannot play winning ball while worrying about numbers. Game situations change from game to game, and as a point guard, he has to read the play that night. It doesn't make sense to concentrate on numbers. Just move the ball. If you don't directly get an assist, but you get the ball to the person who does get the assist (which means the ball is moving), the end result justifies the means.

Gil, if you read this stuff, forget about numbers, and just concentrate on playing winning ball. Let the game dictate what you do. The numbers will take care of themselves.

Posted by: bpybay | November 8, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Caron overdoes it every time he matches up against Danny Granger. Recall last season when DG made the all star team while Caron didn't and after that, Caron did everything he could to win the game and screamed that he was still an all star.

Whatever.

The more things change with Les BouleS, the more they stay the same.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 8, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Flip should bring back the hypnotist. Clearly the effects from the pre-season session are wearing off.

If not, well, the Wizards did look pretty damn good in two of their first three games this season.

Posted by: JPRS | November 8, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Caron overdoes it every time he matches up against Danny Granger. Recall last season when DG made the all star team while Caron didn't and after that, Caron did everything he could to win the game and screamed that he was still an all star.

Whatever.

The more things change with Les BouleS, the more they stay the same.

Posted by: DC_MAN88

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True about CB.

More than anything though, he just needs to lay off three point attempts.

A player with a career 31.5 percent average from 3 point range has no business taking more than one or two 3 pointers per game. Ideally, he wouldn't take any.

Low percentage shots are turnovers.

Stevenson's 14 percent shooting from 3 point range is also a killer. He and Caron are a combined 5 for 27 from three point range this year. That's spotting opponents points -- you can't do that in the NBA and win most nights.

Posted by: JPRS | November 8, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

"Brendan may be a limited player, but he plays within his limitations, and never tries to do more than he is capable of."

Bull.

He attempts at least a couple of those godawful ugly fadeaway 15 foot jumpshots in every game. And then there's the almost always doomed post up attempts that start 12 feet from the basket. He's shooting 44% from the field. That's barely okay for a 6' 2" jumpshooting guard. It's atrocious for a 7 foot C whose offensive repertoire is basically limited to dunks of lobs and offensive rebound putbacks.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 8, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

"That's a negative. Brendan's last complete season was also considered a "breakout season," when he averaged career highs in points and rebounds."

It was considered a "breakout season" because he was so bad up to that point that barely scratching the underbelly of average was considered an accomplishment.

The beauty of low expectations.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 8, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

"His numbers are greater not because he is giving more effort, but simply because he is on the court more. "

Just like Ike Austin.

Austin put up okay numbers in limited minutes as a backup in Miami. The next year Zo goes down and he becomes the starter. He gets more PT, puts up more numbers. He gets traded to the Clippers at the deadline, gets more minutes, puts up more numbers (but doesn't necessarily improve the quality of his play), gets a fat contract, and immediately goes back to being an underperformer.

And, just as is happening now with Haywood, as his minutes went up his FG% dropped, as he started taking more and more shots to get his scoring numbers up, to impress potential employers at contract time.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 8, 2009 1:29 AM | Report abuse

why is the coach messing with Nick Young's mind? He's a good shooter from outside that has to gain confidence in his system.Why is it that everytime he makes a mistake he pulls him out,and never sees day-light again. He has to give him his confidence to plat thru them. When Gilbert and Butler makes mistakes he never sits them down, why's that?

Posted by: girland | November 8, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I give BTH a bye on his few times a game bad shot b/c he's really the only dude in the game who plays solid defense and helps out when other players blow by Les BouleS for a shot.

BTH is showing us thus far the value that he brings to the team, and if you believe him, he said his contract situation has nothing to do with his focus on the season b/c he always puts out his best effort.

With EJ and ET gone and no mind games from the coach, you don't hear or see any drama from him.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 8, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Been outta the loop for a week, sounds like all hell is breakin loose?

Gil's comments about players who get it and those who dont etc were pretty harsh...and directed squarely at Nick Young? Ouch

What's up with Blatche scoring 1pt the other night? After posting career high of 30pts just a week before?

Is the new and improved "everyday Blatche" actually just "same old same old Dray"?

Sure could use AJ's nightly 20/10 right about now...

Posted by: divi3 | November 8, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

It was considered a "breakout season" because he was so bad up to that point that barely scratching the underbelly of average was considered an accomplishment.

The beauty of low expectations.

Posted by: kalo_rama
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Interesting you would say that. Remember that you are the one who argued that it wasn't really Haywood's "breakout season," it was merely a case of him playing more minutes, and thus had better stats?

So what make you change your mind now? In fact, I have always argue that Haywood can play better if given more minutes, which is sort of like your previous argument expressed in a different way.

You can call Haywood stiff, not up to the high standard of athleticism that you expect. I have no problem with that. But the fact remain, given the NBA market, he is an undervalued commodity. And given the NBA salary cap, you can not build a team with everybody who achieved "high expectations," you have to mix all-stars with utility players. No one has called Haywood as an all-star on this team, but he is a nice utility player. And this season, he cartianly has performed up to that standard in my book!

Posted by: sagaliba | November 8, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

He's shooting 44% from the field. That's barely okay for a 6' 2" jumpshooting guard. It's atrocious for a 7 foot C whose offensive repertoire is basically limited to dunks of lobs and offensive rebound putbacks.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 8, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

He may be shooting 44% from the field, but at 27-61, to say he has been "atrocious" is a stretch. If just three of those misses are makes, he's 30-61, right at .500. He hasn't yet taken enough shots to make 44% a big deal. If a player is shooting 33% but is only 1-3, you wouldn't say he is shooting "atrocious." He's only taken three shots. He makes his next shot and he is shooting .500.

Brendan has been effective (notice I didn't say "great") from an offensive standpoint, and certainly enough of a threat that teams have to play defense on him. I would take Brendan over many of the centers in this league. We don't need scoring out of the center position with the firepower we have. What we do need is what he brings. Eleven rpg in 33 minutes is more than adequate, as is his 11 ppg. The defense is an intangible that we cannot do without.

The center position is not a weakness on this team.

Posted by: bpybay | November 8, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

It was considered a "breakout season" because he was so bad up to that point that barely scratching the underbelly of average was considered an accomplishment.

The beauty of low expectations.

Posted by: kalo_rama
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And if he is even better this year, then he is getting better, correct?

Brendan was once a soft player in this league, and his reputation was such. He has since improved drastically. No longer can you categorize him as "soft." You don't continue to define a player by what he did yesterday, especially if the improvement is consistent and continuous, which Brendan's certainly is. He is a much better player today than he was three years ago and back.

Ike never did a thing for us in DC. Brendan, conversely, has shown marked improvement, and with increased minutes, is justifying those minutes.

His teammates realize his value to the team, if no one else does.

Posted by: bpybay | November 8, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

He may be shooting 44% from the field, but at 27-61, to say he has been "atrocious" is a stretch. If just three of those misses are makes, he's 30-61, right at .500. He hasn't yet taken enough shots to make 44% a big deal. If a player is shooting 33% but is only 1-3, you wouldn't say he is shooting "atrocious." He's only taken three shots. He makes his next shot and he is shooting .500.

Posted by: bpybay | November 8, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Addendum: Many of his missed shots are because he is going up strong at the rim in traffic and drawing fouls.

Posted by: bpybay | November 8, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Underscoring my point on Caron, notice that he has three [sic] assists on the SEASON!!!

Posted by: bpybay | November 8, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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