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Morning brew, weekend edition

The Wizards kept it going on Friday, and Michael Lee was on hand for their 94-84 victory over the Heat in Miami. Antawn Jamison, who missed the Wizards' first two games against Miami, proved to be the missing ingredient, with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Nick Young also stood out, with 22 points. Mr. Lee covers all of this in his postgame thoughts.

Here is the game story from Mike Jones in The Washington Times and the game story by The Miami Herald, which correctly pointed out that Dwyane Wade went 1 for 6 in the fourth quarter and was outscored by Young.

Highlights courtesy of after the jump:

Friday was also the day of Abe Pollin's funeral, which brought out thousands who wanted to pay their final respects. Former Post Sports editor George Solomon was on hand and offered his thoughts. A public memorial is still scheduled for Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Around the league...

Twelve games on Friday night, but standing above everyone was Carmelo Anthony, who scored 50 in the Nuggets' 128-125 win over the Knicks.

That, and highlights from the other games, in's Daily Zap:

By Ed Guzman  |  November 28, 2009; 8:49 AM ET
 | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Miami Heat; Antawn Jamison; Nick Young; Dwyane Wade; Carmelo Anthony  
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How about tonight vs. the Bobcats as a must-win game?

1. The Wiz should win, and must stop this tendency to play down to opponents.
2. If Abe Pollin's passing has caused some sort of psychological reset for the team, it must not stop by losing at home to the Bobcats.
3. The Wiz, needless to say, need a lot more W's.
4. They need to improve their record in their division.
5. Related to #1, they need to develop a winning attitude, which comes only from winning.
6. Flip seems to have discovered some weapons, notably NY and Javale, and the team is sharing the ball and passing crisply. They need to continue this and not return to jacking up j's.

All the above is stating the obvious, I know. Still, I see tonight as a MUST-win and hope they do, too. If they don't win, the loss of momentum will cost them more than a game.

Posted by: 7snider7 | November 28, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Bullets need another win tonite Bobcat's won't be easy;happy for NY and i like what Javale is doing when he gives Haywood a blow, what can you say about Earl "little man" Boykins i think he can get in your head if your guarding him, yes he's a defensive liabilty but the upside is worth it. I'm a little worried about Gil as someone else pointed out he's never turned it over this much and had his jumper blocked so many times, hang in there Agent Zero we're with you.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 28, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Oh Yeah; Forgot to give props to AJ or MeTawn as he is incorrectly refered to on this blog he is the unequivical leader on this team hand's down without him this team is just average when he plays the Bullets have a chance against almost every team in the NBA.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 28, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Looked like the Wizards had their swagger back last night. Midway through the second quarter, it seemed like they knew they could win. I hadn't seen that in a couple of seasons, so it was nice to see.

Also nice to see the more balanced attack. This is a pretty deep team, especially the bigs. They're going to be a fun team to watch this season.

Posted by: 20009matt | November 28, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The win over Miami was impressive. Nick Young, quirks and all, is exciting to watch. Boykins is pure energy. Blatche is turning into an all-around basketballer.

Remember, we are just 14 games into a new season. The players are starting to get a feel for Flip Saunders' system and Wizard veterans are beginning to get familiar with the new additions to the team. The same thing goes for Saunders. Offensive sets that he deployed in Minnesota and Detroit didn't always work when the Wizards ran them. Plus, Saunders has a GOOD problem with this team. He has a solid rotation of eight players who all would be NBA starters, and a very competitive second unit.

Give this team some time. It's not even December. Once each player knows and accepts his role, this will be fun to watch.

Posted by: musicmanjr | November 28, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm one of those Wizard fans thats been highly critical of Jamison in previous seasons. I thought he spent too much time out at the three point line as a PF and didn't provide a physical presence.

My opinion about Jamison actually changed after watching Orlando's Rashard Lewis in the playoffs. A $17 mil, under sized PF with the propensity to jack threes.

Lewis disappeared in the playoffs last year, especially in the finals. Jamison has always played his best ball in the biggest games, both scoring and rebounding. You don't worry about him not showing up.

I also would like to offer kudos to:
Gil, Nick, Foye and Boykins. They all played well last night.

I cannot understand what the problem is with Butler.

Posted by: bozomoeman | November 28, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It is clear that Gilbert has not yet regained his speed. He now basically what Antonio Daniels did, which is bring up the ball and pass. He will need to attack more, and then either shoot or pass off.
As to defense, the Wizards' defense was adequate to good last night including Antawn and Gilbert. The defense on Dwayne Wade showed that if you tire out a guy on defense, his offense will be bad. And the other way around.
I believe that Antawn, Caron and Gil should not be playing 38-40 mins, and that the bench is able to take on the responsibility. Good matchups, adequate rest, good chemistry will take them far.

Posted by: rickgonz | November 28, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

BTW, re Sheed's screed on Turkoglu's flopping, I remember last year in a game vs. Cleveland: Stevenson drove to the basket, and both Ilgauskas and Varejao flopped AND got the offensive foul.
Oh my gosh, how could two 7 footers be so easily pushed around by a guy more than 7 inches shorter? UNFREAKINGBELIEVABLE!!!

Posted by: rickgonz | November 28, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

i really like Gil putting the scoring responsibility in NY's hands along with AJ and CB. I think it gives him a sense of purpose on the floor that he may not have had last year, when it looked like guys were competing for shots at times. he looks much more confident and decisive on offense. I wonder what things woulda been like if the unequivocal leader of the team, AJ, woulda talked to him like that last season. I also really like Flip running plays for NY, and plays that involve him on the move. If he gets to play more in this role we'll see him convert more dunks and layups, as he learns how to use those screens better, as well as more assists and open looks for other players when the d collapses. NY's bread and butter is the fallaway j, but just like last night, a few of those get to fallin and even a first team all nba guy has to come out and challenge it.theat set him up for some nice drives to the basket and pullups in the lane.

His defense is just icing on the cake, i don't mean to overstate or overvalue his performance in the past 2 games, but heeping Wade and Iggy each under 20 is impressive. I didn't know he had a 7 ft wingspan that's kinda freakish. maybe we're on to a lil something right here. it'll be interesting what flip does when eminem comes back.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 28, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Off topic, but is anyone surprised?

I guess a snow blond nordic is not enough.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 28, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The Bobcats are no pushover, especially with Jackson playing the "2." Wallace has always killed us (not including falling on Gil's knee two years ago and putting him out of action), and he outplayed LeBron last night.

Let's see if NY can keep Jackson under control, and Caron can guard Wallace. If they can play defense on those guys, I don't worry too much about their offense.

Caron is tentative on offense, especially after his dust-up with Gilbert, and that's not all bad, because he's been jacking up a lot of bad jump shots. But he needs to attack the basket and get to the line. He's our best free throw shooter and he's not putting himself in a position to succeed.

I agree that this is a big game, even a must-win game, to keep up the momentum. But it won't be easy. Go Wiz.

Posted by: zinger1 | November 28, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

If Nick continues to play both ends of the court like this, MM comes off the bench when he's healthy and possibly gets more minutes at the three at Caron's expense.
Imagine being able to put a big lineup of GA, NY, MM, AJ and AB on the floor at the same time.
Anyone expecting tonight's game to be a blowout will be sorely disappointed IMHO. The Bobcats' winning streak is longer than ours and they have always given us trouble.
Dom McGuire has to see the floor tonight to defend bull-in-a-china-shop Gerald Wallace.

Tonight Wiz win a squeaker!

Posted by: tgif11 | November 28, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

DCman88: Re;Tiger Woods,DA Nanny HO LMAO!

Posted by: dargregmag | November 28, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

first post, by 7snider7, says it all. Especially like the point that if they can't keep the big Mo going tonight, then they lose much more than one game. Git 'er done, NOW, TONIGHT, dagnabit.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | November 28, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Another thing.
Tyson Chandler always seems to have career days against the Wiz going back to when we still had Kwame and, with that in mind, I think that JaVale matches up well against him physically. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him get considerable burn tonight. I appreciate Brendan tremendously but his play has been subpar the last two games against quicker bigs. Give the young pup some love, Flip!

Posted by: tgif11 | November 28, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Yes....Tiger couldn't keep his club in his pants.

On a side note, Gilby should man up, give Laura some of that AI treatment,

and then call Mya on the phone and get back with her.



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

Eddie Jordan meeting with Iverson this week about coming to Philly

Maybe it's not the Wizards jinx,,maybe it was Eddie. In the last 2 weeks he's lost Lou Williams and Maurice Speights

Posted by: ptp23 | November 28, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

If Nick continues to play both ends of the court like this, MM comes off the bench when he's healthy and possibly gets more minutes at the three at Caron's expense.
Imagine being able to put a big lineup of GA, NY, MM, AJ and AB on the floor at the same time.
Anyone expecting tonight's game to be a blowout will be sorely disappointed IMHO. The Bobcats' winning streak is longer than ours and they have always given us trouble.
Dom McGuire has to see the floor tonight to defend bull-in-a-china-shop Gerald Wallace.

Tonight Wiz win a squeaker!

Posted by: tgif11 | November 28, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

You could be right about the blowout part, but I'm predicting Wiz by 20, with the caveat that my last prediction (a win over the Suns) was WAAAY off base. Final score 107-87. Cats will spend too much mental energy reveling in last night's huge win over Cavs. I don't think they'll have enough left in the tank to truly compete this evening.

Posted by: bpybay | November 28, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Big problem with the blowout scenario. Wizards drive me CRAAAAAZY coming back home on a back to back 2nd night. Oh, the money I've wasted going downtown to watch a great chance at a victory run on a 2nd night, and seeing a bunch of slackards looking like they stayed up all night. So here is the test: either they all rise to the occasion, or at least the ones who got less time last night carry them tonight, or else they fail. I don't see any problem with them rising to the challenge. Let's see if they do.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | November 28, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely, ragtop4spd. This game is the truest test to date of the reality or myth of the latest supposed turnaround factor. Charlotte played last night too, so there are no excuses. Charlotte surely shouldn't be thought of by THIS team as easybeats - they have a superior record.

Tonight is when the Flipster's apparent coaching genius should be playing a big role. Can he not be aware that NY, Blatche and others are prone to these back-to-back letdowns? So the guys who rode pine for large parts of last night (Arenas, Foye) have to be primed to play a central role in getting a win tonight.

We'll see...

Posted by: ArchieTambo | November 28, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Nice finish last night.
The pieces are there and it's up to Flip to make them fit.
There is a bunch of talent here and Flip needs to orchestrate it to be effective. I don't like to see anyone play more that 40 minutes. It just lessens your effectiveness in the late stages of the game. Having Earl play in the fourth gives the opposition fits cause he's fresh and puts a lot of pressure on teams at both ends of the floor. I would like to see Javale in for short periods late in the game primarily for "D". NY played good 2 in a row. Can he keep it up. Blatch is bringing it too. I'd like to see him get a few more minutes.
I liked Flip going with the hot hand last night. Last year Gil wudda played the 4th just because he's Gil.
Foye & Gil still don't seem right to me yet. When they get it together and MM comes back 100% there will be a lot of talent to spread the minutes around.

Posted by: VBFan | November 28, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

it's obviously a small sample size, but Javale has really produced this past month when he's on the floor. Kid has 14blks in just 82mins of play this season, at some point Flip is forced to give him more PT right?

I really like AB and AJ on the floor together so far, hope to see more of it.

Will be interesting to see how NY responds to all the kudos he is getting, hopefully he plays the same way and doesnt try and score 40. He passed up many tough shots last night and imo that will keep him on the floor along with continued defensive effort.

Posted by: divi3 | November 28, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I miss Ralph Wiley... DC man, thanks for posting that link. Kinda prophetic huh? Allen Iverson's biggest weakness is his mentality. And the games play on...

Posted by: MEssex | November 28, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

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