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Morning brew, weekend edition

Michael Lee's story in Saturday's Washington Post looks at the state of mind of Flip Saunders and reveals that Mike Miller and Antawn Jamison could be good to go for tonight's home game against the Pistons. Mike Jones of The Washington Times covers similar ground on the injury front.

Truth About It gives us a taste of the Nick Young-Sam Cassell 1-on-1 battle in practice.

Quick, who's the most "Ultra-Clutch" player in the NBA? It's not Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. Believe it or not, it's ... drumroll please ... Caron Butler.'s John Schuhmann explains in the numbers game. So, who should get the shot in the closing seconds? Butler or Gilbert Arenas? Hmmm.

Around the league...'s Daily Zap gets you caught up on Friday's nine-game slate:

And here's another video courtesy of counting down the top 10 dunks of the week. You get three guesses (and two don't count) on what No. 1 is:

By Ed Guzman  |  November 14, 2009; 7:41 AM ET
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Posted by: MeviousMan | November 14, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

If anyone saw the Hawks-Celts game last night then you have to admit they are probably most dangerous team in the eastern conference they took over the game in the second half and the Celtics basically had no answer for the Hawks more athletic team and Rick Sund getting Joe Smith and Jamal Crawford was the best move by any GM this year.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 14, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Lot of folks here wanted Joe Smith. With Jamison going down, it would have been really nice to have had him.

Question is, what would you do now when AB needs minutes and jamison is coming back?

Three man PF rotation sounds tough, but maybe Smith and AB play together some at 2nd string?

Doesn't matter I guess.

Posted by: Blurred | November 14, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I saw that Atlanta Hawk Celtic game. Very impressive. They have been chomping the bit for 2-3 years now. At the beginning of the season I thought it would be more of the same for them.

But from that game, those Hawks may have just stepped it up a notch.

What does that mean for the Wizards? We gonna have to exceed expectations to finish 4th or better.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 14, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Hello dargregmag
i felt the same as you.
I think wiz did the same thing to boston twice with out arenas and once with him in 2007-08.It might not indicate dominance but atlanta is an excellent team.
They are #1 in field goal defense, #1 in paint scoring and offensive rebound ,#3 in fast break points and #1 in 3 point make.They play as a unit, they matured together and they have top second unit. I do not know why they are not going to be in the eastern confrence, it is also hard not to see them to be at the top of the southeast division.

Posted by: gtefferra | November 14, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Yep, I watched the Hawks and Celtics game as well. The Hawks have learned how to win on the road.

For the Zards, that's a major problem.
Of course the homer in me thinks we gave away the road games against Atlanta, Miami and Cleveland with self inflicted errors. But I know that when you lose same way over and over, its a trend...

Tonight, we get to watch Haywood v Kwame!

Posted by: bozomoeman | November 14, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Michael the piece by Truth About It is telling.

Sam Cassell has his finger on the pulse of this Team. He's talking smack to Young and the Team during there 1 on 1 matchup.

I like that because smack talk and confidence can extremely motivating.

Cassell according to Truth said in describing Young "Yeah, just like the Wizards, good starting out but cannot finish" or something thereabouts.

Point is though when he said he also threw the comments Brendan Haywoods way.

Now I know we have noticed that Brendan always starts fast but in the 4th he seems to disappear. He still is able to pull rebounds late in the game but his offense is nonexistent.

Whether it is because the Team as a whole is struggling offensively or whether it is an individual thing, Sam Cassell called attention to it.

It puts the players on notice to do better and the bragidocio of Cassel along with backing it up should inspire the Team to play better.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 14, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

sorry for the mistakes, no coffee yet.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 14, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"...."stupid is what stupid does"'s Zorn's fault, the skins refuse to play some rookies on a regular basis in their first year. They wait until their 2nd year to give them a shot and then wonder why they are struggling. Most teams will play their rookies and reap the benefits during their 2nd year. But not the stupid redskins.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | November 13, 2009 11:55 PM

Above is a post that I could not resist from bringing here from the Redskin blog.

It seems that both Teams have a problem of playing rookies and young inexperienced players.

Why this strategy seems to be a staple for this town is total bewilderment to me. For it hasn't turned out any titles here lately.

And the part where kingpenn1 says they wait to put them in and then they wonder why they struggle. A brilliant observation.

I guess in Javale's case he going to be ready to play like a seasoned pro from watching on the bench and praticing.

Ty Lawson plays with the second string for Denver. What string does Javale play on? The 4th. Is Javale really that bad?

We make it to hard for our young players to help us....especially when the VETERANS NEED HELP!!!


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 14, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

What do we do with AB?

This is what I would do with AB if AJ and MM are back. AB may not start but I would give him major minutes with this lineup.

Heywood-5, Blatch-4, Jamison-3, Miller-2, and Arenas at the 1. My substitution pattern to achieve this 5-man set would be on the down low.

At some point in the game it would just happen to keep egos in check.

And the saying, I would be LMAO for after Coaching MAO to achieve this because everybody on the bench and in the gym and in TV land would be in total amazement.

And if it works and I think it will I would be LMAO even harder.

Butler, did somebody say Butler, Oh, Yeah, without a doubt he would kill the other Teams 2nd unit. Yes!


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 14, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse



if miller and jamison play tonight you will see that combination in the lineup. no doubt!!

Posted by: tgif11 | November 14, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

rip and prince are scheduled to be in suits tonight. should be a win for the wiz.

Posted by: tgif11 | November 14, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

New Orleans let a rattle snack in the door.

There is an old saying that in order to get the devil out of the church you have to open the church doors but you must be careful because there as the one devil is leaving another one could be walking in.

They scapegoated Byron Scott and there problem just got magnified.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 14, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@Larry and others,

So sick of the illogical thinking presented almost daily concerning McGee and Young. If they were good enough to play, they would play. In McGee's case, he plays well in spurts and, therefore, gets spot duty. In Young's case, he has digressed when challenged to become something other than a freelance offensive gunner who offers virtually nothing else in basketball skills. He can't even score at the moment, which makes him utterly useless.

But, hey, I'm sure you guys are smarter and know better than guys that make millions to make these decisions.

Those two WR's for the Skins are just terrible picks. Both are probably out of the league in a year or two. Playing them last year or this year has nothing to do with it.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 14, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Now tell us how you really feel, rphilli721. LOL.


Flip has to try to win the game first and foremost. McGee has a role to play on the team and in some games he'll get a chance to fulfill that role. It's that simple, IMO.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 14, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The only thing I will say about McGee and Young not always playing that well is that the whole team is not really playing that well.

Our so called all stars, Arenas and Butler, are having their problems as well.

I know I sound like a broken record here, but obviously there is a period of adjustment going on with a new system, new coaches, new players, Gil not playing much for two years and injuries. This evidenced by the Wiz having so many turnovers. The Wiz in the past have been one of the better teams as far as turnovers go.

But somehow this needs to get corrected soon.

It is too bad while this is all going on that we are usually playing better than average teams most nights to begin the season.

Posted by: cannontl | November 14, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

LOL....well, sometimes ignorance has to be put to rest.

By the way, who cares if our "all-stars" or the team are having problems. So, that means we should bring in someone worse to replace them to fix it. C'mon. Logic...where is it?

And, the only argument to be made is for McGee, NY is a flat out big fat turd thus far. LMAO No offense, no defense, no assists, no positioning, no IQ...oh, but lots of pouting and sulking.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 14, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm saying the same things that are affecting McGee and Young are affecting the whole team. It is exacerbated in McGee and Young in that they are also not established players yet.

Seems logical to me.

Posted by: cannontl | November 14, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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