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Boykins's big numbers

Statistics illustrate just how effective Earl Boykins has been for the Wizards, who are 5-4 since he joined the team. Here's how he has performed in the fourth quarter:
Opp. Pts. Ast. Result
Pistons 6 1 Lost, 106-103
Cavaliers 9 2 Won, 108-91
Thunder 11 0 Lost, 127-108
Spurs 8 1 Lost, 106-84
76ers 2 3 Won, 108-107
Heat 6 6 Won, 94-84
Bobcats 6 0 Lost, 92-76
Raptors 2 4 Won, 106-102
Bucks 11 2 Won, 104-102
Average 6.8 2.15 5-4

And here's how he compares to other players:
Player Team Points
B. Jennings Bucks 7.1
D. Wade Heat 6.9
E. Boykins Wizards 6.8
J. Terry Mavericks 6.7
C. Landry Rockets 6.3
L. James Cavaliers 6.3

By Alexa Steele  |  December 4, 2009; 12:23 PM ET
 
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Forget the scoring. The Wizards have won all the games where Boykins has dropped 2 or more dimes in the 4th.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 4, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Boykins is a good back-up point guard.

The Wiz have improved lately when he is on the floor because it takes Arenas out of the 1/4 offensive set.

Arenas needs another combo guard on the floor with him. It cuts down on turnovers and gets Arenas better shots.

A Boykins/Arenas backcourt means a short playoff season for the Wiz.

If Foye isn't going to cut as a quality starter, the Wiz need to trade for a B+ combo guard who can handle the ball and defend the 2.

Posted by: Izman | December 4, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I hope this means something, the only other time this season the Zards played consecutive games at home, they looked really good whipping the Cavs in the second game at home.

Zards have this mini home stand now and should draw a decent crowd in the Phone booth considering it's a Friday game.

This team's been in and out of town so much so far this season, that Verizon Center has to have felt a bit like playing another road game, especially for the free agents.

So with Toronto having some issues with 5 consecutive losses, let's hope tonight the Zards play like they've been able to sleep in their beds for the last three nights.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 4, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Earl "the Lil Pearl" Boykins

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | December 4, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Though I'm glad they are winning games...It's a little discouraging to be leaning on Boykins so much. He isn't a long-term solution, however, I'm willing to ride the wave as long as it lasts.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 4, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, SDMDTSU. He was a nice pickup by Grunfeld and he's done a good job, but he's not the missing piece to the puzzle. He's a stopgap measure, at best. And, quite frankly, the fact that he's had as much impact as he has says as much (or more) about the ramshackle state of the Wizards as it does about Boykins.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 4, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"Though I'm glad they are winning games...It's a little discouraging to be leaning on Boykins so much. He isn't a long-term solution, however, I'm willing to ride the wave as long as it lasts. Posted by: SDMDTSU"

I don't know if a team like Washington can afford to think long-term. If Boykins helps win now, then he's their man. Next season is another problem. Possibly for another management team.


Posted by: Samson151 | December 4, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

EB is good but he's a liability on defense. The Zards lost to Detroit because Will Bynum went off on them in the 4th quarter. Ben Gordon also killed them in that game. If Gil and EB play for more than 1 quarter together the other team's guards will score 30 points each.

Posted by: freeflyr61 | December 4, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

EB is good but he's a liability on defense. The Zards lost to Detroit because Will Bynum went off on them in the 4th quarter. Ben Gordon also killed them in that game. If Gil and EB play for more than 1 quarter together the other team's guards will score 30 points each.

Posted by: freeflyr61 | December 4, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse
will bynum and ben gordon are scoring guards. especially gordon he's like a designated shooter. those guys will try to get off on whoever's guarding them, because they have to score for their team to succeed. not all pg are gonna be so focused on trying to take it to earl, besides if it's between him and DS getting on the floor i'll take Earl "Lil Pearl" Boykins all day.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 4, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"Next season is another problem. Possibly for another management team."

Since you brought it up, I think that Grunfeld's chances of sticking around if the Wiz fall short of expectations (again) may improve in the wake of Pollin's death. Assuming Leonsis gets the team, he knows better than most that Pollin's determination to treat everyone who worked for him like family and his sentimental attachment to players sometimes came at the detriment of the hard choices that need to be made to improve the team. (I think that, left to his own devices, Grunfeld may have already broken up the Big 3 and moved on to the next phase, but Pollin likely wouldn't have stood for it.)

Taking Grunfeld's overall track record into account, he may be willing to give Ernie a shot to rebuild things with a freer hand, particularly in regards to retooling the roster specifically to suit Saunders' needs. Also, if Leonsis (or whoever the new owner is) fires Grunfeld then he'll have to make a decision of Saunders. Keep him and you risk creating the same awkward power struggle that occurred between Grunfeld and Jordan, because the coach wasn't the GM's choice. Fire him and you're on the hook for a lot of money to a guy who's not actually working for you.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 4, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

That should read: "he'll have to make a decision on Saunders."

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 4, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

If Foye isn't going to cut as a quality starter, the Wiz need to trade for a B+ combo guard who can handle the ball and defend the 2.

Posted by: Izman | December 4, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Izman for me those B+ combo guards would be Keith Bogans with the Spurs or Jarrett Jack with the Raptors. I always liked both of these guy's game.

I thought Foye might be that guy, but it does not look like it so far. Big Bokins fan and yes ride him till you can't ride him anymore....

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 4, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Next season is another problem. Possibly for another management team."

Since you brought it up, I think that Grunfeld's chances of sticking around if the Wiz fall short of expectations (again) may improve in the wake of Pollin's death. Assuming Leonsis gets the team, he knows better than most that Pollin's determination to treat everyone who worked for him like family and his sentimental attachment to players sometimes came at the detriment of the hard choices that need to be made to improve the team. (I think that, left to his own devices, Grunfeld may have already broken up the Big 3 and moved on to the next phase, but Pollin likely wouldn't have stood for it.)

Taking Grunfeld's overall track record into account, he may be willing to give Ernie a shot to rebuild things with a freer hand, particularly in regards to retooling the roster specifically to suit Saunders' needs. Also, if Leonsis (or whoever the new owner is) fires Grunfeld then he'll have to make a decision of Saunders. Keep him and you risk creating the same awkward power struggle that occurred between Grunfeld and Jordan, because the coach wasn't the GM's choice. Fire him and you're on the hook for a lot of money to a guy who's not actually working for you.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 4, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I can agree on that assestment.....

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 4, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"If Foye isn't going to cut as a quality starter, the Wiz need to trade for a B+ combo guard who can handle the ball and defend the 2.

Posted by: Izman | December 4, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Izman for me those B+ combo guards would be Keith Bogans with the Spurs or Jarrett Jack with the Raptors. I always liked both of these guy's game.

I thought Foye might be that guy, but it does not look like it so far. Big Bokins fan and yes ride him till you can't ride him anymore....

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 4, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse "

Except Bogans isn't really much of a ballhandler (the Spurs have him playing exclusively off the ball with either Parker or Hill manning the point) and Jack isn't much of a defender.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 4, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if a team like Washington can afford to think long-term. If Boykins helps win now, then he's their man. Next season is another problem. Possibly for another management team.

When I said long-term...I didn't mean after this season. I meant long-term THIS season. A team that depends on Earl Boykins in the clutch IS GOING NOWHERE.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

who needs lebron, kobe, wade the Wizards have Boykins?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 4, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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